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Netball champion Eboni Beckford-Chambers is one of 17 inspirational women we chat to in this issue


#PressforProgress “What creates a fire in my belly is the moment of discovery – knowing that, for a fleeting second, I am the only person in the world who knows what I know.” This is the quote that sent tingles down my spine when I spoke to Carole Mundell, professor of extragalactic astronomy at the University of Bath. She says it’s a privilege to be an academic and push the frontier of knowledge, and says she’s only recently realised – after winning the FDM Everywoman in Technology Woman of the Year award in 2016 – just how important it is to understand one’s strengths and own one’s achievements – especially as a woman in a male-dominated field – and use that to celebrate the success of others. “The opportunity to have this career is thanks to trailblazing women who went before me,” she says. “But I realise that we live in challenging times in which we must work hard to be sure those doors don’t close for the next generation.” It’s been 100 years since women got the vote, and International Women’s Day is coming up, so, on page 32, hear the stories of 17 inspirational, innovative, record-breaking local women. Enjoy! Lisa Evans, Editor Follow us on Twitter: @BathLifeMag Follow us on Instagram:@bathlifemag



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Deputy editor Samantha Walker Managing editor Deri Robins Senior art editor Andrew Richmond Graphic design Megan Allison Cover design Trevor Gilham Contributors David Flatman and Grace Williams Group advertising manager Pat White Deputy advertising manager Justine Walker Account manager Sophie Speakman Account manager Annabel North Sales executive Louis Grey

32 Meet the sheroes Inspirational women setting the pace in their fields

THE ARTS 43 Arts intro The fragile art of paper-burning

44 What’s on Find out what’s hot and happening in our events diary

56 Bath Life Loves Pets are therapy – we have the proof

Production and distribution manager Sarah Kingston Deputy production manager Kirstie Howe Production designer Matt Gynn

63 Film This month’s top flicks, chosen by our columnist at The Little


Chief executive Jane Ingham Chief executive Greg Ingham

64 Restaurant The second Corkage, on Chapel Row, is a hit sequel

71 Food & drink news Get taste buds drooling with an Italian supper club and Moro pop-up eatery at The Holburne

SHOPPING 72 Editor’s choice It’s a wrap with these Mother’s Day gifts

LIFEST YLE 88 The wow-factor From rotating islands to bendy taps – we take a look at the designers bringing state-ofthe-art kitchens to life


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PROPERT Y 106 Property showcase There’s a new crescent in Bath, and it’s just a capuccino’s throw from bustling Bear Flat

Spotlight Society A man’s world

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On the cover The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa makes for an idyllic wedding venue. Photo by Barker Evans Photography. See page 76 for the full feature.



Paloma is Ready for the Good Life

YOU GOTTA HAVE FAITH Chart-topping Paloma Faith is heading our way as part of Westonbirt’s Forest Live series of concerts on 16 June. The pop star looks set to make chart history too, with her latest release, The Architect, looking like it will be the singer’s fourth double platinum album in a row. The BRIT nominated artist wants fans to hear her latest material – including Guilty and Crybaby, as well as hits like Only Love Can Hurt Like This. Forest Live is a major music series, with income generated from ticket sales helping to look after the nation’s forests sustainably. For more:

Megan won’t get knocked off her perch


WHAT A HOOT The streets of Bath will be decorated with owls this summer, as a sculpture trail makes a welcome return to the city. Minerva’s Owls of Bath will see 100 of the individually decorated feathered friends atop perches, to celebrate Bath’s Roman heritage and raise funds for local charities. It’s the latest public art sculpture trail from the team behind the Lions of Bath in 2010 and King Bladud’s Pigs in 2008 – one of the first major sculpture trails of its kind in the UK. The project takes its inspiration from the Roman Goddess Minerva, whose animal symbol was the owl of wisdom. Minerva’s Owls event organiser, Megan Witty, says: “Events like this are a fantastic

way of shining a spotlight on our region’s creativity and heritage, increasing visitor numbers, bringing colour and fun activities to the streets of Bath, and raising muchneeded funds for local charities.” Businesses and other organisations can sponsor large owls – standing just over a metre tall and perching on 40cm high plinths – or smaller owlets and get creative and decorate them. They’ll rule the roost in and around Bath from the end of June, 2018. In October, they’ll be auctioned, with profits going to the RUH’s Cancer Centre, Bath Young Carers, the Roman Baths Archway Project and the Bathbased Little Owl Project. For more:




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YOU SHALL GO TO THE BOULES Raise your glasses – a new celebratory rugbythemed BBQ party will be the highlight of Boules Week in June. The news comes just a few weeks before the all-important, much sought-after boules teams go on sale on 8 March. These have sold out in nanoseconds in recent years, and the only way to absolutely guarantee a place is to become a Boules sponsor. The specially created full catered dinner and party is being sponsored by Savills. It features executive chef (ahem) and Bath Life columnist David Flatman, plus a host of rugby celebrities, and will take place in the Boules marquee in Queen Square on 15 June. “It’s set to be a sell-out blast,” says MediaClash events director Steph Dodd, the

organiser of the Bath Boules, which is headline sponsored by Royds Withy King. “This is an amazing addition to the Boules roster and we are absolutely delighted that Savills are backing it as sponsor. “Smart move to support a high-profile, unique, wild dinner and party that will raise money for local charities!” The evening will feature live cooking-withcommentary from M le Flatman’s rugby team, followed by sundry cavortings until whenever B&NES will allow. Tickets cost £40 +VAT and are strictly first come, first served, and are available now on the new Boules site. This celebrity-rugby-barby is the first of the big new events planned for Boules Week

to be announced. Others will feature from 10 June until the Bath Boules itself starts on Le Bunk-Off Friday on 15 June. Proceeds from the Bath Boules go to the Bath Boules Trust, which donates to dozens of local charities. To date, nearly £350,000 has been raised, with a record-busting £50,235 in 2017. The Big Boules sponsors are Apex Hotels, Savills, Bath Life, HomeLets, Hotel Indigo Bath, Epoch and Novia. The burgeoning roster of Little Boulers includes: Bath Academy, Bath Building Society, Bath Chronicle, Claritum, Events Factor, Mogers Drewett, Pagan Potions, Pilot Lite, Reside, Sovereign, St Johns Academy, Synergy, Thrings and Zigzag Accountants. For more:
























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PLANNING YOUR DREAM KITCHEN Kelly has years of design experience, products and adds a touch of glamour!

We recently used Kelly Marie Hicks to design the kitchen for a house we were building. I am absolutely thrilled with the end product - it is everything I hoped for. Throughout the process Kelly took the time to listen to our needs and wants and ensured that she designed a kitchen that has met those needs within our budget. She added plenty of creative ideas of her own and suggested alternatives where necessary but never forced her suggestions upon us. We went through several planning meetings - even 6 months later when I needed reassurance that the original design was the right one. She was

more than happy to take the time to make changes to the drawings so that we could visualise the effects and choose the best solution. She recommended an installer who was excellent; she made site visits, helped choose paint colours and advised on tile selection. I relied on Kelly to deliver the kitchen I had dreamed of and she delivered in every way. Her high levels of professionalism, excellent customer service, creative influence and cheerful personality made the whole process an enjoyable one. I couldn't have asked for a better designer and would wholeheartedly recommend her.

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THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Walcot House was the gorgeous venue for the Bath Life Awards Sponsors’ and Finalists’ Reception on 5 February. The celebratory event was attended by over 200 of Bath’s finest, ahead of the city’s most prestigious awards on 1 March. Photos by Craig Davies Anne-Marie Rose and Lee Burman Richard Knighting, Marty Grant, Ralph Oswick and Nick Steel

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Arabella Tresillian and Helen Fisher


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CARNIVAL CULTURE Bath Carnival held a thank you party for supporters who make the annual event such a success. Revellers let their hair down at Framptons, enjoying the party atmosphere in the specially decorated venue. This year’s carnival will bring colour to the streets of Bath on 21 July. Photos by Lucy Baker Rosie Nottage and Roger Jones

Stu Matson and Becky Bendell Glitter gets everywhere

Amy Palmer Fry and Hannah Southfield-Cook

Simon Emery, Mike Harrison and Julia Emery

Sophie Cooper and Lloyd Evans


Craig Sutton, Joe Albiston, Maria Arvanitaki, Ashley Skerrett and Josh Moore


THAI-ED UP IN BATH The opening of restaurant Giggling Squid at Blue Coat House, Saw Close, Bath, was celebrated with a party and the chance to enjoy some authentic Thai food. The eatery has both indoor and outdoor dining space, and is decorated with hand-pressed flowers, hand-painted stencils and bold floral wallpaper. Photos by Paolo Ferla Emma Hart, George Keast and Helen Collingborn

Nico Medialdea, Ian Gilchrist and Camilla Katte

Christina and Ian Ferguson Caroline and Rob Leonard Sandra and Keith Burnell

Beverley and Paul Dolan

Violeta Floarea and Ellie Book


Amy Mitchell and Jack Kitchen


Lisa Roberts, Sara Hayes and Anne Stapleford

HAPPY AND HEALTHY Life got a little sweeter when chef Melissa Hemsley came to Bath to showcase her latest book Eat Happy. It is packed with feel-good recipes that can be enjoyed in just 30 minutes. Melissa also demonstrated her easy and healthy meals to fans at Topping in Bath.

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WHAT WOMEN WANT Flats just wants to maintain ‘acceptable spouse’ status, but annual special dates are just too much to handle…


hristmas. Birthday. Valentine’s Day. Mother’s Day. Easter. Repeat. Is there no end to the invented boxes we chaps have to tick in order to maintain ‘acceptable spouse’ status? I mean, really, it’s relentless. And, bearing in mind that, for most of these occasions, it’s not just about my sorting out something thoughtful for Mrs F. No, it’s about sorting something thoughtful from EACH child, too, for both Mrs F and Mrs F Sr, AKA my mum. She’s a mum, too, don’t forget. So, with two kids currently on the books, that’s six card- and gift-based gestures per special date. It’s a madness. It’s a madness partly because of the hoops through which Modern Man must jump that clash directly with the way Mother Nature designed us. Yes, she made us, but she had the perspective not to demand the inclusion of a special day just for her, didn’t she? That’s one of the reasons I like her so much, and her apparent modesty goes some way toward my forgiving her for making my thighs rub together and cause discomfort while shopping. But it’s also a madness because, from what I’ve gathered over the years, women actually don’t want what they claim to want at these times. Last Valentine’s Day, I booked a table (well in advance – thoughtful, not panicked) at a lovely eatery for the two of us. “Oh. We’re going out? Cool.” was her response. Those words, when written down, seem about right in terms of appreciation. However, when face to face, they were clearly a lie. She didn’t want to go anywhere. She wanted to watch Silent Witness on Sky Plus. So I binned the table, presumably to the financial cost and great annoyance of said restaurant. The three

cards we made and bought were appreciated, of course. But, three days later, I conducted one of my incredibly annoying behavioural experiments: “So, er, quick one: those Valentine’s cards we made you and that you loved – where are they now?” Having been slagged off a little bit for being incredibly annoying, there was no option but for her to concede that she indeed had no idea. Hmm. When I disclosed my scientific findings at a grown-up dinner party soon after, I was naturally railed against by the ladies. This was expected, of course, but I wanted to dig a little deeper. “Just what do you want from us?” was effectively my question. The answer – well, my interpretation of the slightly shouty answers I fielded all at once – was a break. Nothing more than a break. No question, Mrs F does most of the grunt work chez nous, and all she really wants is for Mr Lazy to say thanks by taking over and offering her some respite and, simply, some quietness. So, this year, I booked her into a lovely hotel in Oxfordshire for two days and two nights. A whole weekend of treatments and sleep and club sandwiches. I’d cleared the weekend of work, so everything was covered. No dinners out, no parties, one card only, job done. But no. The fact that I’d booked her in on her own didn’t go down well. Also, Mrs F doesn’t like leaving said children after all, so it turned out to be a crap idea. Having cancelled this, too, I’m not sure where to go from here. A blank cheque and a taxi to Nigel Dando’s place? Ah, being thoughtful feels good...


David Flatman is an ex-Bath and England rugby star turned TV pundit and rento-mic. Follow him on Twitter @davidflatman




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FilmBath’s Holly Tarquini (pictured here with embroiderer Lou Gardiner, and Laura Lewis-Paul who runs a Bristol record label) developed the F-Rating and attracted international attention

Local sheroes It’s been 100 years since women got the vote, and International Women’s Day is coming up, so here we meet 17 local inspirations – from a Paralympian who makes it her business to let people know how happy she is to have one foot, to a woman who has rescued 1,000 dogs…


By L i sa E va ns

o, here we are in 2018 and we’re celebrating a momentous centenary – when (some) women first won the right to vote in the UK. Women’s rights have improved enormously since that landmark day in 1918, but there’s still a long way to go. Ahead of International Women’s Day (8 March), we want to shout about and celebrate local women. Read on to hear the stories of world recordbreakers, selfless charity workers, trailblazing teens, sporting heroes, academic superstars, and women who laugh in the face of adversity.

A setback doesn’t stop you from moving forward unless you let it

Holly Tarquini

Executive director at FilmBath, and founder of the F-Rating – a feminist film rating now used by over 60 organisations Tell us about you… In my 20s I was a producer/director, making documentaries for organisations such as the BBC, Channel 4, and the Discovery Channel. 32 I BATH LIFE I

After 12 years, I discovered yoga, moved to India and set up a guest house for yoga students. In 2011, I joined FilmBath. Then you developed the F-Rating? Yes, in 2014. It’s a film rating designed to highlight films directed by and/or written by women. If films also star significant women, then the film is Triple F-Rated. The F-Rating attracted international attention, and there are now over 60 organisations which F-rate their programmes. In 2017, ‘F-Rated’ was added to over 22,000 films on the Internet Movie Database – one of the most visited websites in the world.

Share your feminist journey… It’s revealed my own internal misogyny – in other words, the ways I judge myself (not thin enough; too young or too old; not the right person to be speaking out, and so on) as well as the ways in which I judge other women. Recognising all of this, unpicking it, and trying to ensure my daughters have a different internal world-view is an ongoing challenge.

LOCAL WOMEN Do you celebrate International Women’s Day? Yes; every year we have stood on bridges with posters and worn red to represent that important day.


Tell us about local women you admire… At present, we are focusing on the Suffragettes. Much of the suffrage movement went on around the Abbey and Eagle House in Batheaston.


The professional swimmer, who trains at the University of Bath, fought a chronic condition to become an Olympic silver medallist

Carole Mundell is the professor of extragalactic astronomy at the University of Bath

Tell us about your journey… I have been swimming competitively since I was 11, and I made my first senior international team at 15. The year after this, I managed to make the London 2012 Olympics as a 16-year-old, with a chronic condition that was not diagnosed until afterwards. In 2012, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, which is an inflammatory bowel disease. I’m determined not to let it stop me from chasing my dreams.

What local women do you admire? Charlotte Calkin and Lou Gardiner. Charlotte is firmly in the world of restorative justice. She works with large organisations, including schools, helping them to become proactive and supportive rather than reactive and punitive. Lou is an embroiderer/artist. She created the beautiful Cape of Empowerment which we launched at the FilmBath Festival in November. Wearing the cape definitely makes you feel like a superhero!

What are your proudest achievements? I won silver at the Rio 2016 Olympics and I was the third fastest swimmer ever in my event. I won gold at the World Championships in the 4x100 Medley relay, and broke the world record. My biggest personal achievement is qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics after missing out on a spot at the first trials whilst battling with really tough symptoms of colitis.


Do you think women are underrepresented in sport? In recent years, there’s been a massive increase in coverage, prize money and sponsorship, and this has boosted women’s participation. I think more work needs to be done in schools to change attitudes about sport at a young age, though. w

Professor of extragalactic astronomy and head of the department of physics at the University of Bath. Carole will be speaking at the Phenomenal Women series on 26 April at The Gainsborough Bath Spa What do you enjoy about your career? It’s a privilege to be an academic and push the frontier of knowledge, and I am fortunate that astrophysics catches the public imagination, so people are always keen to hear about the universe. What have been your biggest achievements? Discovering new black holes and showing that magnetic fields extract energy from exploding stars as black holes form in the distant universe. Tell us about local women you admire… I admire the young students who come to study physics at Bath. They are defying stereotypes that confront them each day. What creates a fire in your belly? The moment of discovery and knowing that, for a fleeting second, I am the only person in the world who knows what I know. Surprise us… I won a gold medal at the British Taekwondo championships last year.


Past president of Soroptimist International Bath and District, which was chartered in Bath in 1925 Tell us a bit about Bath’s Soroptimist club… It’s part of a world-wide women’s organisation which comes together to promote and advance women’s rights and equality. It’s the world’s largest women’s service organisation. Our aim is to create opportunities for women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships. Soroptimist International is a member of the UN and we have a voice which we take very seriously.

Swimmer SiobhanMarie O’Connor fought a chronic condition to become an Olympic silver medallist


Trainee solicitor at Mogers Drewett, Bath, Team Bath Netball captain, and an England Roses squad member

Your career at international level started when you were 15 years old. Tell us more… I first represented England Netball at under-17 level before being named as under-21 captain, leading the squad to the World Youth Championships. I joined the Team Bath Netball Superleague team in 2005, before signing for The West Coast Fever in Australia in 2012, and then moving to the Adelaide Thunderbirds in 2016. I returned to Team Bath Netball and was named captain for the 2016 and 2017 Superleague seasons. I continue to lead the team for the 2018 season. What struggles have you been through in the past? At an early stage of my career, I ruptured my ACL in my knee. I was told I would require nine months of intensive rehab. I stepped back on the court five and a half months later. A setback doesn’t stop you from moving forward unless you let it. What message do you want to send women? As an athlete, I feel a responsibility to let women know that sport is all inclusive. You don’t have to be a certain size, shape or weight to get involved. What’s your biggest aspiration? To be a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing! Eboni Beckford-Chambers lives a double life as a trainee solicitor and a netball champion

Paralympic athlete Sophie Kamlish makes it her business to let people know how happy she is to have one foot


The Paralympic athlete, who lives in Camden, says that electing to have her foot amputated was the best decision of her life Tell us about yourself… I am a below-knee amputee athlete competing for Great Britain in the T64 100m. I was born with congenital abnormalities in both my feet. I make it my business to let people know how happy I am to have one foot; it’s given me a career in athletics that I would never have had if I was born able-bodied. I didn’t find electing to have my foot amputated – when I was nine years old – traumatic in the least; it was the best decision I could have made. What have been your best achievements? Becoming a world champion in 2017. I currently hold the top three times in the 100m for my category. What changes would you like to see in the world for the next generation? As a child, I very rarely saw disabled female characters in the media (be it books, films or television) and I really hope this can change because representation genuinely changes lives and perceptions by erasing negative stereotypes. I think the Paralympics is great for this, but it needs to be more diverse – not every disabled person wants to be an athlete.


The businesswoman – who currently works at Rocketmakers in Bath – was determined to make the most of life after breaking her back and being told she would never walk again… Tell us about you… A nine-to-five job wasn’t for me, so, when I was 20, I launched a company (Hair by RA). My goals were: work less, spend time with my daughters, and earn more than £20 per day. Within a few months, I was earning hundreds of pounds a day, and doing it all part-time. I then launched another start-up in the States (Maidly – a business based on software which allowed users to book a maid through their mobile phone). I’m now the business development manager at Rocketmakers in Bath. 34 I BATH LIFE I


Tell us about your double life… I’m a trainee solicitor, but I’m also the captain for the Team Bath Netball Superleague team, and I’m a member of the England Roses Squad – I’ve earned 83 caps.

LOCAL WOMEN What struggles have you been through in the past? While in the States, I became terribly ill, and then broke my back in the midst of being hospitalised. I was told would never walk again. It has been a horrific, and yet, in a strange way, completely liberating five years of healing.

What other achievements are you proud of? The Corsham Creative Market, which I started in my home town. We have grown to attract 500 visitors each month, and I manage almost 300 stallholders.

What women do you admire most? My friends Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli – the women behind Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. It’s so important for children to understand that they can be so much more than princesses.

The 22-year-old owns the Cakery in Widcombe, Bath

What do you hope the future for women entails? I hope that one day we won’t even have to ask this question specifically about women, but just about humanity as a whole.


Recovering from anorexia inspired a then 17-year-old Nicola to start her business – Nicola Davis Crafts, which specialises in textiles and silk painting. She is also an author and market organiser, now aged 21


Tell us about yourself… At the age of 22, I have started my first business, which has been incredibly challenging. I have always suffered from anxiety, so I wanted to prove to myself that it wouldn’t be a barrier to doing what I love. If I can inspire just one person to take on their fears, I’d be delighted. I love what I do, even at 5.30am when I start kneading the bread.


What inspired you to launch your business? I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my eating disorder. I would have never started my business if I weren’t taking a year off to recover from anorexia at home, as it was this year that I really focused on my art to keep me positive. Why did you write a cookbook? My Super Sweet Recovery Cookbook was created out of necessity as, during my recovery from anorexia, I noticed how there was nothing else like that on the market, and it was sorely needed.

Multiple sclerosis, hearing loss and Ménière’s disease has made entrepreneur Charlotte Hurd even more determined to succeed

What challenges do you face as a young business woman? Sometimes people patronise me. It feels a little like women in business have to prove they are competent rather than it be assumed they are.

Who do you admire locally? All women who try and run independent businesses in a world where large-scale, and average quality, seems to dominate. Mary Berry comes to mind.


She founded Bath’s GoVirtually – which produces 3D, 360-degree virtual tours – when she was 19 How did you go about setting up in business as a teenager? With lots of perseverance! I’ve managed to shape GoVirtually into a company which I am proud of. A lot of people my age (I’m now 20) are still trying to figure out what they want to do and who they want to be. What obstacles have you overcome in the past? When I was 17, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety which prevented me from being able to enjoy life or think about what the future might hold. I spent about three months in bed, left college and my job. I now know how to handle it, and it has made me stronger. Who inspires you most? My mum. She was diagnosed with a form of MS which makes her limbs both numb and painful, but she’s managed to raise three daughters without ever complaining.


Now 18, the student at Monkton Combe School started her business – The Leafy Tea Company – at the age of 16 You started a business at such a young age... I started it in 2016 when I should have been studying for my GCSEs. I have always loved the thought of healthy sugar-free drinks, but I found lots of berry infusions lacking in flavour. So, during a half-term break, I sourced my own ingredients, packing them into self-seal paper tea bags, and The Leafy Tea Company was born. What struggles have you been through in the past? Finding people to take me seriously and prove that anyone of any age is capable of achieving their goals. What have been your biggest achievements? Last year, I had the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament to help promote Bath independents. Also, in 2016, I visited Malawi to help the w I BATH LIFE I 35

LOCAL WOMEN Fisherman’s Rest charity – which focuses on self-sufficiency in local communities. Money from each sale of my Wake Up tea goes to them.


Multiple sclerosis, hearing loss and Ménière’s disease made Charlotte – who set up her own business, Charlotte Hurd Beauty, at the age of 24 – even more determined to succeed

When did you begin to notice the symptoms? In my teens, after my father passed away, I began to get poorly and my speech started to deteriorate. I also had horrendous dizzy spells and severe exhaustion. As well as MS, doctors discovered a brain prolactinoma which affects my hormones. Shortly after, I began to lose my hearing and was diagnosed with Ménière’s disease, which affects balance and hearing (meaning I now have pretty cool hearing aids). I was then diagnosed with a connective tissue disease which has endless problems. These autoimmune diseases may be tough, but so am I. What’s your favourite saying? “When women support each other, incredible things happen.”

LORAINE MORGAN-BRINKHURST MBE The founder of Morgan-Brinkhurst Consultancy Events & Promotions, who lives in Newbridge, tells us about a life-long determination to help the community Tell us your story… In the early 1990s, two children were knocked down near my home and I campaigned for two years for a crossing. I was successful, and, in 1995, a party I supported asked me if I would stand for the council elections. Unbeknown to me, this was the start of a 20-year journey being a councillor. I wasn’t a political animal, to me it was about helping my community.

Elly Summers is the curator of the Royal Women exhibition at the Fashion Museum, Bath

Tell us a bit about your job… I’ve worked as a curator of historical and contemporary dress for over 13 years at the Fashion Museum Bath. It’s a hugely varied job working with a world-class collection, including specialist mounting of dress, creating exhibitions and organising loans from the collection to national and international museums.

WHEN I AM OLD Your biggest professional achievements? IN MY ROCKING The culmination of over a year’s planning and to present this special exhibition. It brings CHAIR, I WANT TO research together exquisite examples of royal dress from LOOK BACK AND the Fashion Museum collection and key loans from SEE THAT I DID ALL Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Countess of It has enabled us to present fashions worn by I COULD TO HELP Wessex. royal women over five successive generations. PEOPLE

What happened next? In 2002, I became Mayor of Bath – I was one of the youngest, at 43 years old. In 2006, I became the 12th chairman of Bath and North East Somerset Council. From my public life emerged my passion for supporting charities. I managed all of this while running my events business and looking after my six children. I’m now delighted to be an Honorary Alderman for the City of Bath. When I am old in my rocking chair doing my knitting, I want to look back and see that I did all I could to help people.

Name a local woman you admire… Freya Mae Hall, a young mum who has had to cope with her daughter – Harmonie Rose – becoming a quadruple amputee.


The exhibition curator for the new Royal Women exhibition at the Fashion Museum, Bath, (running until April, 2019) What women from history do you admire most? Working on the Royal Women exhibition has highlighted for me what a remarkable and incredible role it is to be a royal woman. While their public duties carry great weight and responsibility, their appearances have always been scrutinised and copied. 36 I BATH LIFE I


Tell us your story… I set up my own business six years ago after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis; it didn’t make me feel sad, it made me strive harder. My friends tell me they admire my appreciation of life.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? A costume designer for period dramas.


Founder at Leash of Life – a Trowbridge-based charity which rescues Romanian and Spanish street dogs and rehomes them in the UK Tell us about Leash of Life… I’m one of the three founders (including my daughter and my friend). We started it about five years ago after I adopted my dog through a charity that was bringing in dogs from Romania. After hearing about 800 dogs being inhumanely killed in a shelter in Romania, we couldn’t stand by and do nothing. We bring dogs over to the UK, and they are fostered until we find permanent homes. We are currently trying to build our base of fosterers, as they are such an important link in this rescue chain. How many dogs have you rescued? We have never totalled up – but we did 300 last year, so we must now be close to the 1,000 mark. We were horrified at the conditions in Romania (we still are) and wanted to help there. There are many countries where w

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CrossFit athlete and coach Laura Faulkner says training her mindset is just as important as training her body

animals are treated appallingly, but you have to have contacts to be able to help. We find the dogs through our association with the rescuers. Many of them are angels and are desperate to give their dogs a chance of a better life.


Co-founder and chief executive of Focus Counselling – a professional counselling and therapy agency in Bath which has been helping people for 19 years Tell us about your life’s work… I co-founded Focus in 1999, and we’ve grown to see over 120 people a week, and we work in eight schools. Part of my role – which I love best – is to deliver counselling and serve the community through my work. Name a local woman who inspires you… Glynis, a volunteer from St Michael’s Without, who has cooked and served Genesis lunches to the homeless for over 20 years.


CrossFit athlete and coach at CrossFit Bath Tell us about your sporting career… I train in the sport of CrossFit, which consists of workouts involving Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, running, rowing and biking. Alongside being an athlete, I am a coach at CrossFit Bath, and I’m passionate about helping people train and change their lifestyles.


What do you think are the biggest issues facing women today? I am hugely encouraged by the steps forward with the ‘me too’ movement. However, women do still face pressures which men don’t, such as dealing with guilt surrounding taking maternity leave and how that might alter their careers. There are larger issues some women endure – such as FGM and dominating patriarchal structures. What did you want to be when you were growing up? A ballet dancer. What do you hope the future for women entails? 38 I BATH LIFE I

My daughter is training to become a vicar in the Church of England. A few decades ago she wouldn’t have been able to do this.

What struggles have you overcome? Two years ago, while training towards qualifying for my fourth year at CrossFit Games Regionals, I contracted swine flu. I was bedbound for three months, and it took a year to get back to normal. I could see all the hard work I had been putting in for years slip away and my body was giving up on me. Now I know that training my mindset is just as important as training my body.

What are your biggest life achievements? I am now doing a job which I am passionate about. That is a huge achievement as, for a long time, I was sat behind a desk doing something I didn’t enjoy and was not excited about. Also, I have been to the CrossFit Regionals (in Europe) six years in a row – which means I have made the top 30 women [out of thousands]. To be in the top percentage of women doing what I do, makes me proud of myself and the daily work I put in. What did you want to be when you were growing up? Lara Croft. I wanted to go to Egypt and work in the pyramids.


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How many times were we told not to play with matches when we were little? One person who embraced the safety message was American mixed-media artist Kelly O’Brien, currently studying for her Masters of Fine Art at Bath Spa University. In fact, Kelly was frightened to light a match until she was in her 20s, and slightly hesitant to take things out of a hot oven. But she says using fire as a medium makes things interesting, and in 2013 started experimenting in art by simply lighting matches and using candle flame – ever so carefully, of course. Today, she uses a variety of tools, including a blowtorch and

branding iron, and the result is works such as the pictured Playing With Fire No. 47; £950. “How much potential destruction of the materials can I tolerate to allow for unexpected outcomes to happen?” says Kelly. The result is an ongoing series of burned paper sculptural objects. Paper is incised, torn, punched, and burned, with some pieces having touches of gold leaf for emphasis and eye-catching effect. Kelly’s work can be seen at Modern ArtBuyer’s pop-up gallery at 23 Milsom Place, Bath, from 26 February – 11 March. For more: I BATH LIFE I 43


17 February – 17 March

Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf at the egg; the vocal talent of Jess Robinson can be heard at Komedia; My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal Bath

Exhibitions U N TI L 2 5 F E B RUARY

MICHAEL PETRY: IN THE REALM OF THE GODS Delve into the mystical undercurrents of Bath with an eerie, compelling artistic exploration of the city’s ley lines. 10am; The Holburne Museum; U N TI L 2 8 F E B RUARY

HEART’S DESIRE Original contemporary paintings, limited edition giclée prints with an emphasis on heartfelt colours and emotions. Emma Rose Art Works; U N TI L 1 4 M ARC H

LINOCUTS Striking linocuts from Mo

Lancaster who draws and observes women together, with her witty artworks taking amusement from their camaraderie and interaction. Victoria Art Gallery; U N TI L 1 4 MA RC H

ENTERTAINMENT IN BATH An exhibition touching upon some of the less obvious entertainments in the city, from gambling and prostitution to learned societies and fashionable chapels. The story is brought up-to-date with pop concerts at the Pavilion and Victoria Park, WOMAD and the Bath International Music Festival; Victoria Art Gallery;



THE LANDSCAPE COLLECTIVE Exhibition from a group of UKbased landscape photographers, including a recent winner of the Landscape Photographer of the Year. 8am-8pm; Central Gallery, Royal United Hospital, Bath; UNTIL 22 AP R IL

DRESSED TO IMPRESS: NETSUKE AND FASHION This exhibition explores the intricate accessories worn by Japanese men during the Edo period, 1615-1868. Netsuke are a form of Japanese miniature sculpture that were primarily functional, but evolved into an important art form. Various times and prices; Museum of East Asian Art;

Plays/Shows UNTIL 17 F EB RUARY

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Bungling thespians are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, with accident prone actors struggling to get through until the final curtain in this hilarious comedy. Various times and prices; Theatre Royal Bath; UNTIL 17 F EB RUARY

HIS DARK MATERIALS PARTS 1 & 2 A lavish two-part stage adaptation of Philip Pullman’s award-winning fantasy trilogy Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, from the talented and exciting teenage actors of Next Stage Youth.

£12.50/£10.50; various times; The Mission Theatre; UNTI L 2 4 F E B RUA RY

CRIMES UNDER THE SUN A secluded island hotel becomes a crime scene, as a scandalous femme fatale is felled. All the guests are suspects – but are they alone? Various times and prices; The Ustinov; 2 0 – 2 4 F E B RUARY

MY FAIR LADY Wouldn’t It Be Loverly to watch this musical, based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion from the critically–acclaimed Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society. £15-£33; Theatre Royal Bath; 2 7 F E B RUARY – 3 MA RCH


THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST A witty, deliciously decadent comedy from Oscar Wilde in this clash of town and country. Various times and prices; Theatre Royal Bath; 2 8 F E B RUARY – 3 MA RCH

WINTER SOLSTICE Family betrayal and the inescapable presence of the past reverberate through this razorsharp comedy about the rise of the new right from an acclaimed German playwright. 8pm; £15/£12; The Ustinov; 1 M ARC H

RICHARD HERRING: OH FRIG, I’M 50! Now he’s reached a whopping half-century, it’s the chance for the Podfather to look back at how his life has changed in the last decade, from irresponsible, single kidult, literally fighting his way through a mid-life crisis, to married father who is mid-way to the telegram from the Queen. 8pm; various prices; Komedia; 2 M ARC H

THE SCUMMY MUMMIES SHOW The Scummy Mummies – Helen Thorne and Ellie Gibson – are a comedy duo whose wildly popular podcasts are a sanitysaving must for less-than-

Gary Lawrence’s intricate artwork took first place in the Jerwood Drawing Prize

perfect parents, which quite frankly is most of us. 8pm; £20; Komedia;

Bath Lives on page 122.) 8pm; various prices; The Rondo; 9 MAR C H

5 MA RCH – 10 MAR C H

THE WINSLOW BOY Set in Edwardian London and based on a real event, the Winslow boy is expelled from the Royal Naval College for theft – pulling his family apart. Various times and prices; Theatre Royal Bath; 7 – 1 0 MA RCH

NEVER ANY FRUIT Winner of the 2010 Raising New Voices Best New Play is this bittersweet story of a young man and woman who form an unlikely but deeply felt attachment in the face of impending tragedy, starring none other than Flossie Ure, the actress daughter of musician Midge. (For more see

SIMON DAY, IN CHARACTER Simon Day from The Fast Show and The Life of Rock with Brian Pern presents a host of his best known characters including pub bore Billy Bleach, habitual criminal Tony Beckton, and confirmed bachelor and unpublished Yorkshire poet Geoffrey Allerton. 8pm; various prices; Komedia; 16 MAR C H

JESS ROBINSON Join multi award-winner and Britain’s Got Talent 2017 semi-finalist Jess Robinson for an evening of spot-on celebrity impressions, musical comedy and stunning vocal

gymnastics. Like a wonderfully malfunctioning jukebox, Jess and her incredible vocals will take you on a dizzying journey through hilarious musical mash-ups, serving a feast of styles and genres from Billie Holiday and Judy Garland to Amy Winehouse and Beyoncé. 8pm; various prices; Komedia;

Music 21 F EB RUARY

BIG COUNTRY Steeped in a stunning catalogue of stirring hit songs such as In A Big Country, East Of Eden and their biggest UK hit Look Away, along with massive albums such The Seer, Steeltown, Peace In Our Time and the triple Grammynominated The Crossing. Big Country continue to look beyond the next horizon. w I BATH LIFE I 45


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Brownsword Galleries, The Edge, University of Bath;

7pm; £20; Komedia; 22 F E B RUARY

THE OSMONDS The singing brothers, fronted by Merrill and Jay, are celebrating their 60th anniversary in music with a tour and concert in Bath. Hear hits such as Crazy Horses and Down By The Lazy River. 7.30pm; various prices; The Forum;


LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION Celebrate the Chinese New Year in style with a host of family activities to enjoy. 12pm-4.30pm; the Museum of East Asian Art; 18 F EBR UARY

HYGGE YOGA East slouches next to West in this marriage of Scandinavian and Indian relaxation techniques, capped off with a candlelit meditation session and a bowl of hot soup as you admire the superb view from the balcony. £62; Combe Grove Hotel;

22 – 2 4 F E B RUARY

BATH BACHFEST A three-day mini fest to celebrate the music of JS Bach and his contemporaries, in this annual celebration of all things baroque. Various times, prices and venues; 3 M ARC H

CELEBRATING 70 YEARS WITH BATH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA An exploration of the expression of contrasting moods with works including those from Sibelius, Brahms and Nielsen. 7.30pm; £15/£7; The Roper Theatre, Hayesfield School;

Family U N TI L 1 8 F E B RUARY

LITTLE RED AND THE BIG BAD WOLF A bold and highly theatrical retelling of the well-known classic packed with music, dance and song – all exploring the thrill of adventure and the unknown versus safety and familiarity. Various times; £8.50/7.50; the egg; 17 F E B RUARY

FAMILY DRAWING FESTIVAL Experience a day of creativity with badge-making, face-painting, storytelling and a whole lot of drawing. Take part in a special art trail, watch the interactive theatre show Suitcase Stories, have a tour of the galleries, and get drawing and making with activities designed for the whole family. 10am; various prices; The Edge, University of Bath; 21 – 2 5 F E B RUARY



Top: A Tiger’s Tale of a travelling life, at the egg; above: Big Country come to Bath

The polar bears are moving up in the world but they’ve lost their balloon and need to get it back – cue tree climbing, jumping on clouds and reaching for the stars. Various times and prices; the egg; 2 3 FE BRUA RY

SUPER PIRATES Enjoy den-building, playing crazy games, dancing to fun and fabulous tunes, and having a wild time. There will also be entertainment for babies with play mats, toys and plenty of space for buggies and feeding. Refreshments can be bought from the eatery and enjoyed in the play area too – so parents can kickback and relax. 10am; £3; Komedia; 2 6 – 2 7 FE BRUAR Y

AMY CONWAY’S SUPER AWESOME WORLD Join Amy on an interactive theatrical video game adventure and battle the minions of fear, loneliness and despair using collective powers of connection and resilience. For ages 12+.


Various times and prices; £8.50/£7.50; the egg; 2 – 4 MAR C H

A TIGER’S TALE A ramshackle travelling troupe tells the true story of a family of acrobats and their adopted tiger cub, inspired by Tiger on a String, with circus skills, puppetry, live music and song. Various times and prices; £8.50/£7.50; the egg;

Other UNTIL 29 MAR C H

JERWOOD DRAWING PRIZE The largest and longest-running open exhibition of drawing in the UK returns to Bath for the second year. The drawing prize champions excellence, and celebrates contemporary drawing practice, with handdrawn, digital and threedimensional works from 65 emerging and established UK artists. Various times; Andrew

MEET THE ARTIST: MICHAEL PETRY A rare opportunity to speak to the renowned multimedia artist and art historian behind the In the Realm of the Gods exhibition, a delve into the mystic underpinnings of Bath. 7pm; £10; The Holburne Museum; 21 F EBR UARY

PHENOMENAL WOMEN: LIV GARFIELD A series of talks celebrating high–profile businesswomen kicks off with Liv Garfield, head of Severn Trent Water, former head of BT Openreach, and one of only four female CEOs in the FTSE 100. 6pm; £15; The Gainsborough Bath Spa; www.thegainsboroughbathspa. 21 F EBR UARY

JAPANESE WHISKY TASTING Award-winning author of The Way of Whisky, Dave Broom, leads a tasting from his beautiful in-depth journey around Japan’s whisky distilleries, unveiling the philosophy that lies behind a fascinating whisky culture. 7.30pm; £10-£40; Topping & Co; 21 F EBR UARY

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the art stores in this free event. Booking advised. 12pm; Victoria Art Gallery; 21 F E B RUARY

TRANSPORT IN THE LOW-CARBON AGE Part of the Minerva seasonal programme of lectures, with this event featuring professor Jamie Turner from the University of Bristol. 5.15pm; lecture theatre, 8W1.1, University of Bath; 21 F E B RUARY

WEDDING OPEN EVENING Find out about the nuptial packages on offer in one of Bath’s most known venues. Pre-booking essential. 7pm; Roman Baths; 22 F E B RUARY

BEHIND THE SCENES OF PLANET EARTH II Creative Bath is hosting a special event with James Brickell, an EMMY and three-time BAFTA awardwinning show runner and director. James has worked at the prestigious BBC Natural History Unit for over 20 years and TV credits include Deadly 60, Great Barrier Reef, David Attenborough’s Life in Cold Blood and The Really Wild Show. James will give an fantastic insight into what it’s like to work in many of the world most extreme environments including the high arctic, scorching deserts, tropical jungles and just about everywhere in between, capturing wildlife sequence. 6pm; £12; Walcot House; 23 F E B RUARY

TEAM BATH NETBALL Watch the Blue and Golds take on Surrey Storm in this fastpaced game. 7.30pm; various prices; Team Bath Arena, University of Bath; 26 F E B RUARY

RAISE THE BAR Performance poetry brought to life on stage with a mixture of feature sets and open mic for all. 7.30pm; £3; Komedia;

Above: cheer on Team Bath at the university; opposite: director James Brickell is well-versed to say how wildlife shows are made 2 MA RCH

LUNAR NEW YEAR STORYTELLING FOR ADULTS As part of the Lunar New Year season of activities, storyteller Polly Tisdall presents the story of the dog – a fascinating version based on a traditional story from the Akha People in South East Asia. Polly will also talk about her journey sourcing traditional tales from across the vast area. 7pm; £6; BRLSI; 2 MA RCH

TEAM BATH NETBALL Watch the Blue and Golds take on Sirens in this high-energy game. 7.30pm; various prices; Team Bath Arena, University of Bath;

like a tourist’ and discover the world class visitor and cultural attractions on our doorstep. Free; various venues;

2 – 4 MA RCH

BRISTOL AND BATH RESIDENTS WEEKEND Local people are invited to ‘live




The hand fan was, and still is, part of traditional Japanese fashion. Be inspired by our netsuke exhibition and design and paint your own paper fan, led by Japanese sumi (ink) painting artist, Christine. 11am; £40/£35; MEAA;

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You will need to be: • Proactive in finding timesensitive, exciting stories, news and events • Organised and efficient • A skilled networker • Someone with their finger on the pulse of what's happening in Bath

If you think you have the qualities and experience for this role, please send your CV to:

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ith so many exciting things to look forward to in 2018, Prior Park Schools – The Paragon Junior School and its senior school Prior Park College – are celebrating being awarded the highest Excellent ratings by the Independent Schools Inspectorate*. The ISI reports’ findings shine a light on the distinctive mix of academic rigour, extracurricular excellence and strong pastoral care that both schools work hard to deliver: an allround education that empowers their pupils to be confident, capable, compassionate and independent-minded individuals with strong moral values and social awareness. Here’s some of what the ISI had to say…

The Paragon Junior School “The school fully meets its aim to cultivate a love of learning.”

Prior Park College

“Pupils achieve substantial success in a wide range of extra-curricular activities; their artwork is excellent, and they excel at sport.”

“Pupils are excellent citizens within their own community and have developed the capacities to make positive contributions to the wider world. They enjoy a great deal of success: academic exams; music; drama; sports – all reflect the great deal of talent possessed by pupils.” “Pupils are purposeful and passionate learners.” *The ISI’s new Educational Quality Inspections (EQI) report focuses on two main areas: the quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements and the quality of pupils’ personal development.

“Self-confidence is fostered through the very positive atmosphere of mutual respect.”

“The quality of pupils’ personal development is excellent.”

For further information visit For admissions and tours: Seniors call Vicki Quinn on 01225 831 000; Juniors call Rebecca Braithwaite on 01225 310 837 Open Days: Prior Park College Friday 2 March; Friday 4 May; The Paragon Junior Friday 4 May T @ParagonBath; @PriorPark f @TheParagonJunior; @Prior.Park.37 I BATH LIFE I 55



ou may have spotted our recent issue of Bath Life (pictured left) which featured all-things pets. Inside were dog portraitpainters, treat bakers, and even a puppy masseuse. It seems that this issue was not only popular with animal-lovers, but with the animals themselves. You sent us your pictures to prove it. Here are local four-legged friends enjoying a good read of Bath Life’s annual pet issue…

This labrador/pointer cross, Binky, is having a quick bedtime read. Sent in by Natalie Brookes (@binkysdogwalking)

Bella’s exhausted after reading all about her friends. Sent in by the team at No.10 Tea Gardens (@avonclifftea)

“Do not disturb, I’m trying to concentrate,” says Monty the cocker spaniel. Sent in by Tamsin McGeown (@higgledyink)

Magnus the springador getting up close and personal. Sent in by Samantha Walker


Suki the cockapoo looking intellectual in her reading glasses. Sent in by the team at Verve Living (

Border terrier Sparky reading about his nowfamous self after featuring in our recent issue. Sent in by Ruth Warren (@doghouse_boa)

Severus the working cocker spaniel is excited to have been featured on our front cover. Sent in by Stephanie Walton (@spaniellife)

B AT H L I F E LOVES Iolo the gerbil is fully engrossed. Sent in by Rachel Ifans (@rachelifans) It takes two. Labradoodles getting some quiet time. Sent in by Annie Moss (@mummymossy)

Paisley the labradoodle with her magazine, Bath Life tennis ball, and cup of tea. Sent in by the team at Price of Bath (@paisley.priceofbath / @priceofbath)

Beanbag Trevor’s not sure about all these dogs. Sent in by Alex Brown (@alexbrown1978)

Springer spaniel Basil and labrador Polly have spotted themselves in the latest issue. Sent in by Jess Henson (@springador_ adventures) Basset hound Pru protecting her only copy. Sent in by Jessica Carter (@_jessmcarter)

Jake the border terrier seems to have a spot of FOMO while reading this. Sent in by Anna Britten

Neo the boxer puppy browsing the funnies. Sent in by Sally and Rob Hawkins I BATH LIFE I 57

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Meet the dog walker The professionals who love and care for your pet when you’re at work or on holiday

Natalie Brookes

Binky’s Dog Walking 07961 977193 How did you get into dog walking and puppy care? I’ve always loved dogs and dreamed about turning that passion into a career. It’s fantastic that my dream is now a reality. We used to use a walker for our own dog – Binky – while we were busy working. I spotted a gap in the market for a truly premium and flexible service and I set up the business to meet that need.

How do you spend your time at work? Devoting as much time as possible to our puppies and dogs. We love to enjoy our adventures in the fields and meadows of Bath and beyond. I create an environment for puppies to play and learn, along with the chance to interact with others. I blend in some more serious elements to aid each dog’s development – but each day is mainly packed with fun! What do you most enjoy about your job? The bond I form with the dogs. We all know that incredible greeting we get from a dog when you’ve not seen them for a while. Well, imagine that times 10… That’s the feeling I get to enjoy every day!


Lauren Barnes HoundBound 07961042071

How has the dog walking industry changed? The industry has changed in the sense that owners’ attitudes have changed towards their pets and their welfare. It’s so much more than providing a basic dog walking service now, clients care a lot more about the happiness of their dogs and how they spend their days. Being a dog-lover and owner, I totally get this, so I tried to create something that meets this demand. What is your favourite breed of dog? I don’t think I could pick just one – although I do have a ‘not-so-secret’ soft spot for dachshunds and created The Sausage Dog Club! Tell us about your work I spend my days out in the fields with the dogs, thinking of creative and challenging ways to engage them with one another and their surroundings. It’s so important for dogs to develop their social skills with one another, so this has really been the inspiration for what I do on a day-to-day basis. We are lucky enough to be based in idyllic countryside on the outskirts of Bath where we have a couple of acres of secret field with a woodland play area to offer a different style of dog walking and daycare.

Claire Mills

Muddy Paws, Bath 07709 348781 What is your favourite breed of dog? My family had a wonderful westie called Hugo so I have a huge soft spot for them. My fiancée Ben and I are currently looking to get a dog of our own which we hope will be a fun loving labrador. How did you get into dog walking? I had a gardening business called Muddy Boots. I found myself looking after client’s pets as well as their gardens. In my spare time I studied for a dog walking diploma and canine first aid certificate. An injury gave me the push I needed so I started Muddy Paws Bath two years ago and it’s grown from strength to strength. How do you spend your time at work? My day starts visiting the gorgeous Ozzy; a two-year-old golden retriever. I make a fuss of him for half an hour then I’m off to pick up my gang for the first walk of the day. I pick them up in my van with bespoke cages so everyone gets a comfortable and safe ride. I walk them for an hour, get them washed off and drop them back before I do the same again for my afternoon walk.  

Lindzi Jazdowska

Hound & Horse 07824 845419 What might we be surprised to learn about you? I once featured alongside my belated dog, Lola, in a promotional film about Bath. Besides dog walking, I care for cats, small animals and horses. I also sell beautiful handmade dog collars, which I make on my sewing machine at home. Why did you get into the animal care industry? I have always had a devoted love for animals, but it was my own pets that were the catalyst behind Hound & Horse. I found juggling a full-time career and giving enough quality time to my dog and horse very difficult. I knew I wasn’t the only one, so I created a service that could help others with their pets too.

What do you most enjoy about your job? Watching dogs play together, their exhilaration as they discover a new landscape and experiencing how excited they are to see me when I come to collect them for their walk. Dogs are honest in their behaviour, so I must be doing something right! What is your favourite breed of dog? Each breed is amazing in its own unique way, but my heart belongs to the weimaraner.



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abbits are the third most popular British pet behind cats and dogs but are often the most neglected. It is estimated that there are approximately two million pet rabbits in the UK, with a rabbit in nearly five per cent of households.


Rabbits need very high levels of fibre in their diet as it stimulates gut motility, stimulates appetite, prevents boredom, provides dental wear and also prevents obesity. The ideal diet consists of unlimited grass or hay (80 per cent), a wide variety of leafy greens and vegetables (15 per cent) and approximately one egg cup of pelleted food (five per cent). ‘Muesli mixes’ should be avoided as they lead to selective feeding and are often fattening, are low in fibre and are deficient in calcium and vitamin D. Always feed complete mixes where the pellets are uniformly the same and are nutritionally balanced.


Rabbits are very social animals and evolved to live in groups. They should not be paired with guinea pigs as they have different dietary requirements and also communicate in different ways. Rabbits can live equally happily outdoors in the garden or indoors as ‘house rabbits’, as long as their accommodation allows them to behave naturally and display natural behaviours such as running, digging, jumping, hiding and foraging


As with cats and dogs, rabbits need to have annual vaccinations which protects them

against myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease. Both these diseases are severe and often fatal. Myxomatosis is spread via bloodsucking insects such as mosquitoes and fleas, and causes facial swelling, blindness and loss of appetite. Individuals most at risk are those who have contact with groups of both wild and pet rabbits. Viral haemorrhagic disease is spread by direct contact between rabbits and also indirect objects such as people, clothing and hutches. It causes depression, collapse, breathing difficulties and convulsions.


During the warmer months, rabbits should be checked on a regular basis to check their back ends are clean and there are no sores or soiled areas that can potentially attract flies. Flystrike is unfortunately a very common and distressing problem and often fatal, affecting any mammal but particularly relevant to rabbits. It’s caused by flies laying eggs that hatch into maggots and eating away the flesh. Good hygiene is essential as is a high fibre diet to prevent diarrhoea and soiling. Rabbits can make great pets and with the correct diet, veterinary care and handling, can live a long and happy life. Words by Lisa Walters RVN of Bath Vets

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Top flicks of the month, as chosen by our columnist at The Little By GR AC E W I L L I A M S


t’s awards season once again and we have a battalion of top-nommed films waiting to hit The Little. If he’s reading, I’d advise director Guillermo del Toro to get some extra shelving up because The Shape of Water, his swoonsome genre mash-up, really does deserve every gong going. Sally Hawkins plays a cleaner in a government lab which is also home to a top secret experiment – a fish/man hybrid. There’s a real tenderness between Hawkins and the captive, and their relationship is threatened when a snarly colonel (another brilliant baddie from the king of brilliant baddies, Michael Shannon) plots to murder the creature. Del Toro gets the tone for this genuinely romantic sci-fi fairy tale spot on. Imagine a cross between Brief Encounter and Sploshy McStrange: The Friendly River Monster and you have the idea. That last film doesn’t exist by the way, but I think it should. Next in line for statuettes galore is indiedarling Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird. Saoirse Ronan shines as angsty teen Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson whose difficult relationship with her mother makes her question who she really is. Ronan is superb as the titular teenager; she’s a bit dreamy, rather spaced-out, stroppy, tough, vulnerable, petulant and funny – which is

clearly a description of every teenager who has ever lived. But what lifts Gerwig’s film from your average yarn about the perils of puberty, is the focus on the mother/daughter relationship. Lady Bird’s mum – a brilliant performance from Laurie Metcalf – is just like her daughter, and the fights and kissand-make-up moments are so natural that you can’t help but be moved by their simple yet stressful daily struggles. Also gliding in is the icy comedy I, Tonya, based on the unbelievable life of American figure skater Tonya Harding. The film is a cracking black comedy documenting the feud between champion skater Harding and her arch rival Nancy Kerrigan during the 1994 Winter Olympics. Hot-headed Harding (a gloriously unhinged turn from Margot Robbie) may or may not have colluded in the ankle-whacking of her nemesis Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver). Add a very sweary turn from the ever brilliant Alison Janney as Harding’s pushy mum and coach and you have a punky biopic about one of sport’s most infamous rivalries. Robbie’s turn is worth the price of a ticket alone, and I don’t think I’ve seen anyone wear a figure skating leotard so well since Will Ferrell in Blades of Glory. Let’s not forget the filmic offerings served up from our side of the pond this month. The Mercy starts Rachel Weisz and Colin Firth in

the true story of Donald Crowhurst’s quest to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe by sea. Directed by The Theory of Everything’s James Marsh, the film is a haunting depiction of one troubled man’s battle against the odds. If you’ve been suffering from the winter blues, then warm yourself up with Finding Your Feet, a feel-good comedy featuring a busload of British talent. When Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) catches her husband (John Sessions) cheating, she moves in with her bohemian sister Bif (Celia Imrie) who persuades her to take up dancing to cheer herself up. Here she meets spritely Jackie (Joanna Lumley) and Charlie (Timothy Spall) who set out to help Sandra ‘find her feet.’ If that wasn’t enough British talent for you, coming in March we have a one-off event exclusive to cinemas. My Generation is a documentary celebrating the swinging sixties. Guiding you on this magical mystery tour is Michael Caine, whose smooth cockney tones will have you reminiscing about Beatlemania, miniskirts and flower power. And, as an extra bonus, there’ll be a satellite Q&A with Mr Caine himself after the show. Finally, for all you Studio Ghibli fans out there, we will be showing a season of some of the legendary Japanese animation outfit’s most beloved classics, starting in March with the tear-jerking Grave of the Fireflies. I’m particularly excited about My Neighbour Totoro, one of my favourite films of all time! So if you see a weirdo in the back row drinking tea from a Totoro mug, wearing a Totoro hoodie and Catbus slippers then it’s probably me. Though I hope I’m not the only one to have such an obsession. So for those who know, until next time, keep it kawaii! Grace Williams, marketing manager, The Little Theatre, 1 – 2 St Michael’s Place 01225 466822; I BATH LIFE I 63




Corkage Corkage is simply a coming together of two people who are wildly passionate about food and drink. Here, LISA EVANS visits their second establishment, where small plates and wine work together in perfect harmony in a casual, easily accessible environment


equels and remakes are just something the avid moviegoer has learned to live with, for better and for worse. But it’s a nerve-wracking time waiting to find out if your favourite film has been ruined, or at the very least tarnished, by a substandard reboot. It’s a similar feeling of concern I’m experiencing this evening on my first visit to the newest Corkage restaurant. I stopped by the first one, on Walcot Street, last year and fell in love with it, so, in this moment, when I’m sitting in the second, Chapel Row-based, eatery, I’m on edge. The talent must now prove itself. The talent, I should add, lies within the co-owners – Marty Grant, who has been working in the wine trade for two decades; and Richard Knighting, an award-winning chef who trained in Michelin-starred kitchens in London. In opening their second establishment, they are competing with themselves. Although the second Corkage has a different head chef and offering, the laid-back feeling of the place is very much a mirror image to that of the other eatery. It doesn’t take much to get a buzz going here; it’s a convivial, intimate space, with 50 covers at an absolute push (with another 50 or so outside – but obviously no one’s out there on this parky evening) and the charm of the set-up really shines. As in the other restaurant, there’s a blackboard menu here, too. It’s brought around to each table individually, has around 16 small-plate options written on it, and it’s explained to you in great detail. The verbal descriptions are crucial because the chalked scribblings only hint at what each dish might involve (‘goujons’, ‘snails’, ‘duck’, ‘spuds’). Food here is only part of the story, though. Corkage is first and foremost a wine bar and bottle shop, and the real stimulus behind its launch was a desire to make wine more accessible, and prove to customers that there’s more to be tasted than the usual sauvignons and merlots. There’s no wine list, however. Instead, you chat to Marty – the wine buff with an incredible encyclopaedic knowledge – and, like a real-life dating app, he’ll make you a match. Sadly, Marty’s not here tonight due to a bout of the flu, but a wonderfully insightful waiter is on hand. And when


we can’t make up our minds, we get our own mini winetasting session – even though we’re only ordering a couple of glasses. We begin with a Charles de Cazanove Premier Cru champagne, and then, just before food arrives, we move on to the Matetic Corralillo Pinot Noir. The guilt of ordering eight dishes between two of us slips away with each sip. Ah, the unwinding power of alcohol. The head chef here is Mâté Andrasko, formerly at the helm of The Fox in Broughton Gifford and at The Circus Restaurant in Bath. He describes his foodie style as simple and ingredient-driven, and is mostly comfortable cooking with European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern flavours. A stand-out dish for my dining partner is one labelled only as ‘pheasant’ on the menu; it’s served inside a golden, flaky pasty and is accompanied by creamy, salty red cabbage slaw. And the braised ‘lamb’, which rests on a pillow of smoky hummus and is topped with pickled turnips and freshly torn herbs, is another hit. My favourite has to be the ‘carrot’ – the namesake of which are tender and soft and sweet, and are scattered with a snowfall of creamy, tangy feta. There are plenty of other roasted vegetables in the dish too, all cooked down in glugs of olive oil, and a burst of anise from the caraway, and sharpness from the lemon dressing brings the whole thing together. Big flavours are also evident in the ‘arancini’ – porcini mushroom and parmesan rice balls – which are served with fresh pesto, lemon, and ricotta cheese; and a bowl of ‘spuds’ which are roasted and teamed with truffle, rosemary and parmesan really hits the spot. Corkage can even make salad exciting – it’s jewel-like and consists of warm, earthy beetroot chunks, luscious, fall-apart leeks, sharp and intense orange slices, rocket, and a piquant walnut vinaigrette. We manage to save room for cakes: a chocolate, almond and Drambuie one, so rich that it makes the mouth ache and the jaw tingle; and a sweet, moist-to-the-point-ofsaturated marmalade sponge topped with rhubarb. Many a good movie ending has been ruined by a sequel, but I’m delighted to say that Corkage Volume Two is a box office smash. They found out what the audience liked best, copied it, and gave us more of the same – this is known as the Star Wars strategy – and we just want to sit there and watch it on repeat.

DINING DETAILS Corkage, 5 Chapel Row, Bath, BA1 1HN; 01225 423417; Prices Small plates range from £4.50 – £12.50; desserts £4.50 – £10 Wine list There is no written list, staff listen to what you want, give you tastings, and then make a match Service/atmosphere Convivial, unpretentious and easily accessible I BATH LIFE I 65


DINING in BATH Bath Life’s selection of the best places to eat out in Bath and the surrounding area BRITISH THE BATH PRIORY Weston Rd, Bath; 01225 331922; Delicious fine dining overlooking the hotel's award-winning gardens CIRCUS RESTAURANT 34 Brock Street, Bath; 01225 466020; Voted number four in the UK in The Times's “20 secret restaurants that foodies love” CLIFTON SAUSAGE 5 Bladud Buildings, Bath; 01225 433633; Upmarket sausage and mash restaurant and bar, plus a beautiful terrace CORKAGE 132 Walcot St, Bath; 01225 422577 Chapel Row, Bath; 01225 423417 Award-winning small plates restaurant and wine specialist THE DOWER HOUSE, ROYAL CRESCENT HOTEL 16 Royal Crescent, Bath; 01225 823333; AA 3 rosette fine dining at one of Bath’s most iconic locations HENRY'S 4 Saville Row, Bath; 01225 780055; Imaginative modern dining offering a classic menu and also full vegetarian and vegan menus DAN MOON AT THE GAINSBOROUGH RESTAURANT Beau St, Bath; 01225 358888; Creativity meets delicious food with this talented chef MENU GORDON JONES 2 Wellsway, Bath; 01225 480871; Multi award-winning fine dining with a constantly changing surprise tasting menu THE OLIVE TREE RESTAURANT, THE QUEENSBERRY HOTEL Russell St, Bath; 01225 447928; One of Bath’s longest established restaurants, overseen by Chris Cleghorn with 3 AA rosettes 66 I BATH LIFE I

WOODS 9-13 Alfred St, Bath; 01225 314812 Legendary Bath dining institution serving French influenced British cuisine

THE CHEQUERS 50 Rivers St, Bath; 01225 360017; Inventive British food served in a welcoming pub atmosphere close to the Royal Crescent


THE GARRICKS HEAD 7-8 St John's Rd, Bath; 01225 318368; City centre pub and dining room next to the Theatre Royal Bath

CAFÉ LUCCA 1-2 Bartlett Street, Bath; 01225 335394; Stylish contemporary café situated at The Loft on Bartlett Street; offering a Mediterranean inspired menu with barista coffee and sumptuous homemade cakes DARCY’S 34 Gay St, Bath; 01225 425308 Independent café/newsagent in Bath. Serving breakfast and lunch, coffee and cake daily GREEN BIRD CAFÉ 11 Margaret's Buildings, Bath; 01225 487846; Independently-run café located between the Circus and Royal Crescent THE KINGSMEAD KITCHEN 1 Kingsmead St, Kingsmead Square, Bath; 01225 329002; Laid-back, modern café-bar open daily from 8am until 6pm for breakfast, brunch, lunch and tea using farm produce


THE HARE AND HOUNDS Lansdown Road, Avon, Bath; 01225 482682; Airy, relaxed spot with modern British gastropub menu, extensive wine list and scenic outdoor area THE LOCKSBROOK INN 103 Locksbrook Rd, Bath; 01225 427119; Canalside gastropub in Bath, open every day for drinks, brunch, coffee, lunch, evening meals and grazing in between THE MARLBOROUGH TAVERN 35 Marlborough Buildings; 01225 423731; Award-winning gastropub using seasonal local produce THE NEW INN 24 Monmouth Place, Bath; 01225 442944; Burgers and bar snacks with cask and craft ale and beers

THE FIREHOUSE ROTISSERIE 2 John St, Bath; 01225 482070; Californian and Tex-Mex dishes, prepared over a wood-fired grill in a rustic setting

THE RICHMOND ARMS 7 Richmond Place, Bath; 01225 316725; Hearty dishes with menu changing on a daily basis



GPT SMOKEHOUSE 44-45 Lower Bristol Rd, Bath; 01225 429509; 'Dude Food' menu cooked with an authentic handmade American hot smoker

THE EASTERN EYE 8a Quiet St, Bath; 01225 422323; Classic traditional Bengali cuisine in a grand Georgian interior space

KING WILLIAM 36 Thomas St, Bath; 01225 428096; Pub with an upstairs dining room serving a modern British menu based on West Country produce

THE MINT ROOM Longmead Gospel Hall, Lower Bristol Rd, Bath; 01225 446656; Award-winning contemporary Indian fine dining


ITALIAN CAFFÈ CARUSO 3 Trim Bridge, Bath; 01225 426735 Independent restaurant with authentic Italian dishes SOTTO SOTTO 10 North Parade, Bath 01225 330236; Classic Italian menu with a contemporary twist in candlelit vaulted cellars

PIZZA THE OVEN 21 Westgate St, Bath 01225 311181; Neapolitan artisan pizza using local and Italian imported produce

REAL ITALIAN PIZZA CO 16 York St, Bath 01225 330121; Family-owned pizzeria. Wood-fired pizza with fresh authentic ingredients




THE HERD 12a Argyle St, Bath; 01225 316583; Locally sourced meat of the finest provenance alongside a simple, seasonal menu

KOH THAI TAPAS 36 Broad St, Bath 01225 311232; Award-winning small Thai tapas plates and delicious cocktails

HUDSON STEAKHOUSE 14 London St, Bath; 01225 332323; Award-winning steakhouse in a listed building specialising in prime aged steaks and delicious starters with a fusion twist

TAPAS REVOLUTION 20A St Lawrence St, Bath; 01225 312917 Authentic Spanish tapas plus an outside terrace

THAI BY THE WEIR 16 Argyle St, Bath 01225 444834; Restaurant overlooking the weir, serving a classic Thai menu

OUTSIDE of BATH BRITISH THE GREENHOUSE RESTAURANT The Pavilion, Wadswick Green, Corsham SN13 9RD; 01225 585880; Smart, stylish and relaxed new dining destination THE GARDEN 15-17 The Bridge, Chippenham, SN15 1HA 01249 465672; Relaxed dining using British produce

COUNTRY HOUSE HOTELS LUCKNAM PARK Colerne, Wilts, SN14 8AZ 01225 742777; Michelin-starred fine dining at the renowned Park restaurant, and more informal dining at the stylish contemporary brasserie at this five star country house hotel WIDBROOK GRANGE HOTEL Trowbridge Rd, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1UH; 01225 864750;

Modern farmhouse cuisine, locally sourced and freshly prepared

Award-winning modern British food and cask ales in country inn


THE PEAR TREE INN Top Lane, Whitely, Wilts, SN12 8QX; 01225 704966; An elegant revamped country inn with an acclaimed restaurant and contemporary rustic-chic bedrooms

BUNCH OF GRAPES 14 Silver St, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1JY; 01225 938088; Bar and restaurant inspired by the village bistros of South West France THE GEORGE AT WOOLLEY 67 Woolley St, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1AQ; 01225 865650; Lovingly refurbished gastropub from awardwinning team HOMEWOOD PARK Abbey Lane, Freshford, Bath BA2 7TB 01225 723731; Luxury hotel with two rosette restaurant and spa THE LONGS ARMS Upper South Wraxall, Wilts, BA15 2SB; 01225 864450;

THE WHEELWRIGHTS ARMS Church Lane, Monkton Combe, BA2 7HB 01225 722287; Pub featuring modern takes on British classics, plus understated, individually decorated guestrooms

FARM SHOPS ALLINGTON FARM SHOP Allington Bar Farm, Allington, Chippenham SN14 6LJ; 01249 658112; Shop and café selling local produce I BATH LIFE I 67


The two Sams are happy to be spicing up Bath

Laura (second from left) and her team have a new supper club in town

EAT, LEARN AND LEAVE The Italian Food Hall at George Street, Bath, is launching a language supper club so diners can eat while they learn. The deli and café has already become known for its authentic food, sourced from artisans in Italy. But as so many customers are interested in learning more about the language as well as the flavours, co-owner Laura Doria has decided to combine the two. “I ran the same clubs in Australia and they were really popular,” says Laura. “People love the idea of learning a language, but often find it hard to commit to every week, so this more drop-in way of doing it is a convenient option. My sessions are a great way to learn, but in a fun social environment over delicious food.” And learners will be able to order their supper of cheeses, meats and breads from the deli counter – in Italian, naturally. The lessons will cover basic grammar, numbers, the alphabet and everyday phrases, as well as Italian culture and history. There are sessions for beginners and intermediates on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, with the first lesson starting on 20 February from 7.30pm-9pm. Lessons cost £20 and the first lesson is half-price. For more:

THE MORO THE MERRIER Form an orderly queue, foodies – the acclaimed London restaurant Moro is coming to Bath. Married chefs Sam and Sam Clark, introduced by friends because they both had the same name, albeit Samantha spelt her surname with an ‘e’, are bringing their pop-up eatery to The Holburne. Famed for dishes bursting with the flavours of Spain and North Africa, the museum’s Garden Café will serve Moro’s food on 23 and 24 March. The pop-up eatery coincides with The Holburne’s exhibition celebrating the work of artist Anthony Fry, who died in 2016. Anthony lived in Box for 60 years, but his work evokes his love of travel and warmer climes. His use of colours is both strong and beautiful, with the tone often achieved through the use of raw pigment. Tickets for the pop-up event cost

Moro’s morito labneh with chillies, coriander and pickled za’tar

£60, which includes three courses, three glasses of wine, an exhibition ticket to Anthony Fry: A Retrospective, and a copy of the book that accompanies the show. Moro has won a number of awards including Outstanding Contribution to the Industry, in the London Restaurant Festival Awards in 2016. For more:








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Colonna KeepCup, £12 If she is a coffee-lover and wants to help the environment, gift her a reusable cup, like this stylish corksleeved KeepCup From Colonna & Smalls, 6 Chapel Row, Bath; www.

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Chocolate wine bottle, £14 Personalised with a special message of your choice, this pure chocolate wine bottle replicates the real thing From Choc on Choc, based in Rode; www.

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The PERSONAL TOUCH What’s a wedding if it’s not personalised to you as a couple? Here, local wedding experts reveal how to avoid a cookie-cutter type day, and make it unique to you… By L I SA E VA NS

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f you want a unique wedding that guests remember and remark on for its individuality and creativity, then here are experts’ top tips – from vegan suits and one-of-a-kind veils, to inter-changeable jewellery pieces, and artistic bouquets.


How to find the most stand-out wedding gown for you… “We’re seeing more and more brides opting for detailed and low backs,” says Laura Braidwood, alterations manager at Krystle Brides on St James’s Parade, Bath, which offers multiple dress styles, from boho to classic, that range from £500 – £2,800. “Back jewellery is also a growing trend; brides are personalising their look with embellishments and adornments. We’re also seeing a resurgence in the popularity of ivory gowns after a period of champagne tones being in favour.” Laura’s top tips for brides-to-be who want to find the perfect dress are: do your research online before you step foot in a shop; attend your appointment with only a small number of close family and friends who are going to offer constructive advice; and be firm with your budget so that you don’t get carried away in the moment. Ellie Witton, bridal stylist at modern boutique Ellie Rose Bridal on Margaret’s Buildings, Bath, says her favourite looks at the moment are blush tones along with bold floral embroidery. “With a private bridal floor, brides can enjoy exclusive access to designs from top designers, including Hayley Paige, Lazaro and Allison Webb here,” she says. “Our made-to-order couture bridal gowns start from £1,100, but we also have a low-key collection that starts at £240.” If it’s bespoke alterations or a unique outfit you’re after, City Tailors on Milsom Street have you covered with their service for men and women. “We offer bespoke tailoring (suit or dressmaking), clothing alterations, and a re-designing and re-sizing service,” says master tailor Ben Aydin. “You can have any type of garment made to the highest standards – this could be a design you saw on the web, or one you have in your head. We recently made a 100 per cent vegan wedding suit for a gentleman where we used no animal products such as wool or silk. Plus, our re-designing service is useful if you have a high-value garment but you’re not sure if it suits you.” w

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she hand-makes. “It’s a visual job that allows me to work with other aspects of art daily,” she says. “I love different seasons and working outside. I do work alone, but my husband always helps me with weddings; he has a good eye for detail and is very practical.” For Rebecca, wedding flowers are a mainstay of her working year, and she sometimes does up to three per week during the peak seasons. “To do this job, you’ve got to love what you do,” says the florist, who will work to any style, but would describe her own preference as natural, country, loose and boho-esque. “You’ve also got to be able to communicate with your clients, understand their requirements, and interpret their vision for them. Planning the flowers – and the wedding – is an adventure, and sometimes you’ve got to remind yourself to enjoy it; don’t let it stress you out.” w

Clockwise, from top left: vivid colours at Lucie and Alex Benwell’s wedding; Rebecca Sage at The Painted Flower in Green Park Station, Bath; Hetty and Nick Oxley’s big day featured natural, wild blooms; Amy and Colin Gault decided on unusual bouquets at their cinema-themed wedding. All floral displays featured on this page were designed by Rebecca Sage.


Wedding flower trends are constantly evolving. The Pantone Colour of the Year is always a big indicator of what’s to come. For 2018, that’s Ultra Violet, which lends itself to blooms such as roses, orchids and hydrangeas. Rebecca Sage at The Painted Flower in Green Park Station, Bath, says large bridal bouquets in rich colours with romantic vibes are her favourites at the moment, especially if there’s lots of greenery in the mix, too. Colour is wildly important to the florist – even her business’s appellation represents her creative vision, not just through floristry, but also through art, a subject she previously studied for several years. She’s been working with flowers for a decade and a half, and has been at her beautifully adorned shop in Green Park Station for over 10 years. Her chalet-style hub is full-to-bursting with not only flowers but with crafts that








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From her boutique workshop in Bradford on Avon, Sarah Bates designs and crafts wedding accessories – the main focus being veils, made from fabrics such as tulle, English net, pure silk tulle and full lace. Her jewellery selection covers everything from earrings to shoe clips, cover-ups to capes. “Many people will be lucky enough to be able to wear a fabulous dress at other points in their life; however, a wedding veil is something that can completely transform you into a bride. Accessories are also a real chance to get creative and let your personality shine through.”

The workshop and studio, on Northumberland Place, Bath, specialises in wedding and engagement rings as well as fine jewellery and silver. Traditional craftsmanship is used to hand-make the majority of the jewellery on site, and owner Michael Parsons says the aim is to create pieces that are treasured, long-lasting and timeless. “They are modern classics that become future heirlooms,” he explains. “Bespoke is a huge part of what we do. We specialise in creating perfectly fitted wedding and eternity rings and often make wedding bands to fit around unusual shaped engagement rings.” If you’re after something different, his suggestions are aquamarine and blush tones like peach sapphires or topaz. For bridesmaids, Michael says a gift of a single pearl pendant is a classic for a white wedding, and he suggests a pair of hand-enamelled cufflinks or a stone-set tie slide for the groom, and a pair of diamond studs for the bride.


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Think demure pearls, silver and marcasite, as well as statement, individual bridal pieces for those who shun the traditional look. Much of the jewellery at Alexandra May on Brock Street, Bath, is one-off, and you’ll also find hair accessories and a range of cufflinks, too. Semiprecious and cubic zirconia rings that look just like the real thing can also be discovered here.“The ideal jewellery should make the wearer feel confident and even more beautiful, and, of course, be comfortable to wear,” says Charlotte Rodgers, sales manager. “We’ve had customers who have bought Georgian brooches from us to weave into their hair, and others who have brought stunning pieces that were suitable for beach weddings.” 80 I BATH LIFE I

Simon Harrison ‘Audrey’ choker, £1,250; and ‘Audrey’ earrings, £175

WEDDINGS White gold Dazzle Collection present pendant and chain, £975; The Wylde Flower Diamond white gold Leaf Collection pendant, £1,990


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You’ll discover one of the largest selections of wedding rings in the South West at this Northumberland Place shop. There’s also a dedicated wedding lounge and the opportunity to pick up personalised gifts for the bride, groom, bridesmaids and parents, as managing director Nicholas Wylde explains, “In the past, we’ve designed a pearl necklace and earrings specifically to go with a bride’s dress; we’ve also designed silver photo frames for the parents; and keyrings and tie pins for the groom – all of which can be engraved. “Often, brides choose to wear two different outfits on their wedding day, and the correct jewellery for both is important,” he adds. “We design inter-changeable pieces of jewellery to allow for different looks.”


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Expect a huge range of wedding jewellery at this shop in Abbey Churchyard, Bath, including traditional, bespoke engagement rings, with diamonds or coloured, rare gemstones, in every metal option. They also offer a wedding ring fitting service and a huge variety of designs. “Almost every engagement ring and wedding ring is unique to each couple,” says managing director Jody Cory. “They’ll be worn for the rest of your lives and may be handed down to further generations. Also, other jewellery enhances the dress and hairstyle and makes the bride feel special. It’s lovely to have something old, something new – especially if it’s jewellery that has been handed down the generations. Something old can always be remodelled – retaining its sentiment – if it’s not to the bride’s taste. I personally made a locket into a bracelet for my wedding day, with photos of my grandparents, keeping them close.”

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Got a sweet tooth? Want to bring out your inner child? Then The Sweet Tricycle is a wedding reception must-have. “It’s unique and different,” says owner Helen Sworder-Penman, who is based in Frome. “The difference in booking The Sweet Tricycle compared to going DIY is that there’s no stress; I organise everything – from the sweets (or hot chocolate, Pimm’s, prosecco or doughnuts) to the clearing away.” Prices start from £325.

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The bespoke letterpress print and fine stationery company, situated on Walcot Street, Bath, design unique paper goods. “Alongside our bespoke projects, we have a small retail shop stocking stationery products, plus we run hand-lettering and calligraphy workshops,” says owner Athena Cauley-Yu. “For weddings, our service includes everything from the save-the-date cards through to the place cards. We have lots of fun including illustrations that are personal to the couple. We can even seal and post the invitations. Stationery is the first thing that guests see, and that first impression should be as special as the couple is.”


The Bath-based business works closely with couples to produce bespoke stationery, then continues this relationship through to photographing their big day. “Most projects begin with creating a logo and colour palette,” explains owner Philip Field. “We will then produce everything from invitations to a bespoke website (with RSVP functionality). From colour-matching fabric swatches, to producing bespoke die-cut designs, we ensure guests are wowed. We also offer professional photography on your big day. With my 10 years’ experience running a graphic design and photography business combined with my wife’s events and publishing background, we offer a truly personal service.”


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From sunset ceremonies at the Roman Baths, to taking exclusive use of an iconic hotel, here are some of our favourite local venues…

Guyers House Hotel & Restaurant

USP: It’s a quintessential English manor house. It’s like having your wedding in your own home, but with a truly bespoke service. The facts: They can accommodate up to 150 guests in the main house, but there’s also a marquee for up to 250 guests. There are also 37 bedrooms. Bonus points: Outstanding views and gardens. They also have a kitchen garden providing fresh ingredients for wedding menus. Price: From £75 per head. Visit: Guyers Lane, Pickwick, Corsham;



Above: A beautiful shot outside the Roman Baths; this image: a glamorous marquee set-up at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel

USP: The setting is tranquil, yet it is based in the city. The hotel has been recently refurbished but has kept its traditional Georgian feel and features. The grounds: The majestic mansion is set in seven acres of landscaped gardens. The facts: Room for up to 200; five spaces in which to perform ceremonies; there’s a marquee; and there are 130 bedrooms. Photo opportunities: Guided tours around the grounds of the hotel and Sydney Gardens. Bonus points: Concierge will greet you at the door; they have a contemporary spa which is open from 7am – 10pm; and the skyline view is not to be missed. Price: From £65 per head. Visit: Sydney Road, Bath;

Priston Mill

USP: Two remarkable, ancient, stone-walled venues. The history: The Tythe Barn used to belong to the monastic estate run by the monks of Bath Abbey who were then gifted The Watermill by King Æthelstan in the 10th century. Photo opportunities: The stream, the wooden pagoda, rose arbour, and pergola with millstone water feature. The details: The Watermill venue can accommodate 90 in the day


and 130 in the evening, and the Tythe Barn has space for 160 in the day, and 200 in the evening. There’s an option to have indoor or outdoor ceremonies. Bonus points: An exclusive offer with The Hilton in Bath. If you book over 15 rooms, you’ll receive a complimentary coach. Price: From £69 per head, plus venue hire. Visit: Priston, Bath;

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

USP: It’s part of an iconic landmark which is over 250 years old; it’s one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the UK. The facts: If exclusive use is taken, the venue can accommodate up to 120 guests. Without exclusive use, there’s room for 30. There are five licensed function spaces in which to perform ceremonies, this includes the option of getting married in the walled wedding garden (as featured on our front cover), and there are 45 bedrooms. Bonus points: Stunning views over the Crescent Lawn or over the private acre of gardens. There is also unlimited access to The Spa & Bath House facilities. Price: Around £2,000 for a wedding for 10 guests. Visit: 16 Royal Crescent, Bath;

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Above: a ceremony at the Great Bath; this image: inside the historic Tythe Barn at Priston Mill


(Roman Baths and The Pump Room, Bath Assembly Rooms, Victoria Art Gallery and the Guildhall) USP: Bath’s Historic Venues are integral to the history of Bath, and include some of the country’s most well-known buildings. The Roman Baths and The Pump Room, and Bath Assembly Rooms won gold awards in the UK Wedding Awards 2017 for Best Historic and Best City Venue respectively. At the ancient Roman Baths, sunrise ceremonies are perfect for couples wanting special experiences, and sunset ceremonies can be followed by a big party in The Pump Room complex. Bath Assembly Rooms and Guildhall are elegant, larger-capacity venues, and you could exchange your vows beside your favourite painting at the Victoria Art Gallery. The facts: Up to 500 guests can be accommodated for a reception; and all of the venues are fully licensed for wedding ceremonies. Bonus points: Tours of the Roman Baths and museum for guests who would like to explore during receptions. Price: From £420. Visit:

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It’s a KNOCKOUT You know that wow-factor you get when you see the most beautiful kitchen? We speak to the people who make it happen By sa m a n t h a wa l k e r



here was a time, not that long ago, when the kitchen was perhaps the poor relation of many a home. But as women have flung off their aprons and spend more time in the workplace, juggling family and work, it makes sense for precious family time to be just that – and for men to get involved too. So kitchens and living spaces are combined into vast areas in which to socialise. After all, why should the chef of the day be confined to the kitchen away from all the fun in the rest of the house? And because these rooms are designed to be seen, many of today’s styles are minimalist with sleek, not-a-thing-out-of-place looks. It fits with the industrial trend, with stainless steel and concrete softened with bursts of colour and individual room adornments.




“The many shades of grey finishes are continuing to be many clients’ favourite colour choices this year,” says Kelly-Marie Hicks, head designer and project manager at Homemaker Bath. “I seem to be designing a lot of industrial style kitchens and also a few modern Shaker styles.” For Tom Jones-Marquez, the director of Bath Bespoke, based at Hartley Farm in Winsley, there’s a bold new colour in town. His hottest colour choice is the inky black of Farrow & Ball Railings, which looks more blue than black when the sun hits it, meaning you have a colourway that changes tone through the day. “The most popular overall trends are minimal, linear and handleless,” says Tom. “A kitchen needs to serve many purposes in modern living. A passionately designed and crafted kitchen space will bring more contentment than any other room in the home.” w

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And, when it comes to finishes, paint is still king for many a kitchen. “Painted kitchens are still very on trend and popular amongst our clients,” says Joel Bugg, of Bath’s Joel Bugg Designs, who set up his own business after decades of learning his craft while working for others. “What’s important to remember when selecting colour is that it forms part of a greater scheme in a home. We recommend using colour tones that invoke reference to a property’s historical period and those which are sympathetic to the furniture style.” But these rich injections of colour aren’t for everyone, with designers saying the natural look is being embraced. “There is an increasing resurgence of using natural and native timbers, especially oak,” adds Joel. Phil Harflett, head of design and sales at Hobsons Choice, London Road, Bath, says colour is a great way to complement or contrast with other materials. “The beauty of materials such as rough-sawn oak veneer, walnut or anodised aluminium is often paired with accent colours such as warm greys or off-white to create a harmonious space,” says Phil.


Open-plan still dominates kitchen design but this has had a knock-on effect in other areas. “Kitchens are by their very purpose a messy environment, so having a concealed area is now becoming a must-have to de-clutter to,” explains Joel Bugg. “This is especially practical since open-plan spaces are often replacing a formal dining room, so when entertaining, an unseen location to put dirty plates away or to store prepared platters of food ready to bring out, proves valuable.” It’s a good idea, especially as today’s kitchens

Above: grey is still popular with Homemaker’s customers; left: a kitchen display from Berdoulat Interior Design

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The beauty of having a kitchen designed for you means it can work for both your life and style. If the industrial chic look leaves you cold and polished concrete doesn’t quite work for you, a good place to start is with the age and style of your property. That’s exactly what the owners of Berdoulat Interior Design, Patrick and Neri Williams have done. As well as specialising in period buildings and restoration, the practice works on all levels from the commercial to the domestic market. “The host building is the most important client and it should dictate what is done to it,” says Patrick. The couple have practised what they preach when it comes to their own kitchen. Their John Wood The Elder-designed property at Pierrepont Place was a ruin when the couple bought it. It took them 18 months to restore the beautiful building to its full glory, and it’s become home to them and their daughters, Wren and Bonnie. Its original kitchen would have been on the lower ground floor but when the couple took on w

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the project, it was long gone. In fact, the lower ground and ground floors had been offices, with students digs above, and a 1980s kitchen was at first floor level. “We decided the best place for the kitchen for our purposes was the ground floor, and that the dining room should be open-plan with the kitchen,” says Patrick. “Keen to keep the original panelling of the walls on show, we decided to design the kitchen around a central island, and match the moulding of the panels in the units’ doors. We have our friend Marcus Jacka to thank for the building of the island. He is one of the most skilled cabinet-makers you’ll ever find. On installing it, he suggested it be referred to as the kitchen continent rather than island, given its scale.”

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“There are lots of smart appliances but we’re not convinced by too many,” says Tom Jones-Marquez director of Bath Bespoke. “In-camera fridges are quite nifty for checking the stock when in the supermarket. We believe that proper use of lighting is still one of the most overlooked factors in a kitchen. We have some very fancy LED systems controllable from phones and some automatic. The new Zip taps are amazing, with sparkling, cold, boiling, filtered all-in-one and new designs which are beautiful.” At Hobsons Choice, Phil Harflett is very excited about a new oven coming onto the market this year. “Miele has launched the Dialog oven,” says Phil. “An appliance so clever it is capable of cooking a salmon inside a block of ice without melting the ice! Using a combination of electromagnetic waves, accurate measurement and conventional cooking




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“We’ve just fitted a kitchen with an oval rotating island top,” says Tom Jones-Marquez. “This allows for different numbers of people to sit at it dependent on its position in relation to the main island.” At Homemaker, built in wine-coolers and allin-one cooker, steam and microwaves are becoming de rigueur, while Bath Bespoke has noticed a trend for super-efficient waste storage solutions, essential as we all try to recycle more. At Hobsons Choice, there’s no one-size-fits-all; instead some customers are eclectic with pots, pans and personal items on show on racks or perhaps open shelving. Others have a home for everything so it always looks spick and span. And the possible upheaval of having a new kitchen designed and installed is offset not only by a swish new room boasting all manner of musthave mod cons, but by the fact it can add value to your home. “It brings enjoyment and makes it more socially inviting – it also adds great value to a property when designed professionally,” says Kelly-Marie Hicks from Homemaker, Pulteney Avenue, Bath, who has over 13 years of experience in the build and design trades. YOU HAVE BEEN READING BATH BESP OKE BERDOULAT INTERIOR DES I G N J OEL BUGG DES IGNS HOB S ONS CHOICE HOMEMAKER


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PRIZE DRAW A Bath animation studio that has worked with Marvel Comics and Kia Motors has been sold for $4m to American firm Funko A Large Evil Corporation, known as Evilcorp, was founded by Guy Thomson and Seth Watkins in 2006, with the pair set to stay on as general managers in the rebranded Funko Animation Studios. “While the Evilcorp name and brand might suggest something bigger and more sinister, we have always been an animation company based in the beautiful city of Bath, with a particular interest in character animation,” says Seth. “We just love creating characters and have always strived to develop new styles, packing in as much charm, humour and grit as humanely possible.” The company initially started as a small animation company called Moving House Pictures, co-founded by Guy Thomson with Seth on board as creative director/animator. When this was wound down, Evilcorp replaced it. It has created a diverse range of high-quality animation for advertising campaigns such as Now TV, Orange, Creative Circle, Switch Co, Green Giant and Greenpeace, as well as creating in-house shorts,

posters and illustrations. It also produces its own range of figurines – called Vinyl Idolz – featuring the main characters of cult movies like Shaun of the Dead and The Big Lebowski. “Certainly, we’ve grown from a small studio to a much bigger one in a relatively short space of time, and now we’re almost bursting out of our current headquarters,” says Seth. “Soon we’ll be moving into a much bigger premises in the heart of Bath which is incredibly exciting. “Now we’re Funko Animation Studios, all our work will exclusively be for Funko. We will continue to make shorts for Funko’s various licences, box promos and design more Vinyls, but we’ll also be developing all manner of fresh new animated content to support and promote Funko’s new lines. “The future is very exciting!” Bath solicitors Mowbray Woodwards represented Evilcorp in the sale. For more:

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TIM NAYLOR The Bath Academy principal reflects on his own schooldays, and tells us what the future holds for the independent sixth form college Tell us about your own schooldays… My own education was at Ampleforth, a boarding school attached to a Benedictine monastery. I was influenced by several outstanding men who would have had glittering careers if they had not chosen to dedicate their lives as monks. They handed on the Benedictine values of the love of learning and desire for God that have underpinned western civilisation. Was teaching always on the agenda? I never intended to become a teacher, but a group of occupational psychologists advised me that teaching was my path. I thought that having an English language teaching certificate would help me indulge my love of travelling. What makes Bath Academy stand out from others? We came top of the government league table for performance and progress in A-levels in B&NES. We are unique among schools and colleges in Bath by adding significant value to the life chances of young people – e.g. by providing re-sit courses for those students who need more expert teaching and support to progress to the best universities. Lucy came with grades of CCD and made an eight grade improvement to A*AA; and John had ADHD and no GCSEs. He left us with five GCSEs and grades ABB at A Level. We also provide a more flexible approach for those with health issues or learning difficulties, giving that second chance to students who don’t always fit the standard mould but can succeed. What can students study at Bath Academy? Students can study a range of courses from GCSE to A-level, as well as do revision and retakes. Our University Foundation Programme for international students is an alternative pathway to university. This year, we had more students than ever receive places at their chosen university, with 75 per cent of first time A-level students gaining places at Russell Group universities. Why does education inspire you? At the heart of my vision is personal attention to individual students. Knowing students well leads to good teaching, better learning and a positive day-to-day community experience – making education responsive to the realities of individual differences. 100 I BATH LIFE I

Everything in the college is arranged so that the strong still have something to strive for and the weak do not withdraw in self-doubt and anxiety. We aim to encourage our students, helping them to move from a felt ‘minus’ to a felt ‘plus’ so they feel adequate to the tasks of life and make a personal contribution to society. What’s been your most memorable moment at Bath Academy? Reading the A-level results of a student with ADD who, after unsuccessfully studying A-Levels twice at schools in both the South West and London, achieved grades A*AB. Also, presenting the Paul Kitchener Memorial Award at the House of Lords for best international UFP student – this has been won six times out of the last eight years by one of our students. Any exciting news to share? Our domestic UK student intake has increased by 30 per cent, so we have just expanded our premises across Queen Square to Chapel Row. Our recent rebrand and forthcoming new website portray what we’ve become – progressive, international, and dynamic. Tell us something about you that might surprise us? I briefly taught English, then moved to lecturing in forensic psychology to undergraduates, and then on to both state and independent schools, teaching psychology, philosophy and religious studies. For more:



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CHSW is pleased at the size of the cheque

BANKING ON IT Housing association and house builders Curo has raised over £10,000 for the Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW). The year-long fundraiser saw staff running, baking and cycling for the charity, and donning specially themed fashion garments in return for a donation. They also donated items to the local CHSW shop at Oldfield Park in Bath. Curo’s CEO, Victor da Cunha says, “We’re delighted that we were able to raise so much money to support a great local cause, close to a lot of our colleagues’ hearts.”

MONEY MATTERS A collaboration between Bath Rugby Foundation and The Ivy Bath Brasserie has raised £9,100 for disadvantaged children in and around the city. The charitable arm of Bath Rugby aims to bridge the gap between Bath’s poorest and most affluent areas. Club president David Trick, Bath Life columnist David Flatman, and fly-half for Bath and England Freddie Burns all added to the exciting occasion. www.bathrugbyfoundation. com

Rhys Priestland wants you to look after yourself

Bath Rugby has given its backing to a fundraising walk in aid of the Samaritans, saying mental wellbeing is just as important as keeping physically fit. There are two circular routes of 12.5 miles and 23 miles Bath & District Samaritans is organising the to choose from. Samaritans’ Walk on 9 June, with people expected to Bath & District Samaritans director, David come from all over the UK to take part. Ryder says, “An event like this is a great Bath Rugby player Rhys Priestland way to do something to help our work, says, “Mental fitness is important for but also to show support for anyone going everyone, just like physical fitness, through a tough time. and Samaritans are always there for “We want everyone to know, however absolutely anyone who needs someone to dark things may seem, there is always listen to their problems. someone to talk to.” “Like with our other charity partners, The walk starts and ends at the supporting our local Samaritans University of Bath, with changing and strengthens our links to the community This is how you do it showering facilities provided, as well as we are so proud to represent on free car parking. the pitch.” The walk costs £30. The local branch takes an astonishing 40,000 calls from people in distress every year, with funds from the For more: walk going to help more people.

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“We saw that we could solve a problem by creating a platform where people could sign up easily using Facebook and find short, quick volunteering opportunities in their local area and do it on the go.” The app means that there’s less food going to waste and makes volunteering easier for busy students. “The issue with lots of volunteering is not that people don’t want to volunteer, it’s that volunteering is made too difficult,” says Everest. “Sometimes you have to commit a lot of hours at set times and, as a student for example, you might have deadlines to meet. What we see Food Drop being is something you don’t have to make time for – it’s something you integrate into your life.”

The Bath Life Awards are fast approaching, and now there is only one question on everyone’s lips – who will win? With just days to go until the deeply glam ceremony at the Assembly Rooms, finalists are preparing to find out whether they’ll be taking home a trophy on 1 March. Those companies in the running attended a joyous Sponsors’ and Finalists’ Reception at Walcot House and had the chance to celebrate reaching this stage, meet our headline sponsor, the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa and all category sponsors, over delicious drinks and canapes. (See the photos on page 18.) “It was incredible to have our finalists and sponsors all together to celebrate the upcoming Awards” says Steph Dodd, events director at MediaClash, Bath Life’s publisher. “We’re now getting very excited for the big night and can’t wait to see Bath’s business community dressed to the nines. “Good luck to all our worthy finalists!” Winners will be announced on the night, 1 March, in a glittering ceremony held at the historic Assembly Rooms, and shared on the website, across social media and in Bath Life. The Official AfterShow Party is at Circo. Award-winners will also be invited to a special Winners’ Dinner at the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa on 21 March. Tickets for the awards sold out some while back, with dozens on the waiting list. Sponsors of the Awards are led by our long-term Headline Sponsor, The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa together with its brand partner Taittinger; plus Platinum Sponsor Bristol Airport; and Savills, Fidelius, Bath Audi, Bath Rugby, Minuteman Press, Stone King, Bluefin, Bath BID, Tile & Flooring, Apex Hotels, Novia, Hope House, Curo, Kersfield, HomeLets, Bryers, First Bath, Hawker Joinery, Bath Volkswagen, soVision IT, Clifton Marquee Company, Hotel Indigo, Sub 13 and Enlightened Lighting. Feature sponsors are Circo, Vistage, SearchStar and Fwd:Thinking. Silver Sponsors include Mogers Drewett, Pearson May, the Kaleidoscope Collection, Trevor Osborne Property Group, Crest, Cumberwell, Prezola and 1PM.

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Everest and Miranda have plenty of brainpower

STUDENTS HAVE A KNACK FOR FOOD WASTE APP Two students at the University of Bath have come up with a novel way to cut food waste and get people volunteering. Miranda Khamis and Everest Ekong have created Food Drop, an app that allows volunteers to collect unwanted food from shops and take it to local charities. The company started as a project outside of the pair’s university work last year, and within four months 80 volunteers had signed up. “Retailers wanted to distribute their leftover food, but charities also found it hard to pick it up, mainly because they’re already short-staffed and overworked,” says Miranda. “At the same time, we noticed people, students in particular, wanted to volunteer in their local community, but found it really difficult.


Steven embraces the new way of working


Bath law firm Stone King has moved to new premises in central Bath to accommodate ongoing growth. It means the majority of its Bath-based employees and partners are now based at Upper Borough Court, Upper Borough Walls, above Anthropologie. The firm’s main reception area for clients will remain at 12

and 13 Queen Square, where it has been based since 1832, not long after it was the home of Jane Austen. Steven Greenwood, managing partner at Stone King, says, “Ten years ago, Stone King had 126 people nationwide, we now have more than 150 in Bath alone, with further expansion in the pipeline.

“Coinciding with this move, we are also developing our smart working practices, which will give our people more flexibility and support them in keeping a healthy work-life balance. “This will greatly benefit Stone King by helping recruitment and productivity.” For more:

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Bath Rugby is going places, and not just so a multi-million pound stadium can be built on The Rec. MD Tarquin McDonald explained the club’s vision to the Bath Life Business Club There can be few people in the city unaware of Bath Rugby’s desire for a bigger, state-ofthe-art stadium, and the legal wrangles that have ensued. But now the legalities have been decided, and, as a result, The Rec will continue to be home to the blue, black and whites for many seasons to come. Architects Grimshaw have been appointed for the huge Stadium for Bath project, chosen for their desire to create a unique building that Tarquin says fits with Bath. It’s expected to cost in excess of £30m. “This is not just about 16 days a year of rugby, but actually there’s a vision for this site and what it can be; it is part of a wider vision for the city,” says Tarquin. “Clearly there’s a design legacy – it has to be fantastic. Clearly there’s a sporting legacy with elite sport and Bath Rugby hopefully inspiring the next generation of kids to get involved, and a sense of civic pride and value. But an amateur sporting legacy as well and other uses we can bring into that site.” Grimshaw’s experience includes the Wimbledon Master Plan, including No.1 Court, and the delivery of projects in sensitive heritage locations such as Thermae Bath Spa, and the recently approved changes to the Grade-II listed former Herman Miller factory for Bath Spa University. The club wants Bathonians to have their say on the design, and it will also visit stadia around the country to see what good ideas could be incorporated at The Rec. “The site’s sensitive and complex location demands a very special and unique design 104 I BATH LIFE I

Tarquin looks surprisingly relaxed for someone who’s about to undertake a major building project

response in order to deliver the project’s aspirational objectives,” says Kirsten Lees, partner at Grimshaw. “The scheme is set to deliver wider benefits to the city including riverside regeneration, and an enhanced relationship with the Recreation Ground in order to provide an exceptional new home for Bath Rugby, emblematic of its place, its community and the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath.”

A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN MONEY GOING TO THE PLAYERS COULD HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON BEHAVIOURS The development will also mean new shops and eateries, with the riverside location long overdue some investment. Plans will be submitted by August, and the club hopes planning permission will be in place by the end of the year. Construction will begin in 2019, with fans then able to see stands emerging and standing proud in the heart of Bath. One thing that won’t change, however, is the club’s relationship with the community. “Broadcast money has the potential to grow significantly and the challenge, I think, for rugby, is the control of wage inflation,”

says Tarquin. “The clubs overall are losing about £30m a year and so it’s important for them to be stable, but also if there is a significant increase in money and it goes to the players, the risk is it can have a negative impact on behaviours and the things that make the game special – and the reason people feel connected to the game. “Those are the values we want to protect.” And while Tarquin has fallen in love with the city, it was the sort of love that slowly creeps up on you rather than hits you with a bolt of thunder. “At first I was ambivalent about Bath,” he says. “I’d expected to fall in love with Bath immediately, but over time it gets to you. “Working in the centre of Bath and working at a club that means so much to so many people is just amazing. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else.”


The Bath Life Business Club is a select group of senior business people. It features a leading speaker and a damn fine twocourse lunch. The next meeting is on 12 March when our speaker is John Davies, the chief exec of Dorothy House. If you’d like to join, please contact Stephanie Dodd ( These events sell out quickly, so look out for the emails...

The Bath Life Business Club is sponsored by Bishop Fleming





WOODLAND HOUSE Greenway Crescent is a tucked-away hidden gem in Bath. Discover its last remaining property here… By E V E LY N GR E E N







ath is world-famous for its beautiful Georgian architecture and its many crescents – from the imposing Royal Crescent on the edge of Royal Victoria Park, to the lofty vistas of Lansdown and Camden Crescents – which are a key part of the charm. They all contribute to the character of the city; and now, after what has been a painstaking twoyear project, the tradition has been continued with the creation of a small-but-luxury exclusive development. Say hello to a new crescent: Greenway Crescent. How very Bond an introduction. It’s the latest addition to this line of heritage, showcasing a modern take on traditional Bath styles. The understated and tucked-away development comprises four townhouses and a detached lodge house set behind a tall wall and electric gates, on the edge of Greenway Lane and overlooking the wooded canopy of Lyncombe Vale. It’s the first crescent to be built in the city for over a decade and a half. The detached Woodland House (pictured here) is still up for grabs – it’s the only property of five remaining. The stunning eco home has been built to complement traditional Bath architecture in a modern style and sits within the landscape of this mature south-facing woodland location on the edge of the city. Designed to be as low-maintenance and practical as possible, step inside and you’re greeted by space, light and 108 I BATH LIFE I

Clockwise from top left: imagine yourself sitting on the terrace listening to the birdsong from the wood below; the house is positively flooded with light; all three double bedrooms have en suites; a blissful rainfall shower



square foot of space



£1.2M price

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minimalism. The enormous open-plan, stylish reception gives off enough wow-factor by itself, but the fact that the three double bedrooms each have their own en suite bathrooms brings it up yet another level. The entire scheme commands an exceptionally high level of finish, with all fittings – both decorative and structural – having been implemented with considerable style and attention to detail. And the thought-about extras – such as gas underfloor heating throughout, air conditioning, an entry security system, a highly insulated cavity system, and integral blinds – really make a difference. Another stand-out feature of this property – which is evident as soon as you hear its name – is its location. Elevated views over the trees in this wonderful natural woodland plot can be enjoyed by all the properties, and can be appreciated from each floor, with full glazing and outside space that bring the outdoors and light in, with a seamless, uninterrupted flow. And there’s also private parking for two or more vehicles, pretty external decking areas, and a stream within the woodland garden. This is a sophisticated property embracing everything modern with endless features. And although you’re just a mile from Bath city centre, you really feel as though you’re in the heart of the countryside. And yet Bear Flat, with its eateries, shops and community buzz, is just down the road. Savills Bath, Edgar House, 17 George Street, Bath, BA1 2EN; 01225 474 500;




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Susan Hay outside Royal View

life is good ON THE BANKS OF THE RIVER Riverside living with plenty of open space on your doorstep


inding a location that would make it easier for their children to visit was one of the main reasons why a Cornish-based couple made the move to Bath. With their son living in Derbyshire and daughter in London, it now means Susan and Alistair Hay have slashed three hours off the journey time for their offspring when they pop down or perhaps want to make spontaneous visits. Once they had chosen Bath as their new home, the next consideration was whether to buy classic Georgian, synonymous with the world heritage city, or to go for something a little more up-to-date and contemporary. And as a retired architect, Alistair had an in-depth knowledge on the pros and cons with regard to both old and new properties, and knew what to look out for. With friends already living in Bath, the active couple knew the city relatively well and had heard about the redevelopment of the south

“To rent first really gave us a great idea of what it was like to live at Bath Riverside.”

banks of the River Avon. Rather than rush in to buying and to give them time to look around, the couple decided to rent an apartment for six months at Bath Riverside. It was here that they then witnessed the rise of Royal View, the latest, groundbreaking phase at the multi-award winning development. At the same time, Susan and Alistair were able to gauge what life was like on the banks of the river and whether they would want to make it something more permanent. Fortunately the lifestyle it gave the couple, being so close to the city centre, resulted in them buying a two-bedroom, sixth-floor apartment with stunning views out across the river and overlooking Royal Crescent. Susan says: “To rent first really gave us a great idea of what it was like to live at Bath Riverside. To watch Royal View go up was interesting to see. We were also able to check out whether it was noisy or not but were soon struck by how peaceful it is here. We were never disturbed by any noise despite being so close to the city centre. “We did contemplate and looked at a number of Georgian properties but those that had been converted into apartments just weren’t right and not as sensitively refurbished as they could have been. In a way they had lost their sense of authenticity. “With Royal View everything is new and

current and we liked the look of the design. We also like the dimensions of the rooms which are generous when compared to what you would get in a reproduction Georgian property. “We also didn’t want stairs, landings and the upkeep of an older property. “The location was also a big attraction – I can walk to the train station in less than ten minutes! I can also walk across Victoria Bridge and be in Victoria Park in a matter of minutes which is really handy. “It’s really beautiful here and it’s just all so easy with a lot of really good restaurants and cafés close by. “Although we found the de-cluttering process a major job, we soon discovered that we didn’t really need most of our possessions, so it has been quite liberating. Of course whether downsizing is the right thing to do depends on the individual, but we would wholeheartedly recommend others do the same.”

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TIMELESS ELEGANCE, MODERN LIVING Anna Fairman, associate director at SAVILLS BATH explains why so many buyers are now choosing refurbished properties


mpressive architecture, attractive historical features, an abundant sense of character and charm… just some of the many reasons why period properties are perennially popular with buyers. And no wonder; our country’s architectural history is something to behold, and there is something special about owning a piece of it. But, of course, to buy a period property is to invest in a labour of love, with many new owners spending a great deal of time and money on design changes, upgrades and repairs, up front and over time. This level of commitment is not for everyone, which is why many modern buyers are turning to refurbished developments, which offer all the joy of period living, without any of the hassle.


Refurbished developments unlock the opportunity to live in a historical, potentially listed, building, while offering all the benefits of a 21st century build. Period properties were designed to suit the needs of the time, which bears little resemblance to the way we live now. So while most buyers appreciate traditional design features, such as high ceilings and wellproportioned rooms, there is a compromise; the traditional layout doesn’t represent the best use of space for modern living. Indeed, some buildings are incompatible with our requirements; for example traditional staircases present a significant problem for older buyers and wheelchair users. In refurbished developments, specialist architects and designers have done all the hard work, and through careful and respectful redesign and remodelling of the space, older buildings are given a new lease of life as a fullyfunctioning contemporary residence. Buyers can move straight in and start enjoying their new home, no mess, no fuss.



There is a certain piece of mind that comes with the purchase of a new build; buyers can be comfortable in the knowledge that their new property has been fitted out to a high specification and, as a result, is very much fit for purpose. Refurbished developments deliver on that same promise; buyers can expect key features, such as modern heating, water and ventilation systems, safety and security, soundproofing and up-to-date technology infrastructure to be integrated into the fabric of the property.


Buyers interested in refurbished property will find themselves spoilt for choice in the local area, with developments offering a range of residences to suit differing lifestyles and priorities. Fitzroy House, on Great Pulteney Street, is a prime example, right here in Bath city centre. Boasting 28 individual one, two and three bedroom apartments, each one thoughtfully designed to make the most of its unique features, from classical mouldings and shutters, through to private gardens and terraces. Each one distinct, buyers have every chance of finding their particular wishes fulfilled here. In the last six months, we have seen more buyers, from all walks of life, drawn to the appeal of the refurbished property, and as such, well realised refurbishments are moving quickly. For example, we had sold half of the Fitzroy House apartments in just over three months, so we recommend getting in early to secure the home of your dreams.

FITZROY HOUSE: BUYER SPOTLIGHT Alan and Patricia Meakins: “We knew Fitzroy House was the place for us as soon as we stepped through the door. The restoration has been beautifully realised, with impressive Georgian details throughout, while having been brought bang up to date with all that we need to live a happy and comfortable life. To own such an integral piece of Bath’s history is genuinely a dream come true.”

Prices start from £475,000 and the show home is open between 10am-4pm from Thursday to Saturday. To arrange a viewing, or to secure one of the remaining apartments email Giles Harling at or call 01225 474591




ighteen-year-old Flossie, who has received critical acclaim as an actress, will star in a production of award-winning play Never Any Fruit at The Rondo Theatre Bath from 7 – 10 March. The production of Dougie Blaxland’s play will be the first project staged by 5265 Theatre – which Flossie co-founded. Here, the daughter of Bathbased musical legend Midge Ure, tells us more… Many people joke about my acting passion as ‘being in the blood’… Being the daughter of an actress and singer, this really might be the case! Living in a very creative, musical and, at times, dramatic household had a large influence on me. Growing up with such a talented father has taught me a huge amount… I think he has inspired me and all my siblings to follow our passions, but he has most importantly taught us that hard work and dedication are crucial aspects of any craft. His incredible guitar skills, which he taught himself, are an example of his own dedication and passion, and this has always been something that’s inspired me. However, I didn’t just have an inspiring father. Having a mother who has experienced the industry first-hand has been pivotal. Without her unwavering support and encouragement, I would not be on the path I am today. Theatre has always been a passion of mine… Watching, performing and reading theatre has allowed me to experience many different roles and characters. Some of my favourites include Wendy from Peter Pan, fulfilling a childhood dream while performing great theatre with a huge group of young people. It was an incredible experience I will never forget. Performing as Minette in The French Detective and the Blue Dog was also wonderful. At just 13 then, being able to experience a professional show and work with an incredible director and cast of actors allowed me to see a small snippet of the wonderful world of theatre. Another highlight was featuring in Enron by Lucy Prebble. She is one of my favourite modern playwrights, and being able to help bring one of her plays to life was so exciting.

FLOSSIE URE The youngest daughter of Midge Ure on founding her own theatre company, her memories of growing up in the city, and her upcoming performance at the Rondo Theatre, Bath I have seen many plays performed at the Rondo… But, until now, have never had the opportunity to perform there. I love the venue and think it will be perfect for our production of Never Any Fruit, as it has a strong history of fostering creative talent from Bath. Never Any Fruit explores a beautiful relationship between two unique and drastically different people… Yet they relate to each other’s struggle and form a strong and moving bond. The play follows the story of struggling actress Isla (who I play the part of), who meets mathematical prodigy Jack on an experimental melanoma drug trial. The production will be the first project staged by 5265 Theatre – the theatre company I co-founded… 5265 Theatre is a collaboration between myself and my close friend Will Tucker. After working with Will many times on other projects, we decided we wanted to create our own new and exciting productions. I grew up in Bath, attended Ralph Allen School, and now live in Midford… Bath is a beautiful place to live and grow up in. Having access to a lively and busy city centre, yet also being able to walk in the countryside,


is amazing. It also had many opportunities for young creatives to come together, such as the Theatre Royal Bath Theatre School. A favourite activity of mine is going for brunch… Boston Tea Party, Adventure Cafe and Wild Cafe are ideal. My favourite shop is The Yellow Shop, and, for an evening meal, I love The Mint Room. My favourite view of the city is from Alexandra Park… You can see the entire city from a completely different perspective. My most treasured possession is… The necklace my parents bought me for my 18th birthday. It reminds me how lucky I am to be in such an amazing family and have such wonderful, supportive parents. If I had the power to change anything about Bath… I would make it eternally sunny. Bath is at its best in the sunlight.

See Flossie at the Rondo Theatre, St Saviours Road, Bath, from 7 – 10 March;

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