Bath Life - Issue 486-487

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If the last few years have taught us anything it’s probably been do not bother making New Year resolutions. Turns out whilst we’re using our hands to count calories / learn macramé / perfect our golf swing, life might just throw us a curveball or two that means we have to drop everything in order to catch. So instead of talking about a resolution, I’ve decided to look back at 2022 in praise of things learned.

The world won’t end if I don’t keep up the news on a daily basis. It’s exhausting and draining and not much changes. Much better to replay Huey Morgan’s shows on the BBC Sounds app and get a shot of happiness in music form.



Keep going out – don’t neglect your pals and do make the e ort to meet ne people. The eather as lea , s ear a cold as coming on, ut ma ing sure as one o the first there at the recent Bath Life winter reception to meet and greet all our amazing supporters and friends was a proper pick-me-up tonic.


Support the indies –the old adage of ‘a positive purchase’ has never been more relevant. Eat at Bandook Kitchen –you get to hear Mo’s hilarious stories; shop at Consciously You! and learn about the provenance of every single maker; call into ldfield oo shop and meet the incredi le legend that is arry.

All these traders, all these people, all this energy and creativity and inspiring spirit. All this makes Bath.

My main takeaway for 2022? How darn lucky I am to edit this glorious magazine that celebrates all this. Actually, maybe I do have a resolution after all – here’s to a year of more of the same.

Enjoy and happy 2023!

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ABOVE: Combe Grove Manor reveals its long term vision (page 68); BELOW: Interior colour schemes made easy (page 28)

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Year in review 2022 LOOK BACK


Tom Hiddleston made a surprise appearance at Theatre Royal in The Play What I Wrote


The war in Ukraine began and Bath stepped up to help, starting with a star-studded fundraiser for Bath Welcomes Refugees at the Holburne Museum that raised an incredible £26,000


The Bath Life Awards returned to the Assembly Rooms for a city-wide celebration of the entrepreneurs, artists, charities and good deeds that make Bath such a positive and wonderful place to live


After closing for more than two years as a result of the pandemic, Longleat House reopened to public visitors


The ath ashion useum opened its final e hi ition in its Assembly Rooms home


We celebrated 20 years of Bath Life with a special issue celebrating everything we love most about the city

From sport to politics to culture, the last 365 days have been nothing short of a roller-coaster. Let’s look back on some of the landmark moments in Bath’s 2022…




Michael Bublé performed for thousands at a jampacked concert at the Royal Crescent


Uni of Bath Bill Whiteley Sporting Scholar, Tom Dean, became Team England’s most decorated athlete at a single Games ever at the Commonwealth Games at Birmingham 2022. Turn to page 114 for our interview with Tom


Bath mourned the passing of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II



leveland ools elcomed its first s immers a ter a multi-million-pound restoration, which was years in the making


Bath on Ice transformed Victoria Park for its 10th anniversary year


Bath Christmas Market came back to full capacity for the first time since the pandemic hit. The hristmas market celebrated its 20th year with a 170-chalet festive takeover.

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just how lucky I am”

hang on while I shook the hands of a couple o lovely old oys as fine, and it as even fine when one of them turned to scurry back out of shot only to accidentally boot my tiny little niece to the pavement. Carnage ensued. He scarpered. Poor bloke. The reason I mention this is that by the time we’d all walked along to Walcot House (Chateaubriand and buckets of champagne – enough said), so many Bath fans had said lovely hellos that it might almost have looked like we planned it this way. Like it was all just some intergalactic ego trip. It wasn’t, and I want to be very clear on that!

Love match

Flats gets on the fun and games of getting hitched

e got married a few weeks ago and it was brilliant. For a couple of years we had been loosely planning our own, only very slightly reduced version, o laston ury in a field in evon, and it was going to be énorme. Except we never arranged it because it was too hard and we had too much going on. We had a baby, which is hard and takes rather a lot of what we used to hilariously call ‘down time’. I’ve already forgotten how it felt to wake up when my body wanted to and to wonder what I might do all morning. We renovated our beloved old house, too, and, despite having used a builder sent directly in his posh van from heaven, it proved

rather a consuming and prolonged event.

So we were all talk and this pretend event was moved to summer 2024, which just felt like too long to wait. So we texted our parents (too much on to actually call, obv) and siblings, found a Saturday when they were all free, and booked it.

One funny and unforeseen circumstance was that our emergence from the Guild Hall coincided precisely with the passing of roughly a thousand Bath Rugby fans en route to the Rec to watch the big game. It’s hard to say this in any way that doesn’t make me sound like an awful wannabe and narcissist, but I got recognised by a few supporters. A few waved as we smiled and posed for the obligatory shots, a few shouted over lovely things, and a few decided to remove any risk that I might not hear or see them by walking straight into shot. Asking the photographer to

It was the same day that England got knocked out of the football World Cup, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that was a ru ish ay to round o a momentous day. We planned to have a room upstairs ready for my brothers in-law to watch the game while we all partied downstairs. In the end, though, there were 20 of us in our sitting room screaming at the television, at the ref, at one another, and somehow it was perfect. The lads may have lost, but we’d all won. Especially me.

As my gorgeous middle daughter put it as we cuddled over our wedding day lunch: “Daddy, how did you pull her?” A fair question, and I’m not sure of the answer. I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I will endeavour to remind myself just how lucky I am as often as I possibly can. We all have bad days, grumpy days, ungrateful days, and that’s fine e’d e eirdos i e didn’t, frankly. But I’m going to make a start now by sending these words in by email, going downstairs and telling all of my girls that I love them very much.

Happy New Year to you all x

David Flatman is an ex-Bath and England rugby star turned TV pundit and rent-o-mic. Follow him on witter da id atman and nsta d atman

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Bath Artists’ Studios recently celebrated its 25th birthday The party spanned the entire weekend with an open studios event that ic ed o ith a party filled ith ood, drin and live music. Guests had the chance to wander the ra it arren o studios on Upper Bristol Road and meet the diverse community o artists working there.

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Florence Amy, Carrie Hill and Pete Stone


On 23 November, Marlin Communications celebrated its relaunch with a party hosted by Bath Life. 120 guests visited Browns Brasserie near Pulteney Bridge, to show their support for the business communications company. There were speeches, valuable networking time, delicious drinks and canapés and fun with the popular Marlin selfie rame and accompanying

Polly Rathbone, Alistair Lord, Billy Smart and Jo Lord Daniel Cranstone, Jamie Sheilds, Ed Strange and Leo Chalcraft Channy Lee, Matthew Gerrard, Sanj Odedra and Elliot Cotterell Stuart Martin Katie Rawlings, Rosie Phillips and Martin Buckland Bradley Bailey, Alex Shwartz, Joe Willis, Rose Hardy, Beth Cole and Aaron Fitzgerald photo competition.
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ath hosted the first ath usiness on erence recently. The event at uro appold rought together local usinesses and sta eholders to generate ideas a out the uture direction o the city. t eatured a series o interactive panel discussions, net or ing opportunities and a display area here local usinesses could promote their or .

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Bath-based author Colette Dartford celebrated the release of her new novel, he ortifi ation of Gra e Wheeler with a launch event at Robun. The Japaneseinspired restaurant on George Street served up a selection of its best small plates for guests along with delicious Geisha and Lady Les cocktails and wine and Asahi beer.

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Bath’s interior experts share insider secrets on how they approach colour in the home


Yes there are colour wheels, paint charts, and, if you want to get techy, there’s even chromaticity coordination tools, but we want to fast track our home hue interior decisions and refresh this winter. So we’ve asked a few of the local Bath experts and professionals, who deal with hues, shades, casts, and tinges every day, to share some of their invaluable advice. From those who avoid yellow to those who sing the story of the blues, every one of our 17 golden rules is a gem.

“ ndenia ly, colour is one o the most significant in uences on ho a space feels, and the mood that it creates within,” says John Law, the creative director of interiors at Woodhouse & Law “There are however no hard-and-fast rules on what colour might be used in any given room; colour preference is so very subjective, eliciting such di ering responses. Whilst some li e to e press themselves through colour, others prefer their spaces to take on a more muted, calming palette.

“Generally, we tend to avoid heavy blocks of colour within our schemes, as this can often prove a little jarring. Instead, we look at introducing a key piece that brings together all the colour tones of the various elements within the space; this might take the form of a fabric, a rug or a painting. How any space interplays with those rooms around it is also key to its success. A hallway for instance is a transitional space, so it is important to consider how it would be read from each room running o it. The aspect o the room needs also to e ta en into account; in a north-facing space, we tend to use a warmer palette, one ith earthy tones to counter the cooler light. We also ta e inspiration from those views outside, picking up colour tones within the planting and material references within the garden itself.” I BATH LIFE I 29 INTERIORS
Neutral doesn’t have to be boring says Neptune’s Simon Temprell Woodhouse & Law avoid heavy blocks of colour within their schemes
“Be wary of yellow. It isn’t as easy to use as you imagine”

Matthew Blake, co-founder of Blake and Bull, who repair, renovate and reimagine Agas, says, “Don’t try and match all your units, give your kitchen some contrast. Look at something like the Aga range cooker – it’s the centre of the kitchen and can be given a playful sense of prominence. My own cooker is terracotta and I love it – it’s warm and inviting.

“However if you’re looking at a basement, or a very dark room, or a small minimalist kitchen, then white is still the classic colour overall. The white units will combine beautifully with a white Aga range cooker for a crisp Scandinavian feel. The enamel look is glass melted onto iron so the re ective ualities light up the space.

Kathryn Bristow, sales administrator with Homefront Interiors, says, “Over the years my love of green in interiors hasn’t aned, and it’s a colour ith so much to o er. ecently ’ve a real soft spot for a verdigris blue-green. I think my love of green and its analogous colours in interiors is due to its calming e ect. t’s a really versatile colour though – you can get a good pick-me-up with a dash of lime green or choose a dark olive green for a much more sedate feel.

“ n the ip side, cannot ear red in interiors. lmost certainly it’s too stimulating a colour for my taste, and it attracts more attention than I’m looking for when designing an interior. It all too often seems to be the accent colour o choice in hotel rooms these days

ABOVE: Kathryn Bristow of Homefront Interiors has a soft spot for green in interiors; I BATH LIFE I 31 INTERIORS
BELOW: In small dark spaces embrace the white says Matthew Blake of Blake and Bull
“White is still the classic colour overall”

Founder and creative director of French Bedroom Georgia Metcalfe says, “I tend towards a classic neutral palette, when styling our French-style beds. With something like a wood-framed bed, complementary shades of taupe, grey, cream, and white allow the natural materials of the furniture to really shine.

“ eutral tones also have a calming e ect on a room they help turn it into a sanctuary away from the stresses of our busy lives. Mixing up textures such as linen, cotton, silk and velvet adds another layer of depth to any colour palette. My personal favourite shade is a soft sage green – it pairs beautifully with so many other colours from pale pink, to light blue, to white and ivory, and promotes a soothing and welcoming atmosphere for any home.”

Verity Woolf of Woolf Interior Architecture & Design says, “For many interior designers colour is very instinctual, which is why employing a professional is key. However, if you’re wanting to design your own space, and are unsure where to start with creating a colour scheme, a basic decorating rule to bear in mind is the 60-30-10 rule. The 60 forms the dominant colour of the walls, 30 is the secondary colour and may feature in accent walls or carpets, and the 10 is the accent colour used in accessories like cushions and chairs. Using this ratio can create balance and ensure you’re not throwing too many colours into the mix.

“The creation of logical combinations of colours through the colour wheel is known as a colour scheme. A scheme provides the right aesthetics when it comes to colour style and colour appeal. Choosing colours that are ‘complementary’, ie. opposite each other on the colour wheel, can ensure you’re creating a cohesive colour scheme that works, rather than mixing too many opposing colours in one area. A colour scheme also encompasses monochrome and tonal schemes where uses o either the same colour, or the same hue ut in a di erent shade, pigment or tone, are chosen.”

ABOVE: Neutral tones also have a calming effect on a room says Georgia Metcalfe of French Bedroom; RIGHT: Bear in mind the 60-30-10 colour rule advises Verity Woolf
“I tend towards a classic neutral palette”

“ olour can change in di erent light and on opposite sides o the sun, advises interior designer Lola Swift. “ ven i t o sides to one large sitting room have a di erent light and eel, the rooms can e tied together y one colour painted on the alls ith a lighter shade o the same colour on the ood or . or a recent pro ect, used Old Ochre y ired arth. t is a arm neutral, not uite pin , not peach and not eige. The pure pigments in the paint are the secret ingredient that enriches any colour or pattern near y. t envelops the urnishings and helps marry everything together.

“ n my e perience most people go or hite painted alls as a rule o thum as it ma es rooms loo right and open, notes managing director of SBS Design & Build Nathan Sheppard. “ o ever, encourage my clients to at least try a eature all or even a more vi rant colour find once they’ve played ith colour they ant to add more. do also li e to respect the period o a property, or e ample, a eorgian shouts out or earthy yello s, dus y pin s and pea greens. “ t’s also orth remem ering that colour doesn’t only ust come rom paint and paper li e mi ing colour using natural te tures, such as ood and slate.

ABOVE: For a recent project interior designer Lola Swift used Old Ochre by Fired Earth; BELOW: Nathan Sheppard of SBS Design & Build suggests a feature wall
“A Georgian property benefits from earthy yellows, dusky pinks and pea greens”

Neil Curtis senior designer at the bathroom designers Ripples says, “When looking at the more on-trend colours, dark forest green and royal blue are incredibly popular right now, but make sure to break up the space rather than having one blanket shade. These tones can be paired with light or dark natural browns and wood accents to really make them shine.

“And if you’re creating a timeless, neutral palette, use light tonal shades of greys and buttermilk to avoid the scheme looking to cool and clinical. You can then easily enhance the space with texture and pattern to add extra interest.” I BATH LIFE I 35
Ripples’ Neil Curtis looks for tonal shades to avoid the too-clinical white look

“Greens and deep shades of teal have a very restful, reassuring quality that works really well in bedrooms,” advises Laura James of Fired Earth. “These shades are so versatile though, that you can change the dynamic by pairing them with white to create a crisp and energetic scheme for a kitchen or bathroom.”

“Whereas warm yellows and burnt oranges tend to imbue a room with an uplifting feel. There’s something really welcoming yet mellow about these shades making them an ideal choice for hallways, helping creating positive first impressions.

“I love using blues in my projects,” says interior designer Clair Strong. “Blue is known for being calming and peaceful. Just looking at blue can slow your pace and relax you. It can be calming, it can be bold, and it can be classic. Wherever you use blue in interiors it looks fresh and elegant, and works e ortlessly and onder ully ith so many other hues.

“There’s no easier colour to work with than blue, in all its warm and cool tones. Warm blues contain red and make a room feel cosier, so they are perfect for social spaces like the living room or kitchen. Cool blues have yellow tones and tend to recede, which means they are good for small spaces and rooms li e edrooms and offices, here you need a calm space. Dark navy kitchens are having a moment. It’s a sophisticated look which works well with natural materials like wood and marble.

“A soft blue shade like Borrowed Light from Farrow and all loo s e ortlessly chic and or s ell ith neutrals. Blue always works well in bathrooms of course, where you can use more dramatic shades. It is also is a very versatile choice for bedding, creating a calm space. Layer up soft powder linen bedding with blush pinks or greys for a modern look.”

dark, dramatic kitchen may be perfect for some, whilst another may desire a more airy, neutral combination of wood and grey.

“Maybe one thing to be aware of, by including multiple tones, textures and colours, a kitchen design can sometimes become visually un alanced as each individual element fights or attention. aintaining

degree of

considered colour choices,

ABOVE: Blues are a big favourite with interior designer Clair Strong; BELOW: Laura James of Fired Earth suggests orange to make hallways welcoming; BELOWRIGHT: A degree of harmony through considered colour choices will make for a more cohesive design says Charlotte Wright of Hobson’s Choice
“We have no ‘golden rules’ per se every pro ect is di erent and is created to re ect the individuality o the client and the interior o their property,” says Charlotte Wright senior design consultant for Hobson’s Choice. “A
harmony and balance, through
will make for a more cohesive overall design.”
“Burnt oranges imbue a room with an uplifting feel”

“According to the ancient art of chromotherapy, also known as colour therapy, red is a stimulant, blue and violet soothing, green helps healing and harmony, and pink for anti stress,” says Louise Home, designer at Bathrooms at No5. “Therefore we know colour in design is so important and colour ithin our home can change and a ect our emotions. Often using neutrals with a feature colour or painted walls works well, and then accenting a chosen colour works well and especially so if the bathroom is an en suite and the colour can tie to the ad oining space to create a lovely o .

“According to chromotherapy pink helps for anti stress”

“We tend to avoid the more boho styles of multiple colour clashes, and strong bold tones,” says Vanessa Sayce creative director and designer with the interior styling company and specialist furniture painting company The Marmalade House. “Our house style is soft, European faded hues with occasional brightness to enhance. I love blue, especially in softer tones. It is also a powerful colour and revered throughout the history of decoration. It can be seen as a cold colour, but used in the right spaces, can bring a sense of timelessness and trust.

“My personal favourites along with smoky French blues, are dusky pinks, whites, and rich beiges. Once the darling of the late 70s and 80s, it then faded out of fashion, but designers know that beige works as a great foil for stronger colours and can bring in a calming balance of comfort and softness. I like to use mocha tones with pale blues. The earthiness and timelessness of beige need never be boring.”

“One golden rule that is always a winner, and is quite literally, golden, is adding pops of brass to any colour scheme” says James Horsfall of Bath Kitchen Company. “Our favourite colours for kitchens tend to be deep blues, bottle green, soft pistachio, bone, and sky blue. Neutral colours can bring serenity. Blues and greens can be very calming, whilst reds and vibrant tones can bring energetic and passionate feelings.

“If there are low ceilings in a home, I will generally opt for lighter colours at the top of a kitchen, drawing the eye up. Similarly, if the ceilings are very tall, a deep richer colour can help ground the room.” I BATH LIFE I 39 INTERIORS
LEFT: Vanessa Sayce of The Marmalade House loves blue, especially in softer tones; ABOVE: Bathrooms at No5’s Louise Home likes to link the en suite colours to the bedroom; BELOW: Reds can invoke a sense of energy says James Horsfall of Bath Kitchen Company

Sharing his succinct top four golden rules is Simon Temprell, interior design manager with Neptune. “1. Never paint a ceiling white. 2. Remember that successful use of colour is to recognise the undertone. 3. Make bold choices and don’t be timid. 4. Be wary of yellow. It isn’t as easy to use as you imagine.

“While choosing favourite colours is almost impossible for a designer, as every colour in the spectrum has a particular use, personally, I favour darker, more dramatic, cocooning shades such as chocolate, plum and navy. I use monochrome whenever I want to create a feeling of calm, orderly sophistication. We are comfortable in neutral spaces, but neutral doesn’t have to be boring. This is where texture becomes incredibly important and so the layering-on of cushions and throws, timber and stone is paramount to achieving a balanced scheme.

Vanessa Garrett of Broadleaf Timber says “What people might find surprising about wood is that they aren’t limited to just light, natural or more neutral shades. Richer and darker tones are also really adaptable, and can be paired just as successfully with bright and bold textiles, paint, and furniture. We have a dark oak for example that is an inky shade that feels warmer in lamplight, cooler in daylight, and works brilliantly with just about any scheme or style, such as dark walls, light walls, subtle colours, or patterned fabric.”

“And back to that no yellow rule – it is everyone’s perception of ‘cheery’, and yet deceptively difficult to use in interior design. Too bright, and yellow can make you feel jittery and uncomfortable, but too pale and it becomes insipid. Undertone is very important when choosing yellow. If there is too much green present it will begin to look bilious. Choose a yellow with a red undertone and go towards the softer, more buttery shades, remembering that yellow will change quite dramatically throughout the day and evening. It is the most visible colour in the spectrum and the longest wavelength.”

“Personally I love striking cabinet colours – bold blues, lush greens, shimmering golds, warm mauves, vibrant pinks – anything other than plain white,” says Kelly Marie Hawker Hicks of Kelly Marie Kitchen Interiors. “I also love using splashbacks as a creative canvas for colour, as well as using luxurious materials such as copper and gold leaf wallpapers.” n

TOPLEFT: Simon Temprell of Neptune favours darker, more dramatic, cocooning shades; ABOVE: Vanessa Garrett of Broadleaf Timber reminds us wood isn’t limited to natural or neutral shades; BELOW: Kelly Marie Hawker Hicks loves the impact of striking cabinet colours
“I love using luxurious materials such as copper and gold leaf”



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Our beautiful exclusive cover artwork, seen here in a yellow message, is the result of a very special collaboration between designer Lisa Todd and the South African based Zee Feels.

More of Lisa’s work, collaborations, and homeware can be seen at the new ArtBar exhibition Ubuntu, which is a Nguni Zulu word that translates as ‘I am because you are’. Much of the collection is made by and helps to support crafters and artisans in South Africa, using traditional skills to create contemporary products for a global market.

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1 – 31 January


Until 8 January WRAPPINGS

A perfect opportunity to visit the ArtBar in Abbey Hotel, grab a coc tail and peruse the a orda le art, prints and cards by six local artists, including Sarah Bull, Charlotte Farmer, Sue Porter, and a collaboration between Jason Dorley-Brown and Emma Taylor.

Until 8 January



The artist has created an extraordinary deep black exhibition space in the Holburne Museum with one monumental, beautiful artwork encompassing more than 40 metres of wall.

Until 8 January


The 11 works included depict the artist’s unique take on some of the most loved and well-known tales from Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, as well as classical Greek mythology

in her Children of the Gods series of etchings.


Bringing together two towering and in uential figures o modern European art, Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) and Edgar Degas (1834–1917), the current Holburne Museum exhibition focuses on the artists’ equally radical representations of the human body.

Until 15 January


This exhibition from the Bathbased artist Peter Brown, aka Pete the Street, features more than 100 beautiful new oil paintings of Bath, Bristol, Glastonbury and beyond.

Until 22 January CONNECTIONS

The Group 7 collective of artists are exhibiting, including Michelle riffiths, rsula each, tephen Powell, Brian Bishop, Martin

Brewster, Bonnie Brown, and Peter Symons. Black Swan Arts;

Until 30 March

MAISIE WALKER Society Café in Kingsmead Square is currently hosting a beautiful and atmospheric exhibition depicting the Pendine Sands Hot Races in Wales by Bath photographer and Instagram fave Maisie Walker. |


This striking and informative exhibition at the Museum of East Asian Art showcases a series of prints selected from the Muban Educational Trust’s collection of over 6,000 works. It explores artistic trends, political movements and technical developments in modern Chinese printmaking.

Until 28 March PERRY HARRIS

Having worked in a variety of areas of art including as a cartoonist for punk fanzines, stage scenery painter, architectural illustrator, and art technician, Perry Harris’s exhibition at the Widcombe Social Club demonstrates both his talent and his range.

21 January – 11 April


The New English Art Club was founded in 1886 by a group of rebellious young artists protesting against their repeated rejection by the Royal Academy. This new exhibition at the Victoria Art Gallery will showcase work by members past and present, including Gwen John, Winifred Nicholson, John Singer Sargent, Stanley Spencer, Walter Sickert, Augustus John, Dod Procter and Paul Nash.

The Museum of East Asian Art is hosting an exhibition exploring the impact of Chinese printmaking

ABOVE: Harriet Riley is just one of the artists performing at Widcombe Social Club over the Bath Jazz Weekend, 6 – 8 January;

LEFT: Catch My Reality is Different by Nalini Malani at the Holburne before it ends on 8 January; BELOW: Bonnie Brown is just one of the artists exhibiting at Black Swan Arts’ Connections show on until 22 January

to his heart. Enter a beautiful soul. Presented by Bath Drama. Rondo Theatre;

12 – 21 January


Liza Goddard, Steven Pacey, Olivia Le Andersen and Antony Eden star in the Alan Ayckbourn classic a out infidelity, arce, and mistaken identities. See overleaf for our Culture Club chat with Liza.

13 January – 11 February


Elizabeth McGovern, Dougray Scott, Charles Aitken, and Gina Bramhill star in the Edward Albee masterpiece exploring the events of one brutal night when George, a college professor, and his alcoholic wife Martha invite a seemingly innocent young couple back for latenight drinks after a faculty party. Ustinov;

18 – 21 January


Family pantomime Best Panto Rose Bowl winners, St Philip & St James Church Drama Group, tell the story of the ugly sisters, a wicked stepmother, fairy godmother, a charming prince and the lost glass slipper owned by, you guessed it, Cinderella.

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Until 8 January ALADDIN

The enchanting, entertaining tale of Aladdin has been panto’d up by Bath’s own Jon Monie aka Wishee Washee, and is this year’s Theatre Royal Bath festive special. Expect a treasure trove of gems including topical o es, modified pop songs, a few innuendoes, lots of booing, a ish granting genie, and a ying carpet.

12 – 15 January BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

The timeless story o the selfish prince doomed to be a beast forever, unless true love can unlock the key

Upstairs at The Ale House on York Street every Friday and Saturday night, some of the world’s best and most innovative magicians take to the stage. The intimate 35-seat venue run by resident magician Billy Kidd promises award-winning performers who have also featured on the stages of Hollywood’s Magic Castle, Penn & Teller’s Fool Us, and Wizard Wars, among many others.


6 – 8 January


Taking place at Widcombe Social Club, this is a weekend guaranteed to chase away the January blues. The Bath Jazz Weekend promises a remarkable line up of bands and soloists of international standing from across the British jazz scene.


8 January


Singer, songwriter, wordsmith, and rising folk star Ben Pilston, who has been described as an old head on young shoulders, is live in session at Komedia’s Electric Bar starting at 2pm.

14 January


This special collaboration at the Chapel Arts Centre sees intimate acoustic performances from each artist, in a celebration of crosscontinental connection, culminating with the locking of harmonies and melding of styles.

20 January


From The Jam are led by Bruce Foxton (original bass player and songwriter with The Jam) and Russell Hastings, who will be celebrating the 40th anniversary o The am’s final are ell tour Beat Surrender at the Bath Forum.

21 January


Bradford Roots returns for a day of great music with a feel-good music event synonymous with community spirit, local talent, and an inclusive atmosphere. Among the many artists performing are Concrete Prairie, Karport Collective, Junkyard Dogs, and Doves Peace Choir.

25 January


The official ueen tri ute and produced by Roger Taylor and Brian May, returns to the Bath Forum following sell out shows across the globe. This spectacular minute sho eatures more than ueen classics including Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites the Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Under Pressure, and We Will Rock You


21 January


THE BOOK OF JOHN Rhod was in the middle of a massive tour hen ovid brought curtains down in theatres everywhere, but now he’s back on the road and appearing at Bath Forum. It’s a little bit raw, very personal, and brutally honest; no

more lies, no more nonsense. This is hod, ut di erent, the same, but not.

21 January


Jen Brister comes to Bath with her new show The Optimist. Turns out if she’s learned anything in the past months, it’s that she’s no good in a crisis. (Unless you count getting into the foetal position in under 30 seconds.)

Last Monday of the month

ABOVE: Comedian Jen Brister comes to the Rondo with her new show The Optimist on 21 January; LEFT: Rock The Tots goes around the world on 20 January at the Rondo Theatre; BELOW: Wrappings, the current ArtBar exhibition, features the work of six local artists including the Jason Dorley-Brown and Emma Taylor collaboration, Jet Pictures



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Liza Goddard returns to the Theatre Royal from 12 January until 21 January to star in Alan Ayckbourn’s uproariously funny comedy, Relatively Speaking Liza found fame in the TV classics The Brothers, Doctor Who, Bergerac, the Australian series Skippy (The Bush Kangaroo) and Take Three Girls; as well as the comedies Roll Over Beethoven, Pig in the Middle, The Upchat Line and Yes Honestly Relatively Speaking, which also stars Steven Pacey, Antony Eden, and Olivia Le Andersen and is directed by Robin Herford, will be Liza’s 20th production at the Theatre Royal in the past 30 years.

My favourite arts place in Bath Obviously the Theatre Royal. I first played here in 1970 when, with the Bristol Old Vic Company, we spent the summer in Bath as the Old Vic was being renovated. I was Raina in Arms and The Man and Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest. We had such a wonderful summer, and even swam in the Roman Baths.

A painting that means something to me

An oil painting of Barn Owl by Andrew Haslan. My husband, David, was an expert on the barn owl and it reminds me of him.

Art that inspires me

I love sculpture. One of the benefits of touring in a play is being able to go to art galleries and museums.

I love the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, I saw a marvellous Ai Weiwei exhibition there – I keep a post card of a white marble poppy on my desk. Living in Norfolk there

are often superb exhibitions nearby. I loved the Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall, his Sky Mirror was spellbinding, and his works at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection stop you in your tracks. Niki de Saint Phalle is a favourite too. I find looking at great art is so uplifting.

The best TV show

Kenneth Clarke’s Civilisation

Most recently, I loved The Witcher, Stranger Things and Wednesday. I enjoyed also The Last Kingdom and Game of Thrones, but I made sure I read the books first. My favourite TV show that I was in is Roll Over Beethoven, written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, produced by Dick Clements and Ian La Frenais.

The book that changed my life Dreaming The Eagle by Manda Scott. It introduced me to the Shamanic practice of ‘dreaming awake’, which is run by Manda. It is a spiritual path that I still follow 17 years later. I was fortunate to record the audible version too, with Philip Stevens.

Books I could happily re-read P. G. Wodehouse, Anthony Trollope, and Agatha Christie.

My desert island disc The Complete Symphonies by Beethoven.

My first single Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen by Neil Sedaka, although I was only 15.

My karaoke song of choice YMCA by Village People.

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Komedia Bath’s monthly showcase o the finest up and coming comedy talent the has to o er. osted y the rilliantly sharp and itty organ ees, each sho ill eature a pro headliner straight o the circuit as ell as our rising stars o stand up.


Until 15 January

FIVE CHILDREN AND IT ive children discover a magical, mischievous, and e tremely grumpy sand airy called t ith the po er to grant spectacular ishes. ut they learn to e care ul hat they ish or. Written y arietta ir ride and ased on the novel y es it. The Egg;

20 January

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Until 3 January




TOTS: AROUND THE WORLD gig or the little people and their gro n ups. pect to hear some super tunes ith destinations in their titles and lyrics. o pri es or guessing geographical classics y Toto rica or each oys ali ornia , ut eorge ra’s udapest o that’s clever.


7 January

BATH CITY FC ath ity play ast ourne orough in the anarama ational eague ta le at T erton ar ic ing o at pm.

This estive period, many o ath’s most amous streets and uildings have een rought to li e ith magical illuminations, and there’s still time to loo again, at the oyal ineral Water ospital, the eacon o hope at ath ey, and may e our ave, the lighting the ondon plane in ey reen.

Until 8 January

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© NOBBY CLARK Liza Goddard as Sheila in Relatively Speaking coming to the Theatre Royal Bath Rising folk star Ben Pilston performs at Komedia’s Electric Bar on 8 January © TOM PILSTON
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well, well

As we embark on 2023 with the now annual glow of hope for a year that is less disruptive and stressful than the last one, it feels simultaneously clichéd and highly necessary to start the year’s book recommendations with a theme of well-being. If there’s one thing we need to remember as we continue to process pandemics, political turmoil, economic hardship and nearby war, it’s to look after ourselves, and one another. So here are a few new books that might help us press reset for the year ahead in a positive and constructive way.

Anyone who enjoyed Matthew Parker’s ground-breaking The Way We Sleep is likely to find Life Time by Russell Foster (Penguin, £10.99) equally fascinating. Professor Foster has dedicated his working life to understanding sleep and other aspects of daily routine on our health and ability to achieve our potential. In Life Time, he doesn’t just explain the basic human need for sleep, but rather digs into the true importance of the 24-hour cycle on our bodies and how the time that we sleep or conduct other activities can improve our well-being. So, for example, choosing the right moment to take certain medication can in some instances massively improve its e ect, as can the time o day that e choose to undertake outdoor exercise.

There’s some history underpinning all the science as well, as Foster explores how “our full-scale occupation of the night” came about, with the advent of electric light, night-shifts and the full night-time economy, and how we’re all still learning to live with the consequences of those changes.

In Happier Hour by Cassie Holmes (Penguin, £14.99) time is once again the focus, as the author explores how we manage

the commodity that is most precious of all in terms of achieving a balanced and happy life. Whereas Life Time comes from a perspective o e ternal scientific and health impacts on our routine and the body’s behaviour around the daily clock, Happier Hour spends time contemplating how we might arrange our own obligations, work and daily chores in a way that places the least strain on us and leaves us feeling more liberated and less frustrated by deadlines (the columnist says, typing this perilously close to his deadline, as ever).

The book’s entire vibe is one of positivity and its aim is to assist us in side-stepping the traps we so often fall into, in life and work, that ma e us less efficient and less satisfied. ‘How to beat distraction’ reads the strapline above the book’s title, and if a book can give us that takeaway then, at least when the distractions are unwelcome ones, it’s a solid choice for ‘new year, new me’ reading.

Of course, there is plenty more we can all do to look after ourselves aside from sorting out our sleep and our time allocations so, lastly, for a more general morale-boosting look at managing mental health consider picking up a copy of Get a Grip, Love by Kate Lucey (Harper Collins, £9.99). This uplifting but honest memoir takes a searing and often hilarious look at poor advice received over years coping with depression. But the real value kicks-in when she starts drawing together the good tips of therapists and psychologists to explain how she’s managed her own mental health issues through considering her approach to so many aspects of life – from friendships and work to exercise and alcohol.

Hopefully books like these can help prepare us for whatever curveballs 2023 has in store for us…and who knows, maybe the world will do its part and have a calmer year as well.

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“If there’s one thing we need to remember it’s to look after ourselves, and one another” I BATH LIFE I 59
Nic on three books to kickstart a year of wellness


THRINGS associate Emma Page meets Penny McKissock,

of Bath-based charity SOUTHSIDE

Emma Page: Southside has been a presence in Bath for 25 years, but for anyone who isn’t familiar with it, what is the story of Southside?

Penny McKissock: One in five children in BANES lives in poverty – of all types – financial, educational, social, emotional. It is a difficult statistic to hear about in what is seemingly an affluent area, but it’s true. And so, 25 years ago, I set up the Whiteway Health Project to address some of the needs of this community.

We started with two staff and, over the years, we have evolved into Southside, an independent charity with almost 70 staff providing a range of support services to communities across Bath and North East Somerset.

EP: What are these services and how can people go about accessing them if they need to?

PM: Southside provides everything from family support, after-school food hubs, counselling and coaching to domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse support. And, if we find we are missing a service, we always aim to add it to our list so that we can provide a onestop shop for the community. The demand for these services is absolutely huge; we take a lot of referrals from social services, the police and health professionals but we also take self-referrals and I’m proud of the triage system we provide with some very skilled and supportive people who are available at the other end of the phone.

EP: What are the biggest challenges for Southside?

PM: In a way, we are a victim of our own success; Southside has

been such a valuable asset to the community that we are finding more and more people accessing its services and so our main challenges are definitely funding and having the right people in place to provide those services.

EP: But, no doubt, the positive outcomes make it worthwhile?

PM: Definitely. Our ethos here at Southside is not simply to provide support but to instil confidence and independence so that our service users learn to make their own successful future. It is so rewarding to see how young people we’ve helped have worked really hard to use the opportunity to change the narrative of their own story.

For example, we have one young woman presently who was subjected to some of the worst domestic abuse I have ever seen but has risen above her situation and has emerged as a very strong young woman, currently completing higher education with a very bright future ahead of her!

I’m also proud that roughly 60 per cent of our staff are

former service users. It is really pleasing to know that, having received help themselves, they have grown in confidence and independence and have made the decision to give back.

EP: What can local people reading this do to help the work of Southside?

PM: The biggest thing people can do is to volunteer and donate of course, not only do they then have an impact directly, but they are then able to help spread the message further. It is very hands-on and can be quite lively, but it is an opportunity for volunteers to learn.

We run a lot of volunteer training and I couldn’t recommend it enough. Providing people with context and understanding about what we do and why we do it, as well the experience and preparation to go out there and help people, is such a good vehicle for change and if anyone is even remotely interested in finding out more, please do get in touch.


EP: What do you see as the future for Southside?

PM: Hopefully we will continue to expand but, at the same time, we need to maintain best practice in everything we do. So our expansion will depend on getting the funding and the right people in the right positions to ensure we are continuing to deliver the very best for the communities in BANES.

EP: What are you most proud of in your time with Southside?

PM: That, despite all the funding cuts, pandemics and other problems, we have survived; we have grown, we have helped hundreds in the community – we are still here! n

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How can we take better care of ourselves in et us count the ays. ha e o the cobwebs after the (hopefully) indulgent festive season and start the year revitalised with these 15 top tips to have you feeling –and looking – your best from top to toe.



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A good shape is the base of good hair. For me, a haircut is everything, even if you are growing it and don’t want to lose too much length, just make sure it has a shape and sits with purpose.



Keeping your skin happy and healthy-looking through the winter months takes maintenance. Start with regular Platinum HydraFacials to allow your s incare to or more efficiently y promoting healthy cell turnover and revealing your healthiest skin.

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You need to try our Swedish massage. Our take on the traditional method uses a holistic approach, treating the client as a whole and taking into account their emotional and mental well-being, as well as their physical body. Using classical Swedish techniques, the massage is tailored to suit personal needs, whether that’s light and calming strokes to promote relaxation in the muscles and mind, or slightly deeper techni ues to help relieve specific tension, aches and pains.

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you ant to get fit, getting into a routine is really important. To do this, finding something that you en oy and doing it little and o ten is the ey. nsure to mi cardio and strength training to help to sta ilise your oints, and include eight earing e ercises as they are so important to strengthen our ones.

ROBYN BLACKMORE, Robyn’s Yoga Studio;

11 ur top three pic s rom the upcoming ellness estival to start the year o right irst up, e alance ela mini visit at The oyal rescent otel pa, ith a rela ing ac , nec , and shoulder massage ith spa entry or one hour then ua auna at The Thermae ath pa in the roo top pool and finally ut not least, u e ance it at omedia, hich is a un and energetic mi o dance, aero ics and um a oogie yoursel fit, no per ect moves re uired.


The ey to fitness is to find an e ercise you en oy. When it comes to e ercise it’s so important to find something that you love to do so you can eep at it and loo or ard to doing it again. eep trying di erent things until you find your am. The great thing a out the ne year is lots o gyms and studios ill e o ering taster sessions, so you can try out as many di erent things as you li e.

10 on’t compare your fitness ourney to anyone else’s. t’s so easy to eel de eated hen e start comparing ourselves to others. t’s important to remind yoursel that e’re all di erent, e’ll all progressing in our o n ay, and react to li estyle changes di erently. ou do you and cele rate your o n uni ueness.


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’m a ig an o re e ology or mental ell eing. y stimulating some areas o your ody and soles o the eet e can trigger some o the emotions that reside deep inside and a ect our odies and sensitivity.We simply don’t realise ho strong the connection is et een our physical and energetic sel . ur odies use emotions and sic ness to send an message to ma e us a are o hat is rong in our lives so e can act and restore the alance.

: Find a fitness routine that you love, says Robyn
ABOVE: reflexology is great for mind and body; BELOW: incorporate a mix of cardio and strength training with Precision Pilates
“Celebrate your own uniqueness”


The simplest and cheapest route to wellness? Take a walk outside. Embrace Mother Nature, the fresh air and get some lovely e ercise. otice ho you eel and enefit physically and mentally from the experience, and make a note in your diary when you will take your next walk. After 21 days of practice an activity becomes a habit –so it may even turn into a daily walk.



Soothe your mind with a sound bath, our signature experience. It’s not a bath in the traditional sense – you don’t need to get wet. Relax into our recliner chairs while we guide you into a state of mental and physical relaxation and then let go of all tension to the hum o crystal o ls as the room fills ith the vi ration o sound aves.


Looking to kickstart your career in 2023? Start by actively planning for change. Be strategic about your goals and consider the steps you need to take to work towards these, both big and small. lo do n, and give yoursel space to re ect on hat has or ed well in the past, as well as what may have held you back. Be open with yourself about not only what motivates you, but the values you hold. Look for alignment. n

“The simplest and cheapest route to wellness? Take a walk”
ABOVE: Helen Curran says look for alignment when changing career; BELOW: notice how physical activities affect your mood, says Nicky Lewis of Deisie Wellness


GROVE is no ordinary health retreat – it has evolved into an innovative metabolic
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For many years, the Vivamayrs, Buchingers and Lanserhofs have dominated the medi-spa landscape, with world-class clinics in ustria and ermany o ering the glo al gold standard in resetting health. And now there’s now a ne id on the ritish loc the first meta olic health retreat in the has ust opened at ath’s o n om e rove. This ground rea ing ne approach to health and ell eing lends cutting edge medical science ith holistic support to re alance human ellness and uite literally change people’s lives sa this happen during my nirvana-like stay, more on which later.)

orget the u y athro e and glass o fi in the traditional acu is o old this is no average spa rea ut a undamental reset o the five roots o meta olic health. ut simply, meta olic health depends on nutrition, movement, sleep, mindset and environment to function at optimum level and it’s the ourishing o these five roots hich can lo er our ris o heart disease, stro es, predia etes and type dia etes.

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ccordingly, on arrival, my eauti ully minimalist candi inspired edroom suite is dressed ith calming lavender in many orms an essential oil to use neat on the s in, a massage oil to ru into my muscles

“This is the best 2023 New Year resolution you could possibly make”
ABOVE: The UK’s first metabolic health retreat has just opened at Combe Grove; BELOW: It’s impossible not to feel at peace walking through the surrounding woodlands
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You can forget the unappetising thin broths beholden by leading European medi-spas - eating healthily never felt so good. Nourishing brunches devised by local chef Ali Golden, who ran The Circus, include a chickpea flour pancake with roasted vegetables, tofu or poached egg and a chilli, garlic and tahini dressing and kippers with horseradish and cavolo nero grown on the estate.

Supper starts with a salad (proven to lower sugar spikes and crashes when eaten before a main meal) followed by a variety of innovative meat, fish, veggie and vegan choices. Venison haunch is served with beetroot, juniper and quinoa, a home grown squash bake arrives with celeriac, red onion and chick peas dressed with garlic, rose harissa, chestnuts and pomegranate while grilled hake is accompanied by sea vegetables, crab sauce and winter greens. Combe Grove is alcohol-free but a Pentire botanical blend with tonic easily steps in for a G&T.

and temples to ease a racing mind, a herbal sachet to hang near my clothes and a di user hich fills my room ith ragrance, creating a truly rest ul oasis.

n introductory chat rom nutritionist liver latt and the team is ollo ed y a communal supper in the orangery ith my ello retreaters and a rela ing session o candlelit yoga nidra ith nnie e ore ed. o ar, so rela ing.

ay t o starts ith a lood test to determine insulin resistance my levels o glucose, triglycerides, good cholesterol and my lood pressure are all deemed ell ithin normal range ut e are a diverse group and a couple o retreaters are shoc ed to discover that their lood pressure and glucose levels are dangerously high, potentially indicating predia etes.

n ccuni ody composition test sends an electrical pulse through my ody e ore assessing everything rom my muscle mass and to my visceral and su cutaneous at levels as ell as my percentage o ody at in short, my o esity ris analysis.

Then it’s time or our first tal ith r amp ell urdoch, reno ned or his or on meta olic health, ho fills us in on the advantages o T in controlling lood sugar and improving sleep, mood, appetite regulation and energy levels.

dvice a ounds on the est oils to use cold pressed omega , groundnut and olive oil as ell as, more surprisingly, duc and goose at or roasting potatoes , ey sources o plant protein chic peas, lentils, to u and cannellini eans and hat our plate should loo li e on the retreat, it comprises g o car s, g o good ats and g o protein per day along ith limitless seasonal vegeta les.


t’s not difficult to ad ust to the ne routine and ithin a couple o days, ’m sleeping deeply or hours a night, something have struggled to achieve in recent months. soon get into the ha it o starting the day ith a e da s o lavender oil on my pulse pointsand temples e ore a racing early s im in the outdoor pool heated to a almy degrees

“Good metabolic health can lower our risk of heart disease, strokes, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes”
The pioneering vision of Helen Aylward-Smith has brought about the Combe Grove evolution


DEISIE WELLNESS presents a Five Senses Yoga Retreat at La Residencia in Deià, Mallorca

Immerse yourself on an exclusive yoga retreat, fusing luxury with physical and sensual harmony, led by yoga instructor Nicky Lewis. All five senses will be engaged as you practice yoga amongst the olive groves, above the Mediterranean and embraced by the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. An exceptional yoga retreat held exclusively in partnership with La Residencia, Belmond Hotel, the uber stylish, luxurious boutique hotel. Situated in Deià, a picturesque village where the honeyed stone of ancient Mallorcan buildings appear to tumble down the mountainside and into the sparkling cerulean sea. With access to three swimming pools, a spa, tennis courts, hot-tub, courtyards, citrus groves and lavish gardens, La Residencia is without doubt one of the finest five-star hotels in the world. Queen-sized beds, ensuite bathroom, robes, slippers, fresh fruit and bottled cold water ensures your bedroom will become a comfortable haven to take pleasure in.

As the sun rises and the soft swell of waves

break on the beach below, unroll your yoga mat to the sound of birdsong. Let go of worry, work or family stress, as you unfurl on the mat and breathe deeply. A bounteous feast of wholesome and healthy fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, island honey, muesli, local Mallorcan cheeses and eggs are served by the pool every morning after your first yoga class. A super healthy plantbased meal is included and is provided in the pretty, Bougainvillea covered courtyard of a local restaurant in Deià village.

Practising yoga for more than twenty years, Nicky Lewis is a qualified Hatha, Yin and Restorative yoga teacher, she is also certified in Primordial Sound meditation with the Chopra Centre in California. Nicky is a wellness coach who encourages the concept of holistic wellness through body, mind and spirit. Morning yoga as the sun rises will energise and strengthen you for the day, while sunset classes will focus on restorative, healing yoga and meditation to provide restful sleep and relaxation. n

What to Expect

8.30am Sunrise yoga amongst the olive groves

10.30am Super healthy brunch by the pool

11.30am Morning pool swim and relaxation

2pm Guided walk and sea swim

4pm Super healthy dinner in Deià village

6.30pm Sunset restorative yoga and meditation

8pm Evening swim and relaxation

Next Retreats: 28-31 March & 17-20 Oct 2023

Only £995 pp based on 2 adults sharing a twin room Do not miss your chance to live your best life, book your place on the next Five Senses Yoga Retreat at La Residencia with Nicky Lewis


throughout winter) or a workout in the Coach House, which boasts a gym, studio, indoor pool, steam room, and saunas.


Another aspect setting Combe Grove apart is its handpicked team of nutritionists, trainers and 12 holistic practitioners specialising in cranial sacral osteopathy, emotional freedom technique, acupuncture, counselling, psychotherapy, homeopathy, herbal and traditional hinese medicine, myo ascial release, shiatsu and re e ology. don’t even know what some of these are but throw myself headlong into the fray, choosing treatments that might help a stress-induced and perpetual lower back pain I’ve been experiencing for some weeks.

And oh, are these therapies a revelation or what? Rosalind, a re e ologist ith years o e perience, e ortlessly pic s up on pressure points corresponding with areas of my body that are out of whack, including my pituitary gland and pelvis. After massaging various sensitive points in both feet, my lower back pain is miraculously alleviated.

An acupuncture session with New Zealander Brian further improves my pain relief and mobility. He assesses my pulse points, declaring them less energised than expected, before using moxa (made from mugwort) to heat up certain trouble spots in my back and encourage them back into balance. As myriad needles hit my feet, hands and wrists, I’m enveloped in a sensation of calm.

An aromatherapy massage with Oscar takes the form of long, sweeping strokes using Spezia Organics Made for Life Focus and Clarity blend of citrus oils, sending me into a reverie that is only interrupted by three gongs which sadly signify the end of this divine treatment.

And thanks to the intuitive and empathetic hands of cranial sacral osteopath Bella, we discover that I’m holding tension in my kidney area, which certainly lines up with the source of my back pain. After manipulating various vertebrae, my arms and legs and applying pressure around the 12th rib, my lower neck and shoulders, my rebirth as a virtually pain-free individual is pretty much complete.


I have businesswoman and philanthropist Helen Aylward-Smith to thank for my regeneration. She bought Combe Grove in 2017 and created the Elmhurst Foundation Charitable Trust with the intention of practising and increasing our knowledge in health and wellbeing as well as creating rolling apprenticeships for local people. Renovation plans for the estate include the creation of an apothecary garden full of healing herbs where tinctures can be made, a culling of non-indigenous trees and shrubs to allow bluebells and English orchids to grow once again, and an extended kitchen garden which will not only supply Combe Grove, but provide a surplus for the local community and food banks. Indeed, Helen’s pioneering vision inspires a high-performing team of passionate individuals who enjoy sharing their impressive knowledge and enthusiasm with us all.

Walking through the grounds, I discover an incredible woodland area dedicated to badger conservation, with setts dotted everywhere; there are also di erent at species nesting on the estate. t’s impossi le not to feel at peace here.

By the end of my week, I’m continuing to sleep more soundly than I have done in years while the retreaters with the shockingly high levels of blood sugar and blood pressure are thrilled to discover that their readings have dropped dramatically thanks to the TRE regime.

If you’re looking to swap a week in the fast lane for the ultimate mind and body reset under the watchful eye of nutrition and medical experts while being surrounded by nature, great food and wonderful facilities, this is the best 2023 New Year resolution you could possibly make. n


The basics Launching January 2023 a six night stay on Combe Grove’s Metabolic Health retreat starts from £2,600 and includes medical checks and tests, nutrition consultations, seminars, meals, use of all sports facilities, and access to classes. The retreats will run every week of the year.

Continued at home support The package comes with an annual online wraparound support package. This is unique to Combe Grove and is designed to assist the lifestyle change when home. Clients receive 48 weeks of support, accessed through an online portal and includes online resources, at home blood tests, regular check-ins, and recipes to support the metabolic health journey.

Online help Access to the online Ask the Expert service to share experiences and gain advice from the nutritionists. Scheduled consultations with the practice team to discuss progress and plan the next phases of your health journey. As a special offering for members, these can be taken in person as well as online. Continued access to recipes, cookery demonstrations, newsletters and webinars.

Bath community A further benefit to the Bath community, in line with Combe Grove’s dedicated aims to support local, the Metabolic Health Retreat incorporates a one-year membership to the Health Club at Combe Grove for those who live nearby.

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There’s a handpicked team of specialists on site for therapies and treatments Combe Grove also has a gym, studio, indoor pool, steam room, and saunas




Of those reporting with Long Covid, 43% had the symptoms for at least a year and 21% for at least two years

An estimated 3 million reported that Long Covid adversely impacted their ability to undertake day to day activities

The groups most impacted include people aged 35 – 69; women; those working in social care; and those who already have a health condition


The most common reported symptom is fatigue (54 per cent) followed by shortness of breath (31 per cent)

While most individuals who contract Covid-19 make a full recovery within a week or so, for others the symptoms can persist for an extended period after the initial infection. This condition is called Long Covid and those unfortunate enough to get it can experience its debilitating effects for weeks, months and even years.

Reported symptoms include extreme tiredness, shortness of breath, headaches, heart palpitations and muscle aches, as well as problems with memory and concentration. What’s more, these symptoms fluctuate over a period of time between bouts of feeling better and then relapsing. As a new condition it’s fair to say that the full complexities of Long Covid are not yet fully understood.


These grey areas could have implications for employers. In the current environment, the usual rules for sickness absence and pay apply when someone is off work because of Long Covid. For large corporations and small business owners alike, this means it is

important to establish processes to support employees who are suffering from Long Covid.

In the first instance, it is a good idea to keep in regular contact with employees who are absent to talk about ways to support them when they feel able to return to work. Conversations should cover making reasonable adjustments to the workplace. Discussions should also touch upon a phased return to work and the possibility of an assessment from occupational health.

If the employee is still not able to do their work or is taking a lot of absence, then the first step should always be to see if there is any additional support that can be put in place to help. Employers should ensure they have done everything they can before resorting to a capability procedure.


However, as we have already mentioned, the relative newness of this illness means the employment landscape with regard to Long Covid is rapidly changing. In June of this year, an employment tribunal ruled that an individual suffering from the illness could be

considered as ‘disabled’ and therefore bring a disability discrimination claim against his former employer.

The Equality Act 2010 determines if a condition, such as Long Covid, is a protected disability using the following three considerations: there must be a physical or mental impairment; the disability lasts for longer than 12 months; the disability causes a substantial impact one’s day-to-day activities. While not everyone’s experience of Long Covid will qualify them as disabled under these circumstances, there’s no doubt that some will.

All of which, again, means that employers need to not only be aware of the legal rights of any employee suffering from Long Covid, but also need establish a rigorous approach that works for them. Undoubtedly, with the current speed of change, keeping abreast of the inevitable developments concerning employee rights in relation to Long Covid in the workplace is vital.

For more information about Long Covid please contact our Employment team on 01225 750 000.

Due to the unknown nature of the illness, Long Covid can be a complicated issue for employers
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes monthly reports on Long Covid in the UK. August 2022’s figures tell us: estimated 8 million people in private households in the UK were experiencing self-reported Long Covid
Long Covid is an umbrella term for a wide range of symptoms



Chris Cleghorn, the Michelin-starred chef of The Olive Tree Restaurant has won Hotel Restaurant

of the Year

the Hotel Cateys. The awards, widely considered the Oscars of the gastronomic world, celebrate the best hotels in the UK.

“I was literally speechless when I was announced as the winner of the Hotel Catey, especially as I was up against such admirable competition,” says Chris. “A Michelin star was my stated career ambition, but a Hotel Catey follows as another lifetime pinnacle achievement. The entire industry is tough for us all just now, so this award is a major boost not just for me, but for my incredible team who make our everyday successes and achievements possible. Thank you to everyone at The Queensberry and The Olive Tree, especially Laurence and Helen Beere, for your continued support and ambition.”

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Bishopstrow has won Hotel of the Year in the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards 2022. The award is the hotel’s first since it as ac uired y aleidoscope ome ood, The ird in the summer o last year.

“ ’m so proud o ho much our team have managed to achieve this year, e’ve come so ar already since e ac uired ishopstro in uly , says onathan Wal er, director o ishopstro . “Winning this a ard is a testament to our team’s dedication and passion or creating memora le e periences or our guests. can’t ait to sho our community hat has in store.

“We raised a glass or t o ith our team to cele rate this antastic achievement.

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Fern Green and Zoe orris are hosting plant powered coo ery or shops throughout anuary and e ruary. The workshops take place in oe’s ear lat itchen, here she’ll demonstrate ho to get the most out o a plant ased diet. The workshops include one covering stoc s, roths and soups a deep dive into seasonal veg and atch coo ing ho to ma e salads and speedy lunches and, finally, healthy snac s, dips and erments. ood stylist and riter ern and caterer and che oe have a com ined years’ e perience in the industry and have created a series o or shops that can e completed as stand-alone sessions or part of a series.

For more:

Learn how to eat healthy this January

Chef at Chris Cleghorn is the hotel chef of the year Bishopstrow picked up hotel of the year



Wiltshire has played a starring role in ordon amsey’s latest T sho . The amous che ’s ne sho , Unchartered UK Showdown sees him visit osse armhouse and oliday ottages in ettleton, near astle om e, here osse o ner aron teaches ordon ho to a e her delicious Traditional Wiltshire ardy a e recipe in the osse armhouse itchen.

t’s not the ’s first time gracing our screens, as it has previously served as ac drop or the apanese anime T series KINMOSA! and more recently the film Thank You Kiniro-Mosaic!!


Amathus has launched Tequila omos in the . The line o three lu ury te uilas is inspired y omos omus , the ree god o revelry, merryma ing and estivity,the one of-a-kind production process makes Te uila omos the first per ect 100-point tequila according to the Tasting Panel Magazine. The ne line available in their Green Street shop eatures e o ristalino, eposado osa and tra e o.


The oyal rescent otel and pa’s athan ohnson is the outh West he o the ear. ounded y reno ned che ichael aines , the competition made a long-awaited return at the end of a ter t o years o pandemic orced cancellations. n addition to taking home overall winner of he o the ear, athan as also a arded est oung ro essional he , est enu and est ish ish.



enata is the co ounder o a ouse, a Frome-based food stall that travels around local events and estivals serving up delicious, Japanese-inspired food

What’s on the menu?

long ith sushi, e serve many other wonderful Japanese dishes including delicious fried chicken and to u araage, nourishing and pro iotic miso soup, strengthening carrot kinpira salad, and our eauti ully tender seared duc tata i, and a i rolls using our signature, naturally dyed pin rice. ur a i are asically hat would happen if sushi met a burrito and had a love child!

What’s the inspiration behind the menu?

any o these recipes have been passed down through generations o my apanese ancestors and it is such an honour to be bringing them to

a new audience on the other side o the orld. We are ig believers in the healing power o ermentation, and have used ancient Japanese methods to ensure that our ood is not only eauti ul ut supports your micro iome too.

What’s the story behind the name?

The Japanese text in our branding is a mixture of hiragana and kanji t o di erent orms o riting in apan com ined hich is very common in the written language) and translates to House of a , hich in turn translates to ouse o ermentation. o a ouse means ermentation house.

Talk to us about fermentation

There are so many onder ul enefits to ermentation not only to our individual health but also in terms o avour, preservation and energy saving. ermentation is a big part of Japanese culture ecause it inha its a modesty which is a central characteristic to the apanese people. y fermenting certain elements of the ood you eat, you are not only reducing ood aste, ut deepening and extending the much loved umami avours and topping up all the millions of healthy acteria e need to eep our immune system strong and thriving in the uture.

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Renata Chagrin, co-founder of Hakko House Caron and Gordon at Fosse Farmhouse


Comedy meets culinary excellence in a new multi-restaurant festival coming to Bath

Belly Laughs is a series of stand-up comedy gigs throughout January – all taking place in venues where comedy is not usually performed. Think independent restaurants, pu s and ca s. or a at ee, you can book a ticket for a dinner (or drinks) and stand-up from a range of established and up-and-coming comedy names – with the occasional star thrown in – but you won’t know who until you arrive, as every line-up is a surprise. It’s all in aid of Julian House and features Bath venues like Bandook, The Abbey Hotel, The Coconut Tree, Bath Cider House and many more besides. Created by comedian Mark Olver, Belly Laughs has been running in ristol or the past five anuarys this ill e its first outing in ath. ere, ar e plains...

Talk us through the concept of Belly Laughs – is it simply food meets laughs?

I think of Belly laughs like a triangle. On one side of the triangle, you’ve got independent businesses quiet in January because everyone spends loads of money at their favourite spots for Christmas. Charities that work with people who don’t have a roof over their head have to work especially hard in the winter months and need e tra money so that’s t o sides o the triangle. Then the other side is audiences –they ant an e cuse to go out in anuary, and here we are with a lovely comedy night raising money for charity. They’ll go.

How did the Julian House partnership come about?

Julian House is a charity I know a bit about

because we raise money for Julian Trust in Bristol – Julian Trust and Julian House have no connections whatsoever, but have almost the same name and do very similar work. At shows, people would get confused and think we meant Julian House when we said Julian Trust, so I ended up Googling them. Then a musician comedy friend, Gavin Osborn ended up becoming the events person for them. He’s been involved in Belly Laughs since

woman, one Black or Asian person, and so I have to create these shows that have a balance of acts, a good compère and a mi o esta lished comedians as well as newer acts. I want to make sure there’s a diversity of voices, genders, se ualities, ac grounds. don’t just want the same kinds of acts either, I want all types of jokes.

Did the city of Bath play a role in your own stand-up career?

Although I’m Bristolian, whenever I think about my career I think about gigs in Bristol and ath. y first proper gigs ere here I performed at The Comedy Cavern and Fez Club in Bath, and those were the places where ould see even more stand up in those first two years.

What do you think about the comedy scene now?

I like a lot of it, I think it’s a city with a great potential for comedy. I think, though, Bath could make more of itself as a festival city. Think about Edinburgh – it’s known as The Festival City. Bath is similar in size, it’s densely populated with loads of hotels and tourists, and a lots of festivals – it could present itself as the English Edinburgh.

Any Bath comics we should look out for?

it began – he’s comedy adjacent, which is the term comedians use for people who aren’t stand-up comedians but are basically always connected to stand-up comedy. People have been whining at me to do Belly Laughs in Bath for years so that’s why we did it.

Were you always planning to grow Belly Laughs to other cities?

Sort of. I don’t think I always wanted to e pand that ma es me sound li e ar Zuckerberg or Elon Musk. I don’t feel that world domination is my aim, but I always felt like Belly Laughs was a simple and good idea that could work anywhere.

What sort of line-ups can we expect? ma e things difficult or mysel ecause I insist that each show doesn’t just have one

Sam Hawkins, Holly Leggett, and Ollie Young are great and all gig in Bath – they’re all quite new performers. Although Bath is smaller than Bristol, it has huge potential for new comedians. Bath is the town for Trowbridge, alne, orsham, o all o these places filled with new voices who are working class, young people, Black and Asian people who want to get into comedy, and Bath would their best place to try it. Hopefully by doing Belly Laughs here, we’re encouraging that.

How do you hope Belly Laughs will impact the local scene?

More comedians. We actively encourage new people and newer comedians to get involved. One of the reasons I want to make Belly aughs a orda le is so it’s accessi le to people who are interested in starting comedy. I want people who come this year to be performing ne t year. That’s my a solute dream. n For more: You can buy tickets for Belly Laughs via Yuup, I BATH LIFE I 79 COMEDY
“I want people who come this year to be performing next year”
Funny times and food is the Belly Laughs unique combo Lots of venues in Bath have signed up, like Bandook © ROBERT WILLIS
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A fab new way to access delicious homecooked food

All About the Cooks is a platform that connects talented home cooks with hungry locals.

Founded in Bristol by Claire Ladkin, and launched in Bath in November, it is inspired by a simple love of good food – and those that make it.

“My particular ‘thing’ about food has been the underlying belief that it’s better to eat real food made in kitchens, rather than products made in factories,” says Claire. “I love a farm shop or an honesty box and love receiving food as a gift. At one point I bought some homemade lemon curd which had been made to raise funds for the Square Food Foundation in Bristol. Every time I picked the jar up, I felt di erently a out it than i ’d ought it rom the supermarket. I knew I wanted to recreate that special feeling you have when someone cooks for you.”

And so All About the Cooks was born, a platform that enables people to buy food cooked by talented local people in a way that is easy, and with the reassurance they are buying from genuine people following the necessary hygiene protocols.

“Food is a catalyst to bring people together,” Claire continues. “We see that in our everyday lives but it also happens on a grander scale within and between communities. It brings me joy to watch our cooks experience the delight of sharing their food, and often a piece of their culture, with local people who are keen to understand each other through food.”

ll out the oo s is live no ith its first slate of chefs, with more to come in the new year. Here, we meet a few of the talented group and learn what they’re serving…


“I come from the Punjab region of North India but recently moved to Walcot in Bath.

I grew up in a farming village where we value cooking fresh and sustainable vegetarian food, so central to my cooking is sharing the authentic taste of healthy, homecooked North Indian food.”

What’s on the menu?

I serve a variety of dishes on the platform, including cashew masala, dahli bhala and a weekly changing thali. I treat seasonal vegetables with a carefully mixed selection of spices to create an endless variety of exciting vegetarian avours. verything is coo ed resh, including homemade chapattis at reads , toasted on a hot iron skillet.

Have you always loved cooking?

My main inspiration in cooking is my mother. When I was a child, I always wanted to help her in the kitchen when she was making fresh and nourishing meals twice a day for the whole extended family and farmworkers. Later, I started cooking at family events, parties and weddings where hundreds of people would come together.

ABOVE: Founder of All About the Cooks Claire Ladkin; INSET: Mahesh’s Special Thali; BELOW: Mahesh, the Bath-based creator of Mahesh’s Special Thali


“We’re Ross and Josh, two home cooks living in Keynsham with adventurous taste buds and boundless energy when it comes to researching and experimenting with cuisines from all over the globe (honestly, it’s all we talk about). We love to host and cook for family and friends our passion or ood and avour has een something that’s bonded us as a couple – and it makes us feel great when we share our creations with others.”

What are you serving up?

We make everything you need to create a special date night or gathering with family and riends. We’re currently o ering a Te Mex feast, including a charred corn starter, slow cooked chunky chilli and s’mores empanadas. We also o er tips on ho to enhance the experience with drink, music and entertainment suggestions.


“We are both originally from the Philippines but we now live in Combe Down with our kids. We have always loved inviting our friends over and using our kitchen to showcase our homemade Filipino food.”

What’s cooking?

We use All About the Cooks to share our favourite Filipino street food, such as lumpiang Shanghai spring rolls and siomai dumplings. We also have mains such as pork adobo, chic en inasal, lechon a ali and u alo wings, all served with salad and plain rice or ried rice. or dessert, e have leche an which I often compare to a thicker and sweeter version of crème brûlée.

Why did you decide to join the platform?

We saw how it helped many home cooks start a side-hustle from home in Bristol and wanted to be part of the launch in Bath. All About the Cooks gives us the opportunity to earn extra money while also giving us the chance to share Filipino food to a wider community, which is truly wonderful for us.

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LEFT: Keynsham-based home cooks Ross and Josh; INSET: Ross and Josh’s Tex Mex Feast comes with extras; BELOW: Russel and Quelly live in Combe Down; BELOWINSET: Russel and Quelly’s steamed pork siomai, alongside their leche flan
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Enjoy a delicious dumpling recipe created by EMILY CHAN for Bath’s Museum of Asian Art

Celebrate Chinese New Year, Year of the Rabbit, which starts 22 January, with a traditional dumpling recipe created by chef Emily Chan for the Museum of East Asian Art.

Emily says, “Making dumplings on Chinese New Year’s Eve was always a family favourite, sometimes with some friendly competition over whose dumplings looked best. We often brought the wrappers and made a big batch of them and saved some to be frozen. “I remember our dumplings were fried in a wok and then cooked with water, finished ith a hand ul o spring onions.

“Each little dumpling is a small parcel of pure oy.


Makes approx. 25 dumplings


200g minced pork

100g Chinese leaf

2 spring onions

2cm piece of ginger

1 clove of garlic

1 pack of ready-made round dumpling wrappers


t sp potato starch su corn our ¼ tsp sesame oil

¼ tsp Shaoxing rice wine

¼ tsp soy

2 tbsp oyster sauce

¼ tsp salt

1 pinch of white pepper

Dipping sauce

30 mls soy

10 mls black rice vinegar

½ tsp sesame oil

tsp chilli oil optional


. egin y preparing the filling cut the Chinese leaf into about 5mm cubes, place in a large mixing bowl.

2. Slice the spring onions into thin 2mm pieces; peel and grate the ginger and garlic, add to the bowl.

3. Add the minced pork into the bowl. Mix well so all the vegetables and mince are combined.

4. Add the potato starch, sesame oil, Shaoxing rice wine, oyster sauce, soy, salt and pepper. Using your hand, really work the mixture, combining all the ingredients together until it is well mixed.

Filling and pleating

1. Fill a small bowl with water. Add one tsp o filling into the centre o the rapper, then dip your finger into the ater and dra a line around the top of the wrapper.

2. Bring the bottom of the wrapper to the top and press firmly at the centre o the rapper only to form a loose pocket.

3. Open the edges of both sides. Starting from the left, half across the front wrapper, slowly stretch it to meet the top middle and seal the edge.

4. Repeat on the right side. Make sure they are ully sealed so no filling ill lea out hen cooking.

Pan fried dumplings

1. Heat 2 tbsp vegetable oil in a frying pan until hot.

2. Put the dumplings in one by one leaving a small gap between them.

3. Pan fry on a medium heat for about 5-8 minutes, until the bottom is golden brown.

4. Pour 50mls of hot water into the pan and cover immediately.

5. Continue to cook on medium heat for 8 minutes.

6. Remove the lid and cook for another 3-5 minutes or until all the liquid is dried up.

7. Put a large plate over the frying pan and turn upside down (wear an oven glove when ipping in case o hot li uid .

8. Serve with dipping sauce.

If you’d rather eat them boiled and not panfried, drop the dumplings into boiling water making sure they don’t touch the bottom of the pan, or each other, and simmer for 10 minutes. They will rise to the surface when ready, and drain well before serving.

The Museum of East Asian Art found at 12 Bennett Street in the city centre, is the only UK museumsolely dedicated to the arts and cultures of East and South East Asia, with collections spanning over 7,000 years. For more:



the time to plan some mini-break action
The UNESCO protected heart of Porto is a sightseers’ paradise A climb to Buda Castle in Budapest offers fantastic views across the city The buzzing Rynek Glowny market square sits in the centre of Krakow

Ater the long haul o the inter months, spring is the per ect time to en oy a aunt, and you don’t have to go long haul to find the per ect rea . ere’s a selection o five star destinations that all y rom near y ristol irport and have a ight time o no more than three hours.


ra o is a compact city that’s easy to e plore on oot and ith treasures to see at every turn. The centrepiece o the city is the impressive yne lo ny mar et s uare, surrounded y an a undance o ca s and restaurants there is no small price to pay or dining here, ut it is still incredi ly good value and it really is the place to atch the ra o orld go y. ead over to the a mier e ish uarter or a stroll in and around the streets and s uares e ore heading up to Wa el astle to en oy the vie s. or something di erent, chec out the ra o in all useum ith more than machines rom the s. dd in an e tra day to travel out to the inter s i resort o a opane or a day in the mountains. Do not miss: o trip to ra o ould e complete ithout a respect ul and emotional visit to the usch it ir enau camps.


adrid is a un place to visit in so many ays e a part o the night time u and oin the locals sharing tapas over a drin or t o in the many little ars. ust visits include the colossal ar ue del etiro, the oyal alace and the impressive la a ayor.

or oot all ans there’s the erna au tadium and a must is to learn more a out the tradition o ullfighting ith a visit to the largest ullring in pain the as entas, hich is only a short metro stop ride rom central adrid.

outi ue shopping is plenti ul in the prestigious district o alamanca, here tree lined avenues are home to the rich and amous. o ta e a day e tra and ta e a trip to the near y heritage ity o Toledo, a east o medieval uildings and a uni ue lend o religious uildings rom the slamic, e ish and hristian aiths.

Top tip: o the t o day hop on hop o us tours you really get a true sense o hat there is to en oy in adrid.


orto, ound on the north coast o ortugal, is ell no n or its port ine production and one o the ma or per s o visiting is all the port houses and ine tasting venues, as ell the many ouro river day trips. or cultural lovers, the protected heart o orto is a sightseers’ paradise the alacio da olsa and the aro ue style cathedral o gre a de ao rancisco are certainly oth highlights, as is the tiled interior o the ao ento rail station, depicting stories o orto’s past in one o the most eauti ul rail ay stations in the World. orto’s merchant houses, ca s and a ide selection o restaurants can e ound along ais da i iero close to the landmar o the onte de om uis , hich is a year old ridge dividing the historic centre rom the port houses opposite.

A good angle: o visit to orto is complete ithout ta ing the etro to the ercadores district, a fishing to n in its o n right, and home to some o the finest fish restaurants in the city, here reshly caught is al ays the order o the day.


you li e ine, you’ll love ordeau , and the act it’s ust an hour’s ight time rom ristol is even more reason to love it. There’s the ite du in, a modern ine museum e actly uilt in the shape o a decanter. ere you can learn a out ine ma ing as ell as en oy ine tasting on the top oor ine emporium.

lots of boutique shopping in the Salamanca district of Madrid

urther afield there’s the eauti ul village o t melion to sample yet more ines or the mar et to n o i ourne or indeed any num er o delight ul ine estates and ch teaus in the region.

The city itsel very much has the eel o a mini aris ith stunning th century mansions overloo ing the aronne river, ith a ide choice o art museums and the stunning palatial lace de la ourse. This is pro a ly the landmar o the ity, overloo ed y the iroir d’ au, a re ecting pool o ater that has the appearance o glass.

Walk it: Ta e time to stroll around the historic parts o the centre, especially the athedral aint ndre ith orte ailhau hich dates rom . ut nestled right ne t to it all there are contemporary outi ues, ars, and restaurants aplenty.


udapest is a delight. The city is a true mi o history, culture and sophistication. The river anu e divides the uda and est sides o the city ith the impressive eecheny hain ridge spanning across the river and oining the t o sections.

n the est side, en oy a stroll along the an s o the anu e ta ing in the chic s uares and ca s as ell visiting the entral ar et all, strolling through the e ish uarter and not orgetting a visit to the ungarian arliament uilding.

The uda side also doesn’t disappoint, ith the eauti ul turreted isherman’s astion giving a fine vie o the city, as does a clim to uda astle.

River deep: anu e iver cruise, most o hich start or end in udapest or ienna, can o er countless ama ing sightseeing opportunities as they can pass through ten very diverse countries ermany, ustria, lova ia, ungary, roatia, er ia, ulgaria, omania, oldova, and raine.

Jon Knight is the manager at Miles Morgan Travel Bath, 8 – 9 New Bond Street, Bath;

There’s If you like wine, you’ll love Bordeaux


Create that get away from it all feeling in your own home

Winter is the perfect time of year for a city break, boutique hotel stays and a little bit of luxury,” says Kirsty Lake, an interior designer with Etons of Bath. But if we want that feeling all year round, here Kirsty reveals how to transform residential bedrooms into hotel inspired, restful spaces that feel calm, glamorous, and full of period charm. “Enhancing a classic building's architectural detail with contemporary urniture and finishes give a stunning high end feel to any home.”

contemporary urniture and finishes give a stunning high end

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The flowing lines in this Visual Comfort chandelier create softness and add a sculptural feel

Strong contemporary furniture shapes contrast any period detail for a classic contemporary look

A beautiful colour palette by

Every boutique hotel offers a place to rest your tired feet. We love this contemporary take on a tub chair

Bespoke joinery can add value to your property and increase the amount of practical space. Embellish even the simplest of designs with stunning handles

Embroidered trims for curtains from Samuel and Son can add further detail

Panelling is always a great room enhancer, try adding a vinyl or silk infill to add texture

Treat yourself to luxurious White Company bedding I BATH LIFE I 89
designer Katherine Pooley Restful and cosy luxury bedroom by Etons of Bath Phillip Jefferies has a great range of practical wallcovering solutions Zoffany Half La Seine Farrow and Ball Skimming Stone

Successful, well-established year-round language school in the centre of Bath requires HOMESTAY HOSTS IN BATH to host both short-term and long-term students. We teach adults and teenagers, and need both single and twin-room accommodation.

For further details, including rates of payment, please contact our Accommodation Manager: Sarah Wringer, Kaplan International Languages Bath, 5 Trim Street, Bath, BA1 1HB Direct Line (01225) 473502, Email:


Safe hands to help you navigate difficult times



How has family law changed in the last few years?

With the introduction of no-fault divorce in April 2022, couples no longer need to blame each other, making amicable divorces much more feasible. A large misconception has been related to the financial component of the divorce settlement which still sits outside of the usual divorce proceedings. It is vitally important to obtain expert legal advice in relation to your financial affairs arising from divorce, regardless of whether you intend on dealing with the divorce yourself.

What is your favourite part of the job?

Family law allows for creative thinking and out of the box solutions to provide the desired results for our clients. This is particularly true of high-net worth settlements where things such as pension sharing and the division of business assets can be particularly complicated, but where the size and differing types of assets enable us to become creative with settlements and best protect our clients’ interests.

What professional accomplishment makes you most proud?

Making partner at Goughs at the age of 32. A daunting prospect but I am surrounded by experienced partners well-respected in their specialist areas and we have an exceptionally strong team of Family lawyers at Goughs.



What do you specialise in?

Advising and helping parents who are no longer in a relationship, and who need to establish arrangements for their children. This often involves advising regarding a range of complex issues and ensuring children are protected from harm. Parents often seek advice regarding where their children will live, how much time they will spend with each parent, and which school they will attend. I also specialise in advising grandparents and other extended family members, and representing children through their court appointed guardians. I help victims of domestic abuse to protect themselves (and their children), and, where required, assist them to access support services and to obtain urgent protective orders. What is your favourite part of the job? Having the opportunity and privilege of meeting with individuals and listening to their concerns, often at times when they are in extremely distressing and stressful circumstances, and advising them on the best way forward. I love helping individuals to prioritise and protect their children and achieve childcentred outcomes. I also get great satisfaction from assisting victims of domestic abuse, who have bravely taken the step of seeking help.



What do you specialise in?

I help those going through separation and divorce, in particular to resolve financial matters. When you have lived together for many years, it can be complicated to separate out your finances and I assist my clients in doing so in a constructive manner, recognising they will often need to maintain a positive relationship for the benefit of the children. I am able to help resolve complex issues, including businesses, property portfolios, pensions and also cases with an international element.

What professional accomplishment has made you most proud?

Becoming a qualified mediator for both adults and children. I am able to meet with children of separating couples and listen to their wishes and concerns, these then being relayed back to their parents (subject to the child’s agreement) to enable the parents to make informed decisions together regarding their children’s future. Divorce can be traumatic and it is so important for children of separating parents that they feel that their voice has been heard.

What is the biggest misconception surrounding family law?

One common misconception is that, by meeting with a lawyer on separation, you are destined for an acrimonious and costly court process. This is not the case. Most lawyers aim to help their clients resolve matters without the need to go to court, minimising cost and hostility where at all possible.



What is your specialty?

I specialise in divorce and finances. I assist couples who are separating to deal with the financial aspects of the separation. I also advise in relation to pre- and postnuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements.

What do you enjoy about your work?

My favourite part of the job is really helping someone who is going through a very difficult time in their lives. They are often at crisis point and it is very rewarding when you see how far they have come when they realise they will be ok after a divorce.

What key bit of advice would you give to somebody considering a divorce?

My advice would be to try to work with their partner as constructively and amicably as possible. Especially if they have children, it is far better to try to work together to find an outcome and maintain a co-parenting relationship.

Ross Phillips Caroline Fell Katherine Lauder Jayne Martins




If you are considering taking your career in a new direction, progressing into leadership, or perhaps you want to begin the year feeling more confident and dynamic, then now might be a good time to consider career coaching.

Coaching is more than listening. Carefully structured sessions provide facilitated time for insight and reflection; something which we rarely have time for in our busy lives. The aim is progress, with sessions exploring solutions and effective strategies. This empowers individuals to create the positive change they are seeking. We know how important coaching in sport is when unlocking potential, the same applies to our professional lives.

Perhaps the most important aspect of coaching is how clients are supported. Through using questions, tools and techniques we delve deeper and challenge preconceptions about what is, and isn’t, possible. Our first responses are not always the most effective; coaching takes us from

a space of hoping we meet our goals, to one of strategically planning to ensure that we do.

Yet coaching is not just for significant career changes. Often clients are looking to change their approach, to become more efficient, or to feel more confident when returning to work after a break, or seeking a better work-life balance.

For those who have a specific goal in mind, a one-off session may be sufficient. For those seeking a deeper exploration, e.g. seeking a promotion or career change, a package of four to six sessions, usually on a fortnightly or monthly basis, is more appropriate.

I offer coaching both online and in person, at the Apthorp Centre in Bath. This is within easy access to the M4 and Bristol, with onsite parking for clients.

Dr Helen Curran

Coaching & Consultancy

Tel: 01225 560 844


If you would like to find out more about how coaching could help you move forward in 2023, please visit or scan the QR code to arrange a free, 30-minute consultation to find how coaching can help you. n you
meet your 2023 goals
Dr Helen Curran

It’s the city’s business


Manual power

A Uni of Bath student has developed a manual washing machine

Aformer University of Bath student has developed hand-cranked washing machines with his team at The Washing Machine Project (TWMP). The charity, spearheaded by founder Navjot Sawhney who completed his c in umanitarianism, on ict and Development at the University has so far delivered its simple to use, ero energy, o grid machines to over , people in five countries, including refugee camps in Iraq. Most recently, after scaling up production, the team were able to distribute the machines to Sserinye Primary School and Orphanage on Lulamba Island in Uganda.

To create the machines, TWMP conducted research in 17 countries, interviewing over 3,000 families in Uganda, Jamaica, Nepal, India and the Philippines, to understand more about the everyday challenges associated with clothes washing without a machine.

“70 per cent of the world’s population do not have access to an electric washing machine and for many, washing clothes in buckets or rivers is the only solution,” says TWMP founder Navjot. “This is back-breaking work and a major barrier to education for low-income and displaced people, hich disproportionately a ects omen.

“Our solution, the Divya machine, which is inspired by my neighbour in South India, has

already enefited hundreds o amilies living in refugee camps in Iraq and Jordan. We are excited to be in Uganda, helping to deliver and install more of these machines which we know can make a significant, positive impact on people’s lives.

TWMP is also working in the UK. At the moment, one in five o the phone calls it receives are from UK residents struggling to pay utility bills and looking for manual washing solutions instead of electric ones. As a consequence, Navjot and the team are also partnering with Innovate UK to trial manual washing solutions for homeless people in London with UK-based homeless charities.

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THIS ISSUE >>COMMUNITY AWARDS (94) >>BIZ Q&A JODY CORY (96) >>AWARDS DIGITAL WONDERLAB (97) Navjot ( far left) has brought his manual washing machines to Sserinye Primary School and Orphanage in Uganda



Three women from Bath have been named in Cycling UK’s 100 Women in Cycling 2022. Philippa Battye, Saskia Heijltjes and Liz Matthews were all recognised for encouraging other women to get on their bikes and improve equality and diversity in cycling. Ultraracer and competitive bikepacker Philippa; co-founder of family bike group Kidical Mass Saskia; and Cyclebuddy founder and cycling instructor Liz were all on the list alongside household names like Tour de France Femmes winner and Road World Champion Annemiek van Vleuten, para-cyclist pair

Sophie Unwin and Jenny Holl, and 10-yearold BMX champ Amelie Eaton.

“ epresentation ma es a huge di erence, and improving the visibility of women’s cycling means more women are likely to feel it is also for them,” says Sarah Mitchell, Cycling UK’s chief executive. “This is what makes the work our 100 Women in Cycling do so important – whether it’s winning races, supporting their community, or telling stories about the adventures and challenges faced by other inspiring women.”

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Bath and North East Somerset Council have revealed the winners of the Community Awards. Twelve individuals and organisations were presented with awards in a special tree-planting ceremony in Henrietta Park. Winners included Penny McKissock, who won the Beryl Dixon Community Leader of the Year award for her work with Southside Family Project, and Youth Connect South West, which was named charity of the year.

“It’s inspiring to hear about the contribution all the nominees have made to their communities and there have been some striking tales of people who go above and beyond to support others,” says Councillor Shaun Stephenson-McGall, chair of the council.

ou can find the ull list o winners on the Bath Council website.

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Swimmers raised money for the RUH with a cold plunge



, the official charity o oyal nited Hospitals Bath hosted a new fundraising event, the Polar Plunge. 22 brave fundraisers dived into the chilly waters of the West Country Water Park near Bristol and raised over £2,000 for the charity.

“The Polar Plunge is a really unique way to undraise, e perience the enefits o cold ater and meet a fantastic community of people, all in the safe hands of the superb team at West Country Water Park,” says Ellie Wilkinson, events and community officer or .


Dorothy House Hospice Care is once again taking away Christmas trees at the end of the festive season. Sign up by 8 January and in return for a donation, the charity will collect your Christmas tree from your home over the weekend 13-15 January. To sign up, go to, check that your postcode is covered and then make your donation and book your collection.


You can still donate to Julian House’s Christmas appeal. Heading into 2023, the charity aces a chronic shortage o a orda le accommodation, rising rents and price increases on basic commodities, which impacts clients, sta and the charity. Together ith Agency UK, the charity has produced a short animation about causes of homelessness, and ho ordinary people are a ected y issues such as domestic abuse, mental health issues, family breakdown, childhood trauma and addiction.

ou can atch the film and donate to the appeal on their website.

Councillor Shaun Stephenson-McGall with the Community Awards winners Saskia Heijltjes founder of Kidical Mass


New vision

It’s that time of year again – a moment to reset and emerge into 2023 ready and raring to go. Here, a few local businesses reflect on what’s to come in the next 365 days


My resolutions are to 1. Conduct individual 121s with my team that are not task based, when I can genuinely ask the question, ‘how are you?’ and take the time to listen to the reply. So often these treasured meetings get pushed aside as other ‘more important’ client focused tasks take precedence. I am going to ensure that these precious 121s actually take place using an immoveable timetable!

2.We have a recruitment plan and I will spend much of early 2023 interviewing for our next great employment lawyer to join the team. t should e an easy fi given the talent out there but I always appreciate that Bristol and London hold an irresistible appeal for good candidates. My resolution is to ‘sell’ not only my firm and its merits but also the wonder of living and working in Wiltshire.

3. Finally, to put my professional expertise to good use in my wider community. I have worked as a local

authority appointed governor in several schools in the West Country and also as a parish councillor. Spare time has been in short supply recently and supporting my local community has fallen way down my priority list. It is time to redress that imbalance and to step up!


I personally will continue to be a dedicated and vocal and active ally in addressing the poor diversity in financial services. The homogeneity of our sector is depriving businesses like ours of talent, breadth of ideas, and of true representation of our customers and our communities. While we recognise that we’ve got a long way to go, 2023 for me will be about making sure that we take meaningful action as a business to address the issue and be able to look back this time next year and see the tangible changes we’ve made.

Best of all, we’ll be doing all

this under our new Wealthtime branding which we’re excited to be rolling out externally next year. www no ia finan ial o uk


Unividual’s New Year’s resolution is to help people build their financial resilience during the cost-of-living crisis. Many people don’t reach out to a financial adviser because they believe that what we do isexpensive and for rich people. This is a solutely not the case. To prove it, in e ould li e to gi t a ree financial well-being workshop to businesses in ath. These sessions can e espo e to your sta and hat they want to learn, from savings tips, planning for retirement or how to protect yourself from income shocks. Normally we charge £1,200 for these sessions, our most recent as at ottingham Trent University. All we will ask in return is that you donate a minimum of

£100 to Bath Rugby Foundation who are also dedicated to helping Unividual pursue its goal to help young people and adults build up much needed skills in managing their money.

4JO LLOYD, Rengen House

2022 has been a big year for us, having launched Rengen House in October 2021. It has been wonderful to see the growth in our membership over the year and the strength of the community we are building here. Winning a Bath Property Award last month for Best Co-working Space was a big highlight for us. For 2023, we look forward to continuing to build our mem ership ase, o ering the upmost e i ility or mem ers, as well as developing our community and events programme. We will also be increasing our focus on promoting Rengen House as a venue for external meetings and events. We have a range o e i le, private meeting and event spaces, perfect for exclusive hire for parties and gatherings, team events, o site meetings, or shops and much more. We even have our first wedding reception booked for 2023.

5ROB STYLES, Future Joinery Systems

We would be wise to stay focused and capitalise on the progress we have made to date. We now have a huge library of joinery designs to pull from which can all be customised to suit any project.

loo s to e difficult to orecast. We have some exciting work on the horizon, but we are in the construction industry, and I think the market as a whole might e in or a difficult ourney. n construction, any downturn will be o set y a gro ing s ills shortage, so it will be interesting to see if the industry is as adly a ected as in previous market contractions. What I mean here is, even if there is less or around, you might not find it any easier to find good tradespeople. I BATH LIFE I 95
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Jody Cory

Jody Cory is an independent designer goldsmith with over 35 years’ experience o ering high uality, eauti ully designed, uni ue e ellery.

What first attracted you to jewellery as a career Jody?

When as , our amily home as urgled and our e ellery ta en, much o hich as sentimental. amily riend as a e ellery valuer and my ears soon pric ed up hen he tal ed a out the items eing recreated. then did or e perience at Tupra and ent to evening classes at ath Tech to learn a little more a out it all.

And the path to your success? eing a goldsmith is a highly s illed o , and ta es lots o hard or . ter studying e ellery or three years in , got a o at ath oldsmith company, in the anti ue mar et in . The late, great Terry avies taught me many trade s ills and anti ue restoration.

When did you open your shop, and what was the motivation? n . elt the need or an e perienced e eller in the city, ho

could give advice to people on their uying choices ithout it costing the earth. y ac ground in traditional s ills and anti ue e ellery means can o ten ta e on repairs to e ellery that other goldsmiths may re use to ta e on.

What are some of the influences and inspirations behind your own design style?

am o ten inspired y li e and nature. or e ample, personally love rare gemstones and how the earth creates such eauti ul gems or us. id you no sapphires come in every colour o the rain o y designs are o ten led y the eauty o the stone. love asymmetry, so my pieces o ten have asymmetric, o ing designs.

There is a clear thread of Bath in your work, too…

The Memories of Bath range is o viously inspired y my hometo n and our great vie o ath ey and the oman aths. y grand ather as an engineer in the city and ound some oman coins in the s hile or ing at the ump ooms. We use a replica o original coins in the range. We have made e act replicas o the angels that clim the ladder o the ey, too.

What’s the process for commissions?

sually, the customer has a clear idea ith a commission, ut e are happy to give guidance. We can source diamonds and gemstones on approval rom con ict ree suppliers. The customer can then choose the shade and price o hat they ould li e to use in the design, and e can uote or the piece to e made in lots o metal options yello or hite options li e, silver, ct, ct, ct, platinum, or palladium. This means e can usually or to most udgets.

What would you say is your favourite part of your job?

emodelling. love eing a le to ta e something no longer orn and

ma e it into a stunning ne piece or the earer to e proud o . t’s very re arding or .

What does it mean to remodel a piece?

e ellery is very sentimental, ut not al ays in ashion ut, o course, it’s all recycla le.

The first step is to loo at the items e are going to remodel and orget them. ust ecause it’s a ring no , doesn’t mean it has to e a ring it can e earrings or pendants. We tal through design ideas ith the client, and then s etch designs to scale using any gemstones supplied. We can supply any e tra gold i re uired, too, or use anything else the customer has, li e a ro en nec lace or lost earring, in the ne design.

Can you combine pieces of different carats for remodelling?

old can e amalgamated in carats and colours. We ill al ays tal though every option ith the customer to e plain ho this ill a ect the outcome o the colour and carat. a customer ould li e to use their ct yello gold only, e can also ta e any additional gold in di erent carat and colours against the cost o the la our, using its value li e cash, rather than it going ac in a dra er.

Have you got a favourite piece you’ve ever made?

ould have to say my engagement ring and edding ring, closely ollo ed y my eternity ring. They are eauti ul, uni ue and li e e ellery to everyone, very sentimental.

For more: Jody Cory Goldsmiths, 9 Abbey Churchyard, Bath;

The Bath goldsmith on commissions, remodelling and the favourite piece she’s ever made
Jody Cory jewellery is handmade at her Abbey Churchyard studio


Nominations for the 2023 Bath Life Awards close on 24 January. Lacking inspiration? On the Awards website and Bath Life’s YouTube channel you’ll find helpful guides filled with hints and tips for crafting the best nomination you can. Nominating your company is a great way to start off the new year on a positive note, as you get to spend time thinking over all you have achieved, overcome and created in the last 365 days. Get motivated for the new year by reflecting on all you have done so far – and all that is still to come.

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Digital Wonderlab is a small digital agency based in Bradford on Avon. They work with organisations of all shapes and sizes to help them make sense of the digital landscape and craft websites and apps to meet client goals and create a positive impact on the world.

How did it feel to win a Bath Life Award?

We were over the moon. To stand among the amazing tech innovators in Bath and be recognised for the work we do is deeply humbling. It’s a huge testament to the hard work and continual drive of the Wonderlab team to push the boundaries of what is possible and deliver high impacting solutions to our clients.

Where do you keep the Award?

It is centre stage right now on our meeting table for the team to dance around.

What do you think were the reasons that 2022 was such a winning year?

We focus on impact and doing more with less, innovating and creating solutions on a shoestring. We follow our hearts and give all we can. We’ve all felt the challenges of the last two years, but

our mantra is simple: if we can, we should. We live in a world that isn’t equal so if we can do something that makes it even just a little bit more equal, we will.

What do you really love about working for your company?

Our team of wonderful wondermakers and our culture and passion, and knowing that everything we do matters and is making a positive impact.

Are there any frustrations?

I think the tech industry can get a little too focused on the next big thing. We think too much at times about the tech and not the outcome, and end up guiding people down a path that suits us and not necessarily suiting the end user.

What do you think is the best part about the local business community?

I am always struck by the amazing talent and diversity of businesses within the community. The wealth of knowledge, skill and capability we have right on our doorstep. BOA is awesome. get to cycle to or , gra a co ee, paddle down the river at lunch, and eat in some of the best restaurants in the country. Oh, and taste some amazing beer with wonderful people too.

What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given?

ollo your heart. elieve in hat you do. tay true to your passion and all that is meant to be will happen for you.

Talk us through what’s coming up on the horizon for Digital Wonderlab

We are super chu ed to e or ing on some amazing projects at the moment. I am particularly excited about the next phase of our Mindfulness and editation app amten, and ma ing it even better for users.

What was one moment at work that made you realise you were on the right track?

We have been hit hard over the last two years and had to make some tough choices. When your team stand by you, support you, you know you are doing something right.

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To ecome a thin you need a lot o courage, determination and a strong sense of belief that it’s a role you can aspire to do, but I don’t think I’ve ever lost my awareness of how much I still have to learn. It’s probably quite important because it keeps me grounded and ensures I check in and

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CEO Kirsty Matthews on how the Bath MBA advanced her career in the
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I credit the Bath MBA with changing my entire career path. What I really liked about the programme was the combination of theory and practical business experience. Through project work, we were able to apply what we had learned and ground it in reality. It was inspiring and gave me a strong sense that so much of what you do in building good business skills is about applying common sense and being brave. The course took away a lot of my self-doubt. One of the projects worked on actually led to a o o er ith utricia linical are, building their homecare delivery business from scratch using the commercial skills developed through the MBA. The opportunity came about through a Bath graduate, so it was a great example of how the alumni network can create opportunities. It’s still one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. ince then, ’ve or ed or the across e ec and non e ec roles ecame the o ath’s oyal ational ospital or Rheumatic Diseases and managing director o the irgin are contract in . ’m no chie e ecutive o t, a learning disabilities charity and provider of homes, care and support for adults with learning disa ilities across ngland
and Wales. What really appealed to me about this role was the chance to use my 30 years’ experience in the health and care sector to ma e a di erence and strengthen the opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to live their best life.
test out where I really am with others. To me, ambition is more of a personal challenge. It’s about always striving to push myself to do the best can and to be open to opportunities. The MBA is a stepping stone into so many di erent possi ilities. y advice to students is to use the time to test yourself and your thinking, and don’t feel constrained to one path. Are you a graduate of the School of Management with a story to share? Connect with us: #THINKAMBITIOUS SPONSORED CONTENT BATH LIFE 117 “I WAS ABLE TO USE MY EXPERIENCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE” Kirsty Matthews is CEO of Hft, a national charity supporting adults with learning disabilities
THE BUSINESS FOR GOOD SERIES I studied Business within the University of Bath’s School of Management in 2014, and later completed an MBA. Bath stood out from other universities because of the balance between campus and city life, and the sports side was excellent. It felt like the perfect university offering and it was definitely the right decision. As a student, didn’t know what career wanted to pursue. That’s why having two industrial placements on the BSc Business course really appealed to me. I went to two very different companies – one was a large accounting firm, and the other was HelloFresh when it was pretty much brand new. There were ten of us, and it had a real start-up mentality. Food and drink have always been a passion of mine, which is why I’ve come full circle and gone back to that by launching Canned Wine Co. My wife and have always enjoyed a glass of wine with dinner, but you don’t always want to open a whole bottle. Then, in 2019, we went to a festival where they were pouring wine in single-use plastic cups, and we thought there must be a better way –less wastage and more choice in a smaller volume. That’s what inspired Canned Wine Co. – serving good-quality wine in a more sustainable, innovative way. The University of Bath’s School of Management has been really supportive of me and my business. We work together to provide placements for current students, too, as I know how useful these opportunities are first-hand. A former placement student, Marieke Hammes, is now our sustainability and operations manager – making sure every step of the process is as kind to the environment as possible. For me, ambition is all about seeing opportunities to grow and better yourself, whether that’s personally, academically or in business, and hopefully having a positive impact on other people and the planet along the way. Are you a graduate of the School of Management with a story to share? Connect with us: #THINKAMBITIOUS SPONSORED CONTENT BATH LIFE 79 “THEY WERE POURING WINE IN SINGLE-USE PLASTIC CUPS, AND WE THOUGHT THERE MUST BE A BETTER WAY” SIMON ROLLINGS co-founder and CEO of Canned Wine Co. From advertising exec to eco-entrepreneur: Robert Barnard-Weston on combining profit with purpose THE BUSINESS FOR GOOD SERIES I ’d been working in sustainability for a decade when I decided to go back to school – the School of Management. I knew an academic ualification ould open doors, so enrolled on what’s since become the Master’s in Sustainability and Management. as also an opportunity to develop my research skills and to network with leading academics, as ell as usiness and government leaders. en oyed my time at the niversity o ath so much that ’ve since volunteered to give lectures to current students. To me, am ition is leaving the orld a etter place than hen you ound it. o one ants money ithout meaning, or profit ithout purpose. Throughout my career, ’ve co ounded various eco enterprises in ath, including The Thoughtful Bakery; the city’s first eco hotel and een a ey driver in the armers’ mar et movement. It was becoming a father that set me on this path. n our daughter as on the ay, and paused to thin a out the orld she as a out to arrive in, and my role ithin that. as or ing in an advertising agency selling cars, pension plans and cheap holidays, and started to onder hether as part o the pro lem. promised that y the time she as orn, ’d ecome part o the solution. That’s when I started Groundswell – a communications consultancy for human rights and environmental charities. We or ed e clusively ith non profits until a e years later, hen the private sector started becoming interested in what we now call corporate social responsi ility. limate change and sustainability weren’t on the mainstream agenda back then. o the sustaina ility and social ustice agenda is more urgent than ever. ter over years in sustaina ility consulting, teaching, riting, research and pu lic spea ing, am starting a ne organisation, ocused on activating a glo al net or o local, lo car on economies. These ill empo er people ithin their communities to profita ly meet more of their own and each other’s needs or ood, ashion, urniture, finance, housing and ull on fitness. That’s been my message all the way through you can, ma e it more profita le to e part o the solution than part o the pro lem. Are you a graduate of the School of Management with a story to share? Connect with us: #THINKAMBITIOUS SPONSORED CONTENT BATH LIFE 95 Robert has lived and worked in Bath for 40 years; 30 of them working in social and environmental responsibility “TO ME, AMBITION IS LEAVING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE THAN WHEN YOU FOUND IT” Robert Barnard-Weston MSc Responsibility and Business Practice, 1999 STORM CEO and co-founder Dave Kelly on why he decided to branch out from tech and plant his own forest THE BUSINESS FOR GOOD SERIES O ne of the things that attracted to me to study Business Administration at Bath’s School of Management was the breadth o opportunities. ou learn a out finance, economics, , mar eting the hole lot. What really impressed me about Bath was the level o integration ith industry, hich ena les you to ma e connections not ust ith your peers, ut also ithin the usiness community. ven no that ’m an alumnus, the School still invites me to events such as guest lectures, and love that ’m as ed to chip in and spea to students, too. s a graduate, you no ho valua le a net or can e ecause you’ve e perienced it first hand, so it’s a no rainer to give ac to the University in some way. n co ounded torm onsultancy ith dam ope, ho also studied at ath. torm is an a ard inning digital technology agency ased here in the city. ver the years, the business has grown from a team of two people to eing an organisation ith a seven figure revenue. n torm’s th irthday, e announced e ere creating a orest to o set our car on legacy. o orest as inspired y my eldest daughter, ho as as ing hat e can do to help combat climate change. With a healthy dose o naive optimism, e decided to set an example and plant our own forest. mmediately, our clients anted to get involved and within a month we had raised and ere on our ay to uying land in ristol and planting trees. undreds o volunteers gave hours o their time to ma e it possi le, hich sho s what can be achieved by coming together. o orest ill e a lasting reminder o that. n the uture, hope my ids and grand ids ill go or al around there and thin that their ather, grand ather or great grand ather as involved in creating something worthwhile. or me, am ition is essentially your end point, your dream ut it’s meaningless unless you have the drive and desire to ma e it happen. Are you a graduate of the School of Management with a story to share? Connect with us: #THINKAMBITIOUS SPONSORED CONTENT BATH LIFE 83 “WITHIN A MONTH WE HAD RAISED £250,000 AND WERE ON OUR WAY TO BUYING LAND IN BRISTOL AND PLANTING 10,000 TREES” Dave Kelly Founder of Co-forest
Simon Rollings is the co-founder and CEO of CANNED WINE CO. and a double University of Bath graduate. Here he shares his journey from Business student to business owner

ames, who’s been incredibly supportive. My business degree has also been really useful. I was able to choose modules around entrepreneurship and strategy, and even business in hina in case we decide to expand globally.

It’s taken months of research and experiment, but we’ve developed an AI-powered system that can tell the difference between exercise, regular movement, and if you’re being attacked by looking at both your heart rate and movement. Maks and I graduated earlier this year and the niversity awarded us with an Alumni Innovation Award of 15,000, donated by a Bath graduate. It’s enabled us to

work on Epowar full-time and we’re hoping to launch in December 0 .

Bath is becoming such a hub for techy start-ups. There’s so much support on offer and so many incredible ideas. It’s an exciting place to be.

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Opportunities to make real impact in your community are always on your doorstep. Joining a board in my mid-20s shaped my career and passion for the arts into what it is today.

Despite the traditional view that boards are comprised of senior professionals with years of experience, in reality, a diverse range of skills and backgrounds are necessary to lead an organisation. As a young female trustee for Bath Artists’ Studios, I bring a breadth o no ledge, resh ideas and di erent perspectives in terms of priorities, sustainable development and engaging local communities.

My Master’s in Management at the School of Management, University of Bath provided me with comprehensive management theory and business skills, complementing my undergraduate linguistics degree. entered with career ambitions in leadership in the creative space, and to make a meaningful contribution to society. Bath and Bristol are part of a thriving arts hub, the proximity of the University to the city of Bath gave me access to its music, heritage and art, enabling balance between the course and my lifestyle. After joining the Bath Artists’ Studios board in 2019 we swiftly entered the pandemic. It was a challenging period; our artist community needed the studios for their livelihoods and e aced significant strategic and financial decisions. longside the management sta , we collectively found a way in what seemed an impossible time. We’re now looking at developing the organisation sustainably and engaging diverse communities. There’s a reason I’m still on the board: I come away from each meeting enthused. We’ve just celebrated 25 years and I’m excited for what’s next in a space supporting both

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In my first year of studying at the niversity of Bath’s School of Management, we were asked to write a business card for ourselves in 0 years’ time. I wrote founder of a female empowerment business’. My lightbulb moment’ came while ogging in a badly lit park. I’ve always felt worried about being out alone at night, so when I saw that smartwatches could be used to detect heart attacks, I thought maybe this can be applied to women’s safety. I had an idea for an app that could detect if you were being attacked and alert your close contacts. To help with the technical side, I paired up with Maks ahman, who was studying engineering at Bath. It was a really good fit and together we co-founded Epowar – a smartwatch app that can detect distress.
work on it full-time during my placement, with support
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THE BUSINESS FOR GOOD SERIES W hen finished my h at the chool o anagement, al ays thought ’d return to academia one day. ver years later, ’m ac at ath as a senior lecturer in supply chain management the su ect o my h and the industry ’ve or ed in ever since. t’s strange ho things or out. chose ath ecause it as, and still is, an e cellent place to study. There’s a antastic net or o people you’ll e holding a oo and the author is at the lectern teaching you. y h gave me a lot o confidence and credi ility. as the second oman to ecome president o the hartered nstitute o rocurement and upply, and as a managing director or a glo al an . as living a road hen loc do n happened, and e moved ac to the in . That’s hen sa the lecturer position at the niversity it as such a good fit. While unpac ing to start our ne li e in ath, realised ho many clothes ’d amassed during my corporate career. thought, ‘Why not give it to those ho need it set up st mpressions stimpressions. org.u a charity that supports emale o see ers y providing them ith or ear and mentoring. The niversity o ath gave me the right connections, and have volunteers and students helping ith clients, clothes donations, charity set up and mar eting. st mpressions ath is in the early stages and e’re no loo ing or rental space to create a nice e perience or omen as they choose their clothes. may seem superficial, ut the right outfit has a huge impact on confidence. To me, am ition means allo ing yoursel to do hat you ant ithout oundaries. tell my students at ath to ta e chances and e curious. ou must have confidence in yoursel and it’s something ’ve een uilding throughout my career. hope to help others develop their sel elie Are you a graduate of the School of Management with a story to share? Connect with us: #THINKAMBITIOUS SPONSORED CONTENT BATH LIFE 95
Founder of charity 1st Impressions, Dr Jane Ellis-Brush, on her journey from Bath grad to businesswoman, lecturer and mentor
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Abi Millican speaks about her board experience at BATH ARTISTS’ STUDIOS and the value of board diversity as a young female trustee
established and emerging artists. My experiences as a student undoubtedly inspired my path, working with peers from a range of backgrounds, I was enlightened by examples of positive change through insight into sustainable business practices. I continue to put what I learned into practice as a trustee and in my ‘day job’ in marketing for music charity and renowned venue, Bristol Beacon. To me, am ition is having the confidence to pursue your passions. Find your path and seek out ways to develop and challenge yourself. I encourage young people, students and graduates to go for that board experience. You will meet interesting people who share the same desire to lead the organisation whilst also developing your network and guiding your career in a supportive environment. Are you a graduate of the School of Management with a story to share? Connect with us: #THINKAMBITIOUS SPONSORED CONTENT BATH LIFE 89 “TO ME, AMBITION IS HAVING THE CONFIDENCE TO PURSUE YOUR PASSIONS” ABI MILLICAN board member, Bath Artists’ Studio J oin the University of Bath School of Management on 11 July to celebrate the publication of the Routledge Companion to Marketing and Feminism and hear the latest developments in feminist thought. If you’re an academic in the field, a marketer looking to understand how gender and feminism relates to their work practices, or a student or a member of the public interested in feminism, you won’t want to miss this event. It will also be one of the first opportunities to see the newly opened School of Management building, so do come along and explore the facilities. The book, edited by Pauline Maclaran, University of Bath School of Management’s Lorna Stevens, and Olga Kravets, takes a fresh look at existing scholarship while introducing new theories on feminism. This launch is a chance to learn about these ideas in an informal setting, and rub shoulders with experts in the field who can offer insights on issues such as eco-feminism, intersectionality, digital feminism and even selfies. PROGRAMME • 3:30pm: Arrival, refreshments and building tours • 4pm: Panel discussion • 5 – 7pm: Drinks and networking Lorna Stevens is an expert on gender issues and feminist perspectives in marketing and consumer behaviour. She’s dedicated her career to researching these ideas, publishing her first volume on marketing and feminism with Pauline and previous editor Miriam Catterall 22 years ago. They decided to revisit the topic and publish a follow up book due to the renewed interest in feminism and the profound social changes that have taken place since the publication of the first edition. Their goal in publishing this book was to understand the progress made in the last two decades, and give people the knowledge to understand and unpick the ways in which society continues to perpetuate inequality. A special publication event at the University of Bath will showcase up-to-the-minute feminist thought READY TO LAUNCH SPONSORED CONTENT BATH LIFE 169 11 JULY The Routledge Companion to Marketing and Feminism book launch; 3.30 5pm; The School of Management Building, 10E, The Pavilion, University of Bath campus Sign up today by scanning the QR code, or visit feminism-and-marketingbook-launch Lorna Stevens

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If clients start the year concerned and worried about their finances, what advice would you give?

Don’t panic. Financial advice is there to help you and your family. Our team of advisers are well versed and equipped to advise on a variety of financial concerns, especially at the moment with the cost of living crisis. Currently, the most common concern is around retirement, such as when will it be possible, now the investment markets have dropped. We speak to clients regularly who are nervous about what the future holds and therefore have to readjust their financial goals and plans –and that is what our team are there to do.

With inflation and interest rates increasing, what new strategies should your clients be adopting? Inflation boils down to money not going as far as it used to. Until recently, this has not been a major issue for UK consumers and investors. Those who have left cash in current or savings accounts have

not seen it lose real value dramatically over time. Now the situation is more difficult. It’s important to consider spending decisions and the timing of them. It is also hugely beneficial to decide how you want to lead your life based on your finances. This is where speaking to a financial adviser could really help you on determining and reaching your financial goals. Capital is at risk and the value of your investments can go down as well as up.

What is your firm’s philosophy?

Money and investments are complex, especially in today’s climate. That’s why we are here to provide you with confidence, clarity and a clear direction to meet your financial goals. Your goals are unique to you, and that is where we start. We start by understanding you. Our advisers and investment managers ensure their guidance works for you and your family, from the start of your financial planning journey to the end, whether it is looking at tax efficient investments, mortgages or protecting your investments – we are here to help.


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What’s the one biggest bit of advice you would give at the start of the calendar year?

The New Year period is often seen as a time for reflection, and while it is good to assess your performance in the previous year, it is just as important to adapt or create new strategies for the year ahead – and, more importantly, begin to take action on them as soon as you can. In addition, it’s an important time to have a pre-year-end planning meeting with your accountant to think about your options as we approach the end of the tax year, such as topping up an ISA, contributing towards your retirement by topping up pension contributions (possibly bringing forward unused allowances from the previous three tax years, as long as

you were a member of the pension scheme within those years), saving for your children through a Junior ISA (the annual allowance for a JISA in 2022/23 is £9,000) or a longer-term option of contributing into a stakeholder pension for children, and using any capital gains tax allowance (depending on individual circumstances). It’s also worth discussing changes to tax reliefs coming in from April 2023.

How do you use technology in finance?

As early adopters of the latest cloud accounting technology, we have been able to make sure clients are prepared for digital transformation such as Making Tax Digital. By investing in automation technology, we are not only helping our clients to achieve more, but we have also saved considerable time, enabling us to focus on advisory services which provide deeper insight and greater value to our clients.



What professional accomplishment has made you most proud?

Joining a Chartered Financial Planning business that has encouraged and enabled me to develop and continue with my learning. Being qualified to give advice is one thing, but to provide it to the very highest level is my aim, and for myself to personally achieve Chartered and Certified status, which I am on my way to doing.

What was one of the main planning implications of the Autumn Statement?

One of the big announcements was the reduction in the annual Capital Gains Tax (CGT) exemption from £12,300, in the current tax year. The ability to transfer assets between married and civil partnership couples to maximise the annual CGT exemptions remains, and is very important to utilise. In the current tax year total gains of £24,600 could be sheltered where assets are owned jointly. It may mean that action could be taken now to move assets between couples and to then realise any gains, within the annual exemptions before 5 April 2023, and why tax advantaged portfolios, such as ISAs, are so good. It emphasises how important it is to receive ongoing advice that takes account of such changes.

How do you use technology to help in advising clients?

We use technology to analyse client portfolios and to assess a client’s level of risk. Whilst they provide excellent analysis, my favourite use of technology is cash flow modelling. It allows us to provide a forecast of our client’s future financial position to see if they are on track to achieve their goals and objectives. The best aspect is that it is so interactive using graphs and the ability to change scenarios and so brings finances to life for a client.

Do you have one tip for future investment trends?

2023 should see a major acceleration in investment into renewable energy. Because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there is a drive towards more local and renewable sources of energy. This is just one theme within the overall drive to a more sustainable world using both Government and private funds. As such, we see Sustainable Funds playing an ever-increasing part of an investment portfolio.



What’s the best bit of advice you would give at the start of the calendar year?

For those who have not yet prepared their Self-Assessment tax return, I would suggest starting with that! For clients who have a large tax bill payable by the end of January and are looking at ways to mitigate the tax liability, a tax efficient method can be to make a charitable donation prior to submitting their tax return. The benefit of doing this is that for higher rate taxpayers, extra tax relief is given by extending the basic rate band, leading to more of your income being taxed at the 20 per cent rate instead of the 40 per cent rate.

What is the most frequent problem you encounter this time of year?

As we start to approach the end of the tax year, we want to ensure that people are maximising any

reliefs available to them to mitigate their tax liabilities. Individuals with income levels between £100,000 - £125,140 suffer tax at an effective marginal rate of 60 per cent due to the abatement of their personal allowance once their income exceeds £100,000. If they contribute to their pension or make donations to charity (via Gift Aid), this can work to reduce the ‘net income’ to maximise the entitlement to the personal allowance.

What key bit of advice would you give a client in the current climate?

Keep calm and carry on. Do not let the tax tail wag the dog and focus on ensuring any reliefs and allowances are fully utilised (such as ISA allowances) including the use of your spouse’s tax allowances. These may seem small ideas but over time can amount to a great deal of tax savings.


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What advice do you have for clients starting the year concerned and worried about their finances? That you are not alone. A lot of people feel this way during times where the cost of living is continuously rising. It is important that you try to gain control of your financial situation. Take stock of what is coming in and out and allocate certain budgets for things so you know you can get to the end of month within budget. It sounds easy but people don’t do this. They bury their head and hope everything will be ok. If you can’t or don’t want to find time to manage your finances consider outsourcing this to professionals like ourselves. It is more cost effective than you realise.

Can you advise on ethical investing? Absolutely. People have different goals in mind when it comes to ethical investing. Some of our clients for example want to avoid fossil fuels at all costs, so use ethical funds that exclude coal and energy sectors or a company that has a high ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) rating. It is about taking the time to listen to what your values are and how your investments can reflect that.

How does the financial planning process work? After you have an initial free first meeting with one of our advisers, together we will start discovering what you want to achieve out of life. Clients really enjoy this part of the financial planning process, it helps them realise what is important and what their financial goals and objectives are. Your adviser will then start to formulate and sketch out a few ideas. Whilst this goes on, Unividual’s team of technical specialists will gather the data needed to assess what your financial future looks like in comparison to those goals. This will leave a gap between where you are now and where you would like to be. Your financial planner will then look to close that gap through the design and implementation of your bespoke financial plan. This part of the process is very much an educational one as we want our clients to be involved and to empower them to make the right decisions. We will always explain anything you don’t understand and if you don’t understand things the first time around that is ok. Our financial planners are experts in understanding people and will always find a way to help you see how it works. Following this, you and your financial planner will have a real understanding of your financial strategy and our team will then build and implement your plan. The financial planning process doesn’t stop there though, it keeps looping round every year because this is how you keep things proactive, fresh and all on track. I BATH LIFE I 103 SPONSORED CONTENT

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Carter Jonas and local charity St John’s Foundation have joined forces to market a unique collection of properties, some of which eatured in et i ’s Bridgerton. The three lots available are: 6 – 20 Beauford Square and 11A Princes Street; Royston House, 5 Duke Street; and 1 – 9 Lark Place. St John’s Foundation has owned 6 – 20 Beauford Square since their construction in 1730, 11A Princes Street and Lark Place for over 100 years, and Royston House, 5 Duke Street since the early 2000s.

All three lots are close to being fully occupied and are ithin close pro imity to ath city centre, the furthest being just a 15-minute walk

away. Beauford Square and 11A Princes Street are widely recognised for their appearance in Bridgerton. Built in 1730, they were designed by the architect John Strahan, who also built several churches, Combe Hay Manor, Frampton Court, Redland Court and Painswick Rococco Gardens, amongst others. The buildings are a fine e ample o eorgian architecture ith the historic Theatre Royal frontage shaping the south side. Collectively, the buildings form a square around a picturesque communal lawn, enclosed by iconic railings dating back to 1805 and shaped to commemorate pikes used in the Battle of Trafalgar.

“This is a truly rare opportunity to purchase a selection of historic buildings which present e cellent investment potential, says ee Richards of Carter Jonas. “The buildings are near to 100 per cent occupied and are highly desirable due to their picturesque façades and antastic location.

All properties achieve a current rental income of £609,039 per annum and a highly reversionary income of £724, 920 per annum.

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Lark Place is one of a collection of houses on the market with Carter Jonas and the St John’s Foundation

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Bath-based overseas property portal Kyero is now a B Corporation, a certification or companies that pursue purpose as ell as profit. yero, which helps users buy properties in Spain, Portugal, Italy and France by connecting them with local agents on the ground, was awarded B Corp status based on its rigorous environmental and social standards.

“Kyero has always cared about doing the right thing for our people, our customers, ourplanet and our community, and we are honoured to have earned orp certification in recognition o this, says artin Dell, co-founder. “We believe you shouldn’t have to choose between running a successful business and doing good – you can do both, and we are. In Spain, we donate one per cent of Kyero’s total revenue to Spanish homelessness charity HogarsíRAIS and we have invested in becoming carbon negative for the next ten years. We’re a fully remote company with a small carbon footprint, but we believe our industry should ta e responsi ility or its impact, so e’ve o set dou le the travel that’s typically involved in viewing properties and moving abroad in this calculation, on behalf of our clients.”

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Apex City of Bath Hotel has a new rooftop sanctuary for bees. The biodiverse rooftop sanctuary is home to over 20,000 bees, who for now have been housed in winterproof, insulated hives to keep them comfortable through the colder months. They’ll be moved into new wooden hives on the lush green bio-roof in the spring.

“It’s due to the success of our bio-diversity green roof project that we were able to introduce our new guests to the space,” says Michael Musgrave, general manager of Apex. “We’ve worked with local beekeeper, Daniel Job, to ensure that the Apex bees have the best environment to thrive in. We’ve been able to house 20,000 now and hope to take another 2,000 in spring. We’re delighted to be doing our part in saving this important species and help ulfil our green tourism commitments. We’re also loo ing or ard to having our own honey soon for guests to enjoy at breakfast.”

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Christ Church in Bradford on Avon has been awarded a £239,761 grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The grant will go towards the church’s plans for the £355,500 Discover Christ Church! community project that includes an 18-month programme of intergenerational and inclusive community activities co-designed with young people, restoration of the spire clock, conservation and cleaning of nave walls and rare wall paintings, and improvements to the building’s environmental credentials.

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this Heritage Fund grant thanks to National Lottery players for the Discover Christ Church! project,” says Reverend Ann Keating, rector at Christ Church. “This is a quantum leap forward in realising our vision of Christ Church as a community hu fit or the st century. For more:

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As 2022 draws to a close there is plenty to reflect on in the property market, and reasons to be positive for the year ahead. No one could have predicted the exceptional demand for property over the last few years, or indeed that this would continue for so long after the last lockdown. However it was inevitable that the incredible level of interest in moving house and associated price growth would need to return to a less frenetic pace in the long term.

Indeed, as cost of living pressures start to bite and economic conditions have become increasingly challenging, buyers have, understandably, become more cautious in recent months.

So what does this mean for those looking to buy or sell in 2023 and beyond? Well, undoubtedly we are expecting a different market, one more aligned to that of prepandemic conditions.

Over the next 12 months or so we are likely to see downward pressure on values. This will be less pronounced at the upper end of the market, with prices within what we refer to as the ‘prime’ market – broadly the top 5-10 per cent of the market by value – expected to drop by -5 per cent on average in the south of the country, according to Savills researchers. It’s important to bear in mind that this follows a period of unprecedented price growth of +16.4 per cent on average across the south between March 2020 and September 2022.


ALISTAIR HEATHER is head of Savills Bath office. He started his property career in London over two decades ago. He relocated to Bath with his family in 2019 and specialises in the sale of homes in the prime country market around the city.

LUKE BRADY is head of Savills southern region residential division. He has lived and worked in Bath for twenty years and specialises in the sale of prime property in the city.

MATTHEW PEGLER has more than 25 years’ experience as an agent. He focuses on the sale of country and village properties.

Furthermore, our researchers are forecasting a return to positive growth as early as 2024, with prices over the five year period to 2027 to see net increases of up to +11.6 per cent here in the south – an outperformance of the UK average.

Next year will mark a return to more ‘normal’ buyer/seller dynamics. We are already starting to see expectations more aligned than they have been for the last couple of years. Sellers accept that market conditions are changing while most buyers appreciate that there is still strong demand for the right property.

Bath remains a hugely popular location and while 2023 activity levels are unlikely to be as frenzied as they have been at times over the last couple of years, we are still seeing the effect of a significant shortage of homes available to buy. On this basis, we can expect positive demand for well-priced property in 2023 – particularly for best-in-class homes and those within easy reach of popular schools and/or transport links, especially to London.

In this changing market, it is crucial to choose the right agent to guide you. Preparation is increasingly important, while the correct strategy and price will be fundamental to a successful sale.

Our experienced local team not only knows the Bath market inside out, but is part of a wider national and global network, ensuring farreaching exposure for our clients. We pride ourselves on delivering the best advice, and so, if you are thinking about buying or selling in 2023, please call our expert team and we would be delighted to advise you. n

JACK KING has worked in agency in Bath for 14 years and specialises in the prime city market.

OLLY GERRISH joined Savills at the start of 2021 and concentrates on the core city market.

JASMINE TURNER recently joined the team in September 2022 as the office sales coordinator.

BELINDA BRADLEY has worked in property for over three decades and has been part of the Savills Bath team for 10 years.

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Bath is synonymous with Jane Austen. From the museum and yearly festival that sees throngs of Georgian dressed gentlefolk parade the streets, to Bath’s semi-regular role as egency film ac drop or another Austen adaptation, perhaps, or Bridgerton, her spicy younger si ling opportunistic s oons and single men of fortune in want of wives never feel all that far away. At 95 Sydney Place you can immerse yoursel even deeper in usten the rade listed property as ac drop to nne and Wentworth’s love story in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Persuasion, starring Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root.

ou can still find evidence o the tale o heart rea and reconciliation come to life in the property today in the dining room, which features the trompe d’oleil wall hangings stencilled in y the almost years ago.

The history of the place doesn’t stop at Austen. The historic eleven-house terrace on the western edge of ydney ardens lists a remar a le collection o ormer inha itants including ueen harlotte, ing William

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IV and the Duke of Clarence, and was built in the early 1800s by renowned architect of Bath, John Pinch The Elder.

The vast five oor property is as impressive as its history. riginal eatures have een immaculately maintained throughout, and it has even retained its original our edroom me s coach house to the rear, hich provides separate accommodation, and the current owners have utilised as a bed and breakfast and rental investment. There’s an option to do the same ith the lo er ground oor, hich can e integrated into the main house or unction as a sel contained t o edroom apartment.

etails li e the limestone agstone oors, cantilevered stone staircase with wrought iron alustrades and inlaid mahogany handrails, fine egency plaster or and architraves, eauti ully carved mar le fireplaces, and original sash indo s ith or ing shutters mean the history o the place permeates the atmosphere. There is a solid sureness to the property that is as com orting as it is lu urious especially in such uncertain times. est o all There’s even a allroom. n there, gigantic ull height sash

indo s reach do n to the s irting oards, o ering spectacular vie s across ydney ardens on one side, and to the other, past roo tops to the spire o t ary’s o ath ic hurch eyond. There’s never een a etter opportunity to ring ac the all this is a space made or entertaining, and in need o a creative mind to ma e the most o it.

um er is the ind o house that allo s you to stretch your ings it’s simply vast, ith an array o options or its myriad morning room, rea ast room, conservatory, li rary, dra ing room not to mention all the edrooms hich can o course e adapted or the needs of the household.

Final bonus features include the lovely enclosed garden. paved area, it’s south acing to ma e the most o the sun and dotted ith prettily maintained shru s and small specimen trees. To top it all o , there’s par ing. sought a ter, cut throat usiness in ath, at num er par ing is o no concern at all there’s o road space or three cars, and it’s yours and yours alone.

um er is the per ect ac drop to a love story and this one doesn’t involve a single man or ortune, ut simply an o ner and a spectacular house.


Price £4.5m

Square foot 8,407

Bedrooms Main house has 5, and the mews house 4

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Originally from London, and now living at Bath Riverside , Tom Dean won his first major competition in 2017 when he became the European Junior Champion in 200 metres. Soon after he moved to Bath to study Mechanical Engineering at the University and to join the British Swimming Performance Centre Bath squad.

He has since won two gold medals with Team GB at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games; won three bronze medals at the 2022 World Championships; and became Team England’s most decorated athlete ever at a single Commonwealth Games with seven medals at Birmingham 2022 – six silver and gold in the men’s 4x100m medley relay.

I grew up for the first eight years of my life in London e ore my amily moved to aidenhead here lived or ten years e ore coming to ath.

I moved to Bath four years ago to oin the national training centre ased at the niversity o ath. loved the city as soon as came here, it’s a solutely stunning.

I have four brothers and sisters so it was always a crazy household. We all used to undle in the car in the early hours o the morning and go to training together at the local s imming pool, and ’ve got very ond memories o the hours e spent training hard together.

I really enjoyed school, and was a very studious teenager. studied maths, urther maths, physics and chemistry at level and ent on to do a mechanical engineering degree at the niversity o ath e ore putting my studies on hold to pursue my lympic dreams. thin all o my si lings and had a or ethic distilled into us rom a young age that has seen us all e success ul in our di erent areas o li e, e it sport or academics.

always dreamed of being an Olympic athlete”

I always dreamed of being an Olympic athlete, remem er doing school pro ects on the merican s immer ichael helps and aspiring to reach that top level. count my luc y stars everyday that ’ve een a le to ma e my ho y my o .

I was okay at a lot of sports but not brilliant at one apart from swimming. So it was al ays the natural progression that ould put that at the ore ront o my sporting dreams. specially considering ho demanding the training is at a young age to do other sports ust couldn’t fit them in.

I’ve always been competitive and always been very disciplined, thin it’s pro a ly due to gro ing up in a house hold ith our other ids you’re constantly fighting or your o n space and eing competitive ith my rothers and sisters. admit some o the games e play at hristmas get very heated.

The best moment in my sporting career has to be winning the Olympics without a dou t, it holds such a special place in my heart and ’ve got such incredi le memories o the To yo ames.

The lowest point of my career has to be contracting Covid two months before the Olympic trials and not even thin ing as going to uali y or the ames. When you’ve een or ing or years or one ultimate goal and then it all gets thro n into eopardy, it’s not a un time.

One thing I learned pretty quickly is that the job of being an Olympic athlete is a 24/7 occupation it isn’t ust turning

up to training. You cannot s itch o rom per ormance and recovery. you don’t get the right amount o sleep, then training that you did that day is compromised, and you on’t get as much out o the ollo ing day, so it’s al ays on my mind.

Away from the pool I try and play a little bit of golf, up at the ath ol course. ut thin need a lot more practice

My most prized possessions are my two Olympic gold medals hich sit alongside my . ll o them in a very, very sa e location.

My immediate ambitions are that I want to go on to Paris and win as many Olympic medals as I possibly can. To leave a mar in the orld o great ritish lympic success is a dream o mine. Then long term, ’d li e to e a le to use that plat orm to ma e real change in the country around ater sa ety, and leave the sport in a etter place than ound it.

One thing I’m extremely passionate about is learn-toswim programmes. can encourage more children to e sa e in the ater and to e uip them ith asic li e saving s ills then that is a mar really ant to leave ehind.

The view from Sham Castle holds a special place in my heart and not only ecause o the gol range there. t’s the first place ent ith my atmates hen ust moved to ath. then elt very out o place in this ne city. o love visiting there and eeling li e a true ath resident. n

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