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It has been 25 years since Peter Andre first burst onto the music scene. We chat exclusively with the Antipodean superstar about the tour, antiques and family life.

What's On | Peter andre Healthy Eating with Richard Buckley Valentines | Burns Night | Music section HEalth and Fitness | ANNA WILLIAMSON Interiors | Property | and Much More

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What's On | Peter andre Healthy Eating with Richard Buckley Valentines | Burns Night | Music section HEalth and Fitness | ANNA WILLIAMSON Interiors | Property | and Much More

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The new year brings with it some fantastic shows and events in Bath. We highlight everything from comedy to music, exhibitions to festivals within our what's on section.

It has been 25 years since Peter Andre first burst onto the music scene. Now, the internationally acclaimed, global media star is back with a 25-date tour of the UK, taking in The Forum, Bath on 22nd February.

We find out what the spring season has in store for the Theatre Royal, plus your chance to win one of two competitions, showcase what's happening at some of our excellent museums, plus our chat with Peter Andre.

We managed to grab a quick chat with the Antipodean superstar to talk about the tour, antiques and family life.

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If you've given your stomach enough time to digest the festive fayre, then you will be glad to hear that this issue sees some more fantastic gastronomic events that will tempt your tastebuds.

The start of a new year offers up an opportunity to reflect on the year just passed and focus on the year ahead.

If you are considering an interior transformation this year, then we offer up all the latest trends and design ideas. We will highlight general design ideas plus look at the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom to see what's hot in the home of 2019.

Along with the likes of Valentine's and Burn's Night on the horizon, we talk to Richard Buckley about healthy eating.

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We take a look at health and wellbeing, asking local experts and Olympic hopeful, Kim Murray, to give us their tips and advice on how to make 2019 a year for positive change. There's also mental health expert Anna Williamson.

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Jason Manford

Rain Man

what's on now – 13 Jan The Scarlet Pimpernel The Egg www.theatreroyal.org.uk The revolution is in full swing and Madame Guillotine’s blade chops night and day. But on the perilous streets of Paris, whispers abound that a mysterious band of Englishmen are helping French aristos to escape, led by a flamboyant masked hero. See more on page Times and prices vary, please see website for details.

now – 13 Jan Peter Pan Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk One of the UK’s best-loved actors, PAUL NICHOLAS (EastEnders, The Real Marigold Hotel, Just Good Friends) will take centre stage as Captain Hook alongside Bath favourite JON MONIE, who plays Hook’s right-hand-man Smee, REBECCA WHEATLEY from Casualty as Mrs. Darling, comedy acrobats The Nitwits as Hook’s hapless pirate crew, and dancers from Bath’s Dorothy Coleborn School of Dance, in this year’s family pantomime. Times and prices vary, please see website for details. now – 20 Jan Snow Mouse The Egg www.theatreroyal.org.uk An enchanting Winter’s tale for the very young – back by huge popular demand for an incredible 4th year! Winter has arrived and the woods are covered in white. A child hurries to put on their winter clothes so they can run outside and play in a sparkly new world. Times and prices vary, please see website for details.

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15 – 19 Jan Rain Man Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk Starring Paul Nicholls and Chris Fountain Two brothers, one destiny… Based on the Oscar-winning film, Bill Kenwright presents the Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company’s inaugural production of Rain Man. Following previously acclaimed adaptations of films such as The Exorcist, A Few Good Men and The Shawshank Redemption, Bill Kenwright now brings to the stage the classic film that won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Director and starred Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in roles that would define their careers, including winning a Best Actor Academy Award for Hoffman. Times and prices vary, please see website for details. 20 – 23 Jan Moscow City Ballet: The Nutracker Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk One of the world’s outstanding companies returns to Bath with one of the best-loved of all ballets in the repertoire, The Nutcracker, presented in classic Russian style. Times and prices vary, please see website for details. 25 – 26 Jan Richard Alston Dance Company Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk Richard Alston has been making dance for 50 years. He will celebrate his half-century with a programme full of his trademark lyrical choreography performed by undoubtedly one of the world’s best dance ensembles. Times and prices vary, please see website for details.

The Lady Vanishes 28 Jan – 2 Feb The Lady Vanishes Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk Husband and wife Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield lead the star cast in this new adaptation of the 1939 Hitchcock classic, ranked as one of the best British films of all time. Times and prices vary, see website for details. 29 Jan Indie Comedy Mag Live: Siân Docksey and The Death Hilarious Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Your favourite niche comedy magazine presents a night of brilliantly absurd delights. Come one, come all, for a comedy night as lovingly curated as our publication, The Independent Comedy Appreciation Society – we’ll be peddling back issues, badges, and intense comedy chat between acts. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 8.00 1 Feb Jason Manford: Muddle Class The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. 'Muddle Class' promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’ - causing much confusion! Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 27.50 (+ booking fee per ticket) 1 Feb Oas-is Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Oas-is are five Oasis fanatics who live and breathe Manchester’s finest band and are now dedicated to giving you the best look and sound that you should expect from an Oasis tribute band. As seen on Channel 4’s The Last Leg.


BATHʼS BEST SATURDAY NIGHT OUT The very best in live stand-up EVERY SATURDAY of Fame lub Hall C y d e om Krater C

Includes FREE entry to Bathʼs biggest and best club night, MOTORCITY Gary Delaney: Gangster's Paradise The band is made up of experienced musicians who have toured all around the world and who take great pride in reproducing the classic Oasis sound with frightening accuracy and all the attitude you would expect from the real thing. No wigs, no fancy gimmicks, just the closest you will get to recreating the sound of Oasis. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 12.50

Student, VIP and Meal Deal packages available!

www.komedia.co.uk/bath/krater BOX OFFICE: 01225 489070

2 Feb Faith - The George Michael Legac Bath Pavilion www.bettervenues.org.uk/venues/bath-pavilion Faith - The George Michael Legacy returns with a brand-new production for 2019. A stunning celebration remembering one of the greatest singersongwriters of all time. This energetic, vibrant musical journey brings to life 35 years of hits from George’s glittering career. This brand-new feel good show will have you dancing in the aisles for the biggest party night of the year. Performing all the hits from Freedom! ‘90 to Club Tropicana, Outside to Careless Whisper, the beautiful I Knew You Were Waiting and the show stopping Somebody To Love all brought to life by our fantastic cast and sensational live band. You Gotta Have Faith! Time: 7.30pm Prices: £25.00 3 Feb Gary Delaney: Gangster's Paradise Komedia www.komedia.co.uk One of Britain’s leading one-liner comics returns to the road with another onslaught of lean, expertly crafted gaggery. A Mock The Week regular and recent star of the new Live At The Apollo series, Gary’s shows are renowned in the business for a near unrivalled volume of high-class gags. You should expect no different from this, his brand new tour for 2018. Please note Coolio will not be appearing. Time: 8pm Prices: £17.00, Meal Deal: £28.00 4 – 9 Feb Fame: The Musical Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk The definitive 30th anniversary tour of Fame the Musical stars KEITH JACK (Any Dream Will Do, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat), MICA PARIS (Love Me Tender, Chicago, Mama I Want To Sing) and JORGIE PORTER (Hollyoaks, Dancing on Ice).It is produced by Selladoor Productions whose previous hits include Flashdance, Footloose, Little Shop of Horrors and Avenue Q. Times and prices vary, please see website for details.

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Nish Kumar 13 Feb Jimeoin: Result! Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Jimeoin is internationally acclaimed as one of live comedy’s masters, so don’t miss your chance to see this award-winning star of TV shows including ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Royal Variety Performance’, ‘John Bishop Show’, CH4’s O2 Gala’ and ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ – Live! Time: 7.30pm Prices: £17.00, Meal Deal: £28.00 13 – 23 Feb A Song at Twilight Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk Bittersweet, hugely entertaining and full of sharp wit and repartee, A Song at Twilight is about harbouring secrets and regretting missed opportunities. Noël Coward himself made his farewell stage appearance playing the semiautobiographical role of Sir Hugo in the West End production of the play in 1966. Times and prices vary, please see website for details. 27 Feb Indie Comedy Mag Live: Sarah Breese and Alison Thea-Skot Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Your favourite niche comedy magazine presents a night of brilliantly absurd delights. Come one, come all, for a comedy night as lovingly curated as our publication, Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 8.00 27 Feb Nish Kumar The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Nish Kumar is taking his brand new show on a nationwide tour of the UK! The title is a quote from Terminator 2. There will be jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction and whether it will lead to the end of days. He's the host of the Mash Report which you might have seen on BBC 2, or on a Facebook video posted by someone you went to school with but haven't spoken to in a while. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £22.50 (+ booking fee per ticket) 2 Mar Ben Fogle - Tales From The Wilderness The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Join Ben Fogle, a modern day journeyman, for an unforgettable evening of storytelling and adventure. In this uplifting and inspiring show Ben will be sharing his tales from swimming with crocodiles to conquering Mount Everest. From crossing Antarctica to rowing the Atlantic Ocean. Time: 7:30pm Prices: £ 25.00 (+ booking fee per ticket)

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FEEL GOOD FEBRUARY IN BATH: 1ST – 10TH FEBRUARY

Throughout Feel Good February, Thermae Bath Spa is proving its wellness credentials with a series of special events designed to celebrate the wellbeing and culture synonymous with Bath.

Let the Wellness Commence… At 8.15 on Friday 1st, early birds to the Spa can start their session

with a complimentary Aquasana class in the rooftop pool overlooking the stunning Bath skyline. Aquasana lets you participate in an invigorating aqua fitness session that combines classic yoga postures, balancing Tai Chi and strengthening moves to stretch and tone the body.

From 18.00 – 21.30 on Monday 4th, spa users will enjoy live music in

the indoor Minerva Bath performed by the fabulous Gaulois Brothers who will lift bathers’ spirits with their upbeat rhythms and melodies.

Tuesday 5th – Thursday 8th Midweek Reviver – £69 or £129 for Two

Take a break from those winter blues with a Midweek Reviver package which includes: • 2-hour spa session + use of towel robe & slippers • A healthy juice in the Springs Restaurant • Choice of a 30-minute spa treatment, featuring Reviver Massage OR Reviver Facial OR Aroma Body Scrub

From 10.00 until 16:00 on Tuesday 5th will see the beautiful 18th century Cross Bath open its doors, with free one-hour bathing sessions (prebooking with refundable deposit required). At 6.30pm on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th, Thermae, in

association with Aromatherapy Associates, will offer two fascinating talks in the beautiful surrounds of The Gainsborough Bath Spa. The first talk will be given by renowned expert, Dr Neil Stanley on ‘The Power of Sleep’. The second wellness talk by Jonathan Ward will focus on ‘Looking After Number One’.

From 11.30 – 16.30 on Friday 8th, guests entering the Thermae

shop will be offered complimentary wellness consultations and hand & arm massages from our partner Aromatherapy Associates, plus a free gift upon purchasing certain products.

From 2.30 – 4.00pm, the afternoon continues with a fascinating spa-

themed walking tour of central Bath, free of charge and no booking required. For more information and to book your place on Feel Good February, please take a look at our website www.thermaebathspa.com.


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FRIDAY 1ST – SUNDAY 10TH FEBRUARY

Thermae and The Gainsborough Bath Spa are hosting a range of special events designed to celebrate Spa and Wellness during Feel Good February. Many of the events are free. Tempted? Take a look at our website to see what we’ve got planned.

To watch our Spa video, please scan the QR code or visit our website.

Open daily from 09.00 – 21.30 (pools & steam rooms close at 21.00)

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Be part of something special in 2019 – Join the HUB XV co-working community

at Bath Racecourse

HUB XV launched in September 2018 with the overriding purpose of building co-working communities, located in spectacular sporting venues with sporting values at the core. Our first ever breakfast event was held at the HUB at Bath Racecourse in October when guest speaker Helena Hills of True Start Coffee spoke about the story of her business which she and husband Simon founded in 2015 in neighbouring Bristol. Helena spoke about the trials and tribulations of being a business start up before opening the floor to questions from guests and members. It was at this first event that we quickly realised just how valuable the community that we are building is. We saw first-hand the power that collaboration has on businesses and how the opportunity to vocalise successes and challenges can help to re-assure and most importantly inspire growth and develop moving forward. The first evening event saw a sporting panel come together to discuss the importance of team values and the way in which these values have supported their transitional journeys into business. The panel made up of ex-Irish & Bath Rugby international player Kevin Maggs, current Bath and Wales international, Rhys Priestland, local Rugby legend, John Hall and our very own CEO and exWelsh rugby international player, Alix Popham. The event was hosted by Matt Powell who guided the players through topics regarding business and sport and later there was an opportunity for members to ask their questions about the panel’s past careers and views on current sporting topics. We’ve hosted two other successful member events since these, both of which have shown the exciting growth and development of the HUB XV community, something we are extremely proud of, we’re excited for what’s to come in 2019…..

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We’re looking forward to kicking off 2019 with our first HUB Breakfast Club of the new year on Tuesday 8th January – We’ll be talking about understanding colleagues and your team members with speakers Joanna Crosse & Nicki Websper (who are both HUB XV members). Joanna and Nicki will be imparting their wisdom and experience on how to fulfil your potential and create the most successful business possible. Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast roll, selection of pastries, tea, coffee or hot chocolate, orange juice and fruit selection. On Wednesday 23rd January our evening networking event will be ‘In conversation with Ollie Phillips’. Following an illustrious career in professional rugby, Ollie is now a highly successful businessman in one of the world’s largest professional service networks, PWC. A Guinness World Record holder, motivational speaker and expedition leader to name but a few of his achievements, he is proof that anything is possible. This event will be focussed on motivating yourself and your work force through difficult times. Enjoy complimentary nibbles and a glass of wine/prosecco/beer or soft drink on arrival as well as informal and relaxed networking. To become part of the HUB XV community, Bath or to find out more about our Cardiff HUB, contact Head of Membership Sarah Moon info@hubxv.com or visit www.hubxv.com

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30 successful years at the Pavilion for the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair After 30 successful years at Bath Pavilion, the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair still occupies its own rarified position among its peers – a regional event which enjoys an international audience, and a unique atmosphere, almost clublike, amongst its many loyal exhibitors and clients. There will be an emphasis on style diversity for the 30th edition 8-10 March, 2019, with an exciting mix of a few dealers who were there at the very first event in 1989 who will join a dazzling group of young dealers who were still at school in 1989! Bridging those generations will be a wealth of talent from across the UK dealing in a wide range of enticing and quirky furniture and objects for the home and garden from C18th to C20th. Expect to see interesting pieces from the UK and around the Globe including Sweden and the Nordic countries, France, Italy and Asia - from humble early English pottery through to stylish C20th Falcon leather chairs, enormous French chateau dressers, Persian carpets, Modern & Contemporary Art and beautiful Windsor chairs at home in a period farmhouse or a New York apartment. Pricing starts at £10 to £10,000 with plenty in between.

Expect to see interesting pieces from the UK and around the Globe including Sweden and the Nordic countries, France, Italy and Asia The fair was founded in 1989 by local antiques dealer Robin Coleman, and was acquired in 2013 by Sue & Peter Hodder of Cooper Events. Sue and Peter recognised that the fair had an important legacy in the city and it has continued to thrive during their 7 years of stewardship. Sue Ede: “We are honoured to own this important event which is so cherished by all who sail in her! We are very much looking forward to celebrating the 30th edition with exhibitors from 1989 to the present day.” Excellent licenced bistro on site. Bath Decorative Antiques Fair Complimentary tickets via website 8-10 March 2019 The Pavilion, North Parade Road, Bath BA2 4EU Tel 01278 784912 www.bathdecorativeantiquesfair.co.uk info@bathdecorativeantiquesfair.co.uk


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The The Pavilion, Pavilion, Bath BA2 4EU Trade Preview Preview Trade Thursday 7 March March Thursday Complimentary tickets via Complimentary via website website bathdecorativeantiquesfair.co.uk bathdecorativeantiquesfair.co.uk


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Mark Benton

Sir Ian McKellen

SPRING into a new season at BAth's Theatre Royal Amongst the actors visiting Bath in Spring 2019, one of the UK’s great theatrical knights, Ian McKellen, will perform for one performance only as part of his 80th birthday celebrations in IAN McKELLEN ON STAGE, an evening of acting and anecdotes. Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Human, Doc Martin) reprises her hugely acclaimed performance in HOME, I’M DARLING, a new play by Laura Wade (Posh) about one woman’s quest to become the perfect 1950s housewife, which comes to Bath direct from the West End and a sold out run at the National Theatre.

Also direct from the West End, Sam Yates directs Mark Benton (Early Doors, Northern Lights, Waterloo Road) and Nigel Harman (EastEnders, Olivier Award for Shrek, the Musical) in GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS. David Mamet’s ground-breaking modern classic is set in the cut throat world of Chicago salesmen where four increasingly desperate employees are doing anything they can to avoid being fired. Opening in Bath, prior to the West End, Simon Callow (Amadeus, Four Weddings and Funeral) and Jane Asher (The Mistress, Holby City, Eve) star in A SONG AT TWILIGHT, Noël Coward’s bittersweet story of secrets and missed opportunities in which he himself made his last West End performance. Caroline Langrishe (Lovejoy, Judge John Deed) and Aden Gillett (The House of Eliott) star in CAROLINE’S KITCHEN, which explores life behind the camera for the nation’s favourite TV cook. Direct from a hit London run, this searing comedy by Torben Betts is produced by the Original Theatre Company. Award-winning comedies include Marie Jones’s STONES IN HIS POCKETS, about the making of a historical blockbuster in rural Ireland, as seen through the eyes of two local extras. Lindsay Posner directs this hysterically funny

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and inventive show, which won both Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best New Comedy and is produced by Theatre Royal Bath Productions. THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY is the breathtakingly funny latest hit from Mischief Theatre, the team behind The Play That Goes Wrong. This smash-and-grab comedy, enjoying its third year in the West End, visits Bath as part of its first tour. Tom Stoppard received a lifetime achievement in literature award last year, now there’s the chance to see one of his funniest plays, ROUGH CROSSING set on an ocean liner and accompanied by songs composed by André Previn. Rachel Kavanaugh directs this new production. For those who love a good mystery, Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels have long-dominated the detective fiction market. Now the legendary Inspector The Lady Vanishes

Samantha Womack appears in REBUS: LONG SHADOWS which has been written exclusively for the stage and adapted by Rona Munro and stars Charles Lawson (Jim McDonald in Coronation Street), Cathy Tyson (Mona Lisa, Band of Gold) and John Stahl (Richard Karstark in Game of Thrones). Paula Hawkins’s international hit novel, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, has sold over twenty million copies worldwide. This new stage adaptation stars Samantha Womack (Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders, Mount Pleasant, Game On) and Oliver Farnworth (Hollyoaks, Coronation Street), and is directed by Anthony Banks. The classic thriller THE LADY VANISHES, based on the Alfred Hitchcock film, features an all star cast including Juliet Mills (Wild at Heart, Passions) and Maxwell Caulfield (Dynasty, The Colbys), Lorna Fitzgerald (Abi Branning in EastEnders), Matt Barber (Atticus Aldridge in Downton Abbey), Robert Duncan (Gus Hedges in Drop the Dead Donkey), Philip Lowrie (Dennis Tanner in Coronation Street) and Ben Nealon (Soldier, Soldier). Also inspired by a film, in this case the Oscar winning RAIN MAN, Paul Nicholls (Joe Wicks in EastEnders) and Chris Fountain (Best Actor in the 2008 British Soap Awards for playing Justin Burton in


Win 2 tickets to see Hollyoaks) star in the touching and funny story of salesman Charlie Babbitt and his older brother Raymond, an autistic savant with an amazing memory and a genius for numbers. Marking the 25th anniversary of Louis de Bernières’s best-selling novel about love on the Greek Island of Cephalonia during the Second World War, Rona Munro has adapted CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN in a new production directed by Olivier and Tony Award nominated Melly Still. The acclaimed English Touring Theatre, celebrating its 25th anniversary, has joined with the legendary Theatre Royal Stratford East to present an undoubted 20th century masterpiece, Peter Shaffer’s EQUUS, inspired by a true story of the relationship between a teenage boy who has committed a devastating crime, and his psychiatrist.

at the Theatre Royal Bath The Rocky Horror Show in the BBC1 drama Informer. Directed by Eleanor Rhode, Blue Door also features original songs. The Season is completed by THE OMISSION OF THE FAMILY COLEMAN, an absurdist comedy by influential Argentinian theatre-maker Claudio Tolcachir, which has been a huge global hit. Laurence Boswell will direct this new version of the play about a dysfunctional family which has been adapted by award-winning Irish writer, Stella Feehily.

‘Still the sexiest and funniest show in town’, Richard O’Brien’s THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, stars Strictly Come Dancing’s 2016 winner, Joanne Clifton and Ben Adams from the BRIT Award-winning boy band a1 as Brad Richard Alston makes and Janet, and Philip Franks (The Darling The Ustinov Studio’s Visiting Company Season a welcome return to the Buds of May), as The Narrator. Keith Jack 2019 features drama, including Fuel’s production Theatre Royal Bath on Friday (Any Dream Will Do, Joseph and the Amazing of Nick Makoha’s story of a four-year-old boy 25th and Saturday 26th January Technicolor Dreamcoat), Mica Paris (Love Me and his mother who escape from Idi Amin’s as he celebrates half a century of Tender, Chicago) and Jorgie Porter (Hollyoaks, regime in Uganda, THE DARK; Theatre Alibi making dance with a programme full Dancing on Ice) star in the 30th anniversary tour returns with FALLING, Daniel Jamieson’s story of his trademark lyrical choreography of FAME THE MUSICAL, featuring the Oscarabout what happens when a sink hole suddenly performed by undoubtedly one of the winning title song and a cast of outstanding appears out of nowhere and changes ordinary world’s best dance ensembles. dancers, singers and musicians. Bath Operatic lives forever. There’s tap dancing from Old and Dramatic Society make their annual Kent Road with OSCILLATE, and comedy from The evening centres around exciting World visit to the Theatre Royal with FIDDLER ON Bath’s own New Old Friends with their latest Premieres by Richard Alston and associate THE ROOF, one of the best loved of all stage thriller, CRIMES ON THE NILE; Pants on Fire choreographer Martin Lawrance. Alston’s Brahms musicals. If you would like to join in with the present OVID’S METAMORPHOSIS, a very silly Hungarian is set to the hugely popular Brahms pieces, singing, SING-A-LONG-A THE GREATEST actor-musician extravaganza which relocates featuring live solo pianist Jason Ridgway, where the dancers SHOWMAN, is a screening of the film with a live the epic tales to World War One; Out of Chaos are carried along by fast steps and an abandoned fervour. Detour, host and plenty of audience participation. presents UNMYTHABLE (NB: the date for this is Lawrance’s new work, set to Michael Gordon’s pulsing Timber, will be a Wednesday 13 March, not 8 May), an anarchic companion piece to a celebratory revival of the beautiful Proverb, one of Alston’s Following previous hugely acclaimed seasons blend of comedy, cross-dressing and songs most telling choreographies set to the vocals of Steve Reich. The programme of American drama, Laurence Boswell, Olivier and Suzi Ruffell presents her latest hit stand-up also includes a last chance to see Mid Century Modern, a journey through each Award winning Artistic Director of the Ustinov show, NOCTURAL. Spellbinding storyteller decade of Alston’s career, featuring sections from Nowhere Slowly (1970), Studio, launches a thrilling Season of UK Daniel Morden joins with two musicians as The Rainbow Bandit (1977) and the joyous Signal of a Shake (2000). Premieres from the Americas directing Devil’s Violin to present STOLEN, and Publick the brilliant black comedy THE MODEL Transport presents WE ARE BRONTË, a riotous Having announced that they will close in 2020, don’t miss this opportunity to see APARTMENT by Donald Margulies, one of interpretation of the Brontë Myth. Actors Touring the company while you can as they bring their penultimate tour to Bath. America’s most respected and renowned Company presents LIVING WITH THE LIGHTS playwrights, whose work includes the Pulitzer ON in which actor Mark Lockyer presents a Tickets for Richard Alston Dance Company are on sale at the Theatre Royal Bath Prize winning Dinner With Friends. Diana Quick play about his own encounters with bi-polar Box Office. To book call 01225 448844 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk (Brideshead Revisited) and Ian Gelder (Game disorder. Former TRB Youth Theatre member of Thrones), star as two elderly Holocaust Amber Massie-Blomfield talks about her book, survivors, Max and Lola, retiring to Florida from TWENTY THEATRES TO SEE BEFORE YOU Brooklyn. Debby, the nightmare of a daughter DIE; some of the city’s finest playwrights join they had been trying to escape from, is played by the nationwide project COME TO WHERE I’M Emily Bruni, and Neil, the lover she picks up en FROM, presented by Paines Plough and the route, by Enyi Okoronkwo. Ustinov Studio, and TRB Creative Learning 2 tickets to watch Richard Alston Dancepresents Company THE at 24 HOUR PLAYS in which brand The playRoyal in the Season is Tanya new plays are written rehearsed and performed thesecond Theatre Bath on Friday 25th January at 7.30pm. Barfield’s extraordinary journey through the in the course of a single day. In the egg theatre, history of Lewis, an African-American professor Notnow Collective’s For a chance to win, simply send us your name and contactDADMAN: The Bath-Time of mathematics, and his ancestors, BLUE Warrior is a show for adults about being a details,ason e-mail, competitions@inbath.net DOOR. Starring Lewis, Ray to: Fearon has parent. date:forFri 18th January worked extensivelyClosing with the RSC, whom Subject: Dance Shows for young children and families in the egg his credits include Othello, HecubaAlston and Julius Caesar. He recently played Usual T's Macbeth and C'satapply. theatre include OVER THE MOON, an opera for Shakespeare’s Globe. Screen credits include babies, which weaves together gentle classical Coronation Street, Strictly Come Dancing music and nursery rhymes; KALEIDOSCOPE (2006 series) and the film Harry Potter and the introduces babies to the changing colours of the Philosopher’s Stone. The four generations of world; GROW is a dance show from Indepenancestors and relatives who haunt Lewis are dance, which celebrates the first day of spring; portrayed by Fehinti Balogun, who is currently LITTLE GIFT features exquisite puppetry as it

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tells a story of friendship; HOW TO CATCH A STAR is based on the much-loved book by Oliver Jeffers; over Half Term, Whispering Woods presents STAR FLOWER which features aerial acrobatics and Uchenna Dance and The Place present HANSEL & GRETEL, a modern retelling of the classic fairytale; award-winning theatremaker Caroline Horton joins with an international ensemble to present a funny, magical production, MUCKERS, and Kid Carpet and The Noisy Animals present NOISY HOLIDAY, a ridiculous story about going on your holidays, complete with original songs. For older children, Box Clever returns with their thrilling adaptations of Shakespeare’s ROMEO & JULIET and MACBETH; one of Scotland’s finest storytellers, Andy Cannon, also distils the essence of Macbeth into a one-man version in IS THIS A DAGGER?; Elise Heaven performs SHE’S A GOOD BOY, an honest, moving and hilarious show exploring non-binary gender. Bath Theatre Academy presents BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA a retelling of the Gothic masterpiece. Special Events include Moonstone Theatre Company with DEATH OF A SUFFRAGETTE, a crime-solving lunch; Harriet Sandys discusses her own story in BEYOND THAT LAST BLUE MOUNTAIN: My Silk Road Journey; Damien Lewis returns with his new bestseller, SAS ITALIAN JOB: The Secret Mission to Storm a Forbidden Nazi Fortress; Adrian Tinniswood talks about his Domestic History of the Royal Household in BEHIND THE THRONE, and Clare Mulley discusses her biography of Christine Granville, one of Britain’s most highly decorated and daring secret agents in THE SPY WHO LOVED. Events organized by the Theatre’s Fundraisers, and open to the general public, include CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT and a morning with Duncan Glendinning of Bath’s Thoughtful Bakers in SECRETS OF SOURDOUGH. As part of the Creative Learning’s programme of events for adults, there are masterclasses from Toby Thompson on PERFORMANCE POETRY and from James Grieve of Paines Plough on PLAYWRITING; Alice Barclay runs a course on ACTING SHAKESPEARE and looking at stagings of some of the best contemporary plays in THE TWO DAY PLAYS and director Kevin Lewis leads a course of MONTHLY PLAYREADINGS.

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The season includes thrilling contemporary dance from Richard Alston Dance Company, presenting the choreographer’s latest work, Brahms Hungarian, Proverb and Mid Century Modern, a journey through each decade of Alston’s career and Detour, a new piece by Martin Lawrance. The company visits Bath as part of their penultimate tour. One of the world’s most renowned companies, Moscow City Ballet, returns to Bath with THE NUTCRACKER with music by Tchaikovsky, one of the best-loved of all ballets in the classical repertoire.


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The definitive 30th anniversary tour of Fame The Musical visits the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 4th to Saturday 9th February starring Keith Jack (Any Dream Will Do, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) with Mica Paris (Love Me Tender, Chicago, Mama I Want To Sing) and Jorgie Porter (Hollyoaks, Dancing on Ice). Based on the phenomenal 1980 film, Fame The Musical is the international smash hit sensation following the lives of students at New York’s High School for the Performing Arts, as they navigate their way through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of life. This bittersweet but uplifting triumph of a show explores the

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issues that confront many young people today: prejudice, identity, pride, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance. Fame The Musical has seen seven West End runs since opening on Broadway in 1988 and continues to be one of the best-loved musicals across the world. Featuring the Oscar-winning title song and a cast of outstanding dancers, singers, musicians and actors as they transform from star-struck pupils to superstars, Fame the Musical will indeed live forever. Tickets for FAME are on sale at the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office. To book call 01225 448844 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk

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2 tickets to watch FAME at the Theatre Royal Bath on Monday 4th February at 7.30pm For a chance to win, simply send us your name and contact details, on e-mail, to: competitions@inbath.net Closing date: Mon 28th January Subject: Fame Usual T's and C's apply.


Hollyoaks) star in the touching and funny story of salesman Charlie Babbitt and his older brother Raymond, an autistic savant with an amazing memory and a genius for numbers. Marking the 25th anniversary of Louis de Bernières’s best-selling novel about love on the Greek Island of Cephalonia during the Second World War, Rona Munro has adapted CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN in a new production directed by Olivier and Tony Award nominated Melly Still. The acclaimed English Touring Theatre, celebrating its 25th anniversary, has joined with the legendary Theatre Royal Stratford East to present an undoubted 20th century masterpiece, Peter Shaffer’s EQUUS, inspired by a true story of the relationship between a teenage boy who has committed a devastating crime, and his psychiatrist. The season includes thrilling contemporary dance from Richard Alston Dance Company, presenting the choreographer’s latest work, Brahms Hungarian, Proverb and Mid Century Modern, a journey through each decade of Alston’s career and Detour, a new piece by Martin Lawrance. The company visits Bath as part of their penultimate tour. One of the world’s most renowned companies, Moscow City Ballet, returns to Bath with THE NUTCRACKER with music by Tchaikovsky, one of the best-loved of all ballets in the classical repertoire. ‘Still the sexiest and funniest show in town’, Richard O’Brien’s THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, stars Strictly Come Dancing’s 2016 winner, Joanne Clifton and Ben Adams from the BRIT Award-winning boy band a1 as Brad and Janet, and Philip Franks (The Darling Buds of May), as The Narrator. Keith Jack (Any Dream Will Do, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Mica Paris (Love Me Tender, Chicago) and Jorgie Porter (Hollyoaks, Dancing on Ice) star in the 30th anniversary tour of FAME THE MUSICAL, featuring the Oscarwinning title song and a cast of outstanding dancers, singers and musicians. Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society make their annual visit to the Theatre Royal with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, one of the best loved of all stage musicals. If you would like to join in with the singing, SING-A-LONG-A THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, is a screening of the film with a live host and plenty of audience participation. Following previous hugely acclaimed seasons of American drama, Laurence Boswell, Olivier Award winning Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio, launches a thrilling Season of UK Premieres from the Americas directing the brilliant black comedy THE MODEL APARTMENT by Donald Margulies, one of America’s most respected and renowned playwrights, whose work includes the Pulitzer Prize winning Dinner With Friends. Diana Quick (Brideshead Revisited) and Ian Gelder (Game of Thrones), star as two elderly Holocaust survivors, Max and Lola, retiring to Florida from Brooklyn. Debby, the nightmare of a daughter they had been trying to escape from, is played by Emily Bruni, and Neil, the lover she picks up en route, by Enyi Okoronkwo. The second play in the Season is Tanya Barfield’s extraordinary journey through the history of Lewis, an African-American professor of mathematics, and his ancestors, BLUE DOOR. Starring as Lewis, Ray Fearon has worked extensively with the RSC, for whom his credits include Othello, Hecuba and Julius Caesar. He recently played Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe. Screen credits include Coronation Street, Strictly Come Dancing (2006 series) and the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The four generations of ancestors and relatives who haunt Lewis are portrayed by Fehinti Balogun, who is currently

The Rocky Horror Show in the BBC1 drama Informer. Directed by Eleanor Rhode, Blue Door also features original songs. The Season is completed by THE OMISSION OF THE FAMILY COLEMAN, an absurdist comedy by influential Argentinian theatre-maker Claudio Tolcachir, which has been a huge global hit. Laurence Boswell will direct this new version of the play about a dysfunctional family which has been adapted by award-winning Irish writer, Stella Feehily. The Ustinov Studio’s Visiting Company Season 2019 features drama, including Fuel’s production of Nick Makoha’s story of a four-year-old boy and his mother who escape from Idi Amin’s regime in Uganda, THE DARK; Theatre Alibi returns with FALLING, Daniel Jamieson’s story about what happens when a sink hole suddenly appears out of nowhere and changes ordinary lives forever. There’s tap dancing from Old Kent Road with OSCILLATE, and comedy from Bath’s own New Old Friends with their latest thriller, CRIMES ON THE NILE; Pants on Fire present OVID’S METAMORPHOSIS, a very silly actor-musician extravaganza which relocates the epic tales to World War One; Out of Chaos presents UNMYTHABLE (NB: the date for this is Wednesday 13 March, not 8 May), an anarchic blend of comedy, cross-dressing and songs and Suzi Ruffell presents her latest hit stand-up show, NOCTURAL. Spellbinding storyteller Daniel Morden joins with two musicians as The Devil’s Violin to present STOLEN, and Publick Transport presents WE ARE BRONTË, a riotous interpretation of the Brontë Myth. Actors Touring Company presents LIVING WITH THE LIGHTS ON in which actor Mark Lockyer presents a play about his own encounters with bi-polar disorder. Former TRB Youth Theatre member Amber Massie-Blomfield talks about her book, TWENTY THEATRES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE; some of the city’s finest playwrights join the nationwide project COME TO WHERE I’M FROM, presented by Paines Plough and the Ustinov Studio, and TRB Creative Learning presents THE 24 HOUR PLAYS in which brand new plays are written rehearsed and performed in the course of a single day. In the egg theatre, Notnow Collective’s DADMAN: The Bath-Time Warrior is a show for adults about being a parent. Shows for young children and families in the egg theatre include OVER THE MOON, an opera for babies, which weaves together gentle classical music and nursery rhymes; KALEIDOSCOPE introduces babies to the changing colours of the world; GROW is a dance show from Independance, which celebrates the first day of spring; LITTLE GIFT features exquisite puppetry as it

tells a story of friendship; HOW TO CATCH A STAR is based on the much-loved book by Oliver Jeffers; over Half Term, Whispering Woods presents STAR FLOWER which features aerial acrobatics and Uchenna Dance and The Place present HANSEL & GRETEL, a modern retelling of the classic fairytale; award-winning theatremaker Caroline Horton joins with an international ensemble to present a funny, magical production, MUCKERS, and Kid Carpet and The Noisy Animals present NOISY HOLIDAY, a ridiculous story about going on your holidays, complete with original songs. For older children, Box Clever returns with their thrilling adaptations of Shakespeare’s ROMEO & JULIET and MACBETH; one of Scotland’s finest storytellers, Andy Cannon, also distils the essence of Macbeth into a one-man version in IS THIS A DAGGER?; Elise Heaven performs SHE’S A GOOD BOY, an honest, moving and hilarious show exploring non-binary gender. Bath Theatre Academy presents BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA a retelling of the Gothic masterpiece. Special Events include Moonstone Theatre Company with DEATH OF A SUFFRAGETTE, a crime-solving lunch; Harriet Sandys discusses her own story in BEYOND THAT LAST BLUE MOUNTAIN: My Silk Road Journey; Damien Lewis returns with his new bestseller, SAS ITALIAN JOB: The Secret Mission to Storm a Forbidden Nazi Fortress; Adrian Tinniswood talks about his Domestic History of the Royal Household in BEHIND THE THRONE, and Clare Mulley discusses her biography of Christine Granville, one of Britain’s most highly decorated and daring secret agents in THE SPY WHO LOVED. Events organized by the Theatre’s Fundraisers, and open to the general public, include CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT and a morning with Duncan Glendinning of Bath’s Thoughtful Bakers in SECRETS OF SOURDOUGH. As part of the Creative Learning’s programme of events for adults, there are masterclasses from Toby Thompson on PERFORMANCE POETRY and from James Grieve of Paines Plough on PLAYWRITING; Alice Barclay runs a course on ACTING SHAKESPEARE and looking at stagings of some of the best contemporary plays in THE TWO DAY PLAYS and director Kevin Lewis leads a course of MONTHLY PLAYREADINGS.

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Peter Andre Celebrating 25 years

It has been 25 years since Peter Andre first burst onto the music scene. Now, the internationally acclaimed, global media star is back with a 25-date tour of the UK, taking in The Forum, Bath on 22nd February. We managed to grab a quick chat with the Antipodean superstar to talk about the tour, antiques and family life.

Well it’s the Celebrate 25 Years tour where I’m performing at 25 venues around the country. It really is going to be a great show with lots of the old classics as well as some of my more recent stuff with a few surprises thrown in along the way! So this is a real celebration of your work and a big thank you to your fans. How important have they been to you over the past 25 years? 25 years ago I opened for Madonna in Australia for her Stadium tour. I’m so lucky people want to still see me! I’m looking forward to seeing everybody hopefully having a good time! You’ve always managed to keep re-inventing yourself, whether it’s through the diversity in your music or through TV programmes. Has it been a conscious effort to try your hand at most things to keep it fresh? I’ve been extremely lucky that I’ve had so many opportunities in my career from singing to TV presenting and even acting, it hasn’t been a conscious effort to keep it fresh, it’s just been amazing that I’ve had so many other doors opening and I’ve been lucky enough to give new things a try. With your pop career, swing albums, love songs and even Christmas releases, how difficult has it been to select the songs for the show? It’s been hard I’m not going to lie, but I think everybody will be pleased with the choices that I’ve made. Of the styles of music you have recorded, which is your favourite? All music I love actually but that’s hard to choose. But if I had to pick a couple it would have to be soul and funk. Is there a TV programme you would like to try - and why? I would love to try my hand either on The Voice, because I love discovering and supporting new talent, or maybe hosting a family quiz show, that would be so cool to do.

Ha ha very good… I really enjoyed filming Antiques Roadshow – it really opened my eyes to a new world. I don’t know if I’d make a very good dealer mind you. How is touring and do the family come along to cheer you on? This tour is pretty full on around the UK so it is hard to be away from the family but that’s also the good thing about Facetime, you can still see everybody and speak to them. But yes I love it when family and friends can come along and see me in action. It will be Millie and Theo’s first time seeing me in concert. If you could go back to the 20 year old Peter Andre and give him any advice, what would it be? Enjoy the moment... I spent so much time not even appreciating where I was or what I was lucky enough to be doing that it just zoomed by. So what’s the plan for the next 25 years? Well who knows where any of us will be in 25 years’ time! I’m 45 (nearly 46) now and I’m obviously not going to be performing forever but I am excited to be trying interior design out and through that I have a new bed range out called A by Andre and I’ll be adding to that over the next few years. Hopefully I’ll also be building a new house out in Cyprus as well. For more information about tickets to Peter’s Celebrating 25 Years tour go to www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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Peter Andre's Celebrate 25 Years Tour at The Forum, Bath on Friday 22 February at 6pm.

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I saw you on Celebrity Antiques Roadshow the other day - you were very good. Maybe an antiques shop (oh) ‘Mysterious Gifts’ ?

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Hi Peter, many thanks for taking the time out to chat to us. So this year sees you celebrate 25 years in show business with a UK tour. We can’t wait to see you perform in Plymouth, what can we expect from the show?


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The Explorer’s Guide to Lacock

Saturday 12 January – Sunday 19 May Whether searching for puddles or spotting starlings in the grounds at Lacock, we’ve got more than enough for little explorers this winter. Pick up an Explorer’s Guide to Lacock from Visitor Reception and see what you can find. This guide will last you all year, with different animals and plants to spot for each season, perfect for visiting us again and again.

Volunteer recruitment day

Saturday 19 January 10am-12 noon Love history? Why not pass it on? Whether you have a whole day or just a few hours to give us, working as a volunteer offers you the opportunity to get involved and make use of your existing talents while developing new skills. Our volunteers make a real difference - from providing a friendly first point of contact in visitor reception, to keeping the gardens and grounds looking their best, or providing a first-class welcome in the abbey itself. Help us keep Lacock special and give something back. If you want to start volunteering but don’t know where to begin, come along to our volunteer recruitment day and find out more.

Look inside a Lacock cottage

Monday 4 – Friday 8 February, 11am-3pm A great chance to explore the rooms behind one of Lacock’s closed doors as we open our holiday cottage, 2 High Street throughout the week. As one of the older buildings in the village, it is timber framed, with intriguing features and bags of character. Look out for the signs in the village to point you in the right direction, and why not see what else the village has to offer? Ocean Swimmer, Beth French

There's plenty to see and do, this spring, at Lacock Abbey

IMAGE: Beth French © National Trust Images / Anita Corbin

As we cast off old habits and start new ones, we’re setting goals for the year ahead in the gardens, village and abbey, imagining all the things we could show you. Invigorated by the appearance of snowdrops, crocuses and the sounds of birds shrilling through the crisp air, join our garden team on their early spring walks. The Watercolour project is picking up, and there’s much to learn about the conservation as the furnished rooms reopen at Lacock Abbey to some refreshed interpretation. Chilly days are best ended with cups of tea, so why not join us to celebrate Fox Talbot’s birthday on 11 February with a slice of cake in our Courtyard tea-room?

Don’t miss the regular flooding in the abbey fields as it proves a perfect grounding for snakeshead fritillaries to appear later in the season, keep your eyes peeled for these delicate blooms. What’s going on…

‘First Women UK’ photography exhibition at the Fox Talbot Museum & gallery Saturday 15 September - Sunday 3 February Anita Corbin’s First Women UK exhibition features portraits from celebrities and famous personalities from across the decades, including athletes, actors, politicians, musicians and businesswomen.

‘I wanted to create an impressive visual story of female potential: fantastic role models that will hopefully inspire other women and men, of all generations, now and in the future', says Corbin.

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Touching on the radical inspiration for the work, she notes that portraiture has, as a discipline, favoured men: 'In a long history dominated by notable males, First Women asks "What is it about women that can inspire you?"' Our photographic exhibition runs through January and will be the last show before a month of refurbishment work for the gallery. Follow us on Facebook for more details: @FoxTalbotMuseum Lacock Abbey @Tristan Beard

Valentine's Day flower count

Sat 9 - Sun 17 Feb, 10.30am-5pm Signifying the start of spring, colourful flowers are a welcome sign of the longer, warmer days to come. Every year around this time, we do a Valentine’s Day flower count. Our gardeners count up the number of blooms in the gardens and grounds here at Lacock. This, added to the results from all over the South West, gives us an indicator of what gardens are going to look like throughout the year. It also allows us to compare with previous years and see trends. From this we can build a picture of how spring flowers are affected by climate change. Why not come along and help us this year. Ask at Visitor reception or a gardener during your visit between Saturday 9 – Sunday 17 February.


Blow away the cobwebs and explore Lacock with our winter family trail 2 Jan - 15 Feb, 11am-4pm The bare trees make spotting wildlife easy at this time of year as little explorers feel the crunch of frost underfoot and look for animals up in the trees. What can you spot? Call 01249 730459 for details nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock #nationaltrust

When you visit, donate, volunteer or join the National Trust, your support helps us to look after special places in the south west such as Prior Park, Bath Skyline and Avebury for ever, for everyone.

Š National Trust 2018. The National Trust is an independent registered charity, number 205846. Photography Š National Trust Images\John Millar.


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Try something new this spring at The Edge

Edge Three outstanding temporary exhibitions, The A place for curious minds to explore new thinking and ideas. Visit the Andrew Gallery at Bath’s largest creation centre, learn about this spring, at the Victoria Art Gallery UniversityBrownsword of Bath research on display in the café, or try something new in Sharmanka Travelling Circus 23 February – 7 May 2019

Sharmanka, from the Russian word for barrel organ, is a performing mechanical theatre that will delight young and old alike. Sound and movement combine with striking images to make for a humorous and, at times, slightly macabre experience. The sculptures are the work of Russian born artist and inventor Eduard Bersudsky.

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Families are also welcome, with free fortnightly drop-in sessions and fun activity sheets to provide a stimulating journey through each exhibition.

Collaborating with theatre director Tatyana Jakovskaya and light and sound designer Sergey Jakovsky, Eduard began producing his kinetic sculptures in 1974 as a protest against the prevailing Soviet ideology. The works incorporate pieces of old furniture, metal scrap and grotesque carved figures. Examples include Swinging Big Ben in which Time is moved on, cheerily and cheekily by a menagerie of industrious little creatures. In The Eternal Triangle of Love the jolly Harlequin and sad Pierotte have been competing for the love of Columbine so long that they have not noticed her transformation into the figure of Death.

Louise Bourgeois Prints 23 February – 7 May 2019

Accompanying Sharmanka is this Hayward Touring print exhibition by one of the most important and influential artists of recent decades, Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010). Best known for her powerful emotionally charged sculptures, this FrenchAmerican artist’s output grew increasingly expressive throughout her career. After many years focusing primarily on sculpture, Bourgeois returned to printmaking during the latter years of her life – from the 1980s until her death in 2010. The two series in this exhibition were made whilst she was in her eighties and have strong autobiographical themes, capturing some of her deepest thoughts, memories and anxieties.

Triangle of Love, Sharmanka Travelling Circus

Endangered Species: Creative recycling by Val Hunt 23 February – 7 May 2019 Free

With inspiration, ingenuity, humour and skill, artist Val Hunt has created a fascinating selection of large and small sculptural pieces which are both appealing and informative. Animals, exotic birds, fish, dinosaurs and species of flora, all on the edge or now extinct, have been made from a selection of throwaway material, especially Val’s favourite medium, drinks can metal. This exhibition presents a subtle message about recycling and preservation, raising awareness of why the creatures on show are endangered or extinct. Find out why species are disappearing from this planet at an alarming rate. Most works are available for purchase. www.victoriagal.org.uk @VictoriaArtBath

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NEXT EXHIBITION

Emma Hart: BANGER

Sat 16 Feb – Sat 27 Apr 2019 Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm (Late night Wednesdays until 7pm) FREE ADMISSION Andrew Brownsword Gallery, The Edge Emma Hart makes art about the routines and spaces of everyday life. Banger is a new body of ceramic works that continues her investigation into relationships and domestic life, in this case the car as the interior space where so many family dynamics are played out. Beyond the windscreen there are urban scenes clamouring with signs and instructions and rural horizons with endless of possible routes to navigate. In Banger the relentless velocity of decision making is as inescapable as the changing weather. Banger was commissioned by The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. Love art? View the exhibition preview on Fri 15 Feb, 5-7pm

VISUAL ARTS & DANCE CLASSES

As part of the University of Bath, The Edge provides excellent learning opportunities for adults with expert tutors across visual arts and dance. This spring you can book on to Life Drawing, Ballet, Contemporary Dance and more, starting in February. More information at: www.edgearts.org


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Lunchtime Exhibition Tours

Every Thursday, 6 December to 31 January incl, 12.30-13.00. Free to Discovery Card and ticket holders.

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Events for Children and Adults

Gallery Trail: Special Shapes and Silhouettes Until Friday 2 November

Follow our trail and seek out special silhouettes around the Gallery.

Picturesque Pots

Thursday 1 November, 10.30am-12.30pm

Use wax crayons and watercolours to create a clever effect.

Marvellous Masks

Friday 2 November, 10.30am-12.30pm

Make marvellous character masks from our special exhibition.

Collection Highlight Tours

Green Light, 2018. Ceramic, Perspex and steel. Courtesy the artist and The Sunday Painter, London.

Wednesdays 7 November, 5 December 1pm-1.45pm

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BANGER

Nick is well known for his portraits of celebrities and for his paintings of Bath street scenes, meticulously executed in a style similar to that of old master painters such as Vermeer. For this exhibition he presents over twenty of his stunning Bath night paintings in the form of giclée prints on stretched canvas, all of which will be for sale. The artist’s brilliant eye for the effect of light on colour ensures visitors will want to explore the city’s beautiful buildings after dark. This exhibition of night paintings of Bath is Nick’s first show in the setting of the Victoria Art Gallery. He will also have four books and greeting cards available during the show.


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Why do Museums Matter?

On the Ballroom table 7 February to 19 May We invited visitors and people in our local community to complete the statement ‘Museums matter to me because…’ as a way of understanding what people value about museums and how the role of museums is understood in contemporary society. This exciting installation is a visual response to over 1,000 ideas and comments shared with us. In the Wirth Gallery 7 February to 22 April Celebrating the role of museums as places of creative inspiration, and our Pathways to Wellbeing Programme,a this display showcases the artwork of people who have engaged with individual objects from the Holburne’s collection. It examines the connection between museums, creativity, mental health and wellbeing. Each piece will reveal a personal connection, exploring how individual objects and opportunities to learn new art skills can inspire creative journeys. For more information about Pathways to Wellbeing please visit: www.holburne.org/pathways-to-wellbeing

Free holiday drop-ins

Do Not Disturb!

Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 February 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30-3.30pm Philipe Jacques-Dulwich

Images: David Hockney (b.1937) Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, 1970-71 © David Hockney | Collection Tate, London 2018 Thomas Gainsborough, Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, c.1777-8, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

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The Holburne Museum

Last Chance to See

Gainsborough & the Theatre until 20 January

Rodin: rethinking the fragment until 27 January

David Hockney’s Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy until 27 January

23 January 2.30 to 3.30pm

Back by popular demand! Holburne Director, Chris Stephens will be delivering his recent soldout talk on David Hockney in the last week of the painting’s display at the Museum. Holburne Director Chris Stephens, co-curator of last year’s record-breaking Hockney retrospective at Tate, will discuss the visiting masterpiece Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy by Hockney in relation to the rest of the artist’s career and to its position in the history of portraiture

George Shaw: A Corner of a Foreign Field 8 February to 6 May 2019

The Holburne is the only European venue for Shaw’s major retrospective at the Yale Center for British Art. It covers his career from 1996 to the present, including some new works never shown in the UK. Shaw’s paintings, made with enamel model paint, focus on the Tile Hill estate on the outskirts of Coventry where he grew up, and the ancient woods surrounding it. Steeped in modern and historic fine art traditions, Shaw’s work alludes to twentieth-century painting and photography, and the legacy of such European masters as Titian.

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Adult Workshop

Drawing into Print: Intaglio Print Workshop with Jemma Gunning Saturday 16 February, 10.30am-4.30pm £60

Join printmaker, Jemma Gunning, for a lively day of sketching and printing. Spend the morning making site-specific drawings around Bath, using various drawing techniques to capture the beautiful architecture the city has to offer. In the afternoon, you will work your drawings up into a small edition of intaglio prints to take home with you, creating a lively set of dry points with an etching press and exploring inking techniques, colour and tonal ranges, and Chine-collé. David Hockney's 'Mr and Mrs Clark

Make a unique sign for your bedroom – inspired by the gorgeous Georgian doors of Bath. Most suitable for over 5s; adults must accompany children at all times.

The Jim Blomfield Trio

Thursday 28 February, 7-8pm £15 (Exhibition and Garden Café open for drinks, 6-7pm) Join The Jim Blomfield Trio for their debut jazz gig at the Holburne. Like many of the newer generation of jazz players today, the Trio draw their influences from various genres – the eclectic colours of Rock, Drum and Bass, Latin jazz, classical piano and contemporary jazz. This promises to be a night of lyrical and evocative melodies, driving rhythms, rich harmonies, and adventurous solo and group improvisations. Admission prices and ticket information www.holburne.org


8 February — 6 May 2019 Open daily The Holburne Museum Great Pulteney Street Bath BA2 4DB

George Shaw, Ash Wednesday: 8.30 am, 2004–5 © George Shaw / Image courtesy Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London / Photo: Peter White


food and drink

Healthy eating It is understandable, when talking about eating healthier, that some people will switch off, fearing their quality of life will be somewhat downgraded. We've seen it many times before; a work colleague sitting down for lunch and opening up a large tupperware box full of pulses, boiled chicken and enough lettuce to keep the cast of Watership Down happy. It's enough to make anyone think twice; especially after an extremely well celebrated festive period.

So, fear not. You can improve your diet without sacrificing everything you hold dear. Here are a few ideas to start the year off on the right foot.

1. Eat (a better) breakfast

It's been called the most important meal of the day for a good reason. How we start the day will have a major effect on how we refuel throughout the day. There are many of us who skip breakfast because we think it will help us lose weight. In fact, eating breakfast can help us control our weight. How many of us who skip breakfast find they are likely to grab a mid-morning snack (crisps, biscuits etc). If a breakfast contains protein, then it will reduce the likelihood of needing a 'snack'. There are many breakfast ideas that contain protein and to make sure that a breakfast is balanced, it is worth adding fruit or veg as part of your 5/7 a day. Greek yoghurt and a chopped banana or blue berries are a quick and healthy option. And, remember the old saying of 'go to work on an egg'. An egg and cheese wrap/borrito style breakfast can be a real winner. Add in some black beans to really kick-start your day.

2. Stay hydrated

Our bodies are made up of 90% water, so it makes sense that we need to rehydrate; especially when we are active or in warm weather. If you make only one change to your diet, cutting out fizzy drinks is the easiest.

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Fizzy drinks are packed with sugar (some over 35grams per can). If you are drinking cans of drink during the day, bottles of pop in the evening and even alcohol, then you are likely to be taking on board way over your daily allowance of sugar (which is 35grams a day). The government recommends 6 – 8 glasses of water a day on top of the water that forms part of the food we eat.

3. Reduce your salt intake

It is recommended that we take in 6grams of salt (or less) per day. Too much salt can cause raised blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke – one of the biggest killers in the UK. Many of the products on the shelves in supermarkets will have a lower salt option. Remember, I'm not saying cut it out completely, just choose wisely. Try choosing one food a week to check and swap when you're food shopping. If you are eating out, then there are still ways in which you can reduce your intake. The NHS website (nhs.uk/Live-well) gives us some top tips on how we can do this: Pizza: choose vegetable or chicken toppings instead of pepperoni, bacon or extra cheese. Pasta dishes: choose one with a tomato sauce with vegetables or chicken, rather than bacon, cheese or sausage.

Burgers: avoid toppings that can be high in salt, such as bacon, cheese and barbecue sauce, and opt for salad instead. Chinese or Indian meal: go for plain rice. It's lower in salt than pilau or egg fried rice. Sandwiches: instead of ham or cheddar cheese, go for fillings such as chicken, egg, mozzarella, or vegetables like avocado or roasted peppers. And try having salad and reduced-fat mayonnaise instead of pickle or mustard, which are usually higher in salt. Salad: ask for dressings or sauces on the side, so you only have as much as you need. Some dressings and sauces can be high in salt and fat.

4. Keep an eye on the right and wrong types of fat

We all need fat in our diet, but it does depend on what type of fat we consume as to whether it is good for us or not. There are two main types of fat: saturated and unsaturated. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease. It is recommended that the average man should consume no more than 30g of saturated fat per day, whereas a women should consume no more than 20g. You will find saturated fats in foods such as: sausages, cream, biscuits, pies and hard cheese. Choose foods that contain unsaturated fats instead, such as vegetable oils, oily fish and avocados. Aim to eat at least two portions of fish a week (one portion of oily fish). Oily fish contains omega-3 fats, which may help to prevent heart disease. Oily fish include: salmon, fresh tuna, sardines and mackerel.

5. Buy a slow-cooker

This may sound silly, but buying a slow cooker will reduce the risk of you stopping off at the chippy, or buying a microwave meal to take home. We've all been there. I'll get a takeaway, that will save time!


We know that a lot of these types of meal are full of sugar and will not be as nutritious as making yourself a hearty casserole, curry or bolognaise to come home to. You can pick up a slow cooker for around ÂŁ 20 these days. Finally, and most importantly:

6, Get active and be a healthy weight

Here is what the NHS says about getting active and being a healthy weight: Eating a healthy, balanced diet plays an essential role in maintaining a healthy weight, which is an important part of overall good health. Being overweight or obese can lead to health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and stroke. Being underweight could also affect your health. Most adults need to lose weight, and need to eat fewer calories to do this. If you're trying to lose weight, aim to eat less and be more active. Eating a healthy, balanced diet will help: aim to cut down on foods that are high in saturated fat and sugar, and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Don't forget that alcohol is also high in calories, so cutting down can help you to control your weight. Physical activity can help you to maintain weight loss or be a healthy weight. Being active doesn't have to mean hours at the gym: you can find ways to fit more activity into your daily life. For example, try getting off the bus one stop early on the way home from work, and walking. Being physically active may help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. For more ideas, see Get active your way. After getting active, remember not to reward yourself with a treat that is high in energy. If you feel hungry after activity, choose foods or drinks that are lower in calories, but still filling. If you're worried about your weight, ask your GP or a dietitian for advice and make 2019 the year of eating healthier.

Spring into a new season of healthy ingredients After a winter of root vegetables, hearty greens, broths and stews, the spring season and all its bountiful produce comes as a welcome sight for very sore eyes. For many of us, the new season offers up an opportunity to try out new ingredients, recipes and even if you are inclined, a new diet. Another great benefit of the spring season is locally sourced produce, learning what is in season where you live. Visiting your local Farmers Market will introduce you to both new ingredients, textures and flavours. Not only will the food be super fresh (usually picked within 24 hours) but you will be supporting your local community. So what should we be looking out for in our farm shops, markets and on our plates this spring? Spring brings with it an abundance of green vegetables which are low in fat, low in calories but high in protein and dietary fibre, with the likesa asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, savoy cabbage, spinach,spring onion and watercress taking centre stage. As a fanastic accompanyment to a spring salad or co-starring alongside a selected cut of meat, these vegetables will be at their most tender at this stage of the year. We've hand-picked some spring season produce along with what to look out for and how to use them: Artichokes: Their main harvest takes place in the spring when the largest thistles are available. Look for artichokes with tight, compact leaves and fresh-cut stem ends. Artichokes can be used for soups but are perfect in pasta dishes and citrus dips. Asparagus: Harvested from March through June. The younger the shoots the better as these have yet to open out. Asparagus is a great accompliment to salads and is even better grilled or cooked, wrapped in locally sourced bacon.

Onions: The foundation to all soups, spring is the perfect time for the majority of onion varieties.

Rhubarb: Harvester in April and considered a fruit rather than a vegetable in the US, rhubarb stalks should be firm and and glossy. Without doubt, rhubarb pie or rhubarb crumble are two of the best spring desserts you can make. New Potatoes: With a thin, wispy skin and a crisp, waxy texture, new potatoes are best from April until early – mid summer. They are also sweeter the regular potatoes because their sugar has not yet converted into starch, and are therefore particularly suited to salads. Spinach: Although spinach can continue to grow throughout the winter, spring is the best time for the spinach leaves. High in antioxidants, especially when fresh, boiled or steamed, spinach is perfect in fish pie or with a little nutmeg as a leafy accompliment to steak. Finally, for meat eaters, if you are prepared to wait for May, then spring lamb is ingrained in Britain's bucolic, culinary history. Lamb is the only farmed animal in the UK that's at the mercy of the seasons. The earlier spring months are when British lamb is at its most succulent and its flavour at its most subtle (partly down to their impressive consumption of fresh grass). Althoughlamb is a very adaptable meat, used in curry's as well as stews and pies, you cannot beat a spring lamb on a Sunday afternoon. Spring lambs are typically 3 to 5 months old and are at their most tender with lamb aged between 1 and 2 years old (called 'hoggart') offering up a much stonger flavour and slightly less tender flesh; anything over 2 years is called mutton, which has much more flavour - but also a tougher flesh that needs slow-cooking to tenderise it.

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We’ve made it our mission at Acorn to find ways to make plants not only interesting, but gourmet, to lift them to the centre of the plate and make them good for you and a luxury as well. then dine out with us, but if you want everyday solutions then you need to be more practical. Below are my top 3 tips on how to eat more vegetables and be healthier without a brigade of chefs in your kitchen responding to your very whim.

The positive effect of plants Richard Buckley

the meat at the centre of the plate with factory made, chemical-rich fake meats and tofus, this is just as bad for you, if not worse. To be truly healthy you have to make a positive choice to eat plants, and lots of them. The problem is that eating lots of vegetables and greens is hard and if you’ve never really cooked with them before, quite boring. We’ve made it our mission at Acorn to find ways to make plants not only interesting, but gourmet, to lift them to the centre of the plate and make them good for you and a luxury as well. We’d love you to, but the reality is you can’t eat with us every day, and you can’t cook like that often at home. It takes lots of chefs many hours to produce and when you’re tired and weary after a long week at work it’s the last thing on your mind. If you want to see the possibilities of plant based cooking

People always assume that eating vegetarian food is healthy. I suppose they think that, because of all the bad press red meat gets, simply not eating it must be healthier. Let me list some wonderful vegetarian foods – Mars Bars, Frozen Pizza, Chips, Pringles – The list goes on and on, you could eat these all day and be a perfect vegetarian. To be healthy you need to eat healthy things, not just avoid some unhealthy ones. The evidence is mounting that plants are, by a country mile, the healthiest food-stuffs around. Eating a diet rich in vitamin, mineral and phyto-nutrient packed greens and vegetables delivers vitality as well as a seemingly never-ending list of disease protecting benefits. This doesn’t mean replacing

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Blend Your Veg – I make a smoothie every morning as soon as I wake up – This morning I’d eaten half a head of lettuce, 2 apples, half a lemon, a pear, a banana, ¼ of a cucumber and a finger of ginger before I’d even had a shower – it was delicious and took less time than making a coffee. Drinking smoothies from supermarkets isn’t the same, they’re pasteurised to extend shelf life thus killing most of the health giving benefits. Recipes abound online but if you don’t have the time pop into Beyond the Kale at Green Park Station – Their smoothies are the real deal and show just how easy and tasty healthy can be. Choose Whole Foods – It’s a hippy dippy vegetarian cliché, all those boring, worthy whole food stores, but there is real science behind it. Most of the nutrients in plants are in the bits we throw away, we strip out all the goodness to leave the sweet, starchy, sugary bits. All of a potato’s vitamins and nutrients are in the skin, the same goes for apples, white flour has almost zero vitamins or minerals, to the extent that they have to add it back in by law. If you want to be healthy, eat more vitamins and minerals and if you want to do this without changing your diet too much choose whole grains over white ones and buy organic veg and stop peeling it. Move the Meat to the Edge of the Plate - If you can’t bear to give up the meat then maximise your veg by making them the centre of your plate. Having a roast beef Sunday lunch? Fill your plate with carrots, broccoli and potatoes, cover them in gravy and have a little bit of beef on the side for flavour. Chicken with stir fry? How about stir fried veg with a chicken garnish?


a little restaurant doing big things. Fresh, modern vegan food in one of Bath’s most historic locations. Local ingredients, artisan producers, fine wine and contemporary cooking.

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Allington Farm

A shop for all seasons The Reynolds family have farmed at Allington Bar, near Chippenham, as tenants, for three generations. And since 1981, their award winning, family run, farm shop has been providing fresh, seasonal, local produce to a growing number of discernible customers. When Paul and Jenny Reynolds first started to sell potatoes and eggs, produced on the farm, from a small garage (which is now part of the car park) back in the early 1980's, they could not have imagined how popular the farm shop would become providing fresh, seasonal, local produce to a growing number of discernible customers; culminating in numerous awards including Countryside Alliance Awards, a Deli of the Year nomination, Taste of the West gold awards as well as being in the Daily Telegraph, Top 50 Farm Shops in the South West. It is a real family affair with Paul and Jenny's son and daughter both involved; Tim and his wife Naomi manage the Farm & Farm shop, while Emma manages the cafe.

The Farm Shop boasts a fantastic range including; fresh vegetables and fruit, an in house butchery, a delicatessen counter as well as many locally produced store cupboard essentials and speciality grocery items. Throughout all the seasons of the year there is always a fantastic selection of salads, vegetables and fruit. Potatoes grown on the farm are sold by the sack at fantastic value for money. Seasonal fruit & vegetables are sourced locally from the local wholesale fruit & vegetable market as well as, seasonal and exotic fruit and vegetables from further afield. The Reynolds family have farmed at Allington Bar, near Chippenham, as tenants, for three

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generations. The in house butchery offers a wide range of meat & cuts, much of the meat is reared on the farm just behind the Farm Shop. The skilled butchers carefully hang the meat on the bone with a high level of attention to preparation, allowing the full avour and tenderness of the meat to develop. The meat is not the bright red colour seen in most retail outlets but a darker shade which is a sign of craftsmanship. Each carcass is cut on its merits to give the customer, the very best. The Farm Shop includes a bakery with award winning handmade fresh bread from Hobbs House Bakery and Bakers Corner, Homemade Sponge Cakes as well as an indulgent selection of locally made Cakes, Meringues, Biscuits & Pies and Fresh, Gluten Free Bread, Cakes &


Biscuits, luxury chocolates handmade locally, hand packed, traditional sweets and the finest West Country fudge, perfect gifts and scrummy treats!

and an assortment of Tracklements condiments. If you like a relaxed atmosphere, friendly professional staff and local chef cooked food, why not try the cafe at Allington.

The delicatessen has an array of local, artisan & some continental cheeses, chorizo and local wild boar salami, home cooked meats, delicious Italian olives & insalatas, pates, handmade scotch eggs, locally smoked fish & meats, locally made pies and gluten free savouries, local, organic, jersey milk & cream, butter & yoghurt and fine oils & vinegars.

If you like a relaxed atmosphere, friendly professional staff and local chef cooked food, why not try the cafe at Allington.

Allington also stock a great selection of local cider, beers, wines & locally distilled gins & fruit liqueurs and spirits, single variety apple juices, health drinks, hot chocolate, fine teas and freshly ground coffee. The shops beautiful tasting wines have been cherry picked from small producers who work relentlessly & diligently using the best terroir, hands on production and tradition passed on through generations. The majority of the wines in the collection are biodynamic and ecologically produced and will not be found in supermarkets. For anyone planning a wedding in 2019, Allington have also come up with their ingenious Cheese Wedding Cakes – whether in place of the traditional wedding cake, as a course for the wedding breakfast, or as part of your buffet, the cheese wedding cakes are sure to impress!

The oak conservatory, or coffee lounge, is positioned at the front of the Cafe. To the side is a large decked area with some extra outside seating, for those who like to dine alfresco or just chill in the sun with a drink. The main cafe and the coffee bar can seat over1 00 covers and once you have placed your order you can just take a seat, relax and let the professional and attentive staff do the rest.

Whether you are looking for ingredients to create your own culinary masterpiece, or sit back and let the chefs in the cafe work their magic;

Allington Farm Shop, Allington Bar Farm, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 6LJ Tel: 01249 658112 www.allingtonfarmshop.co.uk

Each cake can be individually tailored to your taste, with as many or as few tiers as you require. The farm shop's deli manager will happily show you pictures, advise on amounts of cheese required and let you taste the cheese when choosing your ‘cake’. You may also want to consider a Hog-Roast for a wedding or event. Allington Farms delicious home-reared pigs are roasted to perfection by their professional staff on their top of the range equipment. Carved and served on site, in freshly baked rolls with crackling, homemade stuffing

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The story of Saint Valentine

The tradition that romantics show their affection by exchanging tokens of love, letters and cards to their 'Valentine' on February 14th has been popular since the mid Seventeenth century in the UK. As many of us start to consider how we to spoil that special someone this year - a romantic meal, city break, an overly affectionate showering of gifts or just a bottle of plonk accompanied by chocolates and wine - have we ever wondered why this ritual exists and how it all began?

Valentine, defied the Emperors wishes and secretly performed weddings for young lovers desperate to commit their love to each other. Oysters: It sounds a bit clichĂŠd, but they really can spark randiness. These shellfish are brimming with zinc, a mineral that cranks up the production of testosterone, which has been linked to a higher sex drive. Red Wine: Red wine contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that helps boost blood flow and improves circulation before, allowing the blood to run faster and enhance the labido. Although there are a number of possible theories of who Saint Valentine was, one of the most feasible is that Valentine was a Roman priest who served during the third century in Rome. The Emperor at the time, Claudius II, decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, therefore, he outlawed marriage for young men so that he had a strong and fulsome Army. Valentine, defied the Emperors wishes and secretly performed weddings for young lovers desperate to commit their love to each other.

was written in 1415, is part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England. Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

Champagne: Although there are no known aphrodisiac qualities in Champagne, the fact that you have gone that extra mile and paid that extra few quid to buy a nice bottle of Champagne will at least impress your other half into thinking that you are spoiling them.

Food and romance have been succesful bedfellows since the beginning of time. For those who are feeling a little amorous the recipe for a perfect Valentine's Day should contain foods with aphrodisiac qualities:

And if not, maybe the bubbles will get them!

Imprisoned for his treachery, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who many believe to have been the jailer's daughter, who visited him during his confinement. Before he died, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed "From your Valentine," an expression that is still used in many Valentine's cards today. Although there are several theories about Saint Valentine, what is apparent in all the accounts of his life is his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure.

Chocolate; cocoa contains the chemical phenylethylamine, a stimulant that conjures just the sort of subtle feelings of well-being and excitement that can lead to other things.....

Although Valentine's Day has become more commercialised and marketable in recent years with pre-written cards and heart emblazoned cuddly toys; make this year special for your Valentine with a handwritten note like our original Saint Valentine.

Many suggest that the importance of February 14th comes down to the fact that this was the day that Valentine died. Others point to the beginning of the bird's matting season in Europe, adding to the ideal that the middle of February should be the day for romance. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. The greeting, which

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Valentine’s

at Pump Room Bath

Originating from an ancient Roman festival celebrating the coming of spring, Valentine’s Day has evolved throughout the ages to become a day of love and romance. In the mid-18th century, the new postal services made it possible to send anonymous messages of adoration. Today, a card is just one part of this heart-warming occasion. For a truly magical Valentine’s experience, The Pump Room Restaurant is putting on three nights of Champagne cocktails, live music and a delicious four-course meal. Choose from 14, 15 or 16 February. Served in the Georgian Pump Room under glittering chandeliers, you may start dinner with a delicious pheasant terrine or perhaps a hot smoked salmon with horseradish cream. For mains, choose a delicious Wilshire lamb, dauphinoise potato and redcurrant gravy or for fish lovers a roast sea bass, potato and rosemary rosti, with tomato tapenade. Finally, indulge your sweet tooth with a Belgian chocolate torte and raspberry sauce or vanilla brulee, shortbread hearts, and passion fruit sauce, the cherry on top of this Valentine’s feast. Live music throughout will set the mood for a starry-eyed evening of romance that you will never forget. Tickets are £55 and can be booked by calling us on 01225 444 477 or emailing events.bath@searcys.co.uk For full menu visit us at thepumproombath.co.uk/whats-on/

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Stuffed mussels

Preperation Time: 30 mins Serves: 2 Ingredients:

24 very large live mussels 1 thick slice bread from a day-old loaf 25g/1oz walnut halves 100g butter , cubed 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 tbsp grated parmesan 3 tarragon sprigs, leaves stripped and roughly chopped small bunch curly parsley, roughly chopped

Method:

Scrub the mussels really well and remove the beards. Discard any with damaged shells and those that don’t shut tight when tapped on the edge of the sink. Rinse well. Put all the mussels in a medium saucepan and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Place over a high heat and cook for 2 mins, shaking the pan halfway, until all the shells have steamed open but the mussels are only just cooked. Discard any that don’t open. Tip into a colander and leave to cool. Tear the bread into rough pieces, put in a food processor and blend into crumbs. Rub the walnuts between your hands to remove some of the papery skins. Add the walnuts, butter, garlic, lemon juice and Parmesan to the crumbs. Season with a good pinch of salt and ground black pepper. Blitz until all the ingredients begin to blend. Add the herbs to the stuffing and blend until combined with the butter. Heat the grill to its hottest setting. Take each mussel and carefully prise off one half of each shell. Drain away any excess liquid. Place the mussels in their remaining shells on a small baking tray. Using a teaspoon and your finger, divide the stuffing mixture between each mussel shell, making sure the mussel itself is fully covered. Place the tray fairly close to the grill and cook for about 2 mins until the stuffing is pale golden brown and the mussels are hot and surrounded by the melted butter. Transfer the shells to 2 plates and eat straight away. Recipe courtesy of Good Food magazine

Valentines recipe ideas There is no greater gesture of love than to treat your loved one to an intimate dinner for two, cooked by your own fair hand. Here are just a couple of ideas to make this Valentine's Day one to remember.

Romantic rose cupcakes

Preperation Time: 10 mins Makes 12 Cupcakes Ingredients:

150ml pot natural yogurt 3 eggs, beaten 1 tsp vanilla extract 175g golden caster sugar 140g self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder 100g ground almond 175g unsalted butter, melted

For the white chocolate frosting 100g white chocolate 140g unsalted butter 140g icing sugar

Method:

Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases and heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. In a jug, mix the yogurt, eggs and vanilla extract. Put the dry ingredients, plus a pinch of salt, into a large bowl and make a well in the middle. Add the yogurty mix and melted butter, and quickly fold in with a spatula or metal spoon – don’t overwork it. Spoon into the cases (they will be quite full) and bake for 18-20 mins or until golden, risen and springy to the touch. Cool for a few mins, then lift the cakes onto a wire rack to cool completely. Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze as soon as possible. White chocolate frosting: Melt the chocolate in the microwave on High for 1½ mins, stirring halfway. Leave to cool. Beat the butter and icing sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Beat in the chocolate. Cover and chill for up to one month. Up to 48 hrs before serving (or the day before if it’s really hot), bring the frosting back to room temperature, then spread over the cakes. Put the ribbon around the cakes now if you like, tying or glueing in place. Keep cool, out of direct sunlight. Recipe courtesy of Good Food magazine


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The Ultimate Body Plan

The Fast 800

Are you ready to get the body you love and discover a more confident, happy and energetic you? If so, then Gemma’s plan is for you.

If you are one of the millions of followers of The Fast Diet, or have seen the power of The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet in preventing and reversing type 2 diabetes, then you will know what fasting can do for your health. In this new book, Michael updates the science - drawing on both the astonishing results of Professor Roy Taylor's pioneering DiRECT study at Newcastle University, which proves the 800 methodology, and on Michael's own pool of data and case studies.

Author: Gemma Atkinson Publisher: Thorsons RRP: £ 10.19 (paperback)

A day for lovers around the world

The Ultimate Body Plan is Gemma’s first book and is a combination of 75 delicious recipes plus a workout plan that can deliver real results. Gemma’s 10 Strength Commandments will set you on your way to success, building your positive mental attitude as you embark on your way to a fit, strong, healthy body!

Author: Dr Michael Moseley Publisher: Short Books Ltd RRP: £ 6.47 (paperback)

Although some may question the origins of Valentine's Day, its popularity has spread around the world with may countries celebrating the saints day in weird and wonderful ways.

Japan

In Japan, women make the first move on Valentine’s Day. They give men gifts of two different types of chocolate; one is called Giri-choco, the other is Honmei-choco. Giri-choco is the most costly but Honmei-choco tends to be home made and given more as a gift to a loved one. Men return the gesture on March 14. Known as White Day, men give women white chocolate and other white gifts as a sign of their affection.

South Korea

As in Japan, women in South Korea give gifts to men on Valentine’s Day (14 February), while men celebrate White Day. South Korea has a third holiday, however, known as Black Day. Celebrated on April 14, single friends gather to eat noodles and celebrate being single.

Brazil

Brazil's Carnival celebration overshadows Valentine’s Day. So as not to miss out, Brazilians mark a similar day later in the year, on June 12. The holiday is called Dia dos Namorados, or Lovers’ Day. Flowers, cards, gifts and romantic meals are offered, but instead of St Valentine, the Brazilians celebrate St Anthony's Day.

Tom Kerridge's Slovenia In Slovenia, St Valentine is the patron saint of spring, so many spend Valentine's Day in fields Fresh Start

preparing Slovenians typically celebrate romance a month later, on St. Gregory’s Day, which Author: crops. Tom Kerridge falls on March 12.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Absolute RRP: £ 13.00 (Hardcover)

Finland and Estonia

Cook great food at home and you too can be healthier - with recipes twoFebruary and 14 ishappier also a popular day tofrom get engaged in both Finland and Estonia. Additionally, Estonia has Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge an interesting tradition for single people—they can take a ride on the Love Bus in hopes of meeting someone special. This is about encouraging everyone cookfor honouring both friends and significant others. Cards and Friend’s Day is held on February 14,to a day from scratch ratherout, thanand turning to processed gifts are still given can be for anyone or from a best friend to a neighbour. pre-packaged foods. With 100 fantastic recipes that the whole household can enjoy, the book will include healthier, home-made versions of popular Danes celebrate Valentine’s Day will withtaste the snowdrop flower. They give the flowers to both friends and fast food and ready meals which better lovers. of the biggest Danish Valentine’s Day traditions is the exchange of a lover’s card. than theOne originals.

Denmark

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The Clean Plate: Author: Gwyneth Paltrow Publisher: Sphere RRP: £ 19.49 (Hardcover)

Delicious food can heal the body. Reset and rebalance with clean recipes that are flexible and easy for busy weeknight meals or lunches on the go, and healthy enough for more intensive, doctor-supported cleanses. Gwyneth Paltrow gets the power of simple, quality food. Her recipes focus on delicious flavours and clean ingredients - pillars that have launched her cookbooks to bestseller status. Now she's back with her most ambitious cookbook to date: a collection of 100-plus recipes and customisable meal plans that offer taste, simplicity and targeted health benefits.


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Burns, baby Burns

poems. His book - the 'Kilmarnock edition' caused him to reconsider his plans to emigrate. Burns decided to continue his literary development by visiting Edinburgh. Here he was being fĂŞted by an Edinburgh society eager to meet the man described by Henry Mackenzie as the 'Heaven-taught ploughman'.

Born on January 25th 1759, in Alloway, Scotland, Robert Burns early life doesn't read like that of a national hero. But in his short life (Burns died aged just 37), he had taken the Scottish literary world by storm, and had secured a place for himself in history and in legend.

With a rich social life but from an upbringing that taught him hard work, and the ways of the land, Burns became a freemason (of St David's Lodge, Tarbolton), in 1781. His lifelong connection with freemasonry provided a constant social support as well offering him connections to influential parties.

It wasn't long before Burns became part of the social fabric in Edinburgh, developing relations with The Earl of Glencairn and William Creech who helped fund and promote (respectively) a second volume of poems called 'The Edinburgh edition'. This new edition of work would include a 'slight pilgrimage to the classic scenes of this country', giving Burns an opportunity to travel the Highlands and Borders that both influenced his work as well as its readers to name him the 'Scottish Bard'.

Burns father was a tenant farmer, and although not rich, wanted the best for his son and in the established Scottish tradition made sure young Robert was well educated. Burns attended a local school, set up by his father and four neighbours, with an 18-year-old called John Murdoch as teacher. Burns received instruction in Latin, French and mathematics and it was also about this time (aged 15) that Burns turned his hand to poetry.

After his fathers death in 1874, Burns become a regular churchgoer ('Kirk'). Its strong links to the rural community along with its guardianship of public morality would serve as much as a crutch as a temptation to test the resolve of those at the 'Kirk'.

In 1787, Burns became involved in a number of musical projects, collecting words and music for all Scottish songs. Burns made a major contribution to the collection with the publication eventually running to six volumes of 100 songs each.

The years 1784 to 1785 were some of Burns's most prolific periods. Robert was working on his farm in Mossgiel, writing poetry, living with Jean Armour, who was pregnant by him, it seemed that things had worked out well for Burns. Unfortunately, not all in the garden was rosey. Armour's marriage to Burns was opposed by her father, the farm was not profitable, the only way out, it seemed, was to emigrate.

During this time Burns sent a copy of an original song to the Scots Musical Museum with the remark, "The following song, an old song, of the olden times, and which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript until I took it down from an old man." Some of the lyrics were indeed "collected" rather than composed by the poet but It is a fair to attribute the rest of the poem/ song 'Auld Lang Syne' to Burns.

His plans to sail to the Caribbean were well advanced when he was advised by a local lawyer, Gavin Hamilton that to finance the voyage he should publish some of his poems. At a cost of three shillings, the entire print-run of 612 copies sold out within a month, justifying his belief in his abilities and in the merit of his

From 1788 Burns attempted to go back and farm at Ellisland, but yet again this would prove fruitless. In September 1789 he began work for the Excise at Dumfries. Though he performed these duties diligently and compassionately, charges of political disloyalty were raised against him.

Along with an education came a developing social life. Not only was Burns learning about the world but whilst working on his father's fields he met a young girl named Nelly. He soon found himself filed with passion for what he would later call "man's first great pleasure in life," and wrote one of his earliest poems about the girl. As the young Burns grew, so did his success with women. Male friends would comment that Burns would leave them at a tavern if a feminine opportunity presented itself. He would later go on to have fourteen children with six different mothers.

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How to create your own Burns Night celebrations Although he died over 220 years ago, It's Burns' ability to empathise with the human condition that makes him as relevant and as popular today than even in his own time.

At the same time failing health, which he sought to remedy by sea-bathing, overshadowed his literary and musical output. Years of hard physical labour working on a series of unproductive farms aggravated his long-standing heart condition. This lead to his premature death at the age of 37 on 21 July 1796. Scotland went into mourning; ten thousand people attended his funeral and he was later named national poet of Scotland. In a typically poetic style, on the day of his funeral, his wife gave birth to their youngest son, Maxwell. In 1801, some of Burns' friends and admirers decided to honor the departed poet with a dinner. Each year they would meet, read Burn's poems, drink Whisky and offer up a feast of Haggis (stuffing a sheep's heart, liver and lungs with oatmeal and spices into the stomach lining) whilst giving out a boisterous rendition of late Bard's poem "Address to a Haggis”. In recent years, 'Burns Night' has become one of the most popular events on a hotel or restaurants social calendar. People from all different backgrounds come to enjoy a night of socialising, singing and to try a mouthful or two of Haggis. Although the origins of Burns Night derives from a countries love of one man's ability to connect its people through romantic poetry, I'm sure, with the life he led Robert Burns wouldn't mind.

At New Year all over the world, his poem 'Auld Lang Syne', a sincere expression of friendship is sung and suppers are celebrated on his birthday (25th January) each year with traditional dishes of haggis and whisky along with recitals of his best-loved work. Although there are many fine eateries willing to celebrate the event with a 'Burns Supper', here are some tips on creating your own night of celebrating the 'Scottish Bard'. You may not be able to play the bagpipes, but having some pipes playing in the background as you welcome you guests is a good alternative. The host of the event will then welcome his or her guests as they take their seats with a short speech. Once guests are seated, Burns’ famous Selkirk Grace is read. Dining begins with a soup course. This is usually a classic Scottish soup such as cock-a-leekie soup, Scotch broth or potato soup. Following the soup course, the main feature of any formal Burns’ night is the piping of the haggis. Lights are dimmed (cue bagpipe CD) with bagpipes welcoming the haggis to the host’s table. The tune performed is usually one of Robert Burns’ compositions. Once the haggis has arrived at the table, the host will read the Address To A Haggis. This is a performative poem celebrating haggis, with prompts instructing the host when to draw and sharpen their knife, and when to slice the haggis. The haggis must be sliced from end to end in a proper ceremony. It is tradition for guests to then drink a toast of Scotch whisky to the haggis.

For more information on Robert Burns or to visit his birthplace, visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Scotland or go to www.burnsmuseum.org.uk.

With guests seated and haggis served, side dishes of mashed potatoes and swedes make up the main course. This is sometimes followed by dessert and cheese courses, usually they too are made to a traditional Scottish recipe. The whole meal is washed down with another glass of Scotch whisky.

Burns Night 2019 Friday 25th January

After the meal, a selection of toasts are given. Like the meal itself, these follow a specific order which must be observed. It is also at this point that the host (or guests) give a celebration of

Robert Burns. This is usually a reflection on Burns’ life or work. Very popular in Scotland. The speech can be either humorous or serious. It ends with a toast to the immortal memory of Robert Burns.

At New Year all over the world, his poem 'Auld Lang Syne', a sincere expression of friendship is sung, and suppers are celebrated on his birthday (25th January) each year with traditional dishes of haggis and whisky along with recitals of his best-loved work Although not designed to be offensive, a toast of thanks are then made to the women who prepared the meal, this address has become much more involved in recent years. At the end of the speech, all the assembled men drink a toast to the women’s health (Obviously, times have changed, so this element of the traditon can be removed if offence is caused). One of the reasons the male speaker dare not be too offensive is that his speech gets a response from the women in the room. An elected female speaker will share her views on men and reply to any comments made by the previous male speaker. The penultimate part of the evening, and perhaps the longest, is a series of readings of Burns’ poetry or the singing of his songs. There may also be songs and poems influenced by Burns’ work. Finally, the host will call upon one of the guests to give a vote of thanks. Once this is done, guests will stand, hold hands, and sing Auld Lang Syne to bring an end to the evening. If this all sounds a little too fanciful or too much like hard work, you can always tailor your own version of the evening. Alternatviely, there are a number of restaurants who will be more than happy to cater for you at one of their Burns Night events.

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food and drink book releases

The Ultimate Body Plan Author: Gemma Atkinson Publisher: Thorsons RRP: £ 10.19 (paperback)

Are you ready to get the body you love and discover a more confident, happy and energetic you? If so, then Gemma’s plan is for you. The Ultimate Body Plan is Gemma’s first book and is a combination of 75 delicious recipes plus a workout plan that can deliver real results. Gemma’s 10 Strength Commandments will set you on your way to success, building your positive mental attitude as you embark on your way to a fit, strong, healthy body!

Burns Night Celebration at Pump Room Bath Burns Night is held in honour of Scotland's most famous poet, Robert “Rabbie” Burns - a tradition started by his friends when he died in 1796. Now, every year on his birthday, well-wishers gather to celebrate the famous composer of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and ‘Scots Wha Hae’, once an unofficial Scottish national anthem. To honour the rituals of this age-old occasion, Pump Room Bath is putting on a night of poetry, music, Scottish dancing and a delicious fourcourse meal including celebration of the famous Haggis. Arrive to a sparkling drinks reception around the torch-lit waters of the Roman Baths and take in the atmospheric steam rising from this ancient monument as a piper plays you into dinner. Served in the Georgian Pump Room under glittering chandeliers, dinner will start with a delicious Cullen skink or spicy parsnip soup shot, followed by the star of the show, the Haggis. Historically made with offal by hunters using the cleaned animal’s stomach as a cooking bag, this is now more akin to a crumbly sausage, with an oaty texture and warming peppery flavour.

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For mains, choose between a fillet of steak or spiced butternut strudel with celeriac cream sauce and sweeten your palate with traditional Scottish desert the Cranachan - raspberries folded into cream caramelised oatmeal and raspberry sauce. Throughout dinner, poetry readings and pianists will immerse you in the history and heritage of 18th century Scotland before ceilidh dancing to the Skara Brae will have you whirling and weaving into the wee hours. A raffle for local charities arranged by Novia Foundation, which aims to improve and help the lives of people in Bath, will also be on offer for those feeling lucky. Tickets are £62.50 and can be booked by calling us on 01225 444 477 or emailing: events.bath@searcys.co.uk

Tom Kerridge's Fresh Start

Author: Tom Kerridge Publisher: Bloomsbury Absolute RRP: £ 13.00 (Hardcover)

Cook great food at home and you too can be healthier and happier - with recipes from twoMichelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge This is about encouraging everyone to cook from scratch rather than turning to processed or pre-packaged foods. With 100 fantastic recipes that the whole household can enjoy, the book will include healthier, home-made versions of popular fast food and ready meals which will taste better than the originals.


BURNS NIGHT

CELEBRATION at the

ROMAN BATHS & PUMP ROOM Saturday 26 January 2019 – 7.00pm - 12.30am

£62.50 per person

Sparkling drinks reception around the Roman Baths | Piper | Traditional dinner in The Pump Room Poetry readings | Live music and ceilidh dancing with Skara Brae | Charity raffle for the Novia Foundation

For further information and to book tickets please contact: events.bath@searcys.co.uk | 01225 444477


food and drink food and drink book releases

food and drink book releases

The Ultimate Body Plan

The Fast 800

Are you ready to get the body you love and discover a more confident, happy and energetic you? If so, then Gemma’s plan is for you.

If you are one of the millions of followers of The Fast Diet, or have seen the power of The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet in preventing and reversing type 2 diabetes, then you will know what fasting can do for your health. In this new book, Michael updates the science - drawing on both the astonishing results of Professor Roy Taylor's pioneering DiRECT study at Newcastle University, which proves the 800 methodology, and on Michael's own pool of data and case studies.

Author: Gemma Atkinson Publisher: Thorsons RRP: £ 10.19 (paperback)

Author: Dr Michael Moseley Publisher: Short Books Ltd RRP: £ 6.47 (paperback)

The Ultimate Body Plan is Gemma’s first book and is a combination of 75 delicious recipes plus a workout plan that can deliver real results. Gemma’s 10 Strength Commandments will set you on your way to success, building your positive mental attitude as you embark on your way to a fit, strong, healthy body!

A feast of fun and entertainment this spring

at The Bath Brew House

The Bath Brew House are a well-established city centre pub that is known for tasty pub food and excellent on-site brewed ales. January is all about ‘new year’s resolutions’ so they will be kicking 2019 off with a great value, healthy lunch menu. All dishes have been designed to be low calorie, filling and tasty. Get a healthy meal and either a Heineken 0.0% or coke zero for only £5! Sounds delicious and well worth trying out! Friday 25th January marks Burns Night, they will be offering deals on scotch whisky, Scottish music playlist and themed specials on their menu. It’s set to be “pure dead brilliant”.

February see’s the return of the 6 nations rugby tournament, with 5 big screens, extra bars open and plenty of seating (on a first come first served basis), the BBH offers the best atmosphere in Bath to catch all the rugby action!

Tom Kerridge's Fresh Start

Author: Tom Kerridge International Women’s Day was huge here in Publisher: Bloomsbury Absolute 2018 and is set to be even bigger in 2019. Held on Fri 8th March(Hardcover) there will be an all female night RRP: £ 13.00

of livegreat music, comedy, talks, and artwork Cook food at home andpoetry you too can be displayedand at the pub. There will be afrom special healthier happier - with recipes twobeer brewed by women with 30p from every pint Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge going to women’s charities. In 2018 they raised £1000 for www.thecircle.ngo This is about encouraging everyone to cook from scratch rather than turning to processed or Mothering Sunday is With on 31st Mum’s eat pre-packaged foods. 100March, fantastic recipes for free be booked in advance) and that the (table whole must household can enjoy, the book will there will be live music from 6pm including lots include healthier, home-made versions of popular of covers of songs mum’s love, fast food and readythat meals which will think tasteSimply better Red,the Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars etc. than originals.

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It’s a busy start to the year for the Brew House and they have lots more interesting events, too many to mention here (Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, Pancake Day). Keep up to date by following them on twitter and Instagram: @BathBrewHouse and check their website for the latest menus and info www.thebathbrewhouse.com

The Clean Plate: Author: Gwyneth Paltrow Publisher: Sphere RRP: £ 19.49 (Hardcover)

Delicious food can heal the body. Reset and rebalance with clean recipes that are flexible and easy for busy weeknight meals or lunches on the go, and healthy enough for more intensive, doctor-supported cleanses. Gwyneth Paltrow gets the power of simple, quality food. Her recipes focus on delicious flavours and clean ingredients - pillars that have launched her cookbooks to bestseller status. Now she's back with her most ambitious cookbook to date: a collection of 100-plus recipes and customisable meal plans that offer taste, simplicity and targeted health benefits.


food and drink

Franklin River

Sustainable and diverse wine making in Australia. In my columns of the past 20 + years I hope to have informed many readers of indigenous or unusual grape varietals whilst on my wine travels. The usual suspects like Shiraz, Cabernet, Chardonnay etc when planted in historic vineyards in well known or ancient sites are historically the correct choice decided by trial and error over many, many years. National or local wine regulations would often not allow new varietals unless special permission is sought and approved. The “newer” wine making countries have none of this beauracratic problem as propagation after quarantine is often encouraged as winemakers seek new styles in favoured sites. One pioneer of this system was Robert Hill Smith and his winemaking team from Yalumba in South Australia who planted the White Rhone grape Viognier on selected vineyards. 20 or more years later this so called experiment has produced some wonderful examples of this rather funky grape creating fine apricot and citrus scented wines. It was therefore a pleasure to reply Yes to Wines of Australia’s kind invitation to taste. 120 wines made with different grape varietals sourced from around the world. Held at the wonderful Australia House in the Strand I eagerly signed in and met Laura Jewell, Master of Wine who as head of UK wine operations for Wines of Australia had curated this extraordinary tasting, assembling such an intriguing and frankly breathtaking selection of wines made with some grapes I had never tasted. Where to start! With around 50 tasters all heading for the tasting table with the whites as their quarry I headed for the Roses and relative quiet! First wine was made with two northern Italian varietals namely Sangiovese and Nebbiolo better known for making Chianti and Barolo respectively. The Sangiovese made by Vinea Marson in Heathcote delivered ripe unctuous fruit that truly delighted the palate. Next grapes originating from southern Italy this time Nero d’Avola and Aglianico hailing from Sicily and Campania respectively. Deeper coloured Rose here with a distinctive funk of red fruit, herbs and a “Campari” bitterness! What was not to like? On to the 43 white wines ready to taste. I tasted them all swirling and spitting at a pace. Star performing wines from 24 different grape varietals were shining amongst the elegance of Australia House and its traditional majesty not that these upstarts cared too much about that! First stella wines tasted were made again with a couple of Italian grapes this time Arneis (northern Italy) and Fiano from the south. My picks were Dal Zotto Arneis from King Valley in Victoria

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and Tertini Wines from the Southern Highlands (due south of Sydney) in NSW. Arneis is subtle and food friendly wine offering a stone fruit note with oft a meadow field bouquet. These did! The Fiano grape is a tad ballsier with a deeper scent of candied fruit and leafiness. My fav choices were from Chalmers Heathcote (VictorIa) and Larry Cherubino’s Lassez Fair from Western Australia’s Franklin River. Delicious, elegant wines from two much different zones indicate extensive professional work has gone into making these modern wines. Next a great white wine from Pike and Joyce who made a classically styled Gruner Veltliner in Adelaide Hills (coolish climate) the great white grape originating from Austria. White pepper and unripe stone fruit came into my palate and onto my notebook! And then a beauty from the unruly lot at d’Arenberg from McLaren Vale with a heat busting Roussanne showing huge structure and weight over a herbal finish. The Reds called starting with the elegant Mencia grape originating from Castille y Lyon in Northern Spain but this time elaborated by Olivers Taranga Vineyards in McLaren Vale. In South Australia Truly subtle and floral were its guise. Next were 10 Tempranillo dashed wines again another fabled grape from Spain. I had heard of great things of this grape in Australia and so it proved. All 10 were amazing my pick the eucalyptus scented Bellweather Wines from Wrattonbully. It showed blue fruit with brilliant acidity. One for keeping! I then breezed through the rest of the Reds with highlights from the grapes Nebbiolo, Sangrantino, Duriff and Nero d’Avola. Each one showed some part of their heritage and expected taste but I also discovered daring and funk. This was a very special tasting showing just what those darn Aussies can do, and do it well. As with many wine makers world wide Australia are endeavouring to produce wonderful wine using sustainable growing and elaborating principles. Most of these wonderful wines are available via the Internet with a simple search...

A warm welcome awaits

at The Cork

The Cork is situated in the heart of Bath, just around the corner from the famous Thermae Spa and within walking distance of all the major tourist attractions. Historically The Cork is positioned above an old debtors prison and a Roman Well. The décor incorporates the gorgeous limestone with a cool Retro feel. Comprised of two bars, two-vaulted party pods, a conservatory and what is arguably one of the best beer gardens in Bath, The Cork has something to offer everyone. The Cork offers a fantastic range of Whiskies, Wines, Rums, Craft Beers, Real Ales, Ciders and Cocktails and much, much more! The food offering suits their style, created to emphasise laidback, relaxed dining. Inspired by street food from around the world, the menu is packed full of flavours to get stuck in to, such as bao buns, Louisiana chunky chilli and dirty fries. As the warmer weather starts to return, the heated and covered garden at The Cork is the perfect place to spend an evening! Bath’s huge student population can take advantage of The Cork’s student offers, available all day, every day. Not reserved just for students, all customers can receive the same discounted rates by downloading the free City Club app. They are one of the only venues in Bath with private ‘Party Pods’, which can screen sporting events or can act as private karaoke rooms! Also, with 3 widescreen HD TVs on both floors, a projector on our upper floor and an outdoor TV (in good weather), they are able to show a huge range of sport, from regular football to all the action from this year’s 6 Nations! Every Sunday The Cork holds it’s infamous pub quiz hosted by Quiz Master Caleb, an event that always promises to banish those return to work/ university blues’. Their new City Club app means you can set up and pay tabs using your smart phone, and you’ll earn points as you spend that go towards a number of rewards!

Stephen Barrett is a Wine, Food & Travel Writer based in Plymouth. Stephen welcomes correspondence vis his website www.stephenbarrett.com Google +, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter @BistroWineMan


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Luther Vandross Celebration

music Adam Wakeman & Damian Wilson

10 Jan Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org Best known as the keyboard and guitar player with Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath, Adam Wakeman has also released 9 albums with father Rick Wakeman as well as releasing 4 solo albums. As a classically-trained pianist, his albums cross many genres and styles from classical, to rock. Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm) Prices: £15.00 (Door and advanced)

Michael Starring Ben

11 Jan The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Michael starring Ben features the UK’s ultimate Michael Jackson tribute star, Ben Bowman, who not only looks and sounds like Michael Jackson, but has honed his routine so impeccably that audiences believe they are watching Michael Jackson himself! Time: 7.30pm Prices: £21.00 (+ booking fee per ticket)

Wolf & Moon

11 Jan Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org Wolf and Moon paint a colourful picture between vision and reality. Their music stands for motion and progress. With their emotionally strong live performances and their authentic behaviour, the band is not only predestined for travelling the world with their music, but also they accompany us on our trips with an inspiring, miraculous and powerful sound.

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Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm) Prices: £12.00 Door £10.00 Advanced

Son Yambu

12 Jan Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org Son Yambu play authentic ‘Son Cubano’ or Cuban son – the essential Afro-Cuban music that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba at the turn of the last century. Son is a fusion of Spanish and African rhythms and is the root of all salsa music.Formed in 2011, Son Yambu features a new generation of musicians who are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre, continuing the Buena Vista legacy that put Cuban music back on the map in 1997. Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm) Prices: £15.00 Door £13.50 Advanced

Jack Broadbent

17 Jan Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Hailed as “The new master of the slide guitar” by the Montreux Jazz Festival and “The real thang” by the legendary Bootsy Collins, Jack Broadbent has spent the past year wowing international audiences with his unique blend of virtuosic acoustic and slide guitar, and poignant folk and blues inspired vocals. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 16.00

The Rolling Stones Story

18 Jan The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk The Rolling Stones have dominated Rock ’n’ Roll

I Can't Believe it's not Buddy music since the 1960s and were at the forefront of the British Invasion of bands that conquered the US in 1964. They ran neck and neck with The Beatles in the popularity stakes with the late sixties and early seventies considered by many as their Golden Age. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £21.50 (+ booking fee per ticket)

Luther Vandross Celebration

19 Jan The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk The World’s premier show in celebration of ‘The Velvet Voice’ experience all the hits from his amazing career, culminating over 40 million album sales and eight Grammy awards including many of the greatest dance anthems and love songs ever written, fronted by international Luther Vandross tribute Harry Cambridge and his 10 piece band Time: 7.30pm Prices: £23.50 (+ booking fee per ticket)

Sarah Gillespie

25 Jan Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Critically acclaimed Anglo-American songstress Sarah Gillespie debuts the latest material from her new album ‘Wishbones’. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 15.00

Alan West, Steve Black & Adam Sweet 25 Jan Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org Alan West, for many years, has been regarded as having one of the greatest voices to come out of the UK. His emotional, yet informative way of singing a story, has moved many an audience all over the world, and it isn’t by accident that Alan’s CD’s “Songs from a Neophyte”, “The way of the


world”, “the way it is” and “All things for a reason” feature a host of great musicians of the genre. Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm) Prices: £10.00 (Door and advanced)

I Can't Believe it’s not Buddy

26 Jan Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org Buddy Holly & The Crickets are brought back to life as they looked and sounded on their first tour of the UK in 1958 by the outstanding Spencer J & the Copy-Cat Crickets. Taking you back to the age of the soda shop, the drive through diner and the record shop, this is a non-stop rock ‘n’ roll concert straight from the fifties with the songs that Buddy recorded such as ‘Peggy Sue’, ‘That’ll Be The Day’, ‘Oh Boy’ and ‘Heartbeat’, but also other rock n roll hits such as ‘La Bamba’, ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, ‘Rip It Up’ and ‘Shake Rattle & Roll’ which Buddy performed time and again. This isn’t just a great night, it’s ‘Buddy’ brilliant! Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm) Prices: £18.00 Door £16.00 Advanced

Son of Dave

30 Jan Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Son of Dave isn’t you’re average blues musician. He’s an international cult Bluesman on a mission to save your musical soul from atrophy. It would be an easy game, sticking to cliché’s and playing a circuit of guitar-solo lovin’, middle-aged divorcees. No disrespect to the working man’s blues circuit,but this one-man harmonica & beat-box

genius beats his own path, turning rhythm and blues upside down and gathering a huge international army of devoted fans from all walks of life. Time: 7.30pm Prices: Advanced £ 8.00

Dessie Magee

1 Feb Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org Irish Brighton based troubadour Dessie Magee is a modern Folk-Rock singer-songwriter who incorporates elements of rock, blues, punk and soul. Taking influence from the sound and live energy of Johnny Cash, Mumford & Sons, Ben Howard, The Lumineers & Nathaniel Rateliff, Dessie has been making waves with a sound described as a mixture between Frank Turner & Kings of Leon. Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm) Prices: £14.00 Door £12.00 Advanced

Oas-is

1 Feb Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Oas-is are Five Oasis fanatics who live and breathe Manchester’s finest band and are now dedicated to giving you the best look and sound that you should expect from an Oasis tribute band. The band is made up of experienced musicians who have toured all around the world and who take great pride in reproducing the classic Oasis sound with frightening accuracy and all the attitude you would expect from the real thing. No wigs, no fancy gimmicks, just the closest you will get to recreating the sound of Oasis. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £ 12.50

Sing-a-Long-a The Greatest Showman

3 Feb Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.org.uk Cheer on Hugh Jackman, lust after Zach Efron and hiss Rebecca Ferguson (…or maybe not) as you experience The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible – with lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud and proud as you want. And it’s marching on to the beat we drum… Our live host will teach everyone a unique set of dance moves, show you how to use our interactive prop bags, and also get you to practice your cheers, your boos and even a few wolf whistles. It couldn’t be easier or more fun! YOU the audience will rewrite the stars! Times: 2pm & 7pm Prices: £17.50 adults/ £13.50 children Groups of 10+ £15 each (A booking fee of £1.50 per ticket applies)

Gaz Brookfield

3 Feb Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org Gaz Brookfield is a solo acoustic musician based in Bristol. Since winning Acoustic magazine’s 2010 Singer Songwriter of the year, he has spent his time on the road, touring the UK and Europe. In this time he has shared the stage with the likes of The Levellers, Frank Turner, New Model Army, Nick Harper, Newton Faulkner, Miles Hunt, Seth Lakeman and many more, racking up over 1000 gigs to date. Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm) Prices: £12.00 Door £10.00 Advanced

Now firmly established as Bath’s alternative arts venue and operating as an independently funded arts centre presenting an eclectic array of events for all the performing and visual arts in the heart of Bath. With a superb, solid and smooth oak floor, state-of-the-art lighting system and truss,fantastic natural acoustic of the room (best in Bath!), the venue can accomodate 200 people standing, 150 seated theatre style and 105 seated at cabaret style tables. There is a well stocked bar with many local and organic drinks and a choice of excellent wines, and the new Sky Blue Vegan Cafe, which is an independent, family run business with a passion for veganism and plant based goodies. We serve freshly cooked organic food and amazing cakes, organic artizan coffee, speciality organic loose leaf teas and freshly made organic juices and smoothies from our juice bar.

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Peter Andre Katie Melua

Ma Bessie and her Blues Troupe

8 Feb Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her Blues Troupe perform to a narrated show about Bessie Smith, featuring music from the era and showcasing many of her songs, whilst chronicling her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, through to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 that ended her life aged 43 years. Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm) Prices: £18.00 Door £16.00 Advanced

Thunder - Please Remain Seated Tour

11 Feb The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Thunder will release their brand new studio album ‘Please Remain Seated’ on 18 January 2019 through BMG. The album, released as the band enter their third decade, is a collection of radically reworked versions of songs from throughout their extensive catalogue. This album will raise eyebrows, hackles and heartbeats in equal measure. ‘Please Remain Seated’ is the sound of a band taking a strange journey into their own music, but also distilling thirty years of playing together in order to create something truly compelling, taking in flavours of rock, blues, jazz and soul along the way. The band will tour ‘Please Remain Seated’ across the UK in February 2019 Time: 7.30pm Ticket prices vary, see website for details

The Fairport Convention and The 4 of us 16 Feb The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk After more than fifty years on the road Fairport Convention’s passion for live performance has

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Barbara Dickson Nicola Benedetti never wavered. This concert will showcase the band’s musical sophistication and instrumental virtuosity during a fascinating journey through their inspiring and extensive repertoire. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £23.50 (+ booking fee per ticket)

Big Boy Bloater & The Limits

16 Feb Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org Gaz Brookfield is a solo acoustic musician based iBig Boy Bloater is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, radio presenter and entertainer of the highest order. His take on roots and R&B has impressed many people within the genre, from the original greats of Blues & roots to modern aficionados, and beyond. He is regularly asked to play guitar for legends of R&B, roots and blues and he takes his own band – the Limits – on tours around the globe as well as working his own One Man Show and stepping in as a special guest or session player. Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm) Prices: £14.00 Door £12.00 Advanced

Track Dogs

21 Feb Chapel Arts Centre www.chapelarts.org GSun-shiny songs thriving on dark themes behind irresistible rhythms. Track Dogs are a four piece based in Madrid but hail from Ireland, the US and UK. Taking their name from the NY subway maintenance teams this closely-knit group of ex-pats have opted for cajón instead of drums and trumpet in place of electric guitar. Four-part harmonies steal the show. Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm) Prices: £14.00 Door £12.00 Advanced

Barbara Dickson

21 Feb The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Multi million selling recording artist BARBARA

DICKSON with her accomplished band will be coming to Bath! Barbara will perform a wonderful range of material drawing on her folk roots as well as performing globally known hits such as The Caravan Song, Another Suitcase in Another Hall plus lots more. An evening packed with songs from one of the finest voices you will ever hear. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £30.00 (+ booking fee per ticket)

Peter Andre ‘Celebrating 25 Years’

21 Feb The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk 25 years since Peter Andre burst onto the Australian music scene, the internationally acclaimed, global media star is back with a 25date tour of the UK in February and March 2019 visiting Bath Forum on Friday 22 February 2019.

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Following his breakthrough in Australia which saw his second single “Gimmie Little Sign” peak at number 3 in the Australian charts. He then released his second studio album “Natural” reaching number 1 in the UK album charts which included the infamous “Mysterious Girl” which shot to number 2 in the UK singles charts. Peter music career peaked during the 90’s when he became the sixth highest selling artist in the UK. He had numerous number one hit singles, two number one albums and toured all over the world collecting a multitude of national and international accolades along the way. His chart success led to major tours throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia. During his 25 years in the spotlight, Peter has showcased his diverse musical talent, releasing 12 different albums, all with a unique twist. 2014 saw the singer songwriter release a brand new sound to add to his collection, with the debut of his swing album “Big Night” followed in 2015 with “Come Fly With Me” Peter says “This tour has been a long time in the making and I can’t wait to get back out on stage in front of the fans in Aberdeen who


have supported me over the last 25 years. I’m blessed to have had such a strong career in entertainment for 25 years is something really special and this tour will be a celebration of everything I have worked for.” Time: TBC Ticket prices vary, see website for details

Guaranteed to leave everyone with a smile on their face, a song in their heart and a truly memorable live music experience to cherish, this is a show you do not want to miss. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £22.50 (+ booking fee per ticket)

From Only the Lonely to The Traveling Wilburys, Barry Steele has been stunning audiences across the globe with his uncanny ability to recreate the vocal talents of the legendary Roy Orbison. This unmissable show will take you on a musical journey in time - don't miss out!

An evening with Brian Fallon:Songs From The Hymnal

Voodoo Room

28 Feb Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Just like their forebears, Voodoo Room are a classic three piece.

James plus Special Guests

24 Feb Komedia www.komedia.co.uk Brian Fallon has announced he’ll be back in February 2019 with a very special acoustic / piano tour called Songs From The Hymnal. The eight-day trek will see The Gaslight Anthem man play an extra-special night at Komedia Bath to conclude the tour.

Known far and wide as singer/guitarist of The Gaslight Anthem, as well as such outfits as The Horrible Crowes and Molly & The Zombies, Fallon made his solo debut with 2015’s masterful PAINKILLERS. The album – which includes the hit singles, ‘A Wonderful Life’ and ‘Painkillers’ – drew widespread critical applause upon its release. Time: 7:30pm Price:Auditorium: £25.00

The Story Of The Beach Boys® - A Tribute

28 Feb The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk If you like the Beach Boys® songs, you will love this band!

Together they form the mighty, retro, rocking machine that is “Voodoo Room” their mission: To deliver the all-time great Hendrix, Clapton & Cream numbers, with the true passion and energy worthy of these true master pieces! Time: 7:30pm Price: Advanced: £16.00

Barry Steele and friends: The Roy Orbison Story 1 Mar The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk Get ready for a night of solid gold 60s hits and 80s musical genius all on one stage with Barry Steele & Friends!

As well as the toe tapping sound of the music giant that is Roy Orbison, you'll hear the fantastic Barry Steele perform songs written by Roy Orbison, but never performed by him! He is joined in this musical extravaganza alongside chart busting hits originally made famous by the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Jeff Lynne & ELO, George Harrison, Del Shannon and The Spencer Davis Group; Come and see us as there's plenty of rock with Roy!

7 Mar The Forum www.bathforum.co.uk James are proud to announce their March 2019 “LIVING IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES” UK Tour. Starting on Wednesday 6th March at Margate Winter Gardens, the tour will visit some of the UK’s best known and iconic venues, from London’s Royal Albert Hall and Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall, to favourites like Cambridge Corn Exchange. Time: TBC Ticket prices vary, see website for details

Clare Teal's Swing's The Thing

9 Mar Wiltshire Mucis Centre www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk Award-winning jazz vocalist Clare Teal and her outstanding Trio present fabulous musical arrangements interspersed with warm and entertaining storytelling. This brand-new show effortlessly traverses a rich landscape of timeless and sparkling material, with standards from the grand masters of the Great American Song Book to witty and urbane songs of the 50’s & 60’s. As one of the UK’s greatest interpreters of song, this promises to be an evening of inspired music and unbridled entertainment performed by the very best. Time: 7.30pm Prices: £23 / £11.50 U18s + students

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films

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

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1st February 2019 Comedy, Animation £18,000,000 Dean Deblois Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett America Ferrera U Twentieth Century Fox

The LEGO® Movie 2

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8th February 2019 Action, Animation, Adventure Est box office: £30,000,000 Director: Rob Schrab Film cast: Chris Pratt Elizabeth Banks Tiffany Haddish Will Arnett Certificate: U Distributor: Warner Brothers Synopsis:

It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild. The battle to defeat them and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet, Lucy, Batman and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a strange galaxy where everything is a musical. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.

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Synopsis:

What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic trilogy spanning their lives. In this next chapter, Hiccup and Toothless will finally discover their true destinies: the village chief as ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, and the dragon as leader of his own kind. As both ascend, the darkest threat they’ve yet faced—as well as the appearance of a female Night Fury— will test the bonds of their relationship like never before.

stan and Ollie

Released: 11th January 2019 Genre: Comedy, Drama, Biography Est box office: £12,000,000 Director: Ruper Everett Film cast: John C. Reilly, Danny Huston, Steve Coogan Certificate: Distributor:

TBC E1 Entertainment

Synopsis: Laurel and Hardy, the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song - a grueling theatre tour of post-war Britain.


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11th January 2019 Comedy, Drama, Biography £3,000,000 Jason Reitman Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga J. K. Simmons 15 Sony Pictures Intl.

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Gary Hart, former senator of Colorado, becomes the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1987. Hart's intelligence, charisma and idealism makes him popular with young voters, leaving him with a seemingly clear path to the White House. All that comes crashing down when allegations of an extramarital affair surface in the media, forcing the candidate to address a scandal that threatens to derail his campaign and personal life.

Mary Queen of Scots

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18th January 2019 Drama, Period £15,000,000 Brian Henson Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie Joe Alwyn Gemma Chan David Tennat TBC Universal Pictures

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Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary Stuart defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her sister in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence.

Welcome to Marwen

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1st January 2019 Drama £4,000,000 Robert Zemeckis Steve Carell TBC Universal Pictures

Synopsis: A victim of a brutal attack finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through his recovery process.

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15th February 2019 Family £3,000,000 Ben Stassen TBC Lionsgate Films

Synopsis: The adventure of Rex, the British monarch's most beloved dog, who loses track of his mistress and stumbles across a clan with dogs of all kinds confronting and fighting each other.

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Health and fitness

Kim will help your train like a professional

Train like a GB Athlete

GB skeleton athlete, Kimberely Murray, knows what it takes to be at the peak of physical fitness. Along with her ambition of representing her country at the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022, the Isle of Wight native runs her own personal training and coaching business, KimFit. Whilst on pre-season training in Lillehamme, we caught up with Kim to talk fitness and get some tips on how you can train like a professional athlete.

Athletes are the best in the world at what they do right? Being fit, strong, powerful, skilled… it’s their (my) job.They are essentially experts in the field of performance so why not take note of the behaviours the exhibit to give your health and fitness a little boost? What am I talking about? Athletes are genetically gifted, receive huge investments and have the privilege of training full-time. Well, I’m not going to lie, these factors are all very important. BUT there are a lot of basics that underpin the superhuman performances, and by adopting these behaviours you can supercharge your training too! I’m going to kick off with a curveball. In order to achieve your health and fitness goals, rest (yes rest!) is key. You may or may not know but athletes love to sleep. This isn’t because we’re lazy, it’s because sleep is amazing for recovery. Our body adapts not when we are training; but when we are resting. Now an afternoon nap is probably not available to most people but some quality sleep is. Establish a bedtime routine, leave the phone in the lounge and get a good nights kip. Next up, we’re going to get basic. Whatever exercise you choose to do (and just chose something you like rather than the latest fad) ensure you incorporate a suitable warm up and cool down as bookends to the session. Five to 10 minutes is plenty to prime your body for exercise and to stretch out afterwards. A warm up should increase you body temperature and prepare (or activate) the muscles you’re about to use. I always warm up, and the more thorough the warm up the better I perform in the session. Time to mention nutrition and diet. Or not. I am going to scrap both those terms and speak about nourishment instead. What I put in my body serves to fuel every training session I do;

GB skeleton athlete, Kimberely Murray


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YMCA Health and Wellbeing Centre technique or experience the camaraderie of sweating together through a shared experience then our Body Pump, circuits, kettlebells and HIIT classes are extremely popular and will really get that heart pumping.

and it’s the same for you. Food is fuel and it can massively impact how you feel and perform. I do not restrict myself from eating any foods, nor do I count calories. I chose my meals and snacks based on how much I am training (expending), what I like to eat and how it will serve to nourish me. I’d implore you to find balance and do the same.

We also have great stress busting classes in the shape of Boxercise and Body Combat where participants are able to learn boxing techniques and moves to make them feel like the next Anthony Joshua or Nicola Adams!

I do not restrict myself from eating any foods, nor do I count calories. I chose my meals and snacks based on how much I am training (expending), what I like to eat and how it will serve to nourish me.

Lastly, athletes will sacrifice an awful lot to achieve their dream. I have wanted to be an Olympian for as long as I can remember; it is what drives me to push myself and go beyond what I believe my limits to be. I make decisions based on how it will affect my performance and long term goal. Having these big, exciting goals helps keep me motivated when I am tired, or injured, or missing out on something.

I challenge you to set yourself a goal and write it down. And if I could be so bold whilst you’re thinking about your goal, I’d ask you to think beyond an aesthetic or number on the scales. Let’s embrace the movement away from body transformations and determining our self-value by the way we look. Forget summer bodies, let’s nourish and care for our bodies all year round; like an athlete. If we centre our goals around what our bodies can achieve and focus on health or performance rather than a clothes size then it’s more than likely that you’ll feel good and look good.

Finally, our much talked about Yoga classes will help to stretch out those achy muscles and bring balance to your training. Our members and guests are even able to benefit from guided meditation sessions. All our instructors are fully qualified with heaps of experience and energy. Our studio is a light, bright space which is well equipped with the latest fitness tools and apparatus from battle ropes, sandbags and boxing gloves to yoga blocks, bands and cosy blankets.

Katie Evans

The Health and Wellbeing team Studio Co-ordinator, YMCA BAth

Group exercise contributes significantly to the fitness industry and this growth shows no signs of slowing down. Here at the YMCA Health and Wellbeing Centre in Bath we know a thing or two about providing an excellent offering of fitness classes.

Why not pay us a visit and see for yourself the benefits of group exercise. Also worth a mention is our 200k refurbishment of the changing rooms. The YMCA Health and Wellbeing Centre is a ‘not for profit’ organisation. The beauty of this, is that we are able to invest money back into our business to benefit our members and the local community.

If you’re looking to improve your cardio endurance, listen to great music and work hard as part of a group, then our indoor cycling classes could be just up your street. However, if on the other hand you wanted to build lean muscle mass, learn a new lifting

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G ET FIT AN D F EEL GRE AT By being a member of our health and wellbeing centre you are supporting our charitable work with young people in Bath and the surrounding area Come in, book a class, enjoy a workout, find out more about us and what we do: www.ymcabathgroup.org.uk We are different to other health and fitness providers in the market because YMCA Bath is a charity. We pride ourselves on having exceptional facilities, which are at this moment improving further with new changing and shower facilities. We are proud of our great range of classes and our professional staff and have a very different ethos to our competitors. As a not-for-profit social enterprise, we reinvest in projects that support local communities. Therefore, whilst you are getting fitter and healthier you are also supporting local communities, especially young disadvantaged people.

Or call us today 01225 325 913 and book a one on one appointment or just pop in and chat to us


Health and Fitness book releases

Running Life: Mindset, fitness & nutrition for positive wellbeing

“Fitness is a journey and a lifestyle,” says Rosie. “There are no quick fixes, but everyone can find something to motivate them. Upbeat music keeps me going.”

Author: Kelly Holmes Publisher: Kyle Books RRP: £ 17.60 (Hardcover) Running Life is an inspirational and attainable guide to how mindset, excercise and diet - the 'Big Three' as Dame Kelly terms them - interlink to transform your overall wellbeing.

More than a membership card. Space to breathe and good food to eat. “It’s so easy to rush from place to place,” explains Rosie. “Making space to breathe is part of our holistic approach to nurturing physical and mental wellbeing.”

Divided into three sections, Mindset, Fitness and Nutrition, this book will teach you how to make positive changes to your life and empower yourself, with each chapter featuring numerous tips from Dame Kelly.

Once you’ve finished your workout, stroll through the Estate grounds. Enjoy the peace and quiet. Take in the spectacular views. “The location is incredible,” says Rosie. “I love the views over to the Westbury White Horse.” Nutrition is integral to good health, so we offer members a 15% discount on food and drinks. Our Kitchen Team cooks with integrity; championing sustainable, seasonal produce from local suppliers. Our food nourishes you and is packed with flavour.

Rosie Semenytsh Personal Trainer Combe Grove club

The Stress Solution: The 4 Steps to Reset Your Body, Mind, Relationships and Purpose Author: Dr Rangan Chatterjee Publisher: Penguin Life RRP: £ 11.89 (Paperback) Dr Rangan Chatterjee knows this better than anyone. As a practising GP he's seen first-hand how stress affects his patients and has found simple but effective methods to help them. Now he's on a mission to show that combatting stress is easier than you think.

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Rosie is one of our personal trainers at Combe Grove’s Coach House; a fitness and leisure facility in the tranquil surroundings of the Bath countryside. Alongside Level 3 Personal Training, Level 3 Sports Massage and qualifications in GP Referral, Strength and Conditioning and Kettlebells, Rosie has a BSc in Physics and Sports Science from Loughborough University. “People seem surprised that with my sports background, I have a physics degree.” “My teachers encouraged me to compete in several sports including gymnastics. From here I took up athletics with javelin as my main event.” In 2013 Rosie became the Senior British Athletics champion in javelin. All of our personal trainers have faced fitness challenges including recovering from injury, preparing for competitions, and losing weight. Rosie’s athletics background gives her a special insight into improving fitness and building mental resilience.

Walk the walk

Our holistic approach extends to our land management approach. The grounds of Combe Grove are home to a wonderful array of British birds, insects and mammals. Our Estate Team nurture this biodiversity by creating gardens that provide them with food, dens and nesting sites. Combe Grove’s spectacular setting means it is blissfully quiet; inviting you to relax, unwind, and if you choose, retreat from the world for a while.


Nurture your wellbeing with a membership at Combe Grove . . . • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools • A full timetable of studio classes including Yoga, Pilates, Spin and Les Mills classes • Saunas, steam room and hydro therapy beds • Holistic therapies and treatments • A dedicated team of fitness instructors and personal trainers • Indoor and outdoor tennis courts • 15% off treatments, food, drink, and rooms at Combe Grove • Five complimentary guest passes • An enriching programme of talks, workshops • 12 months for the price of 11 and no joining fee when you pay upfront Join in January - for a FREE consultation and two FREE training sessions with our personal trainers

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health and is fitness Fitness for life, not just for New Year: Experts 'top tips' for keeping your health and fitness regime throughout 2017

The start of a new year offers up an opportunity to reflect on the year just passed and focus on the year ahead. It's also a chance for us to take stock of our lives. No matter what age we may be, we are all the youngest we are ever going to be, so why not embrace change and create a more positive, happier, healthier future.

If you feel the need to go that extra mile, then employing the services of a personal trainer. If you really want to get fit and healthy in 2017, then a Personal Trainer can advise on fitness as well as nutritional programmes and will be there every step of the way encouraging you to achieve your target.

After a celebratory festive period, the new year tends to throw up a number of resolutions that target health. I know you would have heard all this before, but it would be remiss of us not to suggest a healthier regime.

We speak to a selection of fitness professionals who can offer up some fantastic fitness tips and advice to kick start your new regime.

Whether you are considering eating less fatty foods, drinking less or maybe quitting cigarettes, there are a number of services and advisers in the area that can help you achieve your goals. All these have a profound effect on your wellbeing and general demeanour, clearing your systems of toxins that will leave you feeling fresh and ready for some new challenges for the year ahead.

Owen Morgan Founding Director of The World Health

Simple steps to maintaining your Get Fit The Right Way with Sports Massage, Personal Training & Biomechanics – Owen Morgan

new year fitness goals

I have found the most successful, effective and mind blowing way to get fit is to do it the right Think about your why; don’t just say I want to  way. Injury free. Bringing the mental and lose weight. There is always a deeper reason! the physical together. That's way my 'Split Fit Programs' have helped so many including the A good example of going deep on your why:  following 3 clients Why do I want to lose weight? Because I want to  feel good. What does feeling good mean to me?  Have you set a New Year resolution? It’s safe It means I will be comfortable in my own skin.  to say most people you know will be setting Why is it important to me to feel comfortable and  themselves fitness goals for the year ahead. confident? I want to show myself that I am good  Some might commit to joining a gym, some may enough. nFeb17Draft.indd 6-7 sign up to a half-marathon and others will be  downloading that 5k app.

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But how do you make these resolutions last past  the second weekend in February? It’s all well and good setting the goals, but here  are my top tips to help you reach them. 

Get out of a fitness pot hole!

Understand the habits you have that you wish  you could break. It could be … Going home after  work and failing to get back out to the gym?  Or do you always workout on the weekend but  struggle to get active in the week? How about finding it hard waking up early to get to the gym? My best advice is to start by making a list of the  habits you currently have that you would like to  change and start to set mini goals. Once you’ve  completed this, put the list in order of priority.  Remember that you’ve probably heard a million  times before - make sure these goals and new  habits are realistic.  Any goal is possible but you have to make sure you are giving yourself realistic parameters for achieving it.

Know your motivation

Make an achievable plan

Start out by setting a clear goal that you want to work towards; it could be run a marathon as an  example. Now the key is to set smaller week by  week plans on how you will achieve that overall goal. One of the main reasons people fail to sustain their behaviour change is because they attempt to change too much at once and don’t have a  plan on how to do it. Short term small goals (daily or weekly) are  easier to sustain than individual large goals  (monthly or quarterly). By writing it down you are affirming that the  change is going to happen. And remember, it takes 21 days for a new activity  to become a habit and six months for a habit to  become a part of your lifestyle. It doesn’t happen  overnight so be patient and don’t beat yourself  up or quit if you struggle along the way. It’s all a  part of the process. Just keep it at!

Get support from others

Sometimes we set New Year’s resolutions without really digging deep and asking ourselves  why that particular goal is important to us. 

It’s always harder to cancel on a fitness class if  you’ve committed to going with a friend, just like  it’s hard to forget your goals if you’ve told your  gym buddy/personal trainer/friend/family member  about them.

Knowing your ‘why?’ can help keep you on track when there’s a chance to step back into old  habits.

By talking to others about the change you are more likely to get the support you may need  when you need it and may find that others have 

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Client 2: Has compressed and protruding disk in his lower spine. The combination of Massage and light training one week and high intensity exercise has seen him achieving record exercise reputation. All this at over 70 year old. Client 3: I had a client who came to me with severe headaches and had booked in for a deep tissue massage. I cured the headaches after one session and fixing body complaints is my main client base. This is where it got interesting. As with all my clients I tested her Bio mechanics with 4 screenings that most commonly fail. We discovered her length was out. Her right leg was shorter than her left. With a select set muscles in spasm.

If you want to take your health and fitness that one step further then joining a Gym or Fitness Club will not only give you that impetus to make 2017 a healthier one, but will also open up a new group of friends to boost your social calendar. If the thought of signing up to a 12 month contract at your local gym seems a little too expensive then there are many other less expensive ways to get healthier and lose pounds in weight rather than financially.

Client 1: Has been training for a Half Marathon whilst going through Chemo for Cancer. With the rest and reset weeks and HIIT weeks we have seen her beat PB times on mileage.

This not to say this was the reason for her tight shoulders and neck. Though there is evidence that the body as whole deals with misalignment as a whole. Shethe same goals as you and want to get involved. booked back in to have deep tissue There’s strength in numbers. Having people that  massage on her legs. By the end of the session the same you or you her are leg going lengththrough discrepancy wasthing fixed.asWe fixed can talk to about your goals and having them  this problem before it became a much bigger support you will make it much easier to stay issue down the line. This is why Biomechanics on andtrack. deep tissue isn’t just a luxury therapy but an essential one for a fully movable, mobile and free body. Prevention over reaction.

Keep a fitness tracker

You’ve written down your fitness habits, you’ve  Come find out more at got your plan - now it’s time to keep track of what www.owenmorganmassagetherapy.com you’re doing.  Doing this is a good way to see how you’re  heading towards your goals. Did you lift 10kg for the first time?  Plank for the longest you’ve ever planked?  Run the longest yours’ve ever run? Write it down.  Not only is it good to keep checking back that  you are still on schedule to achieve what you set  out to do but it is also a great motivational tool to  see how far you have come.

Think outside the box

If you’re struggling to reach your fitness goals,  could there be another reason? There isn’t enough emphasis on how beneficial  and how great sleep is for you. Sleep is a  large part of being and staying healthy, and  allowing your body to recover. Sleep controls  your immune system, ageing process and  metabolism. One night of bad or no sleep can have a major  affect on your body, your mental health and your  mood. I recommend at least seven hours sleep,  where you will notice a difference in your energy  levels and how your body functions. Taking the above into consideration I believe will  help you on successfully turning your New Year resolution into a lifestyle change for the Better. 


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Founded in 2001 Physioimpulse have been caring for the people of Bath over the last decade with fantastic results. Physioimpulse have developed a team of specialist Chartered Physiotherapists with expertise in the assessment and treatment of a range of complaints including nerve, muscle and joint related pain, sports injuries, neck and low back pain. They also provide: Chiropractic treatment: Expert Manipulative therapy for the treatment of all your spinal complaints.

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Gait Analysis and Orthotic Prescription: Biomechanical assessments using the latest footplate technology are undertaken to provide custom Orthotics for foot, Knee, Hip and Low Back pain. Sports Massage: for anyone who is taking part in exercise on a regular basis our specifically tailored massage with additional dynamic stretching and joint mobilisation is second to none. Clinical Pilates: Our 1-1 Chartered Physiotherapy led sessions are a great way to maintain the beneficial effects of any treatment programme for spinal conditions and also to improve wellbeing, core strength and flexibility. Bike Set-up and Running Analysis: for those looking to cycle or run further, faster or in greater comfort and all whilst avoiding injury then these video assessments are invaluable. Our multidisciplinary team approach means that all our therapists work together to provide the complete package of services for all you physical treatment needs. This puts us in an ideal position to help resolve your pain, prevent future injuries and keep you enjoying life pain free!

Multidiscipline approach creates expert assessment and treatments for a range of ailments

For further information please visit www.physioimpulse.co.uk or call 01225 683007

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Physioimpulse also provides:

Chiropractic treatment:

Expert Manipulative therapy for the treatment of all your spinal complaints.

Gait Analysis and Orthotic Prescription:

Biomechanical assessments using the latest footplate technology are undertaken to provide custom Orthotics for foot, Knee, Hip and Low Back  pain.

Sports Massage:

For anyone who is taking part in exercise on a regular basis our specifically  tailored massage with additional dynamic stretching and joint mobilisation is  second to none.

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Our 1-1 Chartered Physiotherapy led sessions are a great way to maintain  the beneficial effects of any treatment programme for spinal conditions and  also to improve wellbeing, core strength and flexibility.

Running analysis:

For those looking to run further, faster or in greater comfort and all whilst  avoiding injury then these video assessments are invaluable. Our multidisciplinary team approach means that all our therapists work  together to provide the complete package of services for all you physical treatment needs. This puts us in an ideal position to help resolve your pain,  prevent future injuries and keep you enjoying life pain free! For further information please visit www.physioimpulse.co.uk or call 01225 683007

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mental health with Anna Williamson

Anna Williamson is a television presenter, radio broadcaster, life coach, counsellor, Master NLP practitioner and author of the bestselling book Breaking Mad. She is also an Ambassador for Mind, Childline and The Prince's Trust. Anna now runs her own private coaching practice offering those in need 1 to 1 coaching sessions, alongside being a media agony aunt and expert in the parenting sector having written Breaking Mum And Dad: The Insider's Guide To Parenting Anxiety. As part of our 'self-improvement' focus, we speak exclusively to Anna about mental health issues and how we can be manage it in todays rapidly changing world.

You use a very simple ‘Rate my state’ activity to guage a persons feelings. How does it work?

I have been a presenter for over 18 years now, wow! It was when I presenting the ITV kids show Toonattik that I experienced a person of prolonged stress and anxiety that it went unchallenged or unspoken by me for too long.... I ended up suffering with daily debilitating panic attacks, and had a breakdown. I was then diagnosed with GAD and panic disorder with a bit of depression thrown in.

My books are all about simple but effective techniques and activities that you can do anywhere, anytime.

Absolutely, it's vital we see mental and physical health as a whole. We need both to work alongside each other. Physical and mental health directly impact and compliment each other so we need to looks after both equally. Is anxiety something that can be concurred or managed/understood?

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It's vital, talking is hands down the most important part of managing and maintaining mental health and emotional wellbeing. If we keep problems, worries and stresses inside our head, they will eventually boil over like a pressure cooker. Early intervention and prevention of a more severe mental health problem can often be helped by talking in the very first instance to someone trusted.

Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you came to realise that you were struggling with anxiety?

So, is mental health (and how we maintain it) as important as physical health?

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An individuals state of mental health is not as obvious as their physical one.Therefore, how important is communication/talking about issues?

We all have anxiety and a healthy level of it is vital in keeping us safe and risk averse. It's when other life events happen, or thoughts and feelings start to trigger the anxiety response when we don't actually need it. This can be frightening and debilitating.

Rate My State is all about noticing how you are feeling on a day to day basis. Noticing and documenting any change in patterns, any habits or times when you might be more worried/ill than others ....when we build up evidence that we can physically 'see', it gives us the empowerment and knowledge to start to make changes and do something about anything that needs attention. It seems that in this day and age, we are being bombarded with new and exciting influences that may have an affect on our mental health (social media, mobile phones etc). What are your tips on how to manage these influences as an individual and a parent? Technology and social media has undoubtedly had an impact on our mental health, and unfortunately not in a positive way often. We have a tendency to measure ourselves against others on social media, it can be overwhelming, and it can make some feeling fragile, and feel even worse on occasions.


We are also connected 24/7 and this isn't healthy, not allowing for our mind to shut down and rest and recover - vital for good all round health. Choose times of the day to come off technology completely, and particularly a good hour before bedtime, ban phones in the bedroom, and create clear boundaries about when you or your children can be 'scrolling' online.

Parents are also experiencing these influences for the first time. How important is it for parents, to not only prioritise their own mental health, but to focus on our childrens? It's a constant conversation. Having an open attitude to talking about mental health within the family unit will help in ensuring it's not a taboo subject and also promotes respect and boundaries for everyone regardless of age. As parents we have to set an example too, so being mindful of social media and technology use is also really important in order to guide children appropriately.

As parents we have to set an example too, so being mindful of social media and technology use is also really important in order to guide children appropriately.

What is the difference between anxiety and stress?

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Stress, anxiety and depression can all interlinked in various ways. Stress though is often a reaction to something in particular, a stressor, anxiety often has no identifiable root. Anxiety is based around fear, and stress is more associated with frustration, nervousness and pressure. Are there any clear signs of anxiety we can look out for in our children or friends? Noticing any behaviour that has changed is a key thing to look out for. Feeling unusually agitated, avoiding certain situations or people, experiencing sleep issues, and being withdrawn are signs that someone isn't coping and is perhaps experiencing unhealthy anxiety. Did researching anxiety for your book ‘Breaking Mad’ help you understand and manage your own mental health? Would you recommend people research their own issues? Writing all my books, Breaking Mad, Breaking Mum and Dad, and How Not to Lose It have all been cathartic in a way for me. However, it's important to remember that I have trained in various types of talking therapies, and as a registered and insured practitioner I have mandatory supervision from experienced therapists to help me 'process' anything I'm left with emotionally professionally and personally. Researching ones own symptoms should be exercised with caution as the internet can often throw up scary inaccuracies. It's always advisable to speak to a trained professional for help and support, but of course, books, articles, and videos can all be hugely helpful is learning more about how one is feeling and practicing self care.

We want every young person in Bath and North East Somerset and beyond to be emotionally healthy, confident and empowered in themselves.

We provide a range of free services for young people aged 10-25 including counselling, listening support, youth participation, advocacy and specialist groups and a LGBT+ focused youth group. How can people find out more about yourself and the book? Breaking Mad: The Insider’s Guide to Conquering Anxiety, and Breaking Mum and Dad: The Insider’s Guide to Parenting Anxiety are both available via Amazon, Bloomsbury and book stores. Do head to my website anna williamson.co.uk and my instagram is @annawilliamsonofficial For private 121 coaching sessions visit lifecoachingbyanna@gmail.com

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You're hired! With more and more learners trading their UCAS applications for Apprenticeships with companies that will not only train them, but pay them as well; we look at the beneďŹ ts of taking the apprenticeship route for learners and businesses alike.

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4 to 8 March 2019 Since 2015, the government requires all young people to stay in some form of education or training until at least their 18th birthday. As many students start to consider their options after secondary education, we outline information and benefits about apprenticeships as a key route into a successful career.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England. There are different entry requirements depending on the sector and job. Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience. All apprentices should work for at least 30 hours a week, apart from in exceptional circumstances.

What are the benefits?

Apprenticeships are now available up to degree level and beyond. Over 50 national universities are currently offering a range of degree apprenticeships with more to be confirmed throughout the year. Earning a salary and paid holiday; Excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace; Increased future earning potential – apprentices enjoy marked salary increases on finishing their training and those completing a higher apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime.

What levels are there?

There are various levels of apprenticeship to apply for depending on current skills and qualifications. Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels: Name Intermediate Advanced Higher Degree

Level Equivalent level 2 5 GCSE passes 3 2 A level passes 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree

All apprenticeships include elements of on the job and off the job training leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications. Some apprenticeships will require an assessment at the end of the programme to assess the apprentice`s ability and competence in their job role. Some apprenticeship vacancies will display the `Positive about disabled` logo meaning the employer has agreed to take action to meet five commitments regarding the employment, retention, training and career development of disabled employees. Any disabled candidate applying for vacancies showing this logo will be guaranteed an interview as long as they meet the requirements for the job being applied for (these policies have recently changed (July 2017)).

Salaries

The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.70 per hour (as of April 2018), but many employers pay more than this. This is dependant on the sector, region and apprenticeship level e.g. some higher apprenticeships pay upto £500 per week.

Future commitments

During the Queen’s speech (21 June 2017), the government renewed its commitment to “ensuring people have the skills they need for the high-skilled, high-wage jobs of the future”. Apprenticeships minister, Anne Milton, is focused on creating three million apprentices by 2020. From April, large businesses will be able to invest up to 25% of their apprenticeship levy to support apprentices in their supply chain. Some employers will pay half of what they currently pay for apprenticeship training – from 10% to 5%. The government will pay the remaining 95%. More details will be available in early 2019.

National Apprenticeships Week National Apprenticeship Week is coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and traineeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. The objective of National Apprenticeship Week is to increase awareness and take-up of apprenticeships and traineeships. The next National Apprenticeships Week will take place on March 4 - 8 2019.

Why do we need Apprenticeships?

A more engaged workforce: 92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce. Lower staff turnover, fewer skills-related vacancies and reduced recruitment costs: 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future. One in five employers are hiring more apprentices to help them through the tough economic climate. Increased competitiveness: 80% of employers that employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive. A better image and greater customer satisfaction: 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices.

Is a Degree Apprenticeship right for me?

Degree apprenticeships are similar to higher apprenticeships, but differ in that they provide an opportunity to gain a full bachelor's degree (Level 6) or master’s degree (Level 7). These programmes are being developed by employers, universities, and professional bodies working in partnership. Degree apprenticeships combine working with studying part-time at a university. Apprentices are employed throughout the programme, and spend part of their time at university and the rest with their employer. This can be on a day-to-day basis or in blocks of time, depending on the programme and requirements of the employer. Currently, the scheme is only available in England and Wales, although applications may be made from all parts of the UK.

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Bath College are running a series of Experience Days during February half term to give Year 10 and 11 pupils the chance to be a Bath College student for the day. Potential students can sign up attend course workshops and learn about Apprenticeships and pre-Apprenticeships to help them decide what to do after GCSEs. Each day pupils will have the opportunity to try two different courses as well as meet fellow students & staff. A Student Union representative will give them a tour and a taste of college life.

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Insider knowledge What will the interior of 2019 look like?

From neutral pallets to mid-century inspired furniture, velvet fabrics and space-age themes; we consider them all and get some thoughts from local designers on their predictions for the interiors trends of 2019.

Living Room:

Understandibly, there has been a lot of emphasis on both the bedroom and bathroom being havens of tranquility; the rooms where we need to relax and unwind. However, the living room of 2019 has seen a plethora of design ideas that follow this mantra. For the past few years, greys have dominated the colour scheme of the living room, but with a new year comes a focus on a more neutral palette. Warmer, friendlier tones of oatmeal and stonewashed linen are to be the order of the day for 2019. If you prefer to add a bit of texture to your walls, then velvet is the “it” fabric of the moment. With the potential of crushed velvet pillows or eyecatching upholstered walls — there are many opportunities to embrace this versatille fabric. If you prefer a running theme in your home, velvet is also a great addition to the bedroom. Many of our interior inspirations will come from places we have been or stayed. One trend that has taken off recently, and is seen everywhere from hotels to restaurants, bars to appartments, is 1950's chic. Names such as Eames, Bertoia and Saarinen have inspired furniture designers for decades, using materials like steel, wood and leather to help create an avant-garde look. Todays designers are creating their own 'midcentury modern', with space-age styled furniture that showcases irregular shapes and tapered legs to inspire a new generation of interiors. Continuing the 'space age' theme, constellations and stars are a popular décor feature. If you want to be in trend, it’s time to add some sophisticated astronomy and zodiac patterns, star-strewn plates, galaxy murals, galactic surfaces and cosmic tile work.

DIning Room:

If you are considering updating your dining room this year, there are a number of colour schemes, fabrics, textures and accessories that will leave the neighbours wanting to 'keep up with the Jones's'. A statement wall has traditionally been the staple of the living room in recent years, but experts agree that this trend will now be seen in the dining room of 2019. Look out for velvet dining chairs in deep reds, greys and greens as these colours compete to be the tone of the new year. As with the living room of 2018, wallpaper will make a cameo

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appearence with colourful patterns and prints idominating a feature wall. Dining tables take on new shapes and textures this year with round tables in marble complimented by vintage chairs and mid-century lighting such as a unique chandelier. As with the living room, velvet fabrics will also take a prominent role, with classic minimalist chairs creating a vintage look with a modern twist. Accessories to look out for include futuristic vases and bowls to sit on the dining table, rugs in polka dot or block pastel colours to break up the flooring, as well as understated wall art that includes line drawings and block colours.

Look out for velvet dining chairs in deep reds, greys and greens; as they compete to be the tone of the new year.

Bedroom:

In any home, the bedroom should act as a sanctuary from the outside world. Last years opulence of four-poster beds and dark broody, boutique-style tones are replaced with softer, white or very light walls. A white-themed bedroom looks clean, chic and elegant and has an air of calm. Dress it up with an accent wall that creates focus or by adding colour tones through cushions, throws and wall art. Balance is the key word in the bedroom, as experts suggest selecting different sized furniture (for example, a thinner bed frame with prominent side tables) to allow a room to breathe. For those who are more daring, explore bolder colours, and try using a monochromatic approach. Different shades of the same colour can work, but be careful to choose the right color based on your taste and availability of bedroom furnishings in that same shade. If you add accessories, select those that enhance the hues, tones, and tints of the primary colour. Remember, you can have too much of a good thing. There is no doubt that the theme throughout the home of 2019 is mid-century modern - even the bedroom cannot resist the urge with decorative bedside tables, chaise lounge and foot stools taking on the space age look.


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Kitchen:

Over the past decade, the kitchen has become the heartbeat of the home, as more an more home owners create a social hub where food is cooked, families and friends congregate and work can also be achieved. Vicky Elmore of Elmore Kitchens gives us her interior trends for the kitchen of 2019: Bye Bye Kettle The boiling water tap is a kitchen trend that is here to stay. As desires for clutter free kitchens increase worktops increase, the Quooker boiling water tap is the perfect addition to any new kitchen. Saves time, water, energy and space, with the added benefit of filtered water removing the need for use of plastic bottles. Ceiling Extractors Bulky extractor fans can ruin the look of a supersleek, minimalist kitchen. For the ultimate in discreet extraction, ceiling hoods illuminates the cooking area whilst drawing the steam towards the ceiling. Kitchen Cabinets Matte door fronts are slick to the touch and much easier to keep clean. This attractive finish is not going to go out of fashion any time soon! Elegant Drama Bring some drama into the kitchen with black, carbon and anthracite colours adding a sense of elegance when mixed with white cabinets and worktops. Pendant Lights Make a statement with a conversation starting set of pendant lights as they’re perfect for adding ample lighting to wide open spaces.

Bathroom:

There are two distinctive styles taking shape for the bathroom of 2019. Firstly, the minimalist look. More and more residential bathroom designs are

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Quooker boiling water tap taking a 'studio loft' feel. As with the industrial kitchen, there is an emphasis on creating space and keeping bathroom appliances simple but elegant. Free-standing sink units and baths, walk-in showers, clean lines and an open plan feel gives this style a small-scale living feel. Marble tiling for both wall and floor, combined with wooden furnishings, gives a dramatic contrast and the entwinement of the two materials creates clean and elegant decor composition. The second style entertains pure opulence. A Victorian-style of dark walls, grand architecture, show-stopping cast-iron roll-top baths with balland-claw feet, finished with chrome or rose-gold furnishings give a sense of grandieur. For a more dramatic look, how about introducing at least one show-stopping feature – dramatic floor times, a hugely ornate or a Renaissanceinspired setting. Victorian-style bathrooms


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On the Move?

Will 2019 be the year you move home? Some of Bath's most respected property experts give their opinion on the local market, helping you make a more informed decision on your next move.

Good news for first-time buyers as house prices drop by 1.4% in November 2018 Not so good news for homeowners..... Britain's biggest mortgage lender, Halifax, have released data (November 2018) that suggests that UK house prices are rising at their slowest rate in six years. Carey Gilliland of Madison Oakley

How can you target the best time to sell? Once we’ve dealt with value and costs, the next most popular question we get from owners is “when is the best time to sell” so I thought it might be useful to share some of the following figures from Rightmove. Can you target specific times of the year for selling and, if so, why? If you analyse the pattern of customer views on Rightmove (graphs for 2017 and much of 2018 available on our blog) it seems pretty clear that there are several spikes in buyer activity on Rightmove – March, May, July and October. Assuming traffic on Rightmove is a decent general guide for when buyers are active, should you be looking to target these peak months when you’re selling? However, we mustn’t just look at the demand end of the scale without taking into account supply as well. Its all well and good if there are plenty of buyers around but what about if you’ve got loads of competition too? Rightmove also publishes data on the general flow of supply (properties coming onto the market) per agent. What we need to look for here is the low points of the trends – when you’re likely to have the least number of competing sellers in the market. January to March is again a target point but supply then rises across the summer until an autumn fall to a low point around Christmas (no surprise there!).

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How long does it take to sell? Do you need to allow a bit of time in your target calculations? Analysing “average time to sell” stats shows offer activity speeds up as the New Year starts and then can slow down from early summer for the remainder of the year. Smashing this all together would suggest a target of sellers starting to market their property from late January into Feb for the following reasons; 1. Competition is at its lowest point of the year 2. Buyer activity is steadily rising towards a March peak 3. Time to sell is rapidly decreasing (buyers are buying) It may still be cold and dark plus the gardens look far from their best but don’t let this put you off. If you’re wanting to move in the New Year, the stats show you should start early!

The average house price in the UK now stands at £224,578, just a 0.3% increase on November 2017, with prices falling by 1.4 per cent on the previous month. Russell Galley, Halifax managing director stated: ‘High employment, wage growth and historically low mortgage rates continue to make home ownership more affordable for many, though the need to raise a significant deposit still acts as something of a restraint on the market,’ he added ‘This is largely offset by relatively limited supply of new and existing properties for sale, which continues to sustain house prices nationally,’ While there may be a seasonable aspect to the slowdown, the market is likely to be erratic moving into 2019 as uncertainty over a Brexit deal remains. While this is good news for first-time buyers, Halifax says raising a 'significant deposit still acts as something of a restraint on the market'. The data from the Halifax also shows that on a quarterly basis house prices fell by 1.1%. As for 2019 predictions, there seems to be a united belief that the market will continue to be subdued until the economic and political situation changes. The longer these factors linger, the more painful the road ahead may look. However, there is room for optimism, especially for new homes buyers, as house price come down in some areas, property becomes more affordable which consequently could boost the economy by increasing spending power and buying capacity.


40% of 18 – 24 year old unaware of shared ownership scheme

James Dredge of Knight Frank

A recent UK poll has found that potential home buyers, aged between 18 – 24 are the least aware of shared ownership as a way of helping people afford a home, despite being the group most likely to benefit from the scheme. The YouGov national research found that while three quarters of 18 – 24 year olds in the UK have heard of shared ownership, awareness is as low as 40%. Francine Watson of Knight Frank

Downsizing opens a new lease of life for Bath home buyers

As I reflect on the housing market in Bath during 2018 and the types of buyer that have graced our doorstep, one common theme is ‘downsizing’. With my focus on the new homes market, many of our buyers have been driven by lifestyle changes, often looking for a home that offers them some freedom from endless property management, high fuel costs and rooms that are surplus to requirements. For many this liberating move not only releases money to spend on the nicer things in life, but gives back the time to do them. And what better place than Bath to spend some quality time? Imagine living centrally in Bath, and not needing to use the car every day; or is that just my dream? As an example, one of our ‘must-have’ new homes for downsizers has been the release of One Tram Yard on Walcot Street; lovingly converted apartments by Neptune which has the stylish kitchen and furniture emporium below. Following high demand, and with only three left in Phase 1, prices start from £950,000 for a luxurious three bedroom apartment with allocated parking.

If a house is more to your taste, a little further along Walcot Street is Upper Yard by the prestigious developer Kersfield. Here we have an impressive collection of 8, three bedroom homes, many with various combinations of outside space in the form of gardens, terraces and balconies, centred around a communal courtyard with allocated parking below. The traditional look of

these houses is complemented by the modern & flexible accommodation, with underfloor heating and wood burning stoves. Prices here start from just £715,000.

We can all speculate on Brexit and what that really means for our economy; but should the question be, are you ready for a lifestyle change? And so the outlook for 2019? We can all speculate on Brexit and what that really means for our economy; but should the question be, are you ready for a lifestyle change?

Shared Ownership gives first time buyers and those that do not currently own a home the opportunity to purchase a share in a new build or resale property. The purchaser pays a mortgage on the share they own, and pays rent to a housing association on the remaining share. Because the purchaser only needs a mortgage for the share they are purchasing, the amount of money required for a deposit is a lot lower when compared to the amount that would be required when purchasing outright.

Shared Ownership gives first time buyers and those that do not currently own a home the opportunity to purchase a share in a new build or resale property. The purchaser has the option to increase his/ her share during their time in the property via a process known as ‘staircasing’, and in most cases can staircase all the way to 100%, thereby owning the property outright. shared ownership properties are always leasehold. Having first launched in the late 1970's, awareness was found to increase with age, with 83% of those age 55 and over, 79% of 45 of 54 year olds, 78% of 35 to 44 year olds and 70% of 25 to 34 year olds aware of the scheme. The survey reveals that once made aware of the correct definition of shared ownership, some 24% of 18 to 24 year olds said they would be ‘very likely’ or ‘fairly likely’ to use the initiative in the future, the highest among the age groups surveyed.

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Are rental costs unaffordable for young adults in the South West? Marcus Arundell of HomeLets

More change is on its way

What are the prospects for Bath’s lettings market? With numerous changes on the horizon, Marcus Arundell of Homelets wonders whether the city’s housing could get even more expensive.

to this. Letting agencies will need to charge someone for the work they do, and that will become the landlord, and many landlords will want to cover that extra cost – and the only person who can cover it is the tenant.

Change and disruption have been a consistent theme over recent years and months – in politics, business and, it seems, life generally. That’s just as true in the lettings market. But what’s really significant is that the changes just keeping coming.

So: no fees is great for tenants. But higher rents isn’t.

Landlords don’t generally earn a great deal of public compassion, but the truth is that they have taken a battering in recent years. In fact it’s surprised many of us that more of them haven’t sold up and quit. Tax reliefs have gone down, stamp duty has gone up, and tighter new regulations have come into force. And there’s more on its way – three key regulatory changes in particular. A cap on tenants’ deposits. The cap isn’t fixed yet, but could amount to a limit of the equivalent of five weeks’ rent where the annual rent is less than £50,000, and six weeks’ rent over £50,000. Many landlords have got used to taking six weeks’ rent as a deposit, so this change will mean they have less of an insurance against serious damage. But it will make life easier for tenants. Three year tenancies. This will give tenants longer term security, but make it harder for landlords to swiftly remove a difficult tenant. A ban on tenants’ fees. This is a big change, as tenants currently pay substantial fees to landlords or lettings agencies for various tasks like carrying out an inventory or checking up on references – or just finding them a property. This work costs money, so someone will have to pay for it. The upshot of these three changes? Most probably higher rents. In the case of the ban on tenants’ fees, it’s hard to see how it won’t lead

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How will this play out in Bath? Even here, change is a constant. Bath is evolving, and quite dramatically. New developments continue to emerge onto the skyline. New shops and restaurants continue to open. And new arrivals continue to arrive, particularly from London, bringing their London money with them. As a result, rents, like house prices, have risen faster here than the UK average. That trend probably wouldn’t have changed even in the absence of the regulatory changes. But with the regulatory changes, the pressure for rent rises has gone up a couple of notches. However… in times of uncertainty, with economic clouds on the horizon, rapid increases in rents may look reckless. So, although I expect to see considerable rises, I think they will be tempered by a general air of caution. Landlords can, after all, remind themselves that the value of their property has gone up, and many will ruefully swallow many of their extra costs. But let’s remind ourselves. The only thing we can be sure about is that things won’t stay the same. homeletsbath.co.uk

Recent reaserch from the BBC has concluded that for two-thirds of 22 - 29 year olds, across Britain, are paying in excess of 30% of their income on renting a property. According to many housing organisations, spending more than a third of income on rent is unaffordable. Figures collated for the South West region shows that the average 22 - 29 year old will spend 34% of their income on a one-bedroom home. According to House of Commons Library research, renting has more than doubled over the last 20 years, and 65% of 16-24 year olds and 42% of 25-34 year olds now rent privately.

According to many housing organisations, spending more than a third of income on rent as unaffordable. The BBC data also shows that a gross annual income of £ 24,800 would be needed in order to rent a one-bedroom home across England, without going above the 30% ceiling. In 1980, the average percentage of income spent on renting was just 10%, although many of these proeprties were rented from local councils or housing associations, rather than through a private landlord. Cost of renting in Plymouth: Figures relating to Plymouth show that both percentage of wages spent on renting, within the same criteria, are slightly lower at 33% (compared to 34%). This equates to an average of £ 546 per month being spent on rent for a one-bedroom home. For the same age group (22 - 29) renting a two-bedroom home, the average percentage rises to 38% and £ 633 per month being spent suggesting that sharing may offer an option for younger renters. However, when we look at all age groups renting a 4 bed home in the city, the average income percentage rises to 50% and £ 891 per month. Although this may seem high, as a region this figure is a staggering 75% and £ 1,350 per month outlay on average.


‘New Year’s resolutions’ Being inquisitive about how much (or how little) young people know about borrowing and money, I forced a conversation the other night with my daughters about their finances and their student loans. Rather disappointingly, I quickly realised that they did not fully understand what they have got themselves into. They certainly did not understand how the mechanism of compound interest would negatively impact on how much they will potentially have to repay to the government over future years.

Kevin Gray

CEO, Bath Building Society At a recent meeting, I enquired as to what was the main reason for our underwriters turning down applications for our mortgages. The response was slightly shocking (to me at least) and more than a bit worrying. Undeclared, unsecured credit was the answer that I got. When our underwriters inform applicants that they have not declared all of their credit cards, they repeatedly get comments along the lines of “oh….but that one is interest free so I didn’t think it was necessary to declare it”. It is clear that many do not understand that ‘free credit’ still has to be repaid one day and that responsible lenders have to take all current credit into consideration as part of the normal loan application process.

When Tony Blair was asked, ‘what are your top three priorities as Prime Minister?’, he responded ‘education, education and education’. It’s fair to say that he probably wasn’t thinking about financial education at the time, but Blair fully understood how education can have a transformative effect on society. Bath Building Society considers itself to have a moral responsibility to educate the young about business and finance. As we move into 2019, the Society has resolved to do something to help young people to better understand how business works, and more importantly, how personal finances need to be operated. Hopefully we will be able to help avoid future Mr Micawber ‘misery’ type situations from occurring. In 2018, the Society has sponsored a team from Bath College to participate in the Young Enterprise (YE) scheme. This fantastic programme encourages young people to start and to run small businesses. YE will be familiar to many as it has been running for decades. Rather depressingly, and most probably due to very stretched school budgets in this age of austerity, none of the state schools in Bath

participated in the scheme in 2018. Our Society is aiming to support a minimum of four Bath state schools in 2019 to participate in YE and we have the aspiration to do more in future years. Hopefully a new generation of Bath entrepreneurs will be created! In 2019, the Society is also sponsoring a series of financial education seminars to be held in Bath state schools that have sixth forms. The aim is to improve pupils’ understanding of how personal finances should ideally be operated. As we enter 2019, I personally resolve to do all the usual things like drink less wine, exercise more, go to bed earlier etc. I am however going to be more aspirational in this New Year. I will be aiming to manage my own finances that little bit better and to perhaps put a bit more aside into the Kevin Gray rainy day fund. Maybe you might also be thinking of doing the same? If you are, then our Customer Support Department will be only too willing to give you advice as to what we could potentially do for you. Give them a call on 01225 423271. On behalf of Bath Building Society, I would like to wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year. I especially hope that our YE teams have great success with their small business ventures!

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Knowle House

A substantial and handsome newly build detached residence in a popular edge of village location with far reaching views, triple garage and an excellent range of family accomodation.

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property Avon are a short drive away and a visit to the nearby Longleat House, one of the most magnificent stately homes and gardens in Britain together with its safari park, is not to be missed. Babington House is also only a 15 minute drive away. The local country side is intersected by footpaths and bridleways which are great for walks and discovering local wildlife.

Accommodation

Lobby • Entrance hall • Sitting room • Dining room Kitchen/Breakfast room • WC • Family room • Study/Playroom • Cinema room • Utility room with shower room • Master bedroom with dressing room and en suite bathroom • Four further bedrooms Balcony • Triple garage • Driveway parking.

Fortescue Street, Norton St Philip, Bath Guide Price: £1,500,000

Description

Knowle House is an outstanding, recently built property built by Bloor Homes. The property has handsome and imposing Georgian style elevation to the front, a traditional stone tile roof and is arranged over four floors, the lower ground floor meeting the patio and garden to the rear. A triple garage sits behind electric gates to the side and is preceded by driveway parking for several cars. The property has a range of reception rooms to the ground and lower ground floor which all span off the spacious central entrance hall. The entirety of the ground and lower ground floor are underfloor heated with radiators serving the upstairs accommodation. The bathrooms are all fitted to an exacting standard throughout and are also all underfloor heated. The kitchen is built to a high specification and incorporates a Mercury range cooker and American style fridge freezer. Also to the ground floor is a generous sized sitting room with wood burning stove and a formal dining room. Both the kitchen and the sitting room step out onto the south facing balcony which spans the whole width of the house, with plenty of room for seating and wonderful views across the countryside to the rear. The lower ground floor gives a family all the extra space they need. There is a fantastic cinema room. A utility room with shower room, as well as a second sitting/family room and a large study/ playroom. French doors from both the family and study open out onto the south-west facing rear patio. To the first floor is the master bedroom suite and two further bedrooms and a family bathroom. The master suite has outstanding far reaching views and has its own walk in wardrobe/dressing room as well as an en suite wet room with a copper roll top freestanding bath. The landing surrounding the wood frame staircase wraps around giving you a unique space to sit and enjoy the views to the rear. To the second floor there are two double bedrooms with a central bathroom. The gardens to the rear are laid mainly to lawn and look out over beautiful landscaped public gardens. The master bedroom, patio terrace and balcony all face south-west and are treated to spectacular sunsets. The triple garage has side door access, three up and over doors, one of which open from a remote fob and there is potential for further accommodation above in the garage loft space, which is currently boarded.

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Situation

The medieval village of Norton St. Philip is located approximately 7 miles south of the City of Bath, with the villages of Freshford, Wellow and Hinton Charterhouse not far away. Set in scenery of rolling green Somerset hills with three Churches, a village Green, a preschool and pre-prep, village hall, and two excellent pubs (‘The George Inn’ and ‘The Fleur de Lys’). The George in particular has a deep history dating back to the 14th Century. For explorers the National Trust Village of Lacock and the historic town of Bradford-on-

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Bath Riverside

Out with the Old

Continuing our 'on the move' theme, we take a look at some of the areas best new developments to give you a feel of where your future may lie.

Bloor Homes Ensleigh,Bath

Homebuyers in Bath are being encouraged to reserve their new property early in the build process, which will enable them to choose their preferred plot and personalise it by picking their preferred fixtures and fittings. The privately-owned housebuilder has released a selection of beautiful four and five-bedroom family homes at its Ensleigh development. One of the properties being offered for sale is the impressive four-bedroom Royal special townhouse. Priced at £725,000, the property is perfect for buyers who like to enjoy the very best of flexible living. With its stunning Georgian architecture, fantastic selection of restaurants, cafés and bars, and wide variety of shops, the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath is one of the most desirable places to live in the country. A range of two, four and five-bedroom homes are currently available at Ensleigh, priced from £369,950. For more information or to arrange a show home viewing call 01225 685229 or visit www.bloorhomes.com.

Crest Nicholson Bath Riverside

Offering a stunning collection apartments and penthouse apartments only a short flat walk from Bath city centre. This development of new homes in Bath offers high quality residences from studios to 4

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bedroom homes. Set on the banks of the River Avon, these new homes in Bath are one of the very few residential developments that enjoys direct access to the riverside whilst being within walking distance of the town centre. With pocket parks, wild meadows and riverside pubs with gorgeous gardens along its route, the river is a great place to enjoy a day out, an afternoon stroll or a summer picnic. Just across the river is the Royal Victoria Park, a substantial green area that includes Botanical Gardens, children's play area, tennis courts and sublime Victorian landscaping. Apartments: 1 & 2 bedroom apartments Prices from £599,950 - £615,000 Penthouse: 2 bedroom penthouses Prices from £1,000,000 Marketing suite open 10:00am to 5:00pm, 7 days a week. Viewings by appointment, call 01225 463517.

Linden Homes Ensleigh,Bath

Set in a stunning elevated position in Landsdown, just minutes from the centre of Bath and all the amenities of this beautiful City. Close to good road and rail links, and set in some of the area’s most beautiful landscape. Visit Ensleigh and discover: The joy of living in a historic City - but with all the convenience of a modern home Energy savings built in Open space all around

Simple access to the centre of Bath and Bristol Good links to the ‘A’ road network and M4 and M5 motorways Ask about Part Exchange† or Assisted Move‡. Or whether this is your first or second, third or fourth move, Help to Buy could see you move with just a 5% deposit and 75% mortgage & a 20 % interest free loan, 3 Bed Semi-detached from £ 447,995 4 Bed detached from £ 529,995 5 Bed detached from £ 875,000 See website for more details on each plot available: www.lindenhomes.co.uk Marketing suite open 10:00am to 5:00pm, 7 days a week. Reserve for £ 99 and get your stamp duty paid up to £ 20,000! Call 01225 560 714 for more details.

Bellway Homes Mulberry Park

Mulberry Park is an exclusive development of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes and 1 and 2 bedroom apartments all built to the highest standards. The variety of house styles offer open-plan living areas, contemporary kitchen designs, modern bathroom suites and a quality specification. Located conveniently to the extensive amenities of Bath city centre, these homes will appeal to a range of purchasers from first time buyers to professionals and families. Mulberry Park is located in Combe Down, sitting on a ridge above Bath within close proximity of the city centre. The development is served by 3 convenient local supermarkets, but for wider retail variety, Bath is the place to be. The amenities of this historic city and World Heritage Site do not disappoint. The sprawling city centre is bedecked with independent retailers, high street favourites and features a weekly farmer’s market. The stylish Milsom Place and SouthGate


Bath arcades provide a boutique shopping experience.

Hope House

A collection of 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes Prices from £220,000 to £549,995 Marketing suite open 10:00am to 5:00pm, 7 days a week. www.bellway.co.uk

Hardrock Developments Ltd Holburne Park

A thoughtfully-designed community of villas, terraced houses and apartments, located in a parkland setting with views across Bath. Holburne Park offers the character of classical architecture, with all the advantages of modern fittings and contemporary design. It is rare in Bath to find a location like Holburne Park, which combines a village-like experience with all this vibrant city has to o er. Surrounded by greenery and open aspects, yet an easy stroll from the heart of Bath, Holburne Park gives you the best of both worlds. 3 & 4 bedroom homes Guide price: £545,000 - £1,325,000 Anyone interested in registering their interest in purchasing a home at Holburne Park can contact Savills on 01225 474591 or visit the Marketing Pavilion, Warminster Road, Bath, BA2 6SF. Tel: 01225 302 888

Curo Homes Mulberry Park

Mulberry Park is a brand new development of high quality homes in the sought-after neighbourhood of Combe Down. Situated on the southern slopes of the city, these spacious homes have been designed with energy efficiency and comfort in mind. Offering the perfect blend of city and country living, Mulberry Park is within easy reach of both Bath's dynamic city centre and the area's stunning natural surroundings. This vibrant community will be enhanced by Bath's first new park for 100 years, a new Bloor Homes, Ensleigh

primary school, a children's nursery and stateof-the-art leisure facilities. Whether town, mews or coach house, every Mulberry Park home has been designed with modern living in mind. Design focuses on energy efficiency, comfort and quality. Inside, fully fitted Halvanto kitchens come with integrated Neff or Electrolux appliances and quartz or laminate worktops, while both family and en-suite bathrooms have been finished with luxurious Porcelanosa tiling and white Roca sanitaryware. Marketing Suite and Camden View Home open daily 10:00am to 5:30pm, Bradford Road, Bath, BA2 5BZ. Tel: 0345 140 5050

Juniper Homes Heather Rise

Heather Rise, is a classical building with the iconic honey-coloured hues of Bath stone.

Located in the popular village of Batheaston, Heather Rise combines historic architecture with a bespoke high quality internal specifi cation. This a meticulous conversion of eight luxurious 2 and 3-bedroom houses and two 2-bedroom apartments is set within enclosed private landscaped gardens with resident access and two allocated parking spaces for each unit. Batheaston sits just below the Batheaston Commons of Bannerdown and Little Solsbury, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Overlooking the Avon Valley, Batheaston truly provides country living with great connections to the City. Prices start from just £395,000. Just call 01225 474591 or visit: www.heatherrise.co.uk

Acorn Property Group and Galliard Homes Hope House A collection of luxurious new apartments and townhouses on the lower slopes of Lansdown, Bath, are now available to reserve.

The 58 one to four bedroom new homes form part of the prestigious Hope House scheme, in the grounds of the former Bath Royal High Junior School. The development, led by Acorn Property Group in partnership with Galliard Homes, features the refurbishment of the historic Grade II listed Hope House, a beautifully proportioned building which sits in an elevated position to the north of the city, commanding exceptional views over the centre of Bath and beyond. Built from Bath Stone, the properties are designed to respect the city’s predominantly Georgian architecture, preserving the character and appearance of the conservation area. Priced from £375,000 for a one bedroom apartment. For more information, contact the residential development sales team at Savills Bath on 01225 474591. www.acornpropertygroup.org

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Kersfield:

Lansdown Square West

Moving on up with a new home at Ensleigh House hunters looking to get their hands on a fabulous new home in Bath should explore Bloor Homes’ development at Ensleigh.

Kersfield is a Bath-based developer providing housing of exceptional quality and setting a new standard for housing in the city. Currently developing a number of houses and apartments in Bath, all existing developments are due to complete within the next 12-18 months – including Lansdown Square West, Hope Chapel at Lower Borough Walls, Walcot Yard and Beckford Gate.

Set in an elevated position north of Bath city centre, the exquisite collection of three- and fourbedroom homes enjoys enviable views across the surrounding countryside. Built by Bloor Homes, these impressive homes offer generous and flexible living spaces and are finished to exceptionally high standards.

Built by Bloor Homes, these impressive homes offer generous and flexible living spaces and are finished to exceptionally high standards. All the homes have been sympathetically designed to seamlessly blend in with Bath’s distinctive architecture and embrace the charm of this UNESCO World Heritage City. These high specification, energy-efficient homes benefit from easy maintenance and low running costs, making them the ideal purchase for those looking to combine the very best in spacious, luxurious living with stress-free home ownership. One of the properties being offered for sale is the Palladian, a four-bedroom, detached townhouse, priced at £744,950. It is a cleverly thought-out blend of luxury, comfort and functionality, with flexible living space spread over three floors. On the ground floor, a light and airy kitchen/ dining room with bi-folding doors out onto the private rear garden forms the heart of the home. A generous-sized separate dining room is the ideal space for formal entertaining. On the first floor, a bright and cosy lounge with doors out to a Juliet balcony provides the perfect space for relaxing and spending time with family and friends. Two bedrooms, including a spacious double, and contemporary family bathroom are also located on this floor.

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The second floor has two generous-sized double bedroom suites, which are the epitome of luxury, with fitted wardrobes and en suite facilities. The master suite includes doors out onto a private terrace. Rowena Adams, Regional Sales Director at Bloor Homes South West, said: “The Ensleigh development is ideally located near to the centre of Bath, close to a wide range of good local amenities, excellent schools and with good commuter links to Bath, Bristol and beyond. “Bath itself is a vibrant city, with a diverse mix of boutiques, high-street brands, restaurants and bars, as well as museums, art galleries, theatres and the Roman Baths. “There has been a high level of interest in homes at our Ensleigh development and we would encourage anyone interested in finding their dream home to act now to avoid disappointment.” A range of three, four and five-bedroom homes are currently available at Ensleigh, priced from £472,950. For more information, please call 01225 809545 or visit www.bloorhomes.com

Lansdown Square West sits on the former Ministry of Defence site at Ensleigh. The development is set around two new garden squares, surrounded by green belt in an area of outstanding natural beauty. With quality architecture and unrivalled attention to detail in a fantastic location with outstanding views over Bath, all houses are positioned to take advantage of wonderful views and designed with a particular emphasis on volume and natural light. The scheme consists of modern interpretations of a classic Bath residence. The properties offer impressive facades finished in honey-coloured Bath stone, with generous proportions and plenty of windows allowing maximum levels of light into the properties. Designed for contemporary living; every aspect has been finished to an extremely high standard; from zoned underfloor heating and engineered oak flooring to the extra tall doors and limestone bathroom tiles, every design detail has been considered. Phase two is now available with just a few 4-bedroom townhouses remaining and ready for occupation, 5-bedroom villas launching in Early 2019 with luxury lateral apartments completing the development later in the year. The properties at Lansdown Square West are on sale through joint agents Knight Frank 01225 325 999 and Savills 01225 474500.


parking. I have the convenience of living so close to the city centre but not actually in it - where tourist buses can sometimes be quite invasive!" “It’s an excellent lifestyle choice as the whole Riverside development - and especially Royal View - provides an ideal situation.It is quiet both in the building and around the development, which is unusual for city living. It has great access to the river which is ideal for me as I run and cycle.” Ticking all the boxes for the modern professional, Bath Riverside is also a canny investment in uncertain times." Dr Bellamy went on: “The apartment is for now a great place to live but I also expect it to be a good investment. I expect the value to increase well as the development continues and it also is in a situation where it is a very desirable site to rent. “I have to recommend the staff in the sales office who were extremely helpful and understanding throughout the move.” And with further commercial businesses due to follow Coffee #1’s example in the ground floors of the iconic buildings, Dr Bellamy is looking forward to a full range of services and facilities on his doorstep. “It will be good when the park is completed as that will be a great space to hang out in in the good weather. “It has always been understood that there will be a restaurant in the basement unit of Royal View. Depending on what it is that would be a great addition to the site as the coffee shop has been. I understand that there will also be a gym in Sovereign Point which would be great.” Dr Bellamy concluded: “All in all Royal View has been a great place to live so I had no hesitation at making the transition from renting to owning a property here.”

Work, rest and play lifestyle? Bath Riverside pulls out all the stops Commercial businesses coming on stream including a café, restaurant and gym will provide the icing on the cake for lifestyle buyers at Crest Nicholson’s Bath Riverside development. That’s according to the latest residents at the Royal View apartment building overlooking the historic Victoria Bridge, who say lifestyle choices are a major factor when looking for a new home here. It was certainly the case for Bath medical professional Dr Ian Bellamy, principal dentist and practice owner at Aquae Sulis Dental, who moved in to Royal View in 2017.

Marcus Evans, sales and marketing director from developer Crest Nicholson echoed the advantages of the Bath Riverside lifestyle: “Many professionals and couples enjoy significantly different lifestyles than they did ten or twenty years ago. Professional people looking to unlock a new way of living tend towards style and convenience over space. When I started in the business every house buyer wanted a big garden just like their parents and grandparents. A garden was often regarded as a bit of a status symbol back then but these days people simply don’t have the time – or inclination - to maintain them properly.” Offering modern, flexible living spaces, open parks, landscaped courtyards and views like nothing else in the city, people wanting to change their

He said: “Initially I rented an apartment on the second floor. In September I managed to buy one of the larger apartments also in Royal View.” Originally from Northamptonshire, Dr Bellamy said: “It was important to me to find a modern building where there was little in the way of maintenance. I had come from an old house with a large garden and this didn’t fit my lifestyle. Riverside is a perfect location, I can walk to work and more crucially can walk into Bath where I can enjoy all that the city has to offer without the hassle of

For further information please call 01225 463 517 or visit www.crestnicholson.com/bathriverside The marketing suite on Victoria Bridge Road is open daily from 10 am to 5pm.

Curo scoops Developer of the Year 2018 title at Bath Property Awards

Bath-based housing association and housebuilder Curo has won the Developer of the Year 2018 title at the inaugural Bath Property Awards, which celebrate the city’s dynamic property sector.

housing for local people. This is what we call ‘profit for purpose’ and is the main reason we established our house-building business. Last year, we invested £17.1m in building new affordable homes.

The ceremony took place at the Apex Hotel on Friday 23 November and brought together house-builders, architects, contractors, suppliers and professional services providers for the property sector.

“We’re best known for Mulberry Park, our awardwinning project of 700 homes in South Bath, but we’re a multi-site developer with a number of schemes at different stages of development throughout the South West. Our housing delivery pipeline for the next five years will see the addition of more than 2,200 homes across the region.”

The judges said: “Curo is out on its own in terms of what it does. ‘Profit for purpose’ flows through the business; exceptional year, balancing commercial opportunities with social responsibility.” Curo managing Director, Gerraint Oakley, says: “We’re delighted and proud to win this recognition, having been shortlisted alongside some great Bath-based developers. “Housing associations like Curo are making a significant contribution to solving the UK’s housing crisis. Our commercial activity – building homes for market sale - enables us to generate surpluses which we reinvest in creating more affordable

Curo was also a finalist in the ‘Residential Development’ category with its Mulberry Park scheme, which won the ‘Property’ accolade at the popular Bath Life Awards earlier this year.


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