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June 2014

What’s On in and around Malmesbury

Issue 69

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How Daddy is Doing Celebrating the role of these most influential of men

Hobbies

Steps towards a prize-winning future

D-Day 1944

Democracy 1, Tyranny 0

Credit Where Credit is Due Why it pays to check your credit file

Plotting a Vegetable Garden Even the smallest garden can find space to grow vegetables

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Hello All, Let us all hope that the weather is fine for June, as we have so many fantastic events scheduled, from the Malmesbury Living History Weekend to Sherston Festival, Concerts, Open Garden Days and much more! For anybody who has been trying to contact All the Small Things, we must apologise for a misprint of their contact details. Please see their advert below for the correct telephone number. Also for anyone who has had trouble getting through to our numbers here at Malmesbury Connections, we have also had some hiccups now hopefully resolved! This issue has some great offers from Whatley Manor, and some food for thought from Computing4Business, along with all the regular features. Fingers crossed for a sunny June! Renee Tuck

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D-Day 1944: Democracy 1 Tyranny 0 By Ted Bruning

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On 6 June we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the victory of democracy over tyranny. And while most of the coverage of this great day will rightly focus on the unflinching selflessness of the 50,000 Allied soldiers, it’s worth sparing a moment to contemplate why democracy won. The young men confronting the Third Reich on D-Day may not have known it, but the soldiers opposing them had already been fatally undermined. A leadership that was corrupt, incompetent, divided, toadying and alternately swollen with pride and prostrated by fear, had made so many idiotic decisions over the past two years that no heroism on the part of its troops could redeem it. And at the heart of all the double-dealing, betrayal, and rottenness stood Adolf Hitler. After the invasion of Russia, Hitler more or less retreated to his Eastern HQ, surrounded by a small cadre of placemen, yes-men, courtiers and cronies who told him only what they thought he wanted to hear. He governed via a maze of overlapping bureaucracies fighting for his favour. And despite his remoteness he insisted on making even the smallest tactical decisions himself. This chaos effectively crippled the Germans defending Normandy. They had almost no armoured support. Rommel, the commander on the ground, knew that tanks couldn’t move from rear to front because of Allied air-power, and wanted the armour right at the water’s edge. To the commander of Panzer Group West, Geyr von Shweppenburg, this was

heresy. Hitler’s compromise was that the armour should be divided between them, but that von Schweppenburg couldn’t move without Hitler’s express orders – which, of course, came too late. Then there were the mythical divisions in Kent and Sussex that appeared to threaten the Pas de Calais. Their existence was conjured up by Allied deception specialists, and 15 German divisions remained north of the Seine to meet them. But these divisions had been fabricated by German army intelligence as part of a plot to discredit Himmler’s rival intelligence agency. There should have been a fleet of warwinning jet fighters overhead, for the Germans had been ahead of the Allies in the technology. But Hitler cancelled work on a feasible jet because a crony, Willi Messerschmidt, persuaded him to favour the Komet rocket-plane instead. As a result the Me262 didn’t appear until far too late.

Churchill wasn’t short of bad ideas himself, trying to stop Nazi bombers by dropping parachute mines on them being one. And the Allied leaders argued bitterly. But Churchill and Roosevelt surrounded themselves with strong, capable advisers who weren’t afraid to argue their corners. Dowding, in charge of Fighter Command, threatened to resign in May 1940 when Churchill proposed to send more fighter squadrons to prop up the French. And Churchill bowed to his superior judgement! The Allies made mistakes. But the reason that the 159,000 troops who landed in Normandy broke through with fewer than 5,000 killed was that their leaders weren’t driven by fear of a despot; laid rational plans based on professional expertise and sound intelligence; and represented a society that could bury its differences and make sacrifices in defence of shared values.

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Life Begins Ne’er cast a clout … by Kate McLelland

A reliable sign of good weather? There were times during last winter when our normally temperate UK climate appeared to have undergone a complete change of character, creating storms and floods of almost biblical size and intensity. It’s at times like these we begin to understand the impact the weather must have had on our ancestors, for whom the difference between a good winter and a bad one was literally a matter of life and death. The only real evidence we have of their personal struggles with wind, rain and snow now exists in the form of a few, doggerel rhymes. To the modern ear these rhymes can seem childish and trite, but the fact that they have survived so long, passed on by word of mouth, gives us an indication of their importance to our forebears. Following the UK’s recent experiences of extreme weather events, it may be time to rub away the dust of antiquity and see if this ancient weather lore still has something useful to teach us. With its sprinkling of quaint, archaic words, “Ne’er cast a clout till May is out” is probably one of the most famous old adages about weather. The word “clout” means “item of clothing” so the rhyme warns us about the variable nature of spring weather. If the month of May has always seemed quite late in the year to be finally packing away your winter wardrobe, then you’ll be glad to know that there’s some controversy surrounding the reference. Certain historians believe that the “May” in question is the may tree, or hawthorn,

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which actually begins to flower in April, so the meaning becomes: “Don’t shed any winter layers until the may tree blossoms.” Before the days of Met Office forecasts, farmers, fishermen and anyone else who depended upon the weather for their livelihoods would glean information from the natural environment. The maxim “Red sky at night/Shepherd’s delight/Red sky in the morning/Shepherd’s warning” even wins a cautious endorsement from the Met Office. It’s true that a red sky can be an indicator of rain or dry weather, depending on the time of the day it occurs and the direction of the prevailing weather. Such a sky appears when high pressure arriving from the west traps dust and small particles in the atmosphere. Blue light is scattered from the spectrum and red light remains to give the sky its distinctive appearance, indicating a dry, pleasant day to follow. A red sky in the morning simply means that this high pressure system has passed, most likely making way for wet and windy

weather to come. There is, however, a lot less sanction amongst meteorologists for beliefs such as the St Swithin’s Day lore, which says that if it rains on 15th July it will continue to rain for 40 days and 40 nights. You’ll be reassured to know that there has been no occurrence of rainfall for such a prolonged period of time since records began.

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How Daddy is Doing

With Fathers’ Day just around the corner we thought we’d put together a collection of books about dads and their offspring. Whether they’re doting or disastrous, destructive or departed, this is a day for celebrating the role of these most influential of men.

The Road - Cormac McCarthy Although this book is set in a postapocalyptic world and is, quite frankly, a bit terrifying, it’s a fantastic tale of a man who’ll do anything to protect his boy. Together they walk through the battered remnants of America, heading to the coast and hoping for salvation, with only each other to rely on. The landscape is brutal, chilling and ashridden and father and son must find food and shelter where they can, away from the dangers that lie in wait. Often described as a masterpiece, Cormac McCarthy’s novel is haunting and yet reassuring that the bond between parent and child can withstand anything. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee Show me the person who wouldn’t want Atticus Finch as their fatherfigure. Atticus is an attorney and is often hailed as being the personification of all that is moral and just. He’s adored by his two children, Scout and Jem who try to make sense of the happenings in the sleepy southern town of Maycomb, Alabama. Atticus must face the disapproving eyes of the town’s residents as he defends Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. Scout and her brother Jem aren’t allowed into the courtroom but they sneak in and hide out on the ‘coloured balcony’ to watch their father in action, and the trial that will change Maycomb forever. Danny the Champion of the World Roald Dahl ‘The most marvellous and exciting father a boy ever had’- you can’t do

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And When Did You Last See Your much better than that accolade. Nine Father? - Blake Morrison year old Danny idolises his father and adores hearing his fantastic stories and In his memoirs, the author recounts his relationship with his own father, tales of daring-do. Danny’s seemingly throughout his dad’s life and after simple existence is his own personal his death. It raises questions as to bliss: growing up in a traveller’s whether or not we ever see our parents caravan and tinkering with cars in his as adults in their own right, or simply spare time. Then his dad comes up as our parents. How do we deal with with a master plan in the form of a family secrets and is it destructive to pheasant-snatching adventure and reveal them? Do we ever really get to Danny’s world becomes that much know our parents and how they view more exciting. Roald Dahl’s story of a boy and his love and admiration for his the world? It might be time to put the kettle on, call the folks and see if there dad is so heart-warming, you’ll want are any skeletons in the closet. to start finding the extraordinary in the ordinary and realise that you too, can Darth Vader and Son - Jeffrey Brown be the champion of the world. A bit of light relief comes in the form of Jeffrey Brown’s ponderings over Darth Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller Vader’s propensity for fatherhood. There’s no way that Willy Loman is What if Vader uttering the immortal winning any Father of the Year prizes words, “Luke, I am your father” opened anytime soon and yet his son Happy the floodgates for some father-son is determined to follow in his father’s bonding and making up for lost time footsteps. His other son, Biff has more of the measure of the man having once across the galaxies. What if he was completely misinterpreted and it was caught his father in a compromising a just a stern telling off from daddy? situation. Whatever the drop-out Biff Brown’s comic illustrations reveal life and the hapless Happy decide to as it could have been. do with their lives, Loman himself is all washed up as a salesman and facing a precipice. Arthur Miller’s play is set using a series of flashbacks Clean, dry, secure domestic storage units in as we watch this family Cotswold Stone Barn in Luckington and their own American Dream vaporise before Minimum 3 months our very eyes. Loman commits one final act No Trade of desperation for his sons, and the reader is left to decide whether or not he was heroic in Luckington Court Church Road Luckington SN146LG the end.

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Plotting a

Vegetable Garden

by Pippa Greenwood

Even the smallest garden can find space to grow vegetables. Start now and you can enjoy delicious homegrown salads all summer long. Producing useful quantities of your own vegetables doesn’t take up as much space as you might imagine. There’s a lot you can plant out or grow from seed right now that will give you some super-tasty, succulent, and topquality salads in just a few weeks’ time. And salad leaves grown in ornamental pots can be as decorative as they are nutritious. Before you get sowing or planting, choose the right containers. Big ones are easier to maintain than small ones; and of course bigger pots mean more produce. Go for something of at least 30cm (12in) in diameter, larger if possible. As salad crops tend to be pretty short-term there’s no need to spend a fortune on compost. Ideally choose a good-quality multi-purpose compost, but you can get perfectly acceptable results with the contents of a growingbag. I find the quality of the compost in these isn’t all that brilliant, but for the time you need it – and provided you keep it well-fertilised – it’ll be adequate. If you grow your own salad leaves you can get precisely the mix you like best. There are plenty of eye-catching lettuces such as the frilly Lollo, either a gorgeous bright-green standard Lollo a burgundy-tinged Lollo Rosso or a mixture of both. Treat them as

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cut-and-come-again crops, snipping off the leaves as you want them but not cutting into to the base, then they’ll put out new shoots and keep cropping for longer. Baby beet leaves are a popular salad ingredient, too. Choose a variety like Bull’s Blood for the prettiest leaves or grow any of the standard varieties, and you’ll also get a great-tasting root crop later on. I generally harvest the young leaves a few at a time but let the plant produce a root too. There are still plenty of tomato plants in the shops now, but hunt carefully to find the ones that are still in top condition. If you choose an outdoor variety it can be grown in a pot on its own, and if you have a big enough container you can grow some other salad ingredients around the edge of the container.

Vegetables, like most plants, do best in a relatively warm spot with plenty of sun, so site your containers carefully. You want them to be easily accessible from the kitchen, but it’s more important to ensure they’re sheltered from the wind yet still get enough sun. You may prefer to raise some of your crops in pots and grow them on a bit before planting them out. The garden containers will always be full and looking their best, even while you’re harvesting them. The new plantings will very quickly blend in with the old, and all summer long you’ll have a garden that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the tastebuds. Visit Pippa’s website, www. pippagreenwood.com, for ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’, the AskPippa Q&A service, Nemaslug, natural pest controls, and lots more.

If you’re after some fire in your cooking, a chilli pepper thrives in a pot in a warm and very sheltered spot as do sweet peppers. Fresh herbs can make a salad more interesting too. Choose your favourites and either grow them in a dedicated herb pot with extra grit in the compost for good drainage, or even consider popping a few in with your main crops.

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Health

Osteoarthritis By Alison Runham www.alison.runham.co.uk

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The term ‘arthritis’ covers over 200 joint conditions, but osteoarthritis is the most common, affecting over 8.75 million people in the UK. Usually most severe in joints that are heavily used, such as the knees and hips, it’s also often found in the neck, back, hands, wrists and big toes. Sometimes called degenerative or mechanical arthritis, it occurs when joint cartilage becomes thin or damaged. Cartilage is a shock absorber, cushioning bone ends during joint movement. When it deteriorates bones rub together, causing bone ends and surrounding tissues to thicken, while synovial fluid in the joint (another shockabsorber) can decrease or become less effective. These changes can cause inflammation and sometimes distortion. Symptoms Symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness and reduced joint movement, particularly after resting, and grinding or crunching sensations when moving a joint. Diagnosis An x-ray is usually required and sometimes an arthroscopy will be performed, usually under general anaesthetic. This involves the insertion of an arthroscope, which incorporates a light source and camera, through a small incision to inspect the joint space. A blood test, MRI scan or joint aspiration (removal of a little joint fluid for analysis) can rule out other types of arthritis.

Am I at risk of osteoarthritis? Sometimes osteoarthritis has no obvious cause, but chances of developing it increase if you: • Are a woman • Are over 45 • Are overweight (due to pressure on joints, and inflammatory chemicals from fat tissue) • Have a physically demanding job • Make many repetitive movements (not only at work - studies show that repetitive movements while texting or playing videogames could contribute too) • Have a family history of osteoarthritis • Have had an infection or disease that causes joint damage, e.g. gout, or joint injury • Have had a major operation on a joint • Have muscle weakness • Were born with a joint abnormality or developed one in childhood How can I avoid or treat osteoarthritis? Maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding prolonged repetitive movement lessens the chance of developing osteoarthritis, while regular exercise to strengthen muscles and ligaments will reduce joint strain. These steps will also lessen symptoms. Swimming is ideal as it exercises joints gently, while aerobic exercise will stimulate endorphins, hormones which act as pain relievers. There are several types of medication that can reduce symptoms: • Simple painkillers (analgesics) e.g. paracetamol • Stronger painkillers that contain opioids e.g. co-dydamol • Non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs

(NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen, which relieve pain and reduce inflammation (often available as creams too) • Capsaicin cream, which reduces pain by blocking nerve endings • Steroids injected directly into the joint • Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements, which may repair cartilage Physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage, heat or ice packs and complementary treatments, such as acupuncture and aromatherapy, can be useful. There are also special aids and appliances which can make everyday tasks easier and less painful. Repairing Damage In severe osteoarthritis surgery may be necessary, from simple arthroscopy – where small instruments are used via the arthroscope to remove or repair damaged cartilage – through osteotomy and joint fusion, to total joint replacements. What about diet? Alliums such as garlic and onions may prevent or slow osteoarthritis, as they contain a chemical that limits cartilage-damaging enzymes. Many ‘osteoarthritis diets’ have little scientific back-up but experts agree that a more plant-based diet with less saturated fat is beneficial, as saturated fats can cause inflammation and aggravate your arthritis.

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Exciting new addition to thriving village Sherston Tearooms opened its’ doors on the 8th April after 2 years of hard work in the renovation of The Angel House (formerly the Angel Hotel Pub) which closed over 25 years ago. The building has been completely renovated inside whilst keeping its' traditional appearance from the busy High Street. The building was bought by ex-England & Yorkshire cricketer Paul Jarvis and his wife Caroline, who are delighted that their hard work has paid off. The Angel also has 4 luxurious en-suite Bed & Breakfast rooms upstairs; all of which have King or Super King size beds, Illy Coffee Machines, designer storage space and deluxe bathrooms. Guests of the B&B have their own spacious guest lounge, complete with log burner, sofas and a selection of seating for Breakfasts.

free range chickens. All dishes are homemade, including Alice’s special tart of the day. Homemade cakes and fresh scones are baked daily; all of which have proved very popular. The Tearooms opens 7 days a week; from 08.00-17.00 Monday to Friday and 08.30-17.00 on weekends. A lovely suntrap garden adds the finishing touches to a peaceful yet vibrant Tearooms; ideal for those hazy summer afternoons.

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Beauty

Beach Ready Beauty

By Helen Taylor of fake tan on to your hand and then work quickly and methodically, covering every inch of your skin evenly. Don’t forget you are likely to need help to do your back.

You’ve been toning up and getting into shape for months, ready to flaunt your bikini body on the beach. So, now your holiday is just around the corner, it’s time plan your holiday beauty routine. Fake it First Winter pale skin does not look great in a bikini, so you’ll need to fake the golden glow. Head to the beauty salon (for best results) or to the shops (if on a budget) and prepare your skin. Thorough exfoliation is key and it’s best done the night before. Concentrate on those areas prone to dryness like knees, ankles and elbows. Allow at least 24 hours between waxing and tanning. If you tan too soon after waxing your pores and hair follicles will still be open and you may find that the product builds up leaving you with dark dots. Be really generous with your moisturiser and put plenty on your knees, elbows and feet. If you are going for the DIY option, don a pair of latex gloves, squeeze a dollop

Heavenly Hair If your hair is a bit dry, or has split-ends, a couple of weeks in the sun and in sea-water or chlorinated pools will make the matter far worse. Book a trim before you head off. At the poolside, slather a leave-in conditioner onto your hair. This will help to protect against sun damage and will leave your locks looking thoroughly shiny, as the heat makes the product even more effective. Sumptuous Skin The three important steps which you should follow at home are cleanse, tone and moisturise, and it’s even more important on holiday. Regularly apply and re-apply sunscreen. Ensuring that your entire body is protected against damaging UV rays is a must. Use a high factor, and remember to re-apply after swimming. And use a nourishing balm for your lips too.

Wear a large hat on the beach. Not only will you look chic, you’ll also be protecting the delicate skin on your face too. Always apply after-sun lotion. A long day on the beach calls for plenty of after-sun when you get back to the hotel. Minimal Make-Up Keep make-up light in the day by swapping a full-coverage foundation with a tinted moisturiser. Cover imperfections with a little concealer. Wear one coat of quality water-proof mascara on your top lashes for definition. Better still, arrange a trip to your beauty salon for an eyelash and eyebrow tint before you jet off. A

peachy coloured blush will look fabulous with bronzed skin and is much better than pink hues which only serve to add more redness to already flushed cheeks.

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Finance Credit Where Credit Is Due Ann Haldon www.cornerstonewebcontent.com If you’ve ever been refused credit, you’ll already know how demoralising it is to be held back in life. Being unable to buy your first house or a new car is bad enough but poor scores can affect your ability to take out a mobile phone contract, hire a car and can even make insurance premiums more expensive. However, you can improve the situation, and they all start with checking your credit file. How to access your credit file Three main credit reference agencies exist in the UK – Equifax, Experian and CallCredit. Equifax and Experian offer a 30-day free trial (but be aware you will be charged if you don’t cancel within 30 days) or just £2 for a statutory report. CallCredit provide free access for life. Why you should check your report It pays to check your credit file at least once a year for a number of reasons: • Lenders can make mistakes which you may be able to rectify • An overall view of historic and current borrowing is provided • The chances of identity theft are reduced • Control of finances is significantly improved Are repairs to your credit file possible? Lots of options exist to boost your credit rating, and taking several small actions adds up to a big improvement over time. It’s important to remember that having no credit file at all can also hold you back. Young people just starting work

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are often penalised because they can’t demonstrate their ability to make regular repayments on time, and find themselves in a ‘Catch-22’ situation. Below are some easily implemented short-term fixes: • Cancel all unused credit cards by writing to the provider and cutting up the card. • Make sure you are on the electoral register so lenders can identify you and reduce the chances of fraud. • Stop or reduce the number of credit applications. • Include a landline phone number on your file, rather than just a mobile number. • Check that all information is indeed correct, including any late repayments and outstanding loan amounts mentioned. • ‘Unlink’ yourself from a former partner – if they have a poor credit rating it also affects yours. Starting from scratch For those with either no existing credit rating or a very poor score, you will need to find a way to demonstrate financial responsibility. One option may be to apply for a high interest credit card with a low limit, known as ‘creditbuilder’ cards. Provided you make payments on time for a minimum of six months, you will build a good credit file. Don’t forget to

stay within your credit limit or this will damage your rating. The interest rates on these cards can be eye-watering though, with APRs of up to 39.9% not unusual, so make sure it is always paid off in full. Alternatively you could apply for a ‘credit-builder’ prepaid card. This type of card involves signing an agreement for a small loan – typically around £60 – which is then repaid at over 12 months. Similarly, if you have a mobile phone contract, no payment defaults will lead to a good credit score over time. Lending criteria A long employment history, living in one place for a long time as a homeowner, and a significant period with the same bank, all contribute towards a positive credit report. The cost of not keeping an eye on your credit file is high, so check and take action before you are presented with an embarrassing ‘declined’.

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Small steps towards a prize-winning future a star blogger with a following of thousands then you’ll need to offer something truly original that gives inspiration or help to others.

The old adage says that “everyone has at least one novel in them” but for some inexperienced writers the thought of writing a novel is a bit like climbing Everest in carpet slippers with only a length of washing line to keep you from falling. For that reason many aspiring authors give up before they’ve even started, and that’s regrettable as these days there are so many other routes writers can take if they want to flex their creative muscles. Writing for pleasure is a low-cost, easily manageable activity that may even –on occasion - offer financial rewards. Flexibility is the keyword and it’s up to you to decide how much time you spend writing, what subjects you write about and whether you invest any money to support your endeavours. So where should you start? The internet has revolutionised the way writers interact with their readership and blogging has become a new art form in the world of online communication. It can take the form of an online diary or may simply record the writer’s observations on life.

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Websites such as Wordpress, Tumblr, Blogger and Weebly all host blog sites and most will offer a basic, free entry so you can establish your presence as a blogger. If you are happy to direct your blog to friends and acquaintances alone, that’s fine, but if you have ambitions to become

If you’re not driven to write about a particular topic or cause, then you might want to try your hand at composing short stories. Flash Fiction – a genre of ultra-short fiction that applies to stories of up to 1,000 words – has recently grown in popularity.

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isolating pastime so you may prefer to join a writer’s group. The National Association of Writers’ Groups (www. nawg.co.uk) can provide information on local meetings, or guide you to collaborate with other writers online. Finally, it goes without saying that the best way to gain literary skills is to soak up the work of high quality writers such as Charles Dickens or Virginia Woolf. If you’re not sure where to start with contemporary authors then you could search through the lists of nominees for high profile fiction awards such as the Man Booker Prize. It may seem like an impossible dream now, but there may come a time when your own name features on that list!

If you want to have a go at writing Flash Fiction there are a number of online competitions you can enter, but beware those sites that charge exorbitant fees to participate. The website www.flash500.com charges a relatively low fee of £5 to take part in competitions, for which participants have the Foot Health Care chance to win up to www.foot-health-care.co.uk £300. Sina Ohms MCFHP MAFHP Foot Health Practitioner It’s natural to lack confidence when you Corns-Nail Trimming-Verrucae-Hard Skin-Athlete’s first start to write, but Foot- Ingrown Toenails-Nail Infections- Cracked Heels fortunately there is (Fissures)-Nail Cutting a lot of training and support available The Chippenham Natural Therapy Centre to fledgling writers. T: 01249 443390 If you fancy writing The Oxford Practice, Malmesbury serials or short T: 01666 824 560 stories for women’s Home Visits T: 01666 838683 M: 07593324128 magazines, you can attend a Woman’s Weekly fiction workshop in London for around £65. If romantic fiction is your thing, you can pick up hints and tips on Mills and Boon’s website (www. millsandboon.co.uk) and find out how to submit a story to their editors. Writing can be an

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Furnishing Finesse

Is your living room looking more drab than fab? Then it’s time for an image overhaul. One or two new items of furniture, some revamps or repairs, or simply a different layout, can make all the difference, says Katherine Sorrell.

Where to start Firstly, take a long, hard look at what you already have. Most of us own a collection of family heirlooms and hand-me-downs, high-street buys, chain-store pieces and perhaps the odd junk-shop find. Step one is to work out what you want to keep and what should be dispensed with and what could be revamped. Then, assess your overall style – old or new, shabby chic or pristine, rustic or sophisticated, plain and slender or heavy and ornate? The key to mixing old and new is to ensure the overall look has coherence. Materials, scale and decorative style are all important, as are colour and texture. If things aren’t quite working, perhaps you can shift something that stands out to another room, or sell it on. What’s your style? • Antique Key styles are Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian. Genuine Georgian pieces are expensive but beautiful, and mix surprisingly well with modern furniture. Victorian furniture tends to be heavier and on a larger-scale, while Edwardian pieces are a little plainer and lighter. • Retro Furnishings from the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies in bright colours and unusual materials such as plastic or wire, they’re tricky to mix with other furnishings but make an eye-catching focal point. • Design classics Covetable chairs and other pieces by mid-20th century names such as Eames, Breuer, Le Corbusier, Aalto, Wegner, Day and Race. Originals are pricey; some reproductions are available.

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• Country Anonymous, functional wooden pieces, generally from the UK or France (the latter is more decorative). New or old, these pieces are useful, pretty and tend to work well with most other furnishings. Designing a living room layout Draw a plan (overhead view) of the room using graph paper, marking the positions of windows, door, fireplace, radiators, sockets and any fitted furniture. If using paper, cut out paper shapes, at the correct scale, to represent the proposed furnishings. Do they work as a whole, or can they be moved to create more floor space? Are there any ‘dead’ or crowded areas? Choosing and arranging living room furniture It was once traditional for living rooms to be arranged with the fire as a focal point. These days it’s more likely to be the TV, but you can also have subsidiary focal points, such as a work of art or a view. Placing two sofas so they face each other is both comfortable and practical. Modular seating units in an L-shape (or even a U-shape) are a great alternative. In a small room, stools can double as minitables and be pushed out of the way when not in use.

A coffee table takes up a lot of floor space but side tables are another option, as is a long, thin console table pushed against the back of the sofa. The living room also needs the right furniture in which to keep things such as DVDs, books and cables out of sight, as well as display areas for attractive possessions. Choose plain, inexpensive bookcases that can be painted the same colour as your walls, or go for a designer option such as a sleek sideboard or modular units or even Oriental and Indian-style pieces, in beautiful woods and with lovely detailing. Finally, add boxes and baskets to disguise awkward items that simply won’t fit anywhere else.

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Motoring

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Sébastien Loeb Interview

He’s Loeb does Pikes Peak - http://youtu.be/Y20CLumT2Sg I the most successful driver in the World the eventually part second placed guy over me. So I tried exchanged it for a Fiesta again the following year and won it RS Turbo. This was no again. I then had a call from the guy good in comparison as it who is now my team manager who had too much power going spotted my perseverance. So my through the front wheels. It advice is: Keep trying. under-steered all over the place. I soon got rid of that In rally you need good notes. You and moved on to a Peugeot need to be able to anticipate what’s 205 Rallye, after that two coming up next and you can only do 205 GTIs, then I swapped that with good pace notes. You have into a Saxo VTS. to focus on what you’re doing at that moment, maybe that’s adjusting brake I have to say the Saxo was pressure, but also think about what’s my favourite. I used it to around the next bend. recce rallies in it before I competed in them. I modified it with Winning the World Rally Rally Championship’s history, with an a short gearbox, big brakes, better Championship in front of my friends incredible nine titles to his name. He suspension, a roll cage and sports and family was a career highlight. Of holds the record for fastest ascent of seats. It was a road car, but very quick course my first World Championship the buttock-clenching Pikes Peak hill and great fun to drive. was very special – it finally felt like I’d climb – and if you haven’t seen the achieved something – but when I won video, go do it now. But most of all he’s These days I don’t really have much the final stage, in my home town, in an all-round nice guy and a massive of a car collection. I have my Citroen front of my friends and family, well, car nut. C4 WRC car that was given to me as that was something else. It was a very a present. I will keep that forever – it’s Sébastien Loeb is a legend among proud moment. very special. I like to change my other rally car fans and a hero to petrol cars regularly though. I have a Citroen I don’t want to be in the queue this heads. After years of dominating the DS5, a Lamborghini Aventador and a year. World Touring Cars are very world’s rally stages with Citroen, the Porsche 911 Turbo. I’m changing the different and I’m starting from zero 40-year-old is now starting at the latter for a Cayenne and am selling the again and learning how to improve. bottom rung of the ladder once more Aventador – do you want to buy it? Racing is different to rallying: You’ve and taking on a new challenge – got other cars on the track at the same competing in the World Touring Car I used to drive everywhere on the time for a start and you need to be Championship (WTCC) with Citroen. limit. I realised I had a talent behind perfect everywhere, with every braking the wheel in my Renault 5 when I was Here, in an exclusive interview, Loeb point and every corner. These are quicker than all my friends. I’ve always talks crashing his first car, gives his all new things to be, but I will get the liked to drive through corners fast and tips for driving on the limit, tries to rhythm. I want a good position, but I picked up the skill of sliding when my sell us his Lamborghini Aventador prefer finishing first… dad would take me to a field in his old and says he simply doesn’t care how saloon and he’d let he does in WTCC as long as it’s not me handbrake turn finishing last. it. I always enjoyed My first car was a Renault 5 GT those times. Turbo. My friends all drove BMWs, My best piece of Golf GTIs and Peugeot 205 GTIs advice to upcoming at the time I was growing up. We rally drivers is try and Free Estimates for all your electrical needs all loved cars. I picked the Renault get noticed. I started because I wanted a fast small car. Domestic, Industrial and Commercial off in a competition My grandmother helped me buy it Safety checks, Rewires, Extensions, Extra in France that had second-hand. lighting and sockets, Fault finding, Test and 15,000 entrants. I won It didn’t last too long – I crashed it. Inspecting, Fuse board replacements, etc. the regionals and then I’d had the GT Turbo for about a year Fully insured and guaranteed everyone was pitched before I drove it into a pole. I drove it Over 11 years experience against each other in too hard. I bought another one with Call Les on 07890 541492 a national final. I won, a broken engine – there were lots of but the judge chose those around – and I swapped it over.

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Glazed Chicken Kebabs

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Ready in 25 minutes These quick chicken kebabs with a tangy chilli glaze are perfect for a mid-week supper. Sweet potatoes cook just as quickly as ordinary potatoes, just make sure they are cut into even-sized chunks and take care not to overcook them.

Ingredients: • 450g chicken breast fillets, cut into cubes • 2 small red onions, peeled and cut into thin wedges • 2 tsp sunflower oil • 1 kg sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks • 25g butter • 2 tbsp crème fraiche • 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce • 1 tbsp runny honey • 2 tsp red wine vinegar • 1 tbsp fresh chopped coriander • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Thread the chicken cubes and onion wedges onto four wooden skewers. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and brush all over with sunflower oil. Cook under a medium preheated grill for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is just cooked through. Meanwhile, boil the sweet potatoes in a large pan of lightly salted boiling water for 10-15 minutes, or until tender. Drain well, then mash with the butter and crème fraiche until smooth. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place the chilli sauce, honey and vinegar in a small pan and simmer for 1-2 minutes until syrupy. Brush half the glaze all over the chicken kebabs and grill for a further 1-2 minutes. Serve the kebabs on the sweet potato mash with the rest of the hot glaze drizzled over. Garnish with fresh chopped coriander. For an extra fiery flavour add some finely chopped fresh red chilli pepper to the glaze.

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The spectacular Malmesbury Living History Weekend June 14th & 15th

A FREE weekend event to celebrate Malmesbury’s history and not to be missed! Our beautiful town will become the stage for a programme of spectacular events showcasing daily life in the 17th century. Take a look at the website www.malmesburylivinghistory.co.uk for the exciting timetable of historical events re-enacted from the civil war period and like the Facebook page ‘MalmesburyLivingHistory’ to keep up to date and post your own pictures of the fun as it happens. More than 200 professional re-enactors will ‘take over the town’ dressed in costume of the day and present a variety of true to life activities including 17th century market stalls with artisans demonstrating 17th century life in the Cloister Gardens; childrens activities and drill and muster demonstrations in the Market Cross area and a Barber surgeon in Market Lane in the skittle alley! Other key highlights include a re-enactment of the 1644 skirmish, performed by the outstanding Civil War Society’s regiment of Colonel Nicholas Devereux’s Regiment of Foote which will take place at St Aldhelm's Mead on both Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. A beautiful souvenir brochure will be on sale in the TIC and the Museum the week before the event and at events over the weekend. The date for the weekend has been chosen to coincide with 14 June 1644 when Colonel Nicholas Devereux took up residence in Abbey House and garrisoned his Regiment of Foote in the town. Sponsored by Hilditch Group, Blount & Maslin, The James Dyson Foundation, BBC History Magazine and supported by Malmesbury Carnival, Malmesbury Civic Trust, The Warden and Freemen of Malmesbury, Athelstan Museum, Malmesbury Town Council, the Chamber of Commerce and Front Room Marketing & Design, the Malmesbury Living History organising team look forward to welcoming you. Extra car-parking will be provided on the edge of town, please follow the signs. E: history@malmesburylivinghistory.co.uk www.malmesburylivinghistory.co.uk

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Aromatherapy

Origins and Principles Aromatherapy is an ancient practice. It’s based on the systematic, therapeutic use of essential oils in holistic treatments with the aim of improving physical and emotional well-being. There are more than 400 identified essential oils extracted from plants all over the world. Aromatherapists believe these oils possess distinctive therapeutic properties. Having an Aromatherapy Treatment A treatment usually lasts around an hour. At the first session, the aromatherapist asks the patient about their medical history and well-being before choosing the most appropriate oils and techniques. Most therapists use massage, using a few drops of an essential oil or oil blend mixed with a base vegetable oil such as sweet almond. Massage allows aromatic molecules to penetrate the skin. But the therapist may also suggest:

the patient the double benefit of absorbing oil molecules both through their skin and via inhalation. Efficacy and Evidence While there is little scientific evidence, research suggests there may be limited, short-term improvement in the agitation that accompanies dementia, and anxiety and depression. It may also aid sleep. But more robust research is needed to prove its efficacy in treating other conditions.

A compress - a cloth soaked in water and a few drops of essential oil is applied to the affected area, allowing the oil molecules to pass through the skin. Inhalation – a few drops can be sprinkled on a pillow or used in a vaporiser, which can either be a simple candle oil burner or an electric vaporiser. Bath blends – an oil or oil blend for use in the bath can give

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At the Sharp End of D-Day D-Day was the most intensively-planned operation in military history. But something had to go wrong; and it did so during the storming of Omaha by American troops. All 329 bombers overshot – not one of 13,000 bombs hit the defences. The 32 amphibious tanks were launched 10 miles from shore – only two landed. The naval bombardment missed the German guns but set the sea-grass ablaze, obscuring the landmarks by which the landing-craft were meant to navigate. Many landing-craft beached on a sandbar 500 yards offshore – their troops either drowned while disembarking in deep water or were killed by machine-gun fire. Most of the assault wave who did get ashore were either hit crossing the shingle or pinned down under the sea-wall, frantically cleaning rifles clogged with wet sand. In the chaos units were jumbled up, many officers being separated from their men. Eventually, weight told. The Germans were thinly stretched and couldn’t defend all the exits. Small parties of Americans found their way into the German rear, while the follow-up wave of tanks neutralised the German guns. But it took six hours of carnage to subdue the defences and clear the beach – six hours during which 1,400 American soldiers were killed and the same number wounded. Whatever was going on at the respective high commands, that was the reality for the men at the sharp end of D-Day. By Ted Bruning

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Be a part of something special.... MALMESBURY NCT branch supports many new parents every year. The branch is run by a team of fun loving parents who volunteer a small amount of their time to make a big difference. Are you a goody bag stuffer, tea maker, friendly face? If you have even one hour occasionally to help out we could use that hour to help provide support to local parents! Do you have a talent for organising? Maybe you are our next Branch Coordinator? Or our Nearly New Sales year. The branch is run by a team of fun loving parents who volunteer a Coordinator? small amount of their time to make a big difference. 
 


Are you our next goody bag stuffer, tea maker, friendly face? If

have Do you enjoyyou talking to people or love helping to oreven one hour occasionally to help out we could use that hour to ganise events, Could you helpor maybe you’d like to be? provide support to local parents! 
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 or help create our magazine? Maybe the you have a talent for organising? Maybe you are our next Branch marketing andDo newsletter team isCoordinator?
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Do you enjoy talking to people or love helping organising events ,

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 If you want meet people in the local area, have a giggle and is the time to find outto more about NCT volunteering. probably, lets face it, enjoy some cake then now is the time to find out more about NCT volunteering. 


Email coordinator@malmesburynct.org.uk for 
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Every Sunday (7.30pm) and Thursday (2.30pm) Crudwell Short Mat Bowls - bring flat shoes and we have the woods - at Crudwell Village Hall Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month- Malmesbury Farmers Market at the Market Cross Every Monday 1.00 - 3.30pm Malmesbury Monday Club. The club is run for the benefit of physically handicapped, and elderly, residents of Malmesbury. Transport can be arranged in the immediate Malmesbury area. For further info please contact 01666 824351 Every 4th Monday—from 23rd Sept Malmesbury Arts Club meet at St Mary’s Hall at 7.30-9.30pm to paint and draw., and every 2nd Wednesday from Sept 11th 2-4pm at the Town Hall All ages welcome. Every Monday Fortnight starting 9th September 1.30-3pm at the Malmesbury Activity Zone & Leisure Centre. Singing for the Brain for carers and people with dementia. Please call the Alzheimer's Society on 01249 443469 for further information. Every Monday Malmesbury Singers rehearse every Mon- day Evening from 7:30-9:15, in Malmesbury Abbey between September and the following Easter, giving two major con- certs a year in the Abbey, one at Christmas, the other just before Easter. Most years we give a smaller, lighter concert in July in the Town Hall, rehearsing there on Mon eve. April/ July 7:309:15.New members welcome contact. www.malmesburysingers.co.uk Every Monday 7.30pm Hullavington Short Mat Bowls- bring flat shoes, woods provided, at Hullavington Village Hall, all welcome, details from Pat 01666 838646 Every 3rd Wednesday of The Month North Wiltshire Village Flower Club meets in Crudwell Village Hall at 7.30pm Contact Sue on 01666 577125 for details. Every Wednesday-Sherston Ladies Swimming Club at Westonbirt Leisure, £4, bring a friend, fast lane available. For details contact Annabel on 01666 840592 Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month Visit the Farm- ers’ Market at the Market Cross. ‘Every Monday & Thursday – Malmesbury Bridge Club meets for friendly duplicate bridge at Athelstan House, Burton Hill Primary Care Centre complex, at 7 p.m. For details or if you need a partner, contact 01453 860512 Every 2nd Tuesday-7.30pm Lea WI meet at Village Hall Every Tuesday and Thursday- Athelstan Players, a local drama group meet in our Club Room (behind the Co-op) (adults only) 7.30 - 10 pm. If you can sing, dance, act or help back stage, new members welcome. 01666 822691 Most Tuesdays in The Activity Zone from 12.30 to15.30. Malmesbury Tuesday Club -A sandwich lunch (£3) is fol- lowed by board games, a quiz or puzzle or a talk from a visiting speaker. From time to time we travel to enjoy a meal Transport to and from the club can usually be arranged. For further details ring Rhiannon Parry on 01666 823339 Every Wednesday—Members (aged 60 and over) meet at noon in the Wesleyan Room of the Town Hall to see friends and enjoy a 2 course lunch. Details from Helen Churchill 01666 840080 Every 4th Wednesday of month—Wiltshire Family History Society meet at La Flambe, Birdcage Walk. All welcome, no Wiltshire ancestry necessary! Free. Contact 01666823507 Every Monday at 7:30pm Lea Short Mat Bowls Club. Start the New Year with a new interest – just need flat shoes, we have everything else – at Lea village Hall. For more info call 01666840941 Every Saturday- Malmesbury Branch of the Embroider’s Guild hold workshops on a variety of topics, both traditional and contemporary techniques, also Tuesday evening talks on alternate months. We welcome new members both expr=erienced and those new to textiles. Malmesbury Cake Society meet once a month in The Kings Arms 7.30pm for live baking demonstrations, details on facebook Malmesbury Cake Society Malmesbury Hub Indoor Market- Saturday 21st June Old School Room Town Hall 10am to 2pm Movies at Malmesbury- tickets available from Tourist Information Centre or www.oxboffice.com MAMS present the Katona Twins on 7th June, tickets and details from d.barton763@btinternet.com Badmointon Open Gardens, Sunday 22nd June 11am to 5pm www.badmintonestate.co.uk Malmesbury Living History Weekend 14th and 15th June see article for details Sherston Festival 14th and 15th June, www.sherstonfest.com Sherston Open Gardens 21st & 22nd June with tea served in the Church. More details next month. 12th & 13th July- Flower festival at Minety Church and Crudwell Strawberry Fayre A charity sta;ll in aid of Motor Neurone Disease Association will be held at the Market Cross Malmesbury on Saturday 26th July from 8.30am to 1.30pm, selling cakes, jams, bic a brac, books, toys, etc. Enquiries to 01666 822457 Dursley Male Voice Choir in Concert Saturday 27th September, supported by MJ-UK Music and Arts, the talented youth group of singers. Details and Tickets from Cirencester Visitors Information Centre. Please mention Malmesbury Connections when responding to adverts

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