Bath Life – Issue 382

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ISSUE 382 / 4 – 18 JANUARY 2019 / £3










ABOVE: Fresh arrangements at Tallulah Rose Flower School (page 28); BELOW: Health-themed goodies (page 72)


o, this year I once again resolve to drink more water, care less about what people think, and stroke more dogs. What are your resolutions for 2019? If taking up a new hobby or investing more time in doing something you love is high on the list, then you should probably turn to page 28, on which we recommend 10 arty, inventive workshops in and around the city which will fuel your creativity. If eating better is your go-to move this year, then have a look at Flats’ column about why we should be taking simple steps to feel better about ourselves, without cutting out all the joy in life (page 23), or see our guide to plant-based restaurants and cafés in the vicinity, which are all about creating dishes that are big on nutrients and flavour (page 62), or have a look at our healthy recipe on page 61 for some at-home cooking inspiration. And for everything else health- and wellness-related, either take a look at page 72, on which we’ve hunted down gadgets and goodies which might help shake off that Christmas excess; or page 66, which delves into all manner of treats designed to restore and rejuvenate mind, body and soul. Elsewhere in this issue, we have pictures from our annual Bath Life Winter Reception at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa (page 10), and we’ve been invited inside a local artist’s gorgeous home, where warm, earthy tones reign supreme (page 88). Oh, and, don’t forget, nominations for the Bath Life Awards close on 10 January! (See page 77 for the details). Happy New Year, Bath!

LISA EVANS Follow us on Twitter @BathLifeMag Instagram @bathlifemag I BATH LIFE I 3

Issue 382 / 4 – 18 January 2019 COVER Create & Bloom’s courses range from house plant styling to cocktail masterclasses. See page 28 for more classes and workshops in the city


41 ARTS INTRO The Richard Alston Dance

Company’s penultimate tour

42 WHAT’S ON Music, theatre, art and family fun 51 FILM What’s new on the screen 53 BOOKS It’s a classic selection for Nic Bottomley



56 RESTAURANT Laid-back sipping at new wine hub,

The Beckford Bottle Shop

61 RECIPE Beet the blues with this delicious dish 62 TOP PICKS Our favourite local veggie joints 65 FOOD & DRINK NEWS Upcoming foodie festivals

to look forward to




72 EDITOR’S CHOICE Health-themed goodies and

gadgets to spend your money on

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Issue 382 / 4 – 18 January 2019


28 COURSES AND CLASSES Local workshops to fuel

the creative in you

66 HEALTH AND HAPPINESS Treats designed to

restore and rejuvenate mind, body and soul

98 BATH LIVES Audrey Swindells MBE


77 BUSINESS INSIDER Who’s making a mark on the

corporate scene in the city?


88 RESIDENCE It would only be natural to fall in love


with this bright, sunny abode




98 Editor Lisa Evans Deputy Editor Harriet Noble Managing Editor Deri Robins Senior Art Editor Andrew Richmond Graphic Design Megan Allison Cover Design Trevor Gilham Editor’s Photo Bonnie Rose Contributors David Flatman, Sophie-Claire McLeod, Nic Bottomley, Angela Mount Group Advertising Manager Pat White Deputy Advertising Manager Justine Walker justine.walker@ Account Manager Annabel North Sales Executive Polly Jackson Sales Executive Dan Nichols Production/Distribution Manager Sarah Kingston Deputy Production Manager Kirstie Howe Production Designer Matt Gynn Chief Executive Jane Ingham Chief Executive Greg Ingham Bath Life MediaClash, Circus Mews House, Circus Mews, Bath BA1 2PW 01225 475800 @The MediaClash © All rights reserved. May not be reproduced without written permission of MediaClash. We’re a Bath-based publisher, creative agency and event organiser Magazines Our portfolio of regional magazines celebrates the best of local living: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Salisbury. We also publish foodie mag Crumbs (, @CrumbsMag). Agency From the design and build of websites to digital marketing and creating company magazines, we can help. Events We create, market, promote and operate a wide variety of events both for MediaClash and our clients Contact:




ABOVE: A womenswear look by Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton RIGHT: A menswear look by Kim Jones for Dior Men

Students from Bath Spa University joined Maisie Williams, best known for her role as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones, for an inspiring talk on creative industries, entrepreneurship and individuality recently. The event, which was the first leg of her university tour, gave students the opportunity to hear first-hand how Maisie broke into the creative industries in her teens and became an international TV star by the age of 21, and how she is now venturing into tech entrepreneurship. Maisie talked about why she co-founded an app – named Daisie – with business partner Dom Santry, and how creative, talented students, like those at Bath Spa University, can benefit from the platform. Daisie offers young people the opportunity to network, share

and collaborate on creative projects – helping to bypass some of the obstacles that can prevent new talent from gaining valuable experience and recognition. “Previous to Daisie, success in the creative industries has been wholly dependent on luck and ‘ins’ to the industry,” says Maisie. “Daisie introduces a new way into the creative world – through connections made organically and the natural development of your skills, propelling individuals to the next level. We’re so excited to facilitate the future of creative collaboration.” For more:

Maisie Williams wowing the crowds

Charity Fashion

FASHION TALKS The Fashion Museum Bath is pleased to announce that looks from two designers have been chosen for its prestigious annual accolade, Dress of the Year. The two Dress of the Year 2018 ensembles, as chosen by Alexander Fury – fashion features director of AnOther magazine and Men’s Critic of the Financial Times – are a womenswear look by Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton, and a menswear look by Kim Jones from his début collection for Dior Men. “The overarching idea behind these choices is to reflect the influence and importance of history – vital to fashion throughout its existence, and also very much tied to how I write, and how I consider fashion,” says Alexander. Rosemary Harden, fashion museum curator adds, “Not only does the choice of these two stunning ensembles address the trends and a prevailing narrative in fashion just at the moment – with ideas of gender fluidity and women’s clothes for men and men’s clothes for women – but it also references concepts of history and tradition, with two of the most exciting and innovative designers in fashion today working for revered and long-established Paris fashion houses.” For more:



The eighth Bike Bath will take place on 30 June 2019 at the Bath Recreation Ground when 1,500 riders from across the region will cycle to raise money for local charities, including Bath-based Mentoring Plus. Organised by cycling experts Iconic Cycling Events, the popular annual sportive is sponsored by Redrow Homes and regional company HPH Property. The event is also supported by many local businesses – who enter teams or support the event with local produce – including Bath Ales and Barbers Cheese. “Bike Bath has become Cycling gloriousness a much-loved annual event where a cycling community of keen club riders, enthusiasts and families come together to ride in the glorious countryside around Bath,” says Richard Best of Iconic Cycling Events. “The goodwill of all those involved – from sponsors and supporters to food producers – helps us to achieve a positive and lasting impact for active lifestyles, great charities, local businesses and the economy of the area.” For more:

SCENE T H E L AT E S T A DV E N T U R E S I N PA R T Y- GO I N G AC ROSS BAT H Emily Corbett and Sam Conybeare

Matt Powell and Alison Watson Ellie Carpenter and Rachel Davies

Helen Helme and Pete Helme

Adam Lloyd-Smith, Rowena Hunt and Andy Fuller

Ryan Perry, Zara Perry, Amanda Brown and Simon Brown


Lizzie Heffer, Les Redwood and Kerri Lawrence

The recent Bath Life Winter Reception was a truly festive occasion, with friends old and new coming together to enjoy an evening of wine and canapés at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa. A huge thanks to all our guests, readers and supporters – here’s to an utterly fabulous 2019. Photos by Chris Daw Continued until page 14

Wendy Vander Woerd and Robert Vander Woerd


Claire Hunton and Henry Hunton

Tim Stuckes and James Portman

Janey Abbott and Gary Robinson

Richard Cherry, Nick Woodhouse and Fiona Daymond Sarah Bailey and guest

Kerrianne Gauld, Loraine Morgan-Brinkhurst and Alex Brown

Finn Moss and Joe Grimes Jenny Gower, Philippa May and Alex Flatman

Henrietta Atkins, Emma Rose and Corrina Cockayne Tracy Chapman and Carole Banwell

David MacKenzie and Alex MacKenzie

Nick Thirsk and Vicky Lopez-Thirsk I BATH LIFE I 11

Joel Bugg and Julian Drew Claire Rendall, Peter Stewart and Martin Pelling

Janet Meadowcroft, Isabel Saiz, Graham Outram and Stephen Paul

Nicola McHale and Jane Cambell-Howard

Jonathan R. Stapleton, Anthea Webb, Suzanne Thurlow and Ann Ross

Jessica Lloyd-Smith and Annie Moss


Mel Taylor, Andrew Taylor and Samantha Walker

Laura Brewster and Solange Foster Lambert

Joanna Crosse and Jacqui Griffiths

Ian Bellamy and Chris Oakhall


David Ghent and Angela Ghent

Dom Beaven and Ali Beaven

Mason Pollock, Reuben Collings, Lloyd Maycock, Kalvin Simmons, Declan Gray, Zak Hudson and Lloyd Hudson

Sarah Bryant, Robert Sawyer, Sheila Sawyer and Sarah Moore Amanda Cherry and Tim Moss

Olive Webb and Lynne Cunningham

Nick Oliver and Maria Mwaitenda

Ajay Chathley and Priya Chathley

Cherie-Ann Dexter, Simon Jones and Greg Harris

Julie Cooper and Tracey Parkinson I BATH LIFE I 13


Secil Fuller and Rebekka Gardner

Leanne Barrington, Tara Passmore and Brenda Arter

Rosie Nottage and Lucy King

Natasha Townsend and Clive Hathaway

Casey Thomas and Rose James

Elle Chappell, Simon Wainewright and Joe Stais Olivia Coleman and Nicole De Villiers


Stuart Matson and Bradley Bailey

Mike Oram and Margaret Davidson

Emma Bollen and Matthew Bollen


Richard Hall, Yasemin Hall and Ian Taylor

Sarah Ellis, Robin Matson and Rachel Hotham

Kit Harding Rupert Bendell, Della Oliver and Carys Webb


It was a winter wonderland setting for the Thrings annual Christmas party. Surrounded by twinkling lights and festive decoration, with everyone enjoying fabulous Christmas food and drink, and the delights of a very special singing duo in the shape of a reindeer and camel. Photos by Beata Cosgrove

Joana Abreu Jackson, Chantelle Johnston, Lizzie Heffer and Jessica Simm Steve Barrett, Colin Scragg and Tom Lowe

Andrew Taylor and Simon Holdsworth Tony Perry, Deborah Perry, Richard Madley, Sian Swift and Matt Pegler


David Allen and Yani Fernando


Amy Scammell, Paul Willis and Ian Donaldson

Ellie Mackenzie and Giles Harling

Bernice McKenna, Danica Clements and Luke Cleary


Pratibha Mistry and Ros Trotman Anna Christie and Alice Alrounyan

Acorn and Savills hosted a drinks reception at their show apartment in Hope House for property professionals in the region. Guests enjoyed bubbles and an array of warming fare, including Stilton and pear crostini, and mini Yorkshire puddings with roast beef. Photos by Harriet Noble

David Taylor, Dianna Taylor and Ian Bellamy

Chris Jenkins and Debbie Jenkins Nick Thomas, Richard Whittington and Tony Best

Kate Pennington, Andrea Goodship, Gabrielle Sica and Naomi Weston


Aquae Sulis celebrated 20 years since Dr Ian Bellamy acquired the dental practice. Guests enjoyed fizz and canapés, and Ian Bellamy made a small speech, thanking everyone for attending and reflecting on his two decades in Bath and at Aquae Sulis. Photos by Philip Field


Steve Wiltshire, Christine Wiltshire, Mike Wiltshire and Sue Clark


Art lovers soaking up the exhibition

Councillor Alan Hale

Kirsten Elliot


The Victoria Art gallery held a launch party for the exhibition by Bath artist Nick Cudworth of Bath Night Paintings 2003-18. There was a drinks reception in the main gallery prior to the opening of the exhibition, and councillor Alan Hale made an opening speech. Among those attending was special guest, author Jamila Gavin – writer of the book and stage play Coram Boy. After the reception, family and close friends went to dine in the Italian restaurant Aqua on Walcot Street. Photos by Nick Cole

Jenny Cudworth, Nick Cudworth and Jonathan Cudworth

Alan Dorrington

Nickie Portman

Alyse Miller and Eline Meurs

Lou Bartlett Erica Martin, Sarah Pridham and Jo Brown


Fashion boutique store Portman celebrated their first year in Bath with a prosecco and shopping event. Guests enjoyed an Astoria Rose prosecco called Fashion Victim. Photos by Marco Di Piero


Kerry Millichap-Merrick and Rossella Brugiotti

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To health with it Flats reckons, as it’s the new year, we should all take simple steps to feel better every day



“We all need to be able to cut loose here and there, otherwise what’s the point?”

eing healthy can mean a zillion different things to a zillion different people. To this end, I often find myself glaring enviously at my beloved dogs. Those smug little beasts have no idea how lucky they are, I say to myself in my internal Sir David Attenborough voice, to want for so little and to be given all of it by a member of another species who just decided to meet their every need. When their body clocks tell them they’re peckish, a large bowl of smelly chow clangs onto the floor and they pound in to inhale it. When they sense a build-up of physical energy, they see me putting on my wellies and grabbing the ropes that will keep them roughly to heel, they wheelspin to the front door, ready to have their batteries drained. Fancy a cuddle and a scratch – a bit of affection – and one human or another’s hand will reach down and administer some love on call. Simple wants, all met. Those lucky mutts. For the rest of us, taking proper care of ourselves can be far more complicated and may need a good deal of thought and action to achieve. Some of the requirements, though, are as simple as those shared by our unknowing pets. Eating well is an obvious one, but a great diet can be hard to achieve and to maintain – I certainly could do better! This is to do with planning, and not shopping when starving, and devoting a portion of your discretionary time to the fuel that powers you every day. As for knowledge, well, Google means that you don’t really need much, in truth.

Then there’s exercise, and this is the bit that frustrates me most of all when considering the wellbeing of the general public, as it’s so easily achieved – you can just walk out the door. Over years in professional sport I took for granted the positive effect of regular exercise, just doing my job like everyone else. Once I retired and effectively stopped training, though, things went downhill. Not just my body, either, but my mind. I’ve never quite felt those supposed endorphins that are meant to flood the system post-workout, so I wouldn’t know what they feel like. I have, though, realised that making the effort to take exercise, and to try a bit while doing it, can offer one a small but cumulative sense of pride. It also, in its simplest sense, releases energy, energy that can lead to one’s mind flying to places it doesn’t need to visit. The food thing, too, isn’t all about the food. It’s about gradually taking more and more pride in how you treat yourself, and it augments self-respect. There needs to be a balance when we talk about health, as we all need to be able to cut loose here and there, otherwise what’s the point? But in the main, prioritising yourself and feeling good in your body and mind will make you feel better every day, for ever. Just like those lucky old dogs. Which reminds me, they don’t care about rain, so here we go.

David Flatman is an ex-Bath and England rugby star turned TV pundit and rent-o-mic. Follow him on Twitter @davidflatman I BATH LIFE I 23



If you’re looking to pick up a new hobby or skill, discover the creative, hands-on courses, classes and workshops in and around Bath By Lisa Evans




t’s time for New Year’s resolutions, so if you’re ready to try your hand at something you’ve always wanted to do, read on to find out what arty, crafty, life-enhancing workshops await in the city and beyond. From floristry, weaving, life-drawing and upholstery, to mosaic-making, cocktail-mixing, macramé and origami, here are the inventive masterclasses we would personally recommend…


A flower school for beginners through to green-fingered pros, this is a relaxed environment in which sharing knowledge, experience and passion for plants is the priority. Wherever possible, they use flowers grown only a few miles from the centre of Bath. “All the local flower farmers we work with have actually studied with us at Tallulah Rose, so it’s great to be able to support their flourishing businesses,” says Rachel Wardley, founder and director. “We’d recommend our classes because learning a new skill inspires, presents a new challenge, and, in the case of flowers, is therapy too. This month, we’ll celebrate our 10th birthday; and, as we look back, we’re very proud to have played a part in so many new, inspiring and successful florist businesses from around the world.” Upcoming dates: 7 – 18 January (a two-week course); 29 – 31 January (a three-day introductory course); 26 January (a free open day); 4 February – 1 March (four-week career change course). Starting price: £95 28 Milsom Street, Bath;


This is one of the few weaving companies in the UK that has a working traditional loom in the store, where the public can see live weaving taking place up-close. The shop showcases the handmade wares of Katherine Fraser, who works with natural fibres to create fashion and interior items. This year, she’s hosting weave taster sessions alongside comprehensive lessons for people wanting to set up a loom from scratch or want to further their knowledge. “Lots of people have such high-


Rose Flower School works with flowers grown a few miles from Bath’s city centre

“Arts and crafts are undeniably proven to improve mental, social and emotional wellbeing” I BATH LIFE I 29


ABOVE: Try a weaving taster session at Katherine Fraser

RIGHT: A life-drawing class (with wine) at the British Art Salon could make for an interesting Monday night

pressure lives now, and trying something creative is such a great way to relax,” says Katherine. “We have lots of people commenting at the end of sessions that it is such a lovely way to unwind.” Upcoming dates: 23 February, and 5, 9 and 23 March. Courses are four or eight hours’ long. Starting price: £60 74 Walcot Street, Bath;


At this independent art gallery, expect nude life-drawing classes with music and drinks. “It’s a stress-free atmosphere for complete beginners to professional artists, and we offer guidance and advice throughout,” says Katie Constantine, gallery assistant. “We’re quite a sociable group; one attending couple mentioned it was a nice way to meet people as they were new to the area.” Price: £12 a session Upcoming dates: The two-hour evening classes start on 7 January, and continue every other Monday night. 21 Broad Street, Bath;


At Bath College, expect a range of hundreds of adult leisure courses – from upholstery, metalwork and interior design, to cake-decorating, printmaking and ceramics – to fit around your day-to-day life. “Our courses start again from January through to March,” says Anna Dawson, Love2Learn coordinator. “Why not make a resolution to learn something new for 2019? There are so many reasons to try a new course here – be it for mental wellbeing, or to meet new people.”


Emma Leith’s mosaic and crochet classes are described as “pamper days for the soul”

Upcoming dates: Courses start from 14 January, and the first Saturday courses of 2019 are on 2 March. The classes run in the evenings, daytime and weekends. These can be 10-week classes or one-off days. Starting price: £50 Avon Street, Bath;


Artist Emma Leith teaches one-to-one crochet masterclasses, and also runs regular mosaic classes from her studio in Box. Her work is fuelled by her love of colour and texture, and her outrageously colourful studio is packed full of inspiration. “Described as a pamper day for the soul, each mosaic class begins with tea and cake while I walk you through the design process and show you how to cut and ‘nibble’ tiles,” she says. “All materials are provided and include an array of glass, china and ceramic pieces.” Upcoming dates: Mosaic classes – which include no more than six people, and last for three hours – run on 26 January, 2 and 10 February, and 9 and 16 March. Emma also hosts a free, two-hour crochet group on the first Wednesday of every month at Hall & Woodhouse, Bath. White Cottage, Devizes Road, Box;


“Our mission is to change lives through art” THE HOLBURNE MUSEUM

Inside an amazing building, which brings some of the best old and new art to Bath, you can go along to lectures, workshops and classes, usually inspired by their seasonal programming. “The Holburne’s mission is to change lives through art,” says Christina Parker, head of learning. “We believe that engaging with art improves everyone’s lives. You can dip in for a talk for an hour, or spend a whole day or weekend with us.” Upcoming dates: 16 February (a six-hour sketching and print-making workshop); 13 April – 14 April (a two-day course in drawing and painting the city of Bath, on foot). Starting price: £60 Great Pulteney Street, Bath;



Bath College’s Love2Learn courses range from metalwork to upholstery. Pictured is a piece by student Gwyn Chanter I BATH LIFE I 33

© fiona Murr ay Photogr aphy

courses and classes

“The steady tempo of the potter’s wheel is the perfect antidote to life’s hectic rush” Julia Davey Ceramics

This independent home and giftware shop sells its own collections while promoting individual artisans and running a diverse range of arts and crafts workshops. “We have a small area at the back of the shop dedicated to holding small workshops for up to six people to learn a specific craft or skill,” says Julia Davey, owner. “Maybe craft is your long-lost hobby? We think you should give it a go again this year and revive your inner artist; after all, arts and crafts are undeniably proven to improve mental, social and emotional wellbeing.” Upcoming dates: 5 January (lino-cutting introduction); 11 and 26 January (needle punch workshop); 12 January (drawing class, and introduction to houseplants); 26 January (macramé); 9 February (Valentine wreath-making); 23 February (brush lettering). The classes usually run for up to two hours. Starting price: £25 20 Wellsway, Bear Flat, Bath,

Elisabeth Barry Ceramics

If you fancy the thought of throwing pots (‘throwing’ coming from the Old English term, meaning ‘to turn’, referring to the spinning action of a wheel), then you might like to try a taster session – which includes throwing, firing and glazing – at Elisabeth Barry’s ceramics studio. “People normally surprise themselves by what they achieve,” says Elisabeth. “The steady tempo of the potter’s wheel is the perfect antidote to life’s hectic rush, and potters are the nicest people.” Upcoming dates: The one-to-one workshops run year-round, on weekdays and weekends to suit the individual, and last for two and a half hours. Starting price: £75 Brick Cottage Studio, Pound Lane, Oakhill;

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Try a one-to-one ceramics workshop with potter Elisabeth Barry

COURSES AND CLASSES THIS IMAGE, AND BELOW: Create & Bloom’s workshops range from gin cocktail masterclasses to macramé, candle-making and house plant styling

“Lots of people have such highpressure lives now, and trying something creative is such a great way to relax” CREATE & BLOOM

New for 2019, Create & Bloom has been set up by two local makers – Hayley Breen of GeoAttic, and Kate Clark of Planty Kate – who wanted to create a space that invites people to learn unique crafts, as well as help local modern makers develop their own businesses. “We will be offering a variety of workshops, including geometric himmeli-making, macramé, house plant and floral styling, ceramics, screen-printing, candle-making, paper craft, textile design and gin cocktail masterclasses.” says Hayley. “There is nothing more satisfying than taking time out to focus on making something unique and desirable for your own home or for yourself.” Upcoming dates: 2 February (himmeli jewellery class); 2 February (gin masterclass); 8 February (himmeli heart class); 15 February (stamp-




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“There is nothing more satisfying than taking time out to focus on making something unique and desirable for your own home”


COURSES AND CLASSES printing shopping bags and tea towels); 23 February (pottery class); 23 February (candle-making). Workshops will range from one-hour-long, to half and whole days. Private parties and events are also available. Starting price: £25 1 Claremont Terrace, Camden Road, Bath;


Inside this mainly botanical-themed hub of artisan homeware, fine antiques and creative floristry, you’ll discover workshops revolving around such topics as lampshade-making, linocut print-making, origami, candle-pouring, bouquet-making and flower-drying. “Gain real one-to-one knowledge from someone with years of experience, in an authentic way,” says Lucy Simon, owner. “People take away new skills from attending our workshops, and we get so many people returning to us, which is a good sign. In addition to our Bath shop, we have recently opened a second, much bigger, premises in a restored old bank in Castle Cary, Somerset.” Upcoming dates: 22 January (drying and arranging flowers); 29 January (living wreaths for spring); 5 February (candle-making); 19 February (making linen lampshades). The courses are between one and a half and two hours’ long, and include either tea and cake or lunch. Starting price: £55. n 3 Bartlett Street, Bath, and 37 High Street, Castle Cary (workshops are held at the latter);

LOCALS LOVE We asked local creatives to name their favourite courses and classes in the area that tempt them… “The Makery has really great workshops; I would also love to take a calligraphy workshop at Meticulous Ink.” Katherine Fraser at Katherine Fraser on Walcot Street “Rossiters were running furniture-painting workshops that looked interesting; there’s salsa at Walcot House on a Tuesday, which is always a bit of fun; and LittleLab will do a personalised workshop if you need a hand with any make-up tricks.” Katie Constantine at British Art Salon on Broad Street “I want to take a class at Demuths Cookery School or at my recent discovery, Noya’s Kitchen.” Elisabeth Barry at Elisabeth Barry Ceramics in Oakhill “I am starting a one-year diploma in upholstery with Joanna Heptinstall at The Traditional Upholstery Studio in Holt.” Julia Davey at Julia Davey Ceramics in Bear Flat

There’s not only floral styling on offer at Article; you can also try your hand at skills such as lampshade-making and origami

“I would love to try out some of the evening classes on offer at Bath College, such as textile design and jewellery-making. We also love the look of the floristry classes at Tallulah Rose Flower School.” Hayley Breen at Create & Bloom on Camden Road I BATH LIFE I 39

the arts s n a p s h o t s o f b at h ’ s c u lt u r a l l i f e

BOLD MOVE Richard Alston has been in the business of dance for 50 years. Known for his trademark lyrical style, he is one of the most celebrated choreographers of the modern age. He will mark his half-century with a programme of world premieres, choreographered by himself and associate choreographer Martin Lawrance. The performance will include Alston’s Brahms Hungarian Dances, set to the hugely popular Brahms pieces, featuring live solo pianist Jason Ridgway, where the dancers are carried along by fast steps and an abandoned fervour. Richard Alston fans take note – his dance company announced that it will close in 2020, and this will be their penultimate tour.

© Chris Nash

The Richard Alston Dance Company will be performing at the Theatre Royal Bath, 25 – 26 January. For more: I BATH LIFE I 41


5 January –26 January

Artworks by David Ringsell can be seen at the RUH

EXHIBITIONS GAINSBOROUGH AND THE THEATRE Celebrity, naturalism, performance and friendship are the themes in this exhibition, which showcases Gainsborough’s portraits of actors, managers, musicians, playwrights, designers, dancers and critics of the 1760s-80s. Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, 11am5pm Sunday; general admission £12.50; The Holburne Museum;

communicated the flood history of the river Avon through installations, puppetry performance and participatory workshops for communities. This range of evidence-based, flood-inspired artworks produced throughout the project will engage RUH Bath patients, visitors and staff on stories of the great flood of 1968 but also show the river as an asset and as a core element of its social history. 8am-8pm Monday-Sunday; Art at the Heart of the RUH, Central Gallery;

Until 31 January

Until 17 February

Until 20 January

RIVER IS THE VENUE This exhibition showcases the work of local artists who have


NICK CUDWORTH: BATH NIGHT PAINTINGS Nick presents over 20 of his Bath

night paintings in the form of giclée prints on stretched canvas. The artist’s eye for the effect of light on colour ensures visitors will want to explore the city’s beautiful buildings after dark. 10.30am-5pm; Victoria Art Gallery;

Until 17 February

ON PAPER All the artworks in this exhibition are made from paper, used as a material in its own right rather than merely a surface to be painted or drawn upon. Among the leading artists featured are Damien Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein, Bridget Riley, Gillian Ayres and Eduardo Paolozzi. 10.30am-5pm; Victoria Art Gallery;

PLAYS/ SHOWS 8 – 26 January

CRIMES ON THE NILE Belgian detective extraordinaire Artemis Arinae is set to enjoy a holiday cruise along the river Nile when tragedy strikes once more. All the passengers and staff aboard are suspects, and the murder count is growing. Will Arinae’s little grey cells identify the murderer in time? Following 2018’s sell-out smash hit Crimes Under the Sun, Bath’s very own theatre company New Old Friends returns with another comedy thriller before heading out on a large national tour.


Various times and prices; Ustinov Studio;

15 – 19 January

RAIN MAN Two brothers, one destiny. Based on the Oscar-winning film, Bill Kenwright presents the Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company’s inaugural production of Rain Man, the funny and touching drama. Various times and prices; Theatre Royal Bath; ABOVE:

Print making at The Makery LEFT: Nick Cudworth’s Moon over Bathwick Hill can be seen at Victoria Art Gallery BELOW: Moscow City Ballet will be performing The Nutcracker at the Theatre Royal Bath

20 – 23 January

THE NUTCRACKER This enchanting ballet tells the story of Clara’s magical adventure with her Nutcracker Prince. and his battles with the Mouse King in the beautiful Kingdom of Flowers, Set to Tchaikovsky’s celebrated score. Various times and prices; Theatre Royal Bath;

25 – 26 January

RICHARD ALSTON DANCE COMPANY Richard Alston has been making dance for 50 years. He will celebrate his half-century with a programme full of his trademark lyrical choreography performed by the Richard Alston Dance Company.For more details see page page 41. Various times and prices; Theatre Royal Bath;

MUSIC 10 January

DAMIAN WILSON AND ADAM WAKEMAN The pair will play songs from their individual back catalogues and artists they have worked with, along with tracks from their joint albums, intertwined with stories and memories from their extensive touring careers. 8pm; £15; Chapel Arts Centre;

12 January

SON YAMBU The band play authentic ‘Son Cubano’ or Cuban son – the essential Afro-Cuban music that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba at the turn of the last century. This is a mainly dancing event, with tables and chairs only down the sides of the auditorium – so bring your dancing shoes. 8pm; £15; Chapel Arts Centre;

17 January

JACK BROADBENT Jack Broadbent has spent the past year wowing international audiences with his unique blend of virtuosic acoustic and slide guitar, and poignant folk- and bluesinspired vocals. Expect warmth, humour and energy that has electrified audiences worldwide. 7.30pm; £16; Komedia;


Until 6 January

BATH ON ICE The whopping ice rink measures in at 1000m2, so there will be plenty of space for those keen to glide. On site is Moguls Alpine Bar, serving hot mulled wine, and wood-fired pizzas. 11.45am-10pm weekdays, 10.30am10pm weekends; various prices; Royal Victoria Park;

Until 6 January

GLOW-IN-THE-DARK MINI-GOLF The 18-hole course will be lit up in full splendour, with glow-in-the-dark balls, mist and atmospheric lighting. 11.45am-10pm weekdays, 10.30am-10pm weekends; various prices; Royal Victoria Park;

Until 13 January

THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL It’s 1792 and the French Revolution is in full swing. Expect witty wordplay, brave women, notso-brave men, hysterical double disguises, elaborate hoaxes, poodles aplenty and very, very high wigs in this classic tale. Various times and prices; the egg;

Until 13 January

PETER PAN Don’t miss the classic tale of the boy who never grew up. Expect a swash-buckling and unmissable Christmas treat with flying CGI special effects and all the traditional ingredients that make pantomimes so special. Various times and prices; Theatre Royal Bath;

Until 20 January

SNOW MOUSE Winter has arrived and the woods are covered in white. A child hurries to put on their winter clothes so I BATH LIFE I 43


they can run outside and play in a sparkly new world. An enchanting tale full of adventure the little ones will love. Various times and prices; the egg;

16 – 20 January

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK Join Bath Drama for their special centenary production of the muchloved children’s story. Journey with Jack Trott, his brother Silly Billy, Dame Trott, the magical Fairy, the fiery Princess Rose, and Daisy the tap-dancing cow as they do battle against the evil Giant Blunderbore and his wife, Mrs Plunder. 7.30pm; Rondo Theatre;

24 – 26 January

OTHER 7 January

AN INTRODUCTION TO BREAD-MAKING WITH RICHARD BERTINET Learn how to make and work the dough to create a range of breads from a white to an olive dough. By the end of the day, you will have created fougasse, tin loaves, bread sticks and focaccia among other food treats. Includes a bounteous lunch with wine. 10am-4pm; £250; The Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School;

13 January

LEARN PRINT MAKING Create your own unique design using traditional lino block printing. You can print onto fabric, paper or card. You’ll then take home your print, along with your lino cut so that you can make more prints when you get home. 2pm-4.30pm; £35; The Makery;

14 January

AN EVENING WITH CLIVE ARROWSMITH Join the internationally acclaimed photographer for an entertaining evening of wine and food. Listen to Clive talk about the fascinating world of fashion and rock photography. 6:30pm arrival for 7pm start; £40; No.15 Great Pulteney n

ABOVE: Dracula will be performed at the egg RIGHT: Damien Hirst’s Relationships, 1991, box, glass, water, ping-pong ball and certificate can be seen at Victoria Art Gallery BELOW: The Richard Alston Dance Company will be performing at the Theatre Royal Bath


BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA Bath Theatre Academy’s final year students present a retelling of Bram Stoker’s peerless Gothic masterpiece, told at a crossroads of human evolution. Various times and prices; the egg;

Make dishes which take around 30 minutes to prepare and cook, saving you time and effort in the kitchen. Expect to make recipes such as pad Thai, jackfruit noodle salad and Vietnamese squash curry. 10pm-2pm; £95; Demuths;

INSIDE MAKING A MURDERER – PART 2 Join Brendan Dassey’s postconviction lawyers Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin as they discuss coerced and false confessions, interrogation tactics, and the wrongful conviction of Brendan Dassey, whose case and postconviction process has captivated the world in the smash Netflix documentary Making a Murderer 2.s 7.30pm; £25; Komedia;

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e’re finally into the new year, which means everyone should be heading to the cinema; after all, new year means new fantastic films. We’re starting the year with three very different biopics – from an iconic comedy duo struggle to maintain relevance, to a father grappling to cope with his son’s addictions. First up, we have Stan & Ollie. Previewing late last year, it’s sure to be a popular one. It depicts the melancholy twilight years of comedy gods Laurel & Hardy. With a mixture of sadness and sweetness, we follow the iconic duo’s little-known final chapter. 1952 was a low point in the pair’s careers; now out of fashion in Hollywood, their relationship is strained and they’re in need of making money again, so Stan (Steve Coogan) and Ollie (John C. Reilly) embark on a British tour, but are greeted with painfully sparse audiences. The pair accept the measly theatre gigs, second-division theatres and the miserable weather, despite the fact that even their manager seems to have lost interest in them. Things aren’t made easier when their wives come to England to be with them. Protective Lucille Hardy (Shirley Henderson) and the imperious, arrogant Ida Laurel (Nina Arianda), both act almost as the speaker for each man, voicing the secret resentments that are bubbling inside their heads, but are too polite to say to each other, eventually causing a furious row. Coogan and Reilly give very convincing portrayals of Laurel & Hardy. The portraits are closely observed and detailed, especially

considering they capture both the screen personas and also fabricate subtle, more natural personas off the stage. These skilful impersonations can only be achieved by exceptional actors; Coogan’s and Reilly’s obvious love for the originals clearly improves their performance, making them extremely watchable. Next up, we have exhilarating Colette. Playing the titular character, Keira Knightley is captivating, playing her coolness and intelligence with incredible charm. Set in 19th-century France, Gabrielle Colette is a country girl with humble beginnings who is whisked away into marriage by a literary entrepreneur, simply known as Willy (Dominic West). Willy relocates them to Paris, and, though she marries him for love, Colette openly shows disdain for the pretentious nature of the Parisian snobbish society. At first, Colette is willing to become a ghostwriter for her seemingly adoring husband under his name. The ‘Claudine’ novels she pens, based on her life, fly off the shelves, garnering fame and success for Willy, as he claims responsibility. The success of the novels only leads to Willy becoming financially reckless, landing the couple in debt. He demands Colette to keep writing, even going to the extent of locking her in her room to keep her captive. This of course doesn’t sit well with Colette, nor does it last long. She finds her voice and embarks on an emancipated and exotic lifestyle, and fights for her right to creative ownership of the ‘Claudine’ novels that are truly hers. Director Wash Westmoreland expertly captures the fascinating, irrepressible and independent spirit possessed by Colette, the acclaimed author, actress and journalist.

“New year means new fantastic films”

Westmoreland masterfully highlights the transformation of Colette as she becomes liberated, creating a complex, confident and remarkable maverick on the big screen. I would suggest seeing this incredible biopic of this groundbreaking woman sooner rather than later. Lastly, we have compelling and touching true drama Beautiful Boy. Based on the two memoirs by father and son duo David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy follows David’s (Steve Carell) struggle to cope with his son Nic’s (Timothée Chalamet) addiction to crystal meth. Told in an intriguing time-jumping format, we see David realising that his 18-year-old son has been living a secret life. He tries to help, but Nic is resistant, and stints in rehab do little to steer Nic away from the destructive path he’s on. There are many uncomfortable truths about addiction and the way that we deal with those who are addicted. Though expertly acted by both leads, it is clear that Chalamet’s talents shine through the most. He gets to scream and cry in incredibly raw scenes, and confesses things from the depths of his soul, that makes for compelling viewing, all while being the most attractive screen drug addict we’ve seen for a while. This film is definitely emotional and showcases constant disappointments – addiction, followed by rehab, followed by relapse again, and again, making it easy to sympathise with both sides. I would highly recommend bringing a box of tissues to watch this powerful and emotive film. Sophie-Claire McLeod is duty and marketing manager at The Little Theatre, 1–2 St Michael’s Place; 01225 466822; I BATH LIFE I 51

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Classic collection Nic Bottomley recommends some of the great books that have stood the test of time

“Sometimes, in the world of classics, the author is wellknown but the book is not”


he new year always gets me thinking about classics. It’s not that every year I resolve to read more classics, but I do always begin the year with them higher on my radar. With the whole reading year ahead of me, it just feels inevitable that I’ll be able to enjoy some of the great books that have stood the test of time, in between making new discoveries. When I embark on the search for a classic to read though, that test of time phrase isn’t really legitimate nowadays. The curators of the publishing imprints that focus on classics have long since exhausted all the ones that have truly not seen their appeal dwindle with time. Now publishers are in the business of searching high and low for ‘classics’ we’ve forgotten were ‘classics’, or for books that have so far just been considered ‘old’ but should now be reframed as ‘classics’. Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow (Penguin, £9.99) is a kaleidoscopic true classic that weaves together often nameless fictional characters and real personalities to give a portrait of a tumultuous, exhilarating and multi-cultural city. What is real and what is imagined doesn’t feel important once you are drawn into the interaction between the characters. Houdini meets the fictional Little Boy after his fancy automobile tangles with a lamp post outside the boy’s home in affluent Westchester. Later, the same escapist tries out his skills during a visit to the jail where Harry K Thaw is languishing, accused of murdering his wife’s lover. While Thaw awaits trial, his socialite wife, Evelyn Nesbitt, has a new infatuation: a young migrant girl who helps her father sell silhouette pictures in the Lower East Side that they’ve made their home since arriving with the ragged masses via Ellis Island. Ragtime, first published in 1975, is impressionistic but captivating to read. It darts between its many characters along the criss-crossing lines that connect them, showing us the stark rich/poor divide along the way. We see the chaos of this period of huge population growth as a myriad of different nationalities distil their food, culture and beliefs into crammed downtown neighbourhoods. And while those new

societies develop, the higher echelons concern themselves with similar dramas but against a backdrop of extreme comfort. Sticking with America, if Ragtime is a celebration of how a city’s character can be made up of the heritage and behaviour of its varied inhabitants, then Roots, by Alex Haley (Vintage, £10.99), published just one year later, looks at the similarly complex make-up of a single family. The novel commences in the C18 as Kunta Kinte is transported as a slave from his Gambian home to Virginia in the young United States. This epic family saga then spins through many generations of the family that Kunta establishes after marrying his master’s cook, with his descendants eventually escaping slavery and moving into farming with increasing affluence. Just like Ragtime, there’s a confusion here between what is real and what is true, because although he’s written a novel, Haley used his own research into his family history as the basis for his characters and timeline. Again though, the thin line between reality and fiction is irrelevant to the reader who can just experience a moving, dramatic and incredibly informative historical novel that has been rightly resurrected here in the UK. Sometimes, in the world of classics, the author is well-known but the book is not. Take Flush by Virginia Woolf (Penguin, £8.99), which has recently been reissued with a vibrant cover that nods to its subject matter, if you look carefully enough. Yet another mix of fact and fiction, this is Virginia Woolf ’s somewhat unlikely biography of the cocker spaniel pet of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning. This is Woolf at her wittiest as she observes the ups and downs of the poets’ lives and courtship from the imagined perspective of their loyal, if sometimes slightly put-out, dog. A ‘classic’ example of just how varied classics can be and how it needn’t be a worthy or arduous task to weave a few books by the great novelists into your early-year reading schedule. Nic Bottomley is the general manager of Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, 14/15 John Street, Bath; 01225 331155; I BATH LIFE I 53

THE BECKFORD BOTTLE SHOP You don’t need to be a vino expert to enjoy well-chosen bottles at this modern wine shop with old-fashioned values. Oh, and you must try the food, too... By Lisa Evans


itting down for drinks at a new wine shop featuring 250 carefully selected bottles from around the world, including many not available anywhere else, I worried I’d be at risk of a puffed-up, orotund bombardment of lectures about mouth-feels and tannins, but asking for a recommendation at The Beckford Bottle Shop goes something like this... Me: “What white would you recommend to go with these small plates I’m going to order?” Friendly waitress: “I’ve got just the thing.” That’s it. She went away, and came back with a bottle of Hen & Chicken chardonnay, poured it with a smile, and tottered off. Had I asked her to wax lyrical, I suppose she would have transformed, butterfly-like, into an enthusiastic oenophile with oodles to say, but the simplistic, to-the-point way in which we were assisted is the kind of no-frills service I want after a busy day at the


office. And the wine was good. I’m light on detail about it, but detail isn’t really what’s important, it’s the taste, so I’m not even going to worry about adjectives. The team, thankfully, believes that wine shouldn’t be intimidating or too serious to choose or buy, and that it should be enjoyed in a lovely environment with tasty accompaniments to hand – although you can just buy a bottle to take home, if you wish, too. The simple rule is, they say, you should always buy what you like, but it can be rewarding to try something new, too. BBS only opened in Bath, on Saville Row, next to the Bath Assembly Rooms, in October, but it’s had a lot of practise in the lead-up, what with its smaller venue in Tisbury. Our local version is huge; it’s comprised of a row of buildings knocked together – the extensive refurbishment of which we at Bath Life had a front-row seat to, being neighbours – which makes for a multipurpose site in which you’ll find tastefully chic and


characterful areas flowing from one to the next, including a wine shop, a stylish subterranean gentleman’s club-esque cellar lounge, a private dining room, seductively candle-lit tasting rooms, and a cheese and charcuterie counter. Obviously we weren’t going to bypass the food menu, so, between the two of us, we chose eight small-plate options to enjoy with our full glasses. Refreshingly, the menu isn’t all meats and cheeses, it’s much more substantial than that. In fact, if we didn’t know any better, we’d have said food was the primary focus here, not the wine. You can tell the menu isn’t just thrown together so that tipsy customers can line their stomachs, it’s well thought-out and inventive. The long, dippable marrow fritti, for example, were golden, perfectly crisp on the outside and tender in the middle, and were given their sparkle by a generous pot of posh aioli for dredging. And the crunchy-at-the-edges chickpea and harissa pancake on a tomatoey bed was so good we ordered two. The amber Bath chaps – pork cheeks, a regional speciality associated with Georgian Bath – with Bramley apple sauce was another star dish, and the fat portion of buffalo milk burrata paired its milky sweetness with the crunch of crushed, toasted pistachios, and was as comforting as it was naughty. There was also thick, creamy smoked cods’ roe with balsamic onions, served with wafer-thin, rustic-looking crackers, plus there was a bowl of meaty green olives, and hunks of warm sourdough with lashings of butter. There was more on the menu that we wished we had room in our bellies to try – like the beetroot with ricotta and hazelnuts; the creamed leaks with Westcombe cheddar; the octopus with chorizo and black bean stew; and the red wine-glazed ox cheek with horseradish – but it’s the perfect justification to come back for round two (and three, and four, etcetera). We finished by sharing an intense, rich affogato, all we had room for, although the madeleines and the ice cream sandwich will be calling my name until my return. So do come here for wine – especially if you relish a laid-back, unpretentious approach to good vino – but I urge you not to leave without trying the food. I guarantee you’ll be coming back for more. n

“Do come here for wine, but I urge you not to leave without trying the food” DINING DETAILS The Beckford Bottle Shop, 5-8 Saville Row, Bath, BA1 2QP; 01225 809302; In a nutshell A modern wine shop and smallplate tasting rooms with old-fashioned values We ate Marrow fritti; chickpea and harissa pancakes; Bath chaps; burrata with toasted pistachios; smoked cods’ roe; and affogato Vegetarian options A great array, with over half of the menu being suitable for plantbased eaters Drinks As well as 250 wines to chose from – to drink in or takeaway – there are also craft beers, ciders and spirits Prices Cheese and charcuterie £3 – £8; small plates £4 – £9; desserts £3 – £6 The interior Sexy and sophisticated Service Laid-back, fuss-free, sociable I BATH LIFE I 57

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SIP SIP, HOORAY It’s the new year, so it’s time for new wine, says Angela Mount


new year brings mixed emotions with it – for many, the prospect of a cold winter ahead, with the end of the festive season; and for others, a chance to do a clean sweep, put the past year behind, look forward to what’s to come, and have a fresh start. Health is always a big focus in January, with gyms at their busiest, and diet books top sellers. It has an impact on the wine world too, as people choose to give up for a few weeks, or reduce calories. But think about it… in, arguably, the bleakest month of the year, why deprive yourself of the little pleasures in life? It’s actually the month to cheer up in front of a log fire with a warming glass of red, and treat yourself for getting through another January day. My theory for wine – and the occasional gin treat – this month, is ‘less, but better’, and to look for wines with slightly lower alcohol levels; I don’t mean those ghastly alcohol-free wines, but there’s a big difference between 11 per cent and 15 per cent, so it’s worth checking the back labels. Less alcohol, fewer calories. I’ve been looking for top tips to keep us happy through this month; I’ve also been looking for some of the best value to ease the strain on the post-Christmas pocket. You don’t have to dismiss bubbles in January – it’s probably when we need them most. Just pick carefully; for budget bubbles, as an alternative to the ubiquitous prosecco, head over the east of northern Italy, Modena, home of that old ’80s favourite Lambrusco. Don’t dismiss, think again, as true honest Lambrusco – not the sweet, sickly stuff – is making a revival. From one of

“In the bleakest month of the year, why deprive yourself of the little pleasures in life?”

the oldest wineries near Modena comes the ebullient, effervescent, ruby red Lambrusco di Modena (£13.95), with its mass of red berry and morello cherry flavours, just begging to burst out of the glass. It’s great with a platter of charcuterie or a bowl of pasta. Or try its sister, Pignoletto Extra Dry Castelvetro (£13.95), which is crisp, with hints of meadow flowers and lively citrus and a creamy edge. Another great favourite, well worth a try, is the simply delightfully sweet, yet super fresh Moscato d’Asti ‘Moncucco’ (£11.25), at a mere 5.5 per cent alcohol. Bright grape flavours, heady flower aromas, and a lovely lively zestiness make it a perfectly light, sweet treat. For still wines, I’m veering to Europe, as the wines generally tend to have slightly lower alcohol than the New World. This doesn’t mean there is any less flavour, just lots of subtlety and elegance. To keep it light, give Quinta da Lixa Vinho Verde (£8.95) a try; low in price and alcohol, at just 11 per cent, it’s tonguetinglingly refreshing, jam-packed with vibrant, lime and elderflower notes, and great with healthy seafood or fish. Another top bargain would be Les Granges de Feline Picpoul/Sauvignon Blanc (£8.25), a fabulous blend of fennel-scented Picpoul, with the fresh herbal tang of Sauvignon. We all need one great-value warming white, and in my case it’s Les Mougeottes Chardonnay (£9.95), the taste of decent Burgundy at a fraction of the price – featuring apples, cream and toasted hazelnuts. My top trio of great-value reds have to be: Biferno Rosso Riserva (£8.95), an absolute stormer from southern Italy, with a warming, velvety feel, black cherry fruit and a little edge of mocha, perfect for midweek pasta; for a glass of rich, voluptuous red that won’t break the budget, look no further than Domaines Brusset, Cotes du Ventoux (£9.95), from the Rhône, with evocative scents of blackberries, black pepper and a hint of liquorice, which will suit anything from bangers and mash to roast lamb; and, finally, my indulgent by-theroaring-fire option is Vina Falernia Carmenere Reserva (£9.95), a rich, dense, brooding red from the very north of Chile, made in the Amarone style. Spirits are notoriously high in alcohol, but if you mix them with a decent quality low-calorie tonic or soft drink (Great Western Wine stock a broad range of Fever Tree), it won’t do too much damage; however, I recently discovered the Seedlip range of naturally distilled, nonalcohol spirits – apparently the world’s first – and they certainly don’t purport to be gins, with no juniper in the mix. They solve an intrinsic dilemma, lots of flavour, no alcohol. Naturally distilled with aromatics, herbs and spices, The Seedlip Garden 108 (£28), with its fresh, herbal, zesty and citrus tang will be delicious for summer, but for this month’s cold nights, go for the Seedlip Spice 94 (£28), wafting heavily exotic aromas of winter spices, lemon peel and cardamom. Mix it with a top-notch ginger ale, for that added tang, and you have a warming, spicy drink, infused with character to cheer the mood. It’s all about flavour, and ‘less, but better’ this January. Enjoy, and Happy New Year! ■ All drinks featured are available at Great Western Wine, Wells Road, Bath. Angela Mount is a Bath-based wine writer, presenter and international judge who had her taste buds insured for £10million during her tenure as one of the country’s leading supermarket wine buyers. She works with wine producers, chefs and distributors. For more, visit I BATH LIFE I 59


Just beet it This recipe – from Castle Farm Café in Midford – is perfect for those cold January days when you want something tasty, fresh and healthy Salt-baked heritage beetroots, curd, pickled gooseberries, smoked rapeseed and almond vinaigrette Serves 4

Ingredients Beetroots, 1kg (different types, preferably the same sizes to help with cooking times) Salt Curd (or buy ricotta or ewe’s curd – we recommend Homewood Cheeses or cashew cheese from Bath Culture House) 2 litres of organic full fat milk 1-2 lemons 1 tbs vinegar Salt Almond and rapeseed vinaigrette A handful of whole almonds, lightly toasted 100ml Fussels smoked rapeseed oil (can be substituted for your favourite oil) Salt and pepper 1 tbs apple cider vinegar

Pickled gooseberries 50g gooseberries (or any other sharp fruit or berry) 100ml water 50ml cider vinegar 50g sugar 1 bay leaf Method Beetroots Wash, scrub and dry the beetroot. Place on a saltcovered baking tray (approx 1cm thick) Roast them in the oven at 160ºC (fan) until they are cooked through (pierce with a skewer to check). Once cooled, cut into whatever shape and sizes you like. Keep them slightly warm or at room temperature when serving. Curd This can be done a day or so in advance. Pour the milk in a saucepan and gently bring it to the boil. Once it begins to boil, stir in the vinegar and lemon juice and turn off the heat. Leave the milk for 15-30 minutes to allow it to separate and start to create the curd.

Strain through a cheese cloth or a fine strainer (a new pair of tights will also work). Season it with salt, and refrigerate until it’s time to use. Vinaigrette This can be prepared in advance, just combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Pickled gooseberries Start by making the pickle liquor. Combine all the ingredients (except the gooseberries) and gently heat in a pan. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat and allow to cool. Once cool, add the clean gooseberries and store them in an airtight jar until you want to use them. They will last for months in the fridge. To serve The key is just to have an even amount of each of the components and flavours on the plate. This dish can be eaten as a starter, snack, or a sharing salad, so assemble it in any way you like. I BATH LIFE I 61

CLOCKWISE: Donkey carrots at Acorn; a cooked breakfast at Rooted; a pea and mint, beetroot and butter bean, and muhammara dip-plate at Cascara


The vegetarian and vegan scene in Bath is positively flourishing – with new places popping up all over the city

By Harriet Noble


hether you follow a strict plantbased diet or not, this is the season when filling up on hearty, healthy food is just what our bodies are craving. And these days the choice is so broad and varied, you never feel like you are missing out. Here we chat to the owners of some of Bath’s veggie-friendly eateries to find out what’s on the menu this year. CASCARA, UPPER BOROUGH WALLS Sus Davy, owner

You’ve recently taken over the business; tell us about the new offering...

We want to be a place for friends to catch up, grab a coffee, food or just a cake; it’s a relaxed space to feel at ease and forget any stresses. We have a neutral colour scheme around the café with a few plants to create an earthy feel. Our menu is simple but should please the ‘just a


little peckish’ to ‘staving hungry’ folk. What’s on the menu?

For the colder days, I love our homemade smoky beans – they’re warming, filling and have a little kick of chilli. For sunny days, our three-dip plate is a winner. What makes your establishment unique?

While we are fully vegan, most of our menu is also gluten free – or can be altered so it is GF. We are also the only place in town with a focus on dips. Anything exciting in the pipeline?

More good food and coffee. I’m already excited for the spring produce. We’ll hopefully have some supper clubs during the warmer months too.

ACORN, NORTH PARADE PASSAGE Richard Buckley, owner Tell us about your restaurant

We like to cook refined food from plants. Rather than thinking of ourselves as veggie or vegan, taking away the meat and trying to either supplement it or work with what is left, we start with the plant and see what its culinary potential is. Eating at Acorn is relaxed and informal, but it is able to provide for the special occasion a little more than a normal vegan café. Tell us about some favourite dishes on the menu...

I love our “whole cauliflower” which is designed to show the full culinary potential of the cauliflower. I also love our donkey carrot starter, which is meant to show how even the humblest of veg can be special.

FOOD & DRINK There’s a growing veggie scene in Bath – what makes your establishment stand out?

We love plants; we are vegan by default, but what really gets us going is working with beautiful plants. We are lucky enough to be the only vegan restaurant in the country in the Michelin Guide 2019 as well as the Good Food Guide 2019. We won the Trencherman’s Award for Creativity and Innovation 2019, against such eateries as Restaurant Nathan Outlaw and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen. What can we look forward to in 2019?

We’ll be mostly working out the kinks and ensuring that we keep innovating and getting better. A great restaurant delivers great food day after day, no matter what the weather or who is tired; this has to be our goal for the next 12 months.

TOP: One of Castle Farm Café’s warming dishes BELOW: Acorn’s presentation is exquisite

BOTTOM: Gluten-free Earl Grey tea loaf from Cascara

ROOTS & SHOOTS, BRUNEL SQUARE Andrew McMahon and Matt Craig

Roots and shoots has recently opened up. Tell us all about it...

It’s somewhere between a café, coffee shop, deli and a takeaway. We have a few seats inside and a cosy outside space, so it keeps that informal feel. Bath has a steadily growing vegan and plant-based food scene but there’s not loads of quick and convenient options that cater for the health-conscious and people with dietary requirements. What can people expect when they come into Roots & Shoots?

Tasty, healthy food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We are friendly and chatty and will hopefully have you coming back for more. It’s cosy and there is always a nice stew, soup or baked sweet potato to warm you up. What are you serving at the moment?

A variety of Indian and Moroccan bites and different types of seitan – served in wraps, hot salads and our special fusion boxes. We also have homemade soups, a delicious mac and cheese, and wholesome one-pot dishes from around the world. What does 2019 have in store for you?

We have plans for corporate office lunches, late-night weekend takeaway, and evening workshops combined with taster menus. We’re lucky to have a really talented team working with us – all passionate foodies who share our ethical ideals and vision. Instagram: rootsandshootscafe ROOTED, NEWBRIDGE ROAD Nicholas Peter, head chef and owner

What do you want the ‘experience’ of eating at your restaurant to be like?

As well as the promise of top nutritious food, the café has strong environmental credentials. Everything in Rooted is built by hand from recycled wood, and food waste is composted through local farms. Tempt us with your menu...

Our full Indian breakfast is by far the best way to tackle the day, and our bubble and squeak is fast becoming a must. What makes your restaurant that little bit different?

We embrace our multicultural British heritage, with a strong ethos to seasonal eating, and dishes from North Africa to South America. Anything in the pipeline?

Catering for two vegan weddings; a collaboration with Health Gyms UK; and a health book with nutritionist Rob Suchet.


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The popular annual festival, happening at Bath Pavilion, makes a welcome return, bringing an array of award-winning ciders for all to try, as well as cheese platters and warming pork rolls to delve into. It promises to be a truly West Country affair with entertainment coming in the form of the Mangled Wurzels. The event takes place over the weekend of the 8 and 9 February and people are advised to book early as this festival often sells out.

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Lucknam Park hosts regular foodie courses

COURSE YOU CAN There’s good news for anyone on a quest to find the ultimate burger. Lucknam Park

has teamed up with London restaurant Bar Boulud at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, for a half-day cooking course on how to make the perfect burger. The course will take place at the cookery school onsite at Lucknam Park and will be run by Bar Boulud’s new executive chef John Barber. Those on the course will make four to five dishes including a perfect brioche bun and one of the famed Bar Boulud burgers. Those attending the course will receive tea and coffee, pastries, lunch, a recipe folder, and a cookery school bag. Courses are available on 26 January. For more:

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Lashings of cider will be on tap for thirsty Bathonians

FOOD AND DRINK EVENTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2019 • Somerset Vegan Festival – 6 April Green Park Station; • Bath Vegan Festival – 20 July Bath Pavilion; • The Gin and Rum Festival – 9/10 August Bath Pavilion; I BATH LIFE I 65

Luxury awaits behind every door of The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

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With the season of excess over, January is quite rightly the time to be kind to yourself. But this means different things to different people. Whether you’re craving a luxurious massage, some much-needed meditation, or the ultimate spin class with a difference, explore what’s going on in Bath – that will make you feel like you again...

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WELLNESS Anything else?

Take afternoon tea in the glorious hotel gardens, or, if the weather isn’t playing ball, in the gorgeous restaurant. Spa days at Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, Calne What’s in store?

A range of luxury pamper days designed to help you unwind and escape the stress of everyday life, all of which give you access to the infinity pool, Jacuzzi, crystal steam room, rock sauna, aromatherapy showers and gym. What’s popular?

Enjoy the warm herbal poultices, massaged into the back, at No. 15 Great Pulteney


Massage experience at Homewood Park Hotel & Spa, Freshford What’s the treat?

The vitality top-to-toe experience in the spa at Homewood can be tailored to 60, 90 or 120 minutes and comprises a relaxing massage with a renewing facial. A treatment which releases toxins, reduces fatigue and restores strength, it uses detoxing juniper berry and invigorating lemongrass to boost energy levels, enhance your mood and improve sluggish circulation.

“Each class is designed to improve mental focus to recharge your life”

The brunchtime spa-day package includes full use of the spa facilities – the thermal area, the infinity pool and the gym – as well as a 30-minute treatment and a choice of brunch classics, from smoked Salmon on wholemeal toast with smashed avocado, to grilled Belgianstyle waffle, smoked bacon and maple syrup. “It is the post-school-run spa day, tailormade for mums on the go or those looking to start the day with a leisurely swim and a sensual treatment followed by a late breakfast/ early lunch,” says Claire Church, marketing executive at Bowood Hotel. Detox package at No.15 Great Pulteney, Bath What’s in store?

This special spa includes three ila treatments each, from a glowing radiance organic facial to a balancing back treatment, incorporating ancient marma therapy and warm herbal poultices massaged into the back of the body, as well as an energising and detoxifying scrub.

Anything else?

“We’d recommend guests to Homewood make the most of our facilities – a hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and heated outdoor swimming pool – and have a wander around our 10-acres of gardens and grounds, before warming up with a herbal tea or hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire,” says Sarah Morris, Homewood spa manager. ‘In Your Element’ Spa Retreat at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath What’s in store?

As part of this relaxing two-night retreat, you will each have full use of The Spa & Bath House and a one-hour treatment. Tempt us...

“The Bath House offers the ultimate experience of tranquillity, peace and escapism,” says Mary Stringer, marketing manager at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa. “There’s a herb and blossom steam room, a Himalayan salt-infused sauna, and a relaxing vitality whirlpool.”

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WELLNESS The three treatments offer the complete holistic experience to rebalance body, mind and soul. Why will it hit the spot?

“A dip in the cedar wood hot tub and a stint in the sauna, beneath the pavements of Great Pulteney Street, are both perfect ways to relax and feel your shoulders drop,” says Sarah Morris, manager at Spa 15. Winter Spa Day at The Garden Spa by L’Occitane at The Bath Priory, Weston Road

Rowena Hunt offers yoga classes for pregnant women

What does the Spa day include?

A 60-minute treatment (choose from a L’Occitane discovery back massage and facial, a shea nurturing massage, or a shea nourishing comfort facial), a delicious two-course lunch in The Pantry, a glass of champagne, and full use of the spa facilities including robe, slippers and towels. What else...

Sink into a sumptuous sofa in front of one of the hotel’s roaring open fires.

RESTORE Wellbeing, yoga and breathing classes with Rowena Hunt, various locations in Bath What’s on offer?

Avocado on toast, part of the brunch package at Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort

Wellness consultant, yoga and breath teacher Rowena Hunt provides a range of classes tailored and adjusted to suit each individual body. Each class is designed to shift energy, bring strength and balance, combat stress and improve mental focus to recharge your life. What classes are lined up for the new year?

Lots, including yoga practices for pregnant women, with specific movement and breathing techniques to allow your pregnancy to be stronger, softer and more comfortable. Also available are classes which will involve learning mind, body and breath techniques that you can use in your daily life in order to bring balance back to your life and to live in line with your ideals and life goals. Yoga, meditation and wellbeing workshops at The Hive, Beehive Yard What is the Hive?

Rowena Hunt’s yoga and movement classes

This new studio offers a healthy mix of yoga, meditation and wellbeing workshops for adults, children, young people and families, and is backed by Lucy Aston, the founder of local children’s yoga company Yogadoo, and Bex Thibault, a yoga and sound therapist. “The ethos of the space is ‘live, breathe, fly’, and despite us all having busy, buzzing I BATH LIFE I 69


A fitness class at Toniq

lives, this will be a place you can have time for yourself,” says Lucy. “Encouraging everyone to think of the planet, The Hive will encourage use of reusable drinks bottles and gives all members a ‘seed bomb’ to plant, which will grow flowers to keep our bees happy.”

What does it offer?

What’s in store?

Any cool extras?

All manner of yoga and wellbeing classes, from early in the morning-to late. There will also be seasonal, creative and contemporary workshops at weekends. Anything else?

They run 45-minute lunchtime classes during the week, making it the perfect slot for busy workers.


Zest Bootcamp, Alexandra Park What’s it all about...

Zest offers friendly, fresh-air fitness classes that are suitable for all abilities and aim to make group exercise enjoyable no matter your age. What else?

The 45-minute classes involve a mixture of exercise, including bodyweight training, core exercise, fitness boxing, equipment and stretching. Zita Alves, the experienced personal trainer is passionate about helping people feel healthier, fitter and happier through regular movement outdoors. Spin Village, Milsom Street What is it?

A boutique indoor cycling studio.


The Relaxation Suite at The Bath Priory where you can have a range of treatments

Pay-as-you-ride classes, which include an app, in-studio audio, performance-tracking tech, complimentary cycling shoes, face towels, and use of high-end changing facilities. They have Dyson hairdryers and GHD straighteners, so you can go straight from cycling to cocktails. Toniq, Green Park Road What is it?

It’s a fitness community, offering the best in group exercise, mindfulness, nutrition advice and support. What is the vibe?

Enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea at “Every class has friendly and Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort experienced trainers who guide and support each and every person to get the best from a safe workout,” says Charlie Bird, owner. “Class sizes are controlled to make sure everyone gets the focus they deserve.”

What are they offering?

Classes focusing on everything from weights to cardio, as well as a weekly yoga classes and classes on nutrition and wellbeing. Any other reasons to go?

Once a month, they have a members social, and the last class of the day is to their live, in-house DJ, who then continues the party with gin and tonics (or toniqs?) for all.

“The last class of the day is to the tunes of an in-house DJ, and the party continues with G&Ts for all”

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As it’s January, here’s our pick of health- and wellbeing-related goodies which might help you shake off that Christmas excess

THE JUICE COLLECTIVE BOTTLES, £3.95 EACH Cold-pressed, nutritious juices which, all-importantly, actually do taste delicious Available in Bath at: Society Café, The Green Bird Cafe, Harvest, Widcombe Deli and Good Day Cafe;


SCENTED CANDLE, FROM £8.50 When you want to switch off and create a calm atmosphere in the home, light one of these hand-poured, plant-wax candles, and relax From Limelight Bath;

PLANTY KATE SOAPS, £6 EACH These handmade soaps – which come in fragrances such as cardamom and orange, and lemongras and patchouli – are all natural From Leak, 3 Larkhall Square, Bath;

CAUDALIE HERBAL TEA, £10 This organic blend contains five healthgiving plant ingredients that promote drainage and can aid weight loss From Frontlinestyle, Monmouth Street, Bath;

AVOCADO NECKLACE, £21 Good enough to eat, this silver-plated Estella Bartlett necklace celebrates everyone’s favourite superfood From Vinegar Hill, 16 Milsom Street, Bath;


CHILLY’S WATER BOTTLES, FROM £20 Reusable and sustainable, these bottles will keep water ice-cold for up to 24 hours From Rossiters of Bath, 38-41 Broad Street, Bath;

BRIGHTENING FACIAL EXFOLIATOR, £30 Exclusive in Bath to Radiance Wellbeing is the Made for Life Organics brand. Their exfoliator gently buffs the skin to reveal a glowing complexion, leaving it detoxified and clear From Radiance Wellbeing, 2 New Bond Street Place, Bath;

BRASS OIL BURNER, £120 The first object in the Aesop Home range, this burner, weighing a substantial one kilogram, will infuse your space with scent and elegance Aesop, 16 New Bond Street, Bath;

CO-ORD ‘LEAF’ SET, £65 This activewear two-piece set features a cropped top and sculpting highwaist leggings in a vibrant print, designed for style and substance From Boudavida, 17 Milsom Place, Milsom Street, Bath; I BATH LIFE I 73



Leading nutritional therapist comes to Bath The story behind OAKMEAD CLINIC


utritional therapist Helen Adams left behind a successful career in the financial services sector to follow her passion – helping others to live happy and healthy lives through good nutrition. The 59 year old set up Oakmead Clinic after she told her personal story to her hairdresser who remarked she ought to turn her extensive knowledge into a business to help others. “I realised that was exactly what I should do,” says Helen and Oakmead Clinic, based in Wiltshire was created. This month Helen is also launching her new weekly clinic in Bath to support local people. There Helen offers personalised health programmes, health MOTs and a complimentary 30-minute discovery consultation. She will also be launching some small group courses around healthy eating and weight loss in February. So why did Helen leave the world of IT and make such a change in her life and career?

“The truth is I developed my knowledge through necessity," Helen says. “My son, now 23, was born four weeks’ premature and had digestive issues from birth. It was a constant struggle for him and for us to help him eat and live healthily. “When he was 11 years old he became very, very sick. After a year of being pushed from pillar to post with no answers or solutions to his problem, we paid to see a consultant and he was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome.” Helen started to explore how she could help her son Tom get better and started to educate herself. “My research suggested homeopathy and nutrition were the two areas with the most potential to help Tom and also, for me, the most logical. I looked at biochemistry and after trial and error, with Tom eating very little we found one food which helped him more than any other. Red peppers. They have more vitamin C than an orange, they taste sweet and many children don’t see them as vegetables.

“Discovering this was a turning point. Tom regularly eats red peppers and that one food helped him – and us – to improve his quality of life.” Helen will be running her Bath clinic sessions from the Nourish Nutritional Therapy Centre, 33 Gay Street, Bath, BA1 2NT between 8am and 1pm every Tuesday from 8 January. She is qualified in functional medicine, and has diplomas in naturopathic nutrition and kinesiology. ■

Contact Helen via her website or call 07799 431612

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BUSINESSINSIDER Our pick of the most exciting, intriguing or important local business stories right now Lisa Chatterton, business manager at London College of Fashion with Kilver Court’s Roger Saul and Freddie Saul and comedian Russell Kane

The award-winning Kilver Court

chairman of the UK Fashion and Textile Association, and KPMG’s head of retail, makes this new title all the more special.” For more:


For the first time in its 18-year history, the Bath Christmas Market encompassed Milsom Street, and organisers have reported that this new extension was a huge success. “The feedback from many of the businesses in Milsom Street and the surrounding area who have benefited from the increase in footfall has been extremely positive,” says Craig Jenkins, executive chairman. Visitors have commented on the great atmosphere and enjoyment of exploring Milsom Street, traffic-free. We will certainly be looking to return in 2019.” For more:



Shopping destination Kilver Court Designer Village, Somerset, has won the National Shopping Centre of the Year category in the Drapers Awards 2018. The shopping destination, which was created by Mulberry founder and English designer Roger Saul, beat off many of the big guns in the industry, such as Westfield and Meadowhall, to walk away with the coveted title. The judges identified with Kilver’s ethos of creating a retail concept where the customer experience is at the very core, with a

carefully updated and curated offer, saying that the centre has developed a customer-centric proposition and is an inspirational place to shop, with a great range of fashion, food, events and garden options to draw the customers in. “We are so delighted to win this award – it’s a huge accolade to all the brands and the team at Kilver who work so hard to help us achieve this kind of recognition,” says CEO Freddie Saul. “What’s more, the fact that the judging panel consisted of industry heavyweights such as the CEO of The British Fashion Council, the The market was bigger than ever in 2018

Curo has just welcomed the 100th homeowners at Mulberry Park, its award-winning development of 700 homes, community facilities and open spaces in south Bath. Alicia, Ian and their son Lucas moved in to a four-bedroom townhouse on the main avenue at Mulberry Park recently. The family were welcomed at Mulberry Park by Curo sales director, Lisa Howells. “We’re delighted that our 100th customers have joined the thriving new community at Mulberry Park and we wish the young family all the best for the future in their beautiful home,” says Lisa. For more:

Mulberry Park celebrating their 100th homeowners, with balloons – naturally


There’s still just enough time to enter the Bath Life Awards – but hurry, nominations close on 10 January. Barely two months remain until the prestigious Bath Life Awards on 28 February, and nominations are in full flow. With the panel of independent judges recently revealed, nominations open and just a few category sponsorships remaining, excitement for the glittering Bath Life Awards ceremony is building towards a record-breaking 2019. For the second year running, no tickets have gone on open sale, with all restricted to finalists – and sponsors – only after incredibly high demand. Finalists will be announced on 15 January, to coincide with tickets going on sale. Sponsors and finalists will be invited to a special reception event on 29 January. The Bath Life Awards are headline sponsored by The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa. For more:

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in their new recruits. Sourcing exceptional individuals is hugely rewarding as Juice always believes in people not paper. Finding that ideal person who is going to go above and beyond to make a real difference to our clients business is fantastic – I love this. And what are the challenges of your line of work? We have seen so many challenges over the past 20 years, but I would say the most immediate challenge we are facing is the war on talent and the transient workforce. Employees are in demand, and this demand is not creating the longevity of employment and commitment required for individuals to demonstrate a solid career path.


Juice recruitment has just celebrated 20 years in business. We caught up with managing director EMMA SUMMERS, to talk starting up, how to get that job, and the importance of pizza pay day Tell us about your business... What started as an idea of how to create a fresh new offering in Bath’s recruitment market has now become a leading name across the South West. Think brand, culture, quality not quantity, and an attention to detail that extends through everything we do – from the hands-on source and selection process, to our second-tonone interview consultation, coupled with the exemplary customer service we provide to our clients. You started this business 20 years ago with one office – you now have five different offices around the South West. Was it always the dream to build an empire? I recall when I set out on my own, it was exceedingly exciting but also very daunting. I had worked in a traditional industry sector for four years and felt the industry required a fresh new approach. Right from the beginning, I was keen for Juice to be focused on customer relations, alongside a 78 I BATH LIFE I

distinctive brand, culture and very strong values of passion, enthusiasm, honesty and integrity. You have offices in Bath, Swindon, Cheltenham, Bristol and Trowbridge – how do they differ? They are really very different and this was quite a learning curve when setting up our second branch. You have a great model but it must be adaptable to the market you are working within. The industry sectors will vary and they will influence the demand for different skill sets. Bath – where Juice started – is a great place to do business. Everyone is so warm and welcoming, and networking in Bath is an absolute joy, we all love it. What do you find satisfying about job? To work with many of the South West's most prolific brands is hugely satisfying. I thoroughly enjoy meeting business owners, and really understanding what they are seeking

You are your own boss – what are the advantages and disadvantages of this? It gives you so much freedom and flexibility to make your own decisions along with an absolute passion and desire to drive the business. On the other hand, any challenges will ultimately be your responsibility and it is imperative that you always put your customers first. I am a great believer in customer loyalty, and this, alongside our brand and culture, has stood us in great stead over the past two decades. What top tips would you give someone looking for a job? Looking for a new role can sometimes be daunting, but I feel it is imperative for individuals to have a really good understanding of what they are seeking from their job search – do they know how they can shine? Research your interested market places, understand the offering, why do you feel you would be good for this company – what can you bring and how can you add value? It is important to tailor yourself to an organisation that is of interest to you. Research the business, understand the businesses’ core values. Have passion, enthusiasm and belief in yourself, and be prepared to really demonstrate why this role and organisation is for you. What are the most common mistakes people make when applying for a job? It is all in the preparation. Like anything in life, if you want something you have to work hard to go and get it. This is the same for securing that ideal role. Research, preparation and presentation is everything.

What are the qualities that people are looking for when they recruit someone? An employer will firstly look at a candidate’s skill set and those skills which are transferable. This is often seen at the CV stage. An employer at interview, will then identify an individual’s commitment, motivation, long-term career plans, personality and culture fit to their business. This is why it is imperative that a candidate researches and prepares for that allimportant interview, so they can mirror their potential employer’s business requirements. The world of jobs is precarious – supply and demand for jobs changes all the time. How do you manage this? I feel it is imperative to really thoroughly and continually understand the market you are working in. In previous years, it has been clientled, and we are now very much in a candidate-led market. Educating our clients and candidates of the everchanging arena is essential in order that they are always best placed to secure that ideal role or candidate. What kind of manager do you aim to be? I always aim to provide individuals with the absolute belief that they can achieve great things at Juice. I am a very positive person who engages the team, motivating them to win. Each quarter, we get together to recognise both individual and branch achievements. This, along with our ‘wind up Mondays’ (team briefs and big lattes) and our ‘wine down Fridays’ (end-of-week debrief over wine and beers), as well as incentives such as pizza pay day, really help to reinforce that the Juice team is well and truly looked after. What are you most proud of professionally? What started as a logo and set of core values of how a recruitment business should operate, has become a wellknown name across the South West. I am proud of what Juice has achieved but we still have lots more to follow... And personally? It goes without saying, my two darling children, Caspar and Coco. They truly are amazing, and when you get notes on your shopping list from both of them saying ‘I love you, Mum’, my goodness, I adore them. For more:



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9 JANUARY STRATEGY AND PLANNING WORKSHOP This workshop will outline the steps you need to take to move closer to your goals and help you understand some of the challenges you could face in transforming your business. 9am-5pm; Bath and County Club;

Alison Oliver being inducted into the Hall of Fame for Sport by Stephen Baddeley

HALL OF FAME Alison Oliver recently returned to the world-class Sports Training Village that she helped to establish to be inducted into the University of Bath Hall of Fame for Sport. Alison, now chief executive of the Youth Sport Trust, was part of the team that delivered the initial presentation and subsequent lotteryfunding and planning applications for the £30 million STV during her time as deputy director of sport at the university from 1998 to 2004. The facility has since gone on to be home to Olympic, Paralympic and World Champions, several national governing bodies and a thriving student and community sporting hub, with more than 1.6 million visits to the STV every year. Alison also created new academic courses, including the Higher National Diploma for Sport, now the foundation degree in Sports Performance, and – as a keen netball supporter – was involved in securing a Superleague franchise at 80 I BATH LIFE I

Team Bath in 2004 that has gone on to be the most successful in the competition’s history. “If you cut me in the middle, I am blue and gold through and through, and I want to say a huge thank you to Team Bath and the University of Bath for recognising my role in the University family in this way,” says Alison, who was joined by her proud parents at the induction. “Bath turned me from a PE teacher with a passion for netball and a love for playing sport into someone who truly understood the power of sport to change lives. Team Bath changes lives – I watched lives changing while I was here and my life was changed by being here. Alison is the 23rd inductee into the Hall of Fame for Sport, which was established in 2014 to recognise the outstanding contribution made by athletes, coaches and administrators to sport at the University of Bath and Team Bath.


10 JANUARY BRIGHT BUSINESS GROUP Working breakfast for friendly, effective, business networking. A chance to establish meaningful relationships with the people that matter most to your business, while providing support, and aspirations to build stronger, fairer ethics concerning local businesses. 6.45am-8.45am; Cheese & Grain, Frome; 11 JANUARY EFFECTIVE SALES PROPOSAL WRITING WITH SIMON HARES This session is for anyone who is looking to develop their sales skills. Simon will be exploring ways to represent yourself in writing clearly and authentically so that your sales proposals offer the best possible opportunity for conversion. 8am-9am; Glove Factory Studios, Bradford on Avon; 15 JANUARY NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES The National Landlords Association is hosting an event, with talks on mortgage updates and legislative news. 6.30pm-9.30pm; Kingswood Sports Pavilion; 28 JANUARY BATH LIFE BUSINESS CLUB WITH GEOFF RICH Networking, lunch and a talk by managing partner of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Geoff Rich, who will be talking about the Bath Abbey Footprint Project. 12am-2.30pm; The Royal Crescent;

Star solicitor Raquel Ugalde


A solicitor at Bath law firm Stone King has won a Worldwide Excellence Award having achieved the highest mark in an international qualification. Raquel Ugalde, a member of Stone King’s specialist international and cross-border team, is one of the students to score the top mark in the Society of Trustee and Estate Practitioners Advanced Certificate in Cross-Border Estates, a specialist legal qualification on cross-border estate planning and succession. STEP Worldwide administers the Worldwide Excellence Awards twice a year to recognise the top-scoring student at distinction level. “I am honoured to have scored the highest mark in this paper,” says Raquel. “The advanced certificate was understandably very difficult but it has helped my professional development and ability to advise clients with confidence.”


Bath-headquartered law firm Royds Withy King has launched three online pricing calculators to help individuals and businesses to estimate their legal costs in relation to conveyancing, debt recovery and probate. The calculators have been launched in response to new rules on pricing and transparency, which came into effect recently. “Despite resistance from some parts of the legal sector, we think the SRA’s new rules on pricing and transparency are a good thing, enabling clients to evaluate their options and make more informed decisions,” says Graham Street, managing partner at Royds Withy King.





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OPERATIONS MANAGER, CMD RECRUITMENT LTD 01225 805080 / 07500 262721 What sets you apart from other recruitment companies? We have two directors who still after 14 years; eat, sleep and breath recruitment and are very market aware. So rather than expecting unachievable KPI’s and figures in a tough market, they sit and listen to team ideas and then use this information to motivate and get results.

How long have you worked in recruitment? Gosh – getting on for seven years now… I started on an industrial desk in Exeter. Which employment sectors are growing? Without a shadow of a doubt it’s technical, artificial intelligence, cyber security…it’s endless. To think that in around two decades robots are predicted to absorb 40% of the people-operated roles we have today is incomprehensible. What advice would you give to an employer? Listen, engage, look after. I read a book a couple of years ago called Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work. I nodded along with each page I turned. If you treat your staff well, care about them, their professional and personal development, listen to what

What are the misconceptions about recruitment? That our job is easy and how we must just make lots of money for not doing a lot. This couldn’t be further from the truth as we work with people who are often some of the most unpredictable commodities and with everyone looking for a work life balance, its sometimes a case of putting all the pieces in the jigsaw together for their job search. How big is your team? Across the four offices I have a team of over 30; it’s a good spread of skilled consultants meaning continuity on all areas. Most of my team have worked for the nationals so I say we bring national standards to a leading independent agency. What advice would you give to an employer? Spend time and invest in your recruiter as the more they know about you and the way you operate, the better matched people they will be able to find, cutting down on time in the interview process and in the long term, actually saving time and money. Tell us what your company does for charity or the community? Each year we select one charity or local community project to support and in 2018 it was The Devizes Opportunity Centre which we raised over £8000 for.


they say and understand that what works for one person, won’t work for everyone then I’m sure companies’ retention rates would sky rocket. It’s proven that with an engaged workforce, productivity and profitability increases.

myself a financial services professional. I’ve interpreted regulation, spoken to clients and built and managed teams at one of the UK’s largest investment platforms. My experience has proved invaluable when talking to candidates about companies and vacancies; I can provide true insight, and I’m better placed to assess their suitability. Recruiting firms appreciate working with someone who understands their industry, and as a business-owner I’m motivated to deliver exceptional client service.


What sectors do you recruit for? Our firm specialises in financial services recruitment, with a focus on investment platforms. Why should companies use you as an agent to find their staff? Despite being a recruiter, I still consider

What is your career highlight? Despite spending much of my time knee-deep in the FCA handbook and overseeing teams responsible for billions of pounds of client assets, my career highlight has undoubtedly been recruiting and helping people develop and flourish in their career. It’s why I became a recruiter. I enjoy encouraging others to consider working in a sector that they might otherwise have overlooked.


they are looking for). Our clients all have high expectations for their household staff and it is always our aim to provide them with the very best. How big is your team? There are 12 of us in total – seven in Bath and five in London.


01225 484190; What sets you apart from other recruitment companies? We never cold call. As a niche agency we are very lucky that the majority of our clients come to us from word of mouth recommendations or are repeat clients. We are very selective with regards to the candidates we register and have thorough vetting procedures – rejecting probably about 80% of applications. It is really crucial that our candidates have excellent references and a proven track record in childcare or working in a private home (depending on what post

How long have you been established for? The Agency was established 22 years ago in Kensington, London and then opened a Bath office over 10 years ago. We have gone from strength to strength in that period gradually moving more of the business to Bath while retaining our London base. What areas of recruitment do you specialize in? We have three agencies under the umbrella of Imperial Household staff; Imperial Nannies (providing live in, daily, temp and permanent nannies), Staff of Distinction placing all domestic staff – housekeepers, butlers, chefs, gardeners, chauffeurs, estate managers etc and Maternally Yours for maternity nurses. We cover all of these throughout the UK and overseas.


How long have you been in recruitment? I’ve been working within the recruitment industry for 15 years, from senior consultant through to management, and now as a director.

What do you do? We provide support to individuals seeking assistance with their career. Our career solutions include access to information and tools to help people decide what kind of job might be right for them. We also work with individuals to help them enhance their personal effectiveness including CV construction, job applications, interview techniques, networking, communication, confidence building, image and impact. In addition, we provide career coaching and support to those in career transition and counselling for people considering or preparing for retirement.

What do you enjoy most about your job? No day is the same. There’s so much variety in my position dealing with both individuals and businesses.


RESOLVE RECRUITMENT & TRAINING SERVICES 01179 733155; What sectors do you recruit for? We’ve expanded to work across sales, office support, driving and industrial. We also have an e-learning and training division. Why should a candidate enrol with you? Candidates can expect a highly focused service offering career expertise along with expert training to enhance career prospects.

What is your career highlight? Winning holidays with BT in my younger days was certainly up there. But opening a successful and expanding recruitment and training business tops it. Why should companies use you as an agent to find their staff? Experience aside, we possess all leading job boards, have a huge amount of followers across all social media platforms and a very effective in-house database. We also manage the ‘Jobs In Bristol’ group on Facebook which has over 14,000 members in – this collectively gives us a huge advantage over our competition in the region.


What sets you apart from other career management and outplacement companies? We work directly with individual clients offering sound, affordable and practical career solutions for each stage of the career journey from entry into the world of work, to career reassessment or development, to helping people prepare for later life. Our working style is collaborative and supportive, we understand that people have different needs and tailor our services accordingly. What are the most rewarding aspects of the job? We are privileged to be able to work with individuals at all levels and from all backgrounds and use our knowledge and experience to help people gain clarity of their career goals, discover their potential, and sell themselves more effectively in the market. If you need help with your career, we look forward to hearing from you. I BATH LIFE I 85


FOR THE HOME Our local businesses are poised and ready to help with all your home needs for winter



From gently textured traditional interiors to gorgeous glitz, Claire Rendall Design creates quality interiors as varied as their clients. On time and to budget, both locally and internationally. Please contact; Tel: 07778 240223 for further information.


Rossiters is a design-led lifestyle store offering a carefully curated range of furniture, fabrics, wallpaper, and home accessories. Its in-house interiors team provides a full design service free of charge to customers. The beautiful woodpanelled design rooms are home to a huge selection including exclusive ranges from Cole & Son and House of Hackney, as well as Annie Sloan chalk paints. 38-41 Broad Street, Bath, BA15LP; Tel: 01225 462227;


Cheverell is set in the heart of Wiltshire with a stunning showroom and workshop, offering a full bespoke design, manufacturing and installation service in kitchens, bedrooms, and interiors. Established in 1989 it has over 30 years of experience to guide you through the whole process. Cheverell, Waller Road, Hopton Park, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 2GH. Call: 01380 722722



Bear Interiors are a small, approachable company delivering quality interior solutions at affordable prices. From advice on colour schemes to renovation, from initial planning to project completion, they can help you. To arrange a free consultation please call Lynette Labuschagne on 07977548340 or email

Bath’s leading fireplace, wood burner, gas fire, chimney and flue specialist. From classic to contemporary, concept to completion, their team of experts can work with you to achieve your perfect interior. Brands include Chesney’s, Barbas Belfires, Hwam, Stuv and Jetmaster. Get in touch or visit the showroom. Mendip Fireplaces (Bath) Monkton Combe, Bath BA2 7HD., Tel: 01225 722706;



Loved locally since 1879, Knees offer a one-stop shop to perfect your home. With top kitchen appliance brands, beautiful home furniture and accessories. Sale now on with up to 10% off Sofas. Spitfire Retail Park, Trowbridge BA14 0AZ High Street, Malmesbury SN16 9AA Tel: 01225 754161


Boniti is run by brothers Giles and Simon Lunt. Started in 2006, Boniti has grown hugely as a company and now offers a wide range of quality interior and exterior products: natural stone and timber flooring, Everhot range cookers, garden furniture and Kadai firebowls. Dunsdon Barn, West Littleton,Wiltshire SN14 8JA Tel:01225 892 200;

For over 40 years Tile & Flooring of Bath has developed its reputation as a high quality supplier of design lead materials and installation service, gaining important and long-standing relationships – from discerning home owners managing their own projects, to design and build professionals servicing the property industry. Tel: 01225 310561


PWAS Ltd. has been supplying and installing quality floor and wall coverings for over 15 years across the south of England, from both their Holt and Fulham showrooms. The company prides itself on the range of products and customer service it can offer to both the residential and commercial market. The Old Filling Station, 400 Ham Green, Holt BA14 6PX Tel: 01225 783527;





The Marmalade House specialises in French and Gustavian-style furniture painting and interior styling. They work from studios in Kelston, or onsite if requested. They offer colour consultations for your home, a full interior design service and styling for locations and home sales. They also run award-winning courses on painting furniture to professional standards, colour and mood boarding. Tel: 01225 445855;



Joel Bugg design and create elegant, bespoke fitted furniture and interiors, which are architecturally thought-through to seamlessly fit and suit your property. Working with private clients and architects, they offer a fully managed service from initial concept designs through to final installation, sourcing and providing all elements of the finished interior. Call: 07779 236242


TR Hayes has been selling furniture in Bath for over 100 years now, and has a reputation for good quality and excellent service, and the handy customer car park makes browsing stress-free. Velvet upholstery is particularly popular at the moment, and the Venice Sofa is a lovely example. Made in the UK the Venice is available in a range of colours and sizes. 15-18 London Street, Walcot, Bath BA1 5BX; Tel: 01225 465757;


Hobbs Marble & Granite is a well established natural stone supplier that has been trading for 30 years in Bath and the surrounding areas. They specialise in the fabrication of granite, marble, slate, travertine and quartz products – particularly kitchen worktops. Radstock Road, Midsomer Norton, Radstock BA3 2AA Tel: 01761 412934

Verve is an interiors store with a difference. This creative hub is all about mixing it up: an ever-changing collection of one-off vintage pieces sits alongside locally sourced contemporary artwork and accessories, all exclusive to Verve in Bath. Pop in, a warm welcome awaits. 15 Walcot Buildings, London Road, Bath BA1 6AD Tel: 07785 332536

You will find a large selection of fabric samples to browse in Hayes’ Curtain and Blind department, with many leading brands. There are also all styles of blinds and shutters, curtain poles and trimmings, with experienced staff on hand to help navigate the array on offer and a free measuring service to make sure you get the right size. 15-18 London Street, Walcot, Bath BA1 5BX; Tel: 01225 465757;


Westside Design is a family-run Bath based company offering a tailored design, manufacturing and installation service for all aspects of cabinetmaking and joinery. Specialising in contemporary bespoke kitchens and interiors. Contact Michael on 01225 330843 or 07976 268458 or email

Carpet and flooring from all the leading manufacturers for your home or business. Karndean specialists, marmoleum, vinyl’s, safety flooring and rugs. Free measuring and estimating. No gimmicks, just honest value for money. The domestic showroom and commercial office is located at 4 Kingsmead Street, Bath, BA1 2AA. Tel: 01225 471888


Clair Strong Interior Design is a small, creative company based in Bath, providing a wide range of services for both residential and commercial clients. Her portfolio of projects includes the design, project coordination and sourcing for some of Bath’s most beautiful residences, as well as sports clubs, offices and other commercial venues. Contact Clair on 01225 426906 or 07855 79731 I BATH LIFE I 87


IT’S ONLY NATURAL Warm, earthy tones, bright, sunny rooms and exuberant greenery create a gorgeous family home where nature bursts through each and every room. Here we meet its artist owner, Suzanne Gattrell Hodshon Words by Harriet Noble Pictures by Suzanne Gattrell Hodshon

A life of leisure: Suzanne’s garden cries out for lazy afternoons spent out in the open



uzanne Gattrell Hodshon’s home is the kind of place that makes you want to take off your shoes and walk around barefoot. It exudes the kind of warmth, through the nature-inspired colour scheme and tropical plants, that you makes you feel like you are abroad in a hot climate, enjoying a relaxing holiday in an exclusive, yet comfortable, retreat. Except this is not a holiday escape, this is a busy family home located just outside Bath, in Midford. Suzanne lives here with her husband and two children, and she also runs her own company, Nest & Burrow, here, creating interior design pieces, using soft merino wool.

How long have you lived in your house and what did it look like when you bought it?

We bought it in 2013. It looked like a white-picket-fence period cottage when we first saw it on Rightmove, but it was actually built in 1947, and had double glazing and cavity wall insulation. The décor was a little dated, and the house, while structurally sound, was rather small, with just three bedrooms and a downstairs family bathroom. However, we saw the opportunity to extend as it was under our budget.

City meets rural, with exposed brickwork and flourishing greenery

“In order not to take focus away from the furniture, we chose to paint everything a soft white colour”

Artist and owner of Nest & Burrow, Suzanne, holding one of her merino wall hangings

RESIDENCE What was your vision for the décor of the interior of the house?

We renovated the house with a large two-storey extension, doubling the size of the house in 2015-17. We maximised on the south-facing aspect of the front of the house and put in large windows upstairs, and bi-folds either side downstairs in our open-plan kitchen/dining/ living room. Will (my husband) created the rustic style, with grey limestone flagstones, and built the kitchen from scratch by using some salvaged ceiling joists from a Georgian house, from which he built the wall shelves, the kitchen island and the surrounds for the fridge and oven. He recycled some of the ash units from the old kitchen, stripping them right back, and he topped it all off with homemade poured concrete work surfaces. Up above, there was space for a master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, as well as a new upstairs family bathroom. We adjusted the original master to make a good-sized double bedroom, now with southern window. In order not to take focus away from the furniture and the wooden, concrete and stone surfaces, we chose to paint everything a soft white colour – Farrow & Ball’s ‘pointer’– that aims to make the rooms as light and bright as possible.

Beautiful plants and soft rugs make for a perfect reading spot for Suzanne’s daughter, Isobel



“I love the fact that our home is so much part of my work”

Animal and tree furniture pieces complete the nature-inspired look Suzanne’s son, Gabriel, in his jungle-style bedroom

Suzanne’s soft merino wall hangings in pinky-grey hues I BATH LIFE I 91

RESIDENCE You create interior design pieces for a living – does this mean your home is full of your own creations?

Yes, I have many, quite large, wall hangings, both macramé and woven, throughout the home, along with smaller pieces in the kids’ and our bedrooms. You work from home – how do you keep work and home life separate?

Well, I have my studio where I keep and make everything, and although I teach in our kitchen, I then put everything back and try to fit everything in around school hours, but I do teach on the odd weekend too. However, I love the fact that our home is so much part of my work and I’m able to share it with others by creating a welcoming and relaxing environment to be creative. Who or what are your inspirations when it comes to style and décor?

I like modern rustic, Scandi, and bohemian and lots and lots of plants! What local shops did you hunt through to find your décor, homeware and accessories?

Bristol Wood Recycling Project for reclaimed wood supplies.

Do you have a particular favourite room or is there any part of the house you are particularly proud of?

Our open-plan kitchen/dining/living room. It’s one of my favourite rooms and where I spend most of my day, and, when it’s warm, you can open both bi-folds up and enjoy the through breeze and view. I also love our bedroom and bathroom and the way Will designed them with windows all around; I feel like I’m up in the trees. What was the most challenging room to design?

For Will (he designed the extension) the open-plan space, because it needed to tie in with the existing house. What do you want people to feel when they enter your home?

That it is an expression of our creativity (both Will’s and my own) and it is very much a home and place to relax and be with the family. What did you learn from designing your own home?

You can’t spend enough time thinking about every aspect of the design and how it can improve your everyday life. Whose house would you like to have snoop around?

Georgia O’Keefe.

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Letting the outside in: the kitchen enjoys a gentle breeze, with views looking out onto the garden



Has selling your home become stagnant?


Peter Greatorex from the APARTMENT COMPANY offers some advice…

he initial excitement and expectation of selling your home is now well and truly over, you’re now filled with frustration as viewings on your property have dried up. We can only imagine how confused you are about the situation, but can we stress that decreasing the price of your property is not the solution when the process of selling your home has become stagnant. As estate agents we have many tools at our disposal to market your property and attract the right potential buyers. The issue is that some estate agents will rely solely on the major property websites, such as Rightmove and Zoopla. Now, these websites are fantastic for grabbing people’s attention but they should be used as just one part of an all-encompassing marketing strategy. When marketing your home, we want to reach the widest audience possible. We start by getting to know your home to allow us to build a profile of the ideal buyer. Knowing this, we can start putting together a plan to ensure every piece of

marketing we do has a purpose. Listing your property on the major property websites, together with our own, creates awareness amongst those who are looking for a property. This is where other agents pause to see the reaction, and it’s this pause that can stall the process. After a while, these agents may start trying other ways to market your home, but sadly this is often too late. The longer your property is on the market, the less attractive it becomes to potential buyers. They start to wonder if your property is overpriced, perhaps there is something glaringly wrong that cannot be seen in the images provided? These questions will often mean your home is passed by, or, if viewed, potential purchasers might believe that they are entitled to make a silly offer. Your home does not deserve such service. There is no reason why, if marketed correctly, the right buyers shouldn’t be attracted and your property sold without having to resort to the painful tactic of lowering your asking price.

At The Apartment Company we take a proactive approach to marketing. Before your property is listed online, we reach out directly to the potential buyers we feel are the right match for your home. We don’t take on your property to increase our listing portfolio; we want to see your property sold, and we certainly will not rest until we’ve made it happen for you. If your Bath apartment is struggling to sell, come and have a chat to The Apartment Company and see if our approach to selling your home is right for you. n

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“It was an honour to receive my MBE, which I was presented for helping to create the Bath Postal Museum”

AUDREY SWINDELLS The co-founder of the Bath Postal Museum and of the Bath Stamp & Coin Shop chats about her new novel, her 11 grandchildren, and why she still goes to work at the age of 90 I’m 90 years old, but I still go to work… My late husband and I were the founders of the Bath Postal Museum; we purchased a house in 1988 on Great Pulteney Street in order to give the museum a home in the basement. I am still involved; I am in for a full day each week and I do the admin at home. I am also still a partner at the Bath Stamp & Coin Shop. I go to there about twice a week and I discuss matters with my son Mike, to whom it belongs. My late husband, Harold, was a philatelist… He became a stamp

collector at the age of six with the advice of an uncle that had been an Oxford graduate. He later became a philatelist and tried hard to pursue this during World War II, when he was a desert rat and on bomb disposal.


Practically everything for sale in the Bath Stamp & Coin Shop is unobtainable elsewhere in Bath… The stamps, coins,

campaign medals and banknotes obviously, but this is also the case with the mosaics, and the Venetian glass, jewellery and masks. We are also the only place in the city where genuine Roman coins can be purchased.

Here’s a little history about the shop… We’ll be celebrating

60 years as a family business in 2019. Originally, no.12 had been a stocking shop, and No.13 had been a cleaners from 1900. Harold was in No.12 and I was in No.13, with no connecting door. We communicated between two boxes connected by a long wire lying along Pulteney Bridge’s ledge above the river. Our regular

customers became aware of our balancing act, and I assured them we intended to get permission to build a doorway. One customer advised me it was an impossibility as the bridge was an ancient monument. But, in 1958, after approaching the Ministry in London, and after a lot of apparent hopelessness, we opened as one shop. The basement is the only one of the six on the bridge which can be visited by the public…

Many are blocked up completely. The basement is stocked with a large amount of mosaics, coming from various parts of the world. When we first lifted the trap door in the floor and descended the little rickety, worm-eaten staircase to the basement, many decades ago, we were told no one had been down there for 30 years. We were delighted to see the circular window overlooking the river was in good shape and surprised to see a fireplace, a toilet and a sink with outlets directly into the river. My first novel, Mitty’s Letter, has just been published…

Some 30 years ago, my husband handed me a cross-written letter because he knew I enjoyed transcribing these and researching them. They are written horizontally and vertically to save postage and the cost of paper. This one was written by an officer in the Indian Army in 1833, and I worked out that, although they had not met, he planned to come home and marry the recipient. The research produced a great deal… including a massacre in

India, but then I reached a blank point and put it all away. This was of course before the internet. Sometime later, I came across the info on the net and started to research again, and some years later still, I made up my mind to write a novel about it. This became a large book, so I divided it into three, the first having recently been published. It was a great honour to…

receive my MBE in 2010, which I was presented for helping to create the Bath Postal Museum and for continuing to strive for its survival, which is ongoing. Prince Charles presented it to me; I have always been an admirer of his. My most treasured possessions are probably…

the several family trees I have worked on, which go back to the early 18th century.

When I was younger, I wanted to be an actress… and I played

Nanette in the first post-war production put on in Felixstowe of No, No, Nanette. All that finished when I began having children; I have six of them, and 11 grandchildren.

I don’t have any New Year’s resolutions this year… I am

an optimistic soul and wish to remain that way. n

Mitty’s Letter can be bought at the Bath Postal Museum shop, or at the Bath Stamp & Coin Shop. For more, see or

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