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EDITOR’S LETTER / ISSUE 245 / DECEMBER 2017

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MARKET FORCES Our guide to the best local Christmas fairs

Give and take I’ve never been keen on the question, “What’s the worst present you’ve ever been given?” Because it implies a spoilt attitude and ingratitude to someone else’s thoughtfulness. However, if you were to ask me that question, I wouldn’t be able to stop myself replying, “a Dustbuster.” I have just about forgiven my husband, but I shall never forget. You’ll find no such turkeys in our carefully curated, locally sourced, gift guide (page 27.) And I will suggest my dustbusting other half takes his seasonal search this year to the always amazing Salisbury Christmas Market (page 40). The beauty about shopping locally is not just the terrific service and outstanding choice from our celebrated indies, but that we can make refuelling pit stops at our independently owned coffee and tea shops (page 52) and know we’ll get quality food, plus service with a smile. Someone who made us smile is the phenomenal Alex Lewis. Turn to page 90 for his heart-wrenching yet inspiring story. The man is such a legend, he’s even forced TV’s Mr Nasty, Piers Morgan, to be nice. Don’t believe us? Find out for yourself on page 20. Stay jolly until the next time! Sarah Moolla Editor sarah.moolla@mediaclash.co.uk Tweet us @SalisburyLife


REGULARS / ISSUE 245 / DECEMBER 2017 M EET T H E T EAM

THE ARTS

Editor Sarah Moolla sarah.moolla@mediaclash.co.uk

15 Arts intro It’s back to life with Soul II Soul

Managing editor Deri Robins deri.robins@mediaclash.co.uk Senior art editor Andrew Richmond Graphic design Megan Allison Cover design Trevor Gilham Contributors: John Rose and Clare Macnaughton Advertising manager Hillary Thompson hillary.thompson@mediaclash.co.uk Commercial director Steve Hawkins steve.hawkins@mediaclash.co.uk Production and distribution manager Sarah Kingston sarah.kingston@mediaclash.co.uk Deputy production manager Kirstie Howe Kirstie.howe@mediaclash.co.uk Production designer Gemma Scrine gemma.scrine@mediaclash.co.uk Chief executive Jane Ingham jane.ingham@mediaclash.co.uk Chief executive Greg Ingham greg.ingham@mediaclash.co.uk Salisbury Life, MediaClash, Circus Mews House, Circus Mews, Bath BA1 2PW 01225 475800 www.mediaclash.co.uk @The MediaClash

16 What’s on Arts, gigs, festivals and family fun – it’s time to update the events diary

20 One to one TV presenter Piers Morgan is a sweetie at heart

SHOPPING 27 Gift guide Eight pages of lovely, locallysourced Xmas inspiration

48 Remarkable retail Ladies’ fashion store, Twenty One B, where the customers tell the tale

FOOD 52 Cafés A guide to the best places to refuel mid- and post-Christmas shop

58 Restaurant La Fosse in Dorset is just so wonderfully cheesy

62 Recipes The Bell Inn refuses to talk turkey

65 Food news Prehistoric ices, and a former copper feels the full force of catering

LIFEST YLE 69 Health & beauty Dr Claudia Morley takes the worry out of beauty procedures

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52 BUSINESS 75 Business insider

About MediaClash We’re a Bath-based publisher, creative agency and event organiser Magazines Our portfolio of regional magazines celebrates the best of local living: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Salisbury. We also publish foodie mag Crumbs. (www.crumbsmag.com, @CrumbsMag) and wedding title Vow (@VowMag). Agency From the design and build of websites to digital marketing and creating company magazines, we can help. Events We create, market, promote and operate a wide variety of events both for MediaClash and our clients Contact: info@mediaclash.co.uk

PROPERT Y 86 Property showcase

News, views and interviews from the region’s professionals

A Wilts home where old meets new to create the wow factor

77 My desk

DEPARTMENTS

Corinne Roberts shares her dog-centric working space

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Spotlight Scene Opinion Salisbury Lives

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Riveter girl Betty then, and with her rivet gun now

Crew of secret factory girls pose by the spitfire wing they have finished

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UPLIFTING TALES A documentary telling the fascinating tale of secret spitfire-making in Salisbury during World War II has been recently screened in Salisbury Odeon and is creating a stir nationwide. It reveals the production of thousands of spitfires were built in Salisbury, as well as in Trowbridge and Reading, in garages, bus depots, barns, woods, and even a hotel, in total secrecy. Even more remarkable was that the work was carried out by women, children, the elderly and just a handful of male engineers. Filmmaker Ethem Centinas, explains, “The existence and size of 8 I SALISBURY LIFE I www.mediaclash.co.uk

operations of these factories has never been told fully. They were mainly referred to as dispersal factories supplying small parts to main manufacturing plants but no one was aware they were building and flying out complete spitfires. “Girls and women were involved successfully in very high technology manufacture of warplanes along with ATA girls who flew them, on equal pay and equal terms with men for the first time. ‘The workers behind the factories could be described as the most selfless generation,” he continues. “They did what they had to do and did their best without

asking for any recognition. One of the purposes of this film is to show today’s generation what their grandparents really did during the war and to give them the honour they deserve.” The film, which is looking for worldwide broadcasters, features interviews with former factory workers, engineers and pilots and features Dame Vera Lynn reading the poem High Flight written by an American spitfire pilot John Gillespie Magee, who died in a mid-air collision over Lincolnshire in 1941, at just 19 years old. For more: www.secretspitfires.com


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LESSONS IN WAR “Go ahead caller. I’m listening...”

SALISBURY CATHEDRAL

VOICE OVERS BBC Wiltshire is bringing The Listening Project, presented by Radio 4’s Fi Glover (pictured above), to Salisbury Cathedral. Producer Emma Colman and her team will be recording conversations between 10am-5pm in the purpose-built booth by the Bell Tower Tearooms, from 9–17 December. Emma explains, “Conversations can be about anything and everything. A good starting point might be if this was your last chance to have a conversation with someone, who would it be and what would you talk about?” This is an opportunity for anyone living locally to the Cathedral, or just visiting, to take part in this ground-breaking BBC project, which is a partnership between BBC Radio 4, BBC local and national radio stations, and the British Library. Emma adds, “All the recorded conversations are archived by the British Library, preserving them for future generations.” For more: www.bbc.co.uk

Pupils from Salisbury’s Leehurst Swan School experienced a taste of World War One at Salisbury Cathedral. The display included representations of the trenches, a tank with fully functional parts, and a Bristol Scout bi-plane that once belonged to Francis Bremner, who flew it between 1914-1916, and has now been restored by his grandsons David and Rick Bremner. The year 6 pupils also had the opportunity to handle Enfield rifles, and discussed what life was like for families if someone was

injured. “It was a brilliant trip and I felt like I understood more about the war, what it was like and how it affected people back home,” said prep head boy, Hari Chowdhury. The event on 6 October was organised by the Wiltshire branch of the Armed Forces charity SSAFA, who partnered with Salisbury Cathedral, the Royal Signals Museum, the Royal Artillery and Breaking Ground Heritage. For more: www.leehurstswan.org.uk

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Kirsty Simpson and Natasha Clark

AT THE BAR Leading law firm Trethowans held their drinks social at St Cross Cricket Club, Winchester on 13 September. As well as the opportunity for the offices of Salisbury, Southampton, Poole and Winchester to mingle, Hampshire Wine School hosted an informal, interactive wine tasting quiz. Photos by John Rose www.johnrosephotography.com

Alastair Wilson and Juliet Mayhew

Simon Dancer, Mariana Crawford, Grainne Alen-Buckley and Patrick Glynn-Jones Mark Kinally, Rachel Niddrie and Guy Hanson

Andrew Mercer, Cecile Bergart and Mike Watson


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Bev Flanagan and Guy Lawrence

PAGE TURNERS Culture Coffee on Fisherton Street was the venue for the launch of the Salisbury Literary Festival on 27 October. Nearly 200 guests, including Mayor John Lindley and John Glen MP, gathered to enjoy speeches, bubbly and cake, and see the Salisbury Story Prize winners receive their awards. Photos by John Rose www.johnrosephotography.com

Kristina Stephenson, Nigel Ellis and Gina Gough

Helen Birchenough, John Glen and Tom Bromley

Russell Mardell, Mike Rogers and Stew Taylor

Tracy Burge, Lisa Conway and Jayne Woodhouse

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Beatrice, Jilly and Scarlett Carrell


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CIVIL SOCIET Y Local archaeologist and Time Team’s Phil Harding unveiled a Salisbury Civic Society Blue Plaque dedicated to Agnes Bottenham outside the Rai D’Or pub and restaurant on Brown Street on 7 September. The plaque reads, “Here dwelt Agnes Bottenham Landlady of the Rydedorre who founded Trinity Hospital for the poor circa 1370”, charitable work that continues to this day.

Phil Harding

Stephanie Siddons Deighton, Adrian Harris and Judith Payne

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James Woods and Alastair Clark

Andrew Hesketh and Neil Beagrie

PRECIOUS TIME Salisbury jewellers Allum & Sidaway recently celebrated their 75th anniversary with a special party in their Minster Street store. Along with guest jewellers, glasses of bubbly and special celebratory prices –visitors were invited to guess the time the hidden watches would fall from the specially made ice sculpture and win a prize. Photos by John Rose www.johnrosephotography.com

Ivonna Poplanska with Liz and Mike Duffin

Paul Lewis with Margaret and Alan Rogers

Abbi Davies, Ian Elliot and Judith Lockwood

Mike Wakefield with Theresa and Simon Wood

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SOUL MATES

“We’re from the days when a number 14 bus and a supermarket trolley got us around.” This is how soul music legend Jazzie B used to travel about with his first sound system at just 13 years old. Soul II Soul, which he formed with Daddae Harvey, was signed by Virgin Records in 1988 and went on to achieve huge pop success with hits such as Keep On Movin’ and Back To Life. Nearly thirty years on and Jazzie B, now with an OBE to his name, is still keeping the soul spirit alive. Along with original vocalist Caron Wheeler, Soul II Soul are bringing their incredible live show, complete with a full backing band, to Salisbury City Hall on 24 November and sound as contemporary, relevant and dance-able as ever. “I still DJ in clubs so being in a sound system is very important to me,” says Jazzie B. “It’s all exactly the same as before, except that the times have changed. The singers and artists are our MCs, and instead of mix tapes, we now make records and CDs.” Soul II Soul will be performing at City Hall Salisbury on 24 November, with support from Feelgood Experiment; www.cityhallsalisbury.co.uk

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18 November - 19 December

Ballet Cymru perform their stunning interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Salisbury Arts Centre; Joy Division and New Order legend Peter Hook comes to the city on 8 December; See this Sunny Wiltshire Hare by Terry Kemp as part of the Winter Exhibition at Salisbury District Hospital ending 7 January

Exhibitions

dwell. The Salisbury Museum; www.salisburymuseum.org.uk

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WILTSHIRES AT GAZA 1917 A riveting collection of artefacts and photos telling the story of the Middle East’s Third Battle of Gaza, from the perspective of the 1st/4th Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment. £5. The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum; www.thewardrobe.org.uk

U N TI L 6 JA N UAR Y

SHINE The Fisherton Mill exhibition brings together the work of sculptors, ceramists, potters and artists including the striking work of Dan Bilton. Fisherton Mill; www.fishertonmill.co.uk U N TI L 7 JA N UAR Y

U N TI L 1 0 D E C E M BE R

LAURENCE DE VOGÜÉ A first time UK exhibition of the stunning work by the French artist photographer entitled, Painting with Light: A Vibrant Journey. The Monster Gallery; www.minstergallery.com

A TRIBUTE TO THE RIVER TEST Pete Gilbert and Hugh Lohan have created an innovative exhibition celebrating the River Test by mixing paintings and photography. Rum’s Eg; www.hampshireartandcraft.org

exhibition, giving a privileged insight into the man who created some of literature’s most enduringly popular fantasy worlds and characters. £7.50. Salisbury Museum; www.salisburymuseum.org.uk 24 NO VEMBER – 7 J ANUAR Y

WINTER EXHIBITION Salisbury Group of Artists will be holding their popular annual Winter Exhibition with original works on display, including local landscapes, with commission on all sales going to the ArtCare fund for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors. Salisbury District Hospital, Odstock Road; www. salisburygroupofartists.co.uk

THE CHARMED REALM Venture through the deep magical forests of this exhibition by talented Paul Kidby to glimpse where ice dragons and unicorns

U N TI L 1 3 JA N UAR Y

TERRY PRATCHETT: HISWORLD Salisbury Museum, the estate of Sir Terry Pratchett and Paul Kidby present an exclusive

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KÄTHE KOLLWITZ Käthe Kollwitz, who died in 1945, was notable for the emotional power of her drawing, printmaking and sculpture. This exhibition celebrates the life and work of the refreshingly unpretentious and leading German artist. Young Gallery; www.younggallerysalisbury.co.uk

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9 DEC EMBER – 4 F EBR UAR Y U N TI L 6 J ANUARY

Long Gallery. Messums Wiltshire: www.messumswiltshire.com

MATERIAL: LIGHT Continuing the materials based theme, Material: Light will feature a light installation by David Spriggs, as well as an exhibition of contemporary glass in The

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE A touching movie that tells the story of the unlikely friendship between a poker-addicted tie salesman who buys the world’s worst restaurant and the Syrian refugee who helps him. 7.30pm,


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£8. Salisbury Arts Centre; www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk 2 9 NO V E M B E R – 2 D E CE MBE R

THE NATIVITY With silly songs, pitiful puppetry and Biblical befuddlement Living Spit’s interpretation of the greatest story ever told promises to be a cornucopia of Christmassy comedy. £13.50. The Salberg, Salisbury Playhouse; www.salisburyplayhouse.com 8 DECEMBER

BALLET CYMRU: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Award-winning Ballet Cymru present a stunning version of Shakespeare’s most magical play. This funny and heartwarming adaptation features Mendelssohn’s joyous music and choreography by artistic director Darius James. A world of magic and mayhem with radiant costumes, sets and video projection. 7.30pm, £18. Salisbury Arts Centre; www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk 5 DECEMBER

TOM ALLEN Tom Allen, the sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of working class Bromley, embarks on his debut solo tour. The word is catch him now and say you saw him first. 8pm, £12. Salisbury Arts Centre; www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk

Music 2 4 NO V E M B E R

SOUL II SOUL The Grammy award-winning funk and soul masters – made up of Jazzie B and Caron Wheeler – perform their huge classic dance anthems, all performed with ‘a happy face, a thumpin’ bass, for a lovin’ race.’ Turn to page 15 for more on the soulful legends. 7pm, £25.50. City Hall Salisbury; www.cityhallsalisbury.co.uk 2 5 NO V E M B E R

SALISBURY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA South Wiltshire’s own symphony orchestra celebrates its centenary with a wonderfully special concert in Salisbury Cathedral, with charismatic violinist Richard Studt the soloist in Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending.

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The orchestra’s regular conductor David Halls is taking the podium, while Ros Bromley will be leading the orchestra. 7.30pm, £20. www.salisburysymphony orchestra.org.uk 8 D E CE MBE R

PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT Former Joy Division and New Order member Peter Hook, performs Substance, the Joy Division album that became an instant bestseller and is heralded as arguably their most influential. 7pm, £24.50. City Hall Salisbury; www.cityhallsalisbury.co.uk 1 4 D E CE MBER

SLADE Okay so Noddy isn’t with them but it’s still Slade performing that song, along with 70s classics including Cum On Feel The Noize and Coz I Luv You. Founder Slade members Dave Hill and Don Powell are still part of the band which regularly tours worldwide. You won’t be invited to a better party this side of Christmas! 8pm, £23.50. City Hall Salisbury; www.cityhallsalisbury.co.uk

Family fun 2 5 N OV E MBER – 1 7 D E CE MBER

THE CHRISTMAS HOUSE Each ground floor room will have a different theme, focusing on a different period of history and the characters who lived at Mompesson at that time. There’s also a 1970s Christmas in the library to mark the 40th anniversary year of Salisbury’s 18th-century townhouse. £7.30/£3.65. Mompesson House; www.nationaltrust.org.uk 2 – 1 7 D E CE MBER

HAWKS IN THE FOREST Each weekend Moors Valley Country Park and Forest are offering the opportunity to create a fabulous family memory with a special photograph holding a white falcon or owl in front of a Christmas tree backdrop. 11am-4pm; £5 per family. www.moors-valley.co.uk 9 & 1 5 D E CE M BER

SANTA AT CROSS KEYS Along with the late night shopping, festive face painting, and live music with local bands

Paul Kidby can illustrate like a bat out of hell – see his outstanding Discworld work at Salisbury Museum until 13 January as part of the Terry Pratchett exhibition

arranged by the indie record store Vinyl Collectors and Sellers, Cross Keys on Queen Street is playing host to the big man himself. Cross Keys Arcade; www.crosskeysshopping.co.uk

seasonal liqueurs and lantern parades. For more details of this event, and other Christmas markets turn to page 40. www. salisburychristmasmarket.co.uk 1 DEC E M B ER

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STOCKBRIDGE CHRISTMAS This is a proper extravaganza with celebrities, heroes, Christmas lights, stalls, schoolchildren singing carols, Santa in his grotto, oh and Piers Morgan. Turn to page 20 for our interview with TV’s Mr Nasty, and to page 90 where Alex Lewis explains about his Alex Lewis Trust, which this event is raising money for. www.stockbridgechristmas.com

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LITTLE ROBIN REDBREAST To help little Robin count down the days, Mummy and Daddy Robin have given him an advent calendar, and behind every window is a picture and every picture tells a musical story. £9. The Salberg, Salisbury Playhouse; www.salisburyplayhouse.com

TAMED WITH PROFESSOR ALICE ROBERTS Alice Roberts delves into archaeology, history and genetics to reveal the amazing stories of the species that became our allies, from dogs, cattle and horses to wheat, potatoes and apples. 7pm, £18.50. City Hall Salisbury; www.cityhallsalisbury.co.uk

SALISBURY CHRISTMAS MARKET For the sixth consecutive year, a winter wonderland of shopping chalets arrive outside the Guildhall Square to bring us everything from little gifts,

PROJECT WORKSHOP XMAS SALE Unique Christmas shopping at Andover’s Project Workshops with dozens of artists offering everything from sculpture, furniture, ceramics, and glass vessels. Project Workshops, Lains Farm Quarley; www.projectworkshop.co.uk DECORATED TREE FESTIVAL See over 100 decorated trees and nativity scenes on display, all provided by organisations in South Wiltshire to raise money for nominated charities. Free. www.stthomassalisbury.co.uk

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ONE TO ONE

PIERS of the REALM SARAH MOOLLA catches up with TV presenter and journalist Piers Morgan to talk Christmas, Madonna, and the inspirational Alex Lewis

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e’s controversial, antagonistic, opinionated, and also an incredibly successful journalist, editor, author, broadcaster, and TV presenter both sides of the Atlantic. Piers Morgan is also appearing in Stockbridge, not as a panto villain, but switching on the Christmas lights for the Alex Lewis Trust, which is he is doing alongside Alex (turn to page 90 for our interview with Alex). Here, the Good Morning Britain host and daytime baddie reveals his good side… How did you find out about Alex Lewis and his trust? I became aware of his story after reading various news reports. He seemed such an extraordinary and inspiring young man. I then had the honour of meeting him and he is even more extraordinary and inspiring in real life. How has his story impacted on you? Alex is living testament to the power of the human spirit to overcome any adversity. I think he makes everyone (including me) who meets him realise how much they take their own relatively easy and comfortable lives for granted and to stop complaining so much. Have you been able to help raise the profile of Alex and his inspirational work in any other ways? I’ve done a few tweets for him to my six million followers that I think helps raise awareness for his fantastic efforts. I’m always happy to help when Alex asks. Is there a connection to Stockbridge for you as well? Yes, I have a lot of family who live in the area. It was my cousin, Sophie Walters, who owns La Bella Donna store in the town, who asked me to come and turn on the lights. I said I’d only do if it Alex did it with me, and if she laid on a slap-up dinner afterwards! I think we’re booked into the Greyhound on the Test, which is run by Alex’s partner Lucy. Are you a fan of Christmas? I love it. It’s probably my favourite time of the year. My parents always put on a massive two-day feast for all the family, and there are gazillions of us now so it’s quite a party. We usually gorge

ourselves into semi-comatose states before re-awaking to enjoy a very rowdy and competitive game of charades. Where will you spend Christmas and New Year? Christmas at my parents, then off somewhere warm with my wife Celia and five-year-old daughter Elise to recover from a month-long pounding of my liver during the festive party season. What’s top of your present list? The new iPhone X, which looks amazing, but I doubt I’ll be able to wait that long for one. Have you been naughty or nice this year? By my standards, I’ve been relatively well behaved. But admittedly, the bar is quite low. Which celebrity is no longer on your Christmas card list? I don’t think Madonna need be running excitedly to her post-box, let’s put it that way. Who do you think has crossed you off theirs? It’s been a while since I got a Christmas card from Jeremy Clarkson, Cherie Blair or Hugh Grant. They must have lost my address or something. Any New Year resolutions? The same ones I always have: to work hard, play hard, see more of my family and try to stop getting so angry about Arsenal. Favourite cracker joke? What was written on the hypochondriac’s tombstone? Told you I was ill. Piers will be switching on the Christmas Lights at Stockbridge on 1 December, with Alex Lewis. The event starts at 4.30pm, and includes a visit by Father Christmas and his reindeer, and a Christingle service, with the big switch on happening at 6pm outside the church. For a chance to dine with Piers at The Greyhound on the Test, visit www.jumblebee.co.uk/dinnerwithpiers For more: www.stockbridgechristmas.com

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OPINION

LEGO FOR ADULTS, JUST WITH MORE GLUE AND SWEARING IT’S LIKE

DANIEL PAGE

PRESENT AND CORRECT Daniel, like the rest of us, believes rocket science might just be easier than buying Christmas presents for men

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here are few things more difficult in life than buying gifts for a male relative. Sure rocket science is acknowledged as a ‘tough gig’ and yeah okay, brain surgery can have life-changing consequences if you get it wrong, but when I say that men can be hard to shop for I think you and I are on the same page. I should know – I’ve been hard to shop for for over 38 years. Mind you, when I say ‘male relative’, I’m referring those of the more mature persuasion. Kids are fine. In fact, my six-year-old has been VERY clear on which Lego set he wants for Christmas ever since he was, well, five (it’s 60069: Swamp Police Station in case you were wondering). I’m talking about the dads, brothers, uncles and grandfathers of this world, aka the red wine brigade. By which I mean the default gift you reach for, rather than that well-known unit of elite merlot-drinking killers (note to self – idea for the next Quentin Tarantino film?). So with the holiday season fast approaching, what, I hear you say (I have very good hearing), should I get the man who wants for nothing and has questionable taste in everything? Fear not, for I have a cunning plan… you get him what he doesn’t want. Bear with me, I’m not completely mad (according to at least two of the three doctors I’ve consulted). What I mean, is that there are certain things men don’t want to buy, but they still like. The classic example is socks. Men HATE buying socks. In fact, I rather suspect everyone hates buying socks, but, much like the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, they’re a necessary evil. And yet a good pair of socks on a winter’s night will

bring a smile to many a face (unlike David Davis). The trick is to find something that a bloke would never want to buy themselves, be it for reasons of financial prudence, social embarrassment or plain old boredom. So with that in mind, here are my top 5 places in Salisbury for shopping the perfect gift for the imperfect man…

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Salisbury Model Centre, Fisherton Street This is the kind of shop every boy, I mean man, secretly wants to visit. Come for the trainsets and leave with a spitfire. it’s like Lego for adults, just with more glue and swearing.

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Sarum Physiotherapy Centre, Devizes Road. This one is a double win as not only do they get a relaxing sports massage, you can finally solve that ‘injury’ that’s been preventing them from playing mixed doubles for the past six years.

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Robert Lewis Chocolates and Tea Rooms Okay, so they’re not cheap, but that’s exactly the point. High-end chocolates from a classic tea room are unlikely to feature on his bucket list, but I’m sure you’ll find them rapidly enjoyed, especially when accompanied by a glass of wine or two (you can still use that bottle you’ve already bought).

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Baroushka, Fisherton Street Still waiting to be taken out for an exotic meal? Take him out instead. A blend of Lebanese, Moroccan and Turkish cuisine, this is a genuinely high-end restaurant with a range of low-end deals such as a two-course Sunday lunch under a tenner PLUS a beer. (To be honest, you’ll have him at ‘beer’).

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Scent and Colour, Cross Keys I’m not gonna lie, this one is GENIUS. Men hate buying fragrances. And when we finally admit it might be nice to smell of something other than bacon sandwiches, we grab the manliest looking box with the toughest sounding name (hence the existence of the charmingly titled Diesel). The beauty of Scent and Colour is that they’ll mix up a completely custom scent to suit your tastes, including the ability to match any high street fragrance. AND it’s about half the price. I love the smell of sandalwood in the morning. Daniel is a freelance writer and script-editor based in Alderbury. He runs a range of creative writing courses in Salisbury included ‘Writing Sitcom for Beginners’ and ‘Writing Comedy for Beginners’. Check out www.whydidthechicken.com for more information and use the code SALISBURYLIFE for a discount on any of his courses.

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XMAS SHOPPING GUIDE

THAT’S A WRAP! Our eight-page special is packed with gorgeous gifts and precious presents to help plan your Christmas shopping – or you could always treat your ‘elf! (we are not sorry)

YOUR GOOD ELF Knitted elf, £12.99 He’s Santa’s little helper in woolly form and guaranteed to be loved all year round From Casa Fina; www.casafinasalisbury.co.uk www.mediaclash.co.uk I SALISBURY LIFE I 27


CHECK MATE Chinese games compendium, £39 They’ll never be ‘board’ again with a travel set including solitaire and chess From Orchid Furniture; www.orchidfurniture.co.uk

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WORD UP Vintage book wooden bookends, £20 There’s a poetry in books supporting books that we just love From Digger & Mojo; www.diggerandmojo.com

FOOT NOTE Independent socks, £10 These socks will enhance a skater’s half-pipe ability. Fact. From Feel Good Skate Co; www.feelgoodskate.co

KITTED OUT Gentlemen’s Hardware kitchen multi tool, £30 Every kitchen crisis, from grating to corkscrew, is covered with this gadget From Dinghams; www.dinghams.co.uk

SHROOM AT THE TOP Toadstool Nightlight, £25 The door is a switch and the lamp can operate on a timer. Fairy clever! From Éire Fairies; www.eirefairies.co.uk

MY PRECIOUS Silver ring, £215 When one-stone isn’t enough, here’s a three-stone handmade entwine ring From Elinor Cambray Jewellery Design; www.elinorcambray.com

FACE TIME Weather clock, £350 The world’s only forecast clock with an integrated barometer From Fisherton Mill; www.fishertonmill.co.uk

SAY CHEESE Cheesemaking kits, £26.95 For all those Wallace and Gromit cheese fans, these kits combine top quality ingredients and fail-safe recipes. From Fisherton Mill; www.fishertonmill.co.uk www.mediaclash.co.uk I SALISBURY LIFE I 29


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BEE KNEES Bumble bee cufflinks, £260 Made by Deakin & Francis, these bee-auties have sapphire blue eyes From Allum & Sidaway; www.allumandsidaway.co.uk GLASS ACT Champagne saucers, six for £69.95 Vintage style glasses perfect for toasting every day of 2018 From Casa Fina; www.casafinasalisbury.co.uk

HIP HIP HOORAY Hip flask, £29.95 Liquid courage anyone? Cheeky snifter? Be prepared From Nadder & Wylye; www.wiltonshoppingvillage.co.uk

STAR BAKER Mini chef’s set, £8.50 Because they’re never too young to start earning their keep From Dinghams; www.dinghams.co.uk

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BAG IT UP Burghley holdall, £125 Crafted from soft, vegetable tanned leather, the Stamford is first class all the way From The Bay Window Gift Shop; www.thebaywindowgiftshop.co.uk

BO JANGLES Sarah Ho POP! bracelets, from £45 Bands of colour in various sizes with silver and gilt fittings From H R Tribbeck & Son; www.tribbecks.com


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GOOD TASTE Mermaid’s larder, £12 Bottles of wrack, gutweed, laver, dulse and kelp to add mealtime magic From Goodfayre; www.goodfayre.co.uk

GOT IT COVERED Persian rug, £1,600 Bring the holy city of Qum into someone’s world From Bakhtiyar; www. bakhtiyar.com

HEAVEN SCENT Connock Kukui Eau De Parfum, £75 Like giving flowers, but in a longer lasting elegant floriental fragrance form From Regent; www.regenttailoring.co.uk

DEER SANTA Deer tray with tea light holders, £56 Let Rudolph and his pal light the way From Orchid Furniture; www.orchidfurniture.co.uk Orchid Furniture; www.orchidfurniture.co.uk

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CLOSE SHAVE Hand made safety razor, £40 Get smoothly eco with a permanent razor, plus stylish Norse accessories From Goodfayre; www.goodfayre.co.uk

IN THE MIX KitchenAid Stand mixer, £499 This comes in a colour called Empire Red. And for that reason we’re in. From Dinghams; www.dinghams.co.uk

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SCRUMPTIOUS Small cider jug, £50 A traditional handcrafted ceramic to store the nectar of the West Country From Knighton Mill Pottery; www.knightonmillpottery.com

STORY TIME Scurry Goes to Salisbury by Richard Morgan, £7.99 The history of Cathedral made easy From Salisbury Information Centre; tel: 01722 342860


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DA BOMB Soaps, bombs and scents, from 75p Along with bath smellies, these guys can blend vegan oils to mimic brands From Scent & Colour; www.scentandcolour.com

WISE GUY Porcelain owl mug, £9 Be smart like owl and get them homeware from the Wildwood range From Salisbury Cathedral; www.salisburycathedral.org.uk

THE KING A Boy From Tupelo, 12”record, £20 All hail the King of Graceland, Elvis Presley bearing the gift of music From Vinyl Collectors and Sellers; www.vinylcollectorsandsellers. wordpress.com

RING ME 18ct opal and diamond ring, £2,465 Give us this gold fire opal and diamond cluster ring, and we’ll be your best friend From H R Tribbeck & Son; www.tribbecks.com

TALL STORY Giraffe cushion, £35 Perfect for the nursery with its grey felt appliquéd and textured scarf From Pure Comfort; www.pure-comfort.co.uk

ON THE ROCKS Whiskey Stones, £15 Watery whiskey begone with these reusable soapstone cubes From Regent; www.regenttailoring.co.uk

PICTURE THIS Nude 9, £225 From under the tree to on the wall, this is an original gift to treasure From Galerie D’Usine; sales@galeriedusine.co.uk

SPEED OF LIGHT Vintage Morris Minor lamp, £65 If driving lights up their life - here you go From Digger & Mojo; www.diggerandmojo.com

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NUTS ABOUT IT Utta Nutta peanut butter, £3.99 There’s the original, the extra crunchy, and they’re both made in Downton From Salisbury Information Centre; tel: 01722 342860

HAPPY FEET Janie’s knitted hot water bottle cover, £45 Warm tootsies = bedtime bliss From Fisherton Mill; www.fishertonmill.co.uk

I BEG YOUR PARDON Rose scented candle, £31.50 Top present full of top notes From Cranborne Garden Centre; www.cranbornegardencentre.co.uk

HANG TEN Skateboard, £40 The deck is a 9-ply hardrock maple. That’ll mean a lot to someone cool From Feel Good Skate Co; www.feelgoodskate.co BRIGHT EYES If I Were A Rabbit, £8.50 Jellycat’s textured fluffy bunny book From The Bay Window Gift Shop; www.thebaywindowgiftshop.co.uk

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WATCH THE BIRDIE Oi gift box, £47 For hair products that are a cut above From The Colour Rooms; www.thecolourroomssalon.com


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No44 Homeworks

Interiors Courses Classes • Unusual Gifts 44 Fisherton Street, Salisbury SP2 7RB 01722 324773 info@no44homeworks.co.uk homeworks www.no44homeworks.co.uk

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Salisbury’s independent retailer for quality art supplies We stock Daler Rowney, Winsor & Newton, Derwent & Unison and lots more. 34 Winchester Street, Salisbury SP1 1HG

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flockbynature.co.uk Beautiful knitwear. Thoughtfully produced.


Flowers and Flower Workshops

Wedding Flowers, Bouquets and Flower Workshops running throughout the year Quote Salisbury Life to get a 10% workshop discount when booking

Email: sarah@podandpip.co.uk | www.podandpip.co.uk

Knighton Mill Pottery Traditional handcrafted ceramics Producing high fired pottery for everyday use. Natural beauty from clay, heat & salt.

01722 780128 | office@knightonmillpottery.com www.knightonmillpottery.com

PARTY DRESSES Mondays: Closed

Tuesday - Saturday: 10.00am - 5.00pm

15 Milford Street, Salisbury SP1 2AL Telephone: 01722 410522 www.twentyonebsalisbury.co.uk


The Bay Window GIFT SHOP, CLOTHING & INTERIORS

A little bit of everything in the heart of Wilton 17 North St, Wilton. SP2 0HA. Tel 01722 741287 www.thebaywindowgiftshop.co.uk

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egent is a contemporary, elegant clothing brand with British heritage at its core. Through our wealth of tailoring experience and our appreciation of timeless design, we use the best quality cloths and manufacturing methods to offer a wide selection of clothes and accessories for men and women. We also stock a limited range of clothing and accessories from complementary brands, including Aigle, Levi’s Made & Crafted, Hiut, Edwin, Red Wing Shoes and YMC, all of which are available from both our Salisbury shop and online. Regent also offer a semi-bespoke tailoring service. A semi-bespoke service, which is frequently referred to as made-to-measure, yields results that are just as good as a fully bespoke tailor, but at a fraction of the cost and with far fewer fittings after the customer’s measurements have been taken. Regent have access to a vast range of cloth, from esteemed weavers such as Lovat Mill, Holland & Sherry, Dugdale Bros. and Harrisons.


HOW TO USE ART

ALL THE FUN OF THE FESTIVE FAIR Get your skates on as it’s time to start planning your Christmas market visits By SA R A H MOOL L A

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his is shopping but not as we know it any other time of year. It’s crisp winter air, cups of mulled wine and pretty little chalets bursting with quirky, intriguing and unique goodies. These Christmas markets, not only turn our cities, towns and villages into twinkly fairy tales, they put the merry and bright into retail and browsing. Here’s a selection box of some of the best markets in the region…

SALISBURY CHRISTMAS MARKET

When and where: 23 November until 22 December in Salisbury Guildhall Square. How many stalls: 79. New stalls to look out for: Drinks in Tubes, Georgie Porgie’s Christmas Puddings, The National Trust And Spruce Lodge Bar. Returning favourites: The Sweet Potato Spirit Company, Blacks Cheese and Art Polish Pottery. Any charity connections?: Each day a different charity will be in the charity kiosk. Extra events: There’s a wide range of live music in the Queen Street Festive food and drink area between 6.30pm-8.30pm. What they say: Stephanie Shearing, events and marketing manager for Salisbury Business 40 I SALISBURY LIFE I www.mediaclash.co.uk


CHRISTMAS MARKET

There’s the new Ice Café with decked seating area overlooking the ice rink, which is open from 20 November–7 January. Carol singers will be performing at various times around the market. and special Cathedral tours are available. What they say: Phillip Holroyd Smith – enterprise manager at Winchester Cathedral, says, “Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is one of the best Christmas markets in Europe, spectacularly located in Winchester Cathedral’s historic inner close. Explore over 100 chalets filled with high quality exhibitors, hand-picked for their unique and exclusive products. There’s a strong focus on British crafts, independent retailers and a huge range of artisan festive foods that can be enjoyed there and then.” For more: www.christmasinwinchester.co.uk

TIZ THE SEASON

When and where: Tisbury High Street on 9 December. How many stalls: 40 food and craft stalls selling locally sourced produce and gifts. Is Santa calling in?: He arrives at 12pm with the help of Tisbury Fire Brigade and then takes up residence for the day in his grotto. Community involvement: At 3pm there is the parade with local schoolchildren and St John’s Choir is performing carols. What they say: Organiser Charles Luxton says, “For the brave there is a highly contested mince pie-eating contest, one round of which has added chilli. There’s also an area to keep the little ones amused with face painting and lantern making.” Improvement District says, “Proudly returning to the historic Guildhall Square for its sixth consecutive year, the Salisbury Christmas Market 2017 sees the return of many awardwinning exhibitors and products. Every year the goods available grow, with choices ranging from intricate jewellery to beautifully crafted handmade furniture, succulent mince pies to luxurious all-flavoured liqueurs. What I personally love is the way the market transforms the heart of this beautiful, medieval cathedral city into a winter wonderland with its authentic German market-style wooden chalets.” For more: www.visitsalisbury.co.uk www.salisburychristmasmarket.co.uk

WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS MARKET

When and where: 20 November–22 December, at Winchester Cathedral. How many stalls: 109 chalets. Any new stalls on the block?: 20 newcomers Returning favourites: The decorative lights of Just Stars, Pollyfields with scented dried wreaths and Glenalmond Tweed’s jackets, hats and bags. Any charity affiliation?: Winchester Cathedral is a charity in its own right, and there’s also a charity chalet. I’m shopped out. What else can I do?:

Opposite top to bottom: An ice-rink is at the centre of Winchester Christmas Market; Salisbury market is buzzing with festive spirit. This page, top to bottom: The Winchester chalets look beautiful at night; Tiz The Season is a cheery Christmas Eve event;

THERE IS A

HIGHLY CONTESTED MINCE PIE-EATING CONTEST

For more: www.tisbury.co.uk

LARMER TREE CHRISTMAS FAIR

When and where: 1–3 December at Larmer Tree, Tollard Royal. How many stalls: 40. Entrance fee: Adults £4, seniors £3, and children under 12 free of charge. Includes a warming welcome drink of mulled wine, mulled cider, or spiced apple juice. The Christmas Fair takes place within the Victorian Jubilee Hall and Pavilion but visitors will also have the chance to walk through the beautiful gardens that were laid out by General Augustus Pitt Rivers back in 1880. Goodwill: The supported charity is SERV Wessex Volunteer Blood Bikers for Hampshire, Dorset & Wiltshire. Extra events: Over the course of the weekend, musicians, choirs, and entertainers will be dropping in to spread festive cheer, with appearances from alpacas, birds of prey and magical shows by Mr Merlin & Okey Dokey The Dragon. What they say: Carol Cross, marketing and event coordinator says, “On Friday evening the adorable Abbey Primary School Choir opens the fair, entertaining visitors with charming renditions of modern and classic festive songs and carols.” w For more: www.larmertree.co.uk www.mediaclash.co.uk I SALISBURY LIFE I 41


CHRISTMAS MARKET

Clockwise from right: Pick up all your festive table treats from Salisbury Market; It’s Bath time with their 200-chalet market; Larmer Tree stalls are packed with locally crafted goodies

BATH CHRISTMAS MARKET

When and where: Bath city centre, starting 23 November until 10 December. Late night opening until 8.30pm every Thursday. How many stalls: Over 200. New stalls to look out for: 60 of the chalets will be new to the market this year. Anywhere to stop for refreshments?: Weary shoppers can drop into the rustic and relaxing Lodge for comforting winter food, locally-brewed quality beers and warming tipples from Bath Ales and Framptons Café Bar and Kitchen. Goodwill: At the dedicated charity stall no.190, 18 charities will get a free day’s trading. Figures from 2016 reveal more than £8,000 was raised for good causes. Added ho ho ho: Along with the Street Food Market that runs 24 November–9 December, the Snow Queen visits on 23 November, the Rock Choir will be in full voice, and Bath Spa University bring their production of A Christmas Carol to the market on 7 December. Anywhere to park my sleigh?: The park and ride services takes just 10 minutes to get to the centre of Bath, with prices starting from £3. What they say: Visit Bath’s head of events Vicky Bunt says, “Soak up the festive sights, smells and sounds as you wander around over 200 decorated wooden chalets that line the picturesque Georgian streets and squares. With local artwork, handmade Christmas decorations, bespoke jewellery, homewares, festive food and drink, toys, accessories and even gifts for pets, you will be sure to find the perfect present for friends and family or perhaps even a little treat for yourself.” For more: www.bathchristmasmarket.co.uk 42 I SALISBURY LIFE I www.mediaclash.co.uk

HAMPSHIRE FARMERS’ CHRISTMAS MARKET

THERE’S EVERYTHING FROM HOME -REARED MEATS INCLUDING BUFFALO

AND GAME TO CREAM

ICE

When and where: 24 December on Alma Road, Romsey. How many stalls: 15. Returning favourites: Mash Brewery, New House Venison & Game, Winchester Distillery, and Lyburn Cheese. Atmosphere: As a Christmas Eve market, this is a last-minute shopping delight and full of genuine Yuletide cheer. Anywhere to park my sleigh?: Alongside the market. What they say: Mark Edgerley, Romsey Town centre manager, says, “Enjoy the great taste of Hampshire, savour the delights of truly local food sourced, grown, baked, caught and brewed in Hampshire. There’s everything from home-reared meats including buffalo and game, through to first class eggs, cheese, milk, ice cream, wine, beer, apple juice, bread, cakes, bakes, pickles, chutneys, preserves, fruits and vegetables, with wool and coppice goods thrown into the mix.” For more: www.hampshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk


Kate Good Pottery Presents for all occasions Fine household and decorative stoneware pottery Commissions and original designs undertaken Commemorative items a speciality Bantam and goose egg cups available

SHOWROOM OPEN • ALL VISITORS WELCOME

Kate Good Pottery High Street, Tisbury SP3 6HD • Tel: 01747 870367


LADIES’ DAY Sarah Moolla visits TWENTY ONE B and finds upmarket stylish fashion blended with an upbeat positive vibe P ic t u r e s by Joh n Rose

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n the day of Salisbury Life’s visit to Twenty One B it was as if a cast of extras had been drafted in and were waiting in the wings to play the part of the happy, satisfied shoppers. The Milford Street store is buzzing, and the customers are singing the praises of staff, stock and purchases. In the large changing room section at the back of the shop, they are advising and complimenting each other on the outfits they are trying on. At the till, a customer buying a top exclaims how much she loves the place and how she’d spend all her money in here if she could. And with Derri Southwood, who established the shop in 2004, is a lady who has travelled from Cheltenham to buy an outfit for her son’s December wedding. “I looked everywhere for the Parisian designer Paule Vasseur and when I found this store stocked him I visited in July, and I am so pleased I did.” It’s not surprising she’s pleased – she looks incredible. It’s a royal blue outfit made up of 48 I SALISBURY LIFE I www.mediaclash.co.uk

a fitted basque with floral embroidered detailing, tailored jacket and a fit and flare skirt. A few tweaks are needed to make the jacket more fitted, and with one quick call, Derri conjures up the lovely Murat Neguzel from Stonehenge Tailoring based in The Maltings. The whole interaction adds to the smooth, professional and cut above service, you get when you enter a ladies’ fashion store like this. “The ethos of my business is to source and supply beautifully made collections that stand out from anything available on the High Street,” explains Derri. “To maintain individuality, I only buy small capsules; one of each size garment.” The shop is a treasure trove of numerous upmarket, classic and renowned designers including Bianca, Molly Jo, Olivier Philips and Aventures des Toiles. There’s also an incredible array of millinery, footwear and bags. If Twenty One B was a woman, she’d be grown-up, elegant and fashionably stylish, with a touch of mother of the bride, a hint of day at the races and a dash of hippy at heart. That enthusiasm, knowledge

This page, above: Twenty One B is deceptively spacious; below: Derri knows her womenswear. Opposite, clockwise: there’s a huge choice of accessories; the style is country classics meets unique fashion; everywhere you look there’s a beautiful explosion of colours; Derri sources world-famous designer brands; top customer service keeps the shop ahead of the game


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SHOPPING

THE ETHOS OF MY BUSINESS IS TO SOURCE AND SUPPLY BEAUTIFULLY MADE COLLECTIONS

and passion for what Derri does is evident not just in her stock, but in her welcoming and skillful approach to helping dress women. Derri says, “I am lucky enough to have a very loyal customer base, many of whom I have known for years. I am aware of their likes and dislikes and have so far managed to supply the majority of them with what they want.” Our delighted mother of the groom, whose quite-contented husband has been sat on the sofa in the shop enjoying a cup of tea, has purchased not just the Paule Vasseur outfit, but also some magnificent shimmering silvery shoes and a coordinated clutch, and she knows she will look a million dollars at her son’s wedding. That sort of confidence is something money can’t buy, but Derri and her team’s expertise and guidance can certainly help point you in the right direction. For more: Twenty One B, 15 Milford Street, Salisbury. tel: 01722 410522; www.twentyonebsalisbury.co.uk

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SEASON’S EATINGS! Sarah Moolla explores where best to eat, drink and take a breather from the Christmas shopping this year

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our feet are aching, only half your list has been ticked and the shopping mob is closing in on you. Time to escape far from the madding Christmas crowd and head to a café to reflect, refuel and then recommence your gift hunt. As an early present to you, we’ve compiled a guide to some of the best food stops in and around Salisbury...

THE ONE WITH THE GLASS ROOF

Refectory Restaurant, Salisbury Cathedral, The Close, Salisbury; www.salisburycathedral.org.uk

This is a modern oasis in a beautiful medieval setting just off the Cathedral Cloisters, with a breathtaking view of the Spire through its glass roof. For those in a Christmas rush, what’s the fastest food you’ve got?: Refectory manager Kevin Oborne suggests, “Our Christmas in a roll, which is maple and orange glazed turkey breast and cranberry sauce served in a sourdough baguette with parmesan roasted potatoes and optional stuffing.” Any Christmas shoppers’ favourites?: “Homemade Christmas cake with a luxury Hotel Chocolat hot chocolate, and scrumptious Viennese mince pies with a pot of tea.” 52 I SALISBURY LIFE I www.mediaclash.co.uk

See the spire while you eat your pie at the Cathedral refectory


COFFEE SHOPS THE ONE WITH CHRISTMAS TREES

Cranborne Garden Centre café; Cranborne, Dorset; www.cranbornegardencentre.co.uk

A café set in the walled, former kitchen garden using produce and seasonal vegetables from their own grounds. Situated next to the garden centre where, along with homeware, gifts, decorations and flowers, you can choose your Christmas tree. I still need to fit in some last minute gifts – what’s the quickest food on the menu?: Claire Whitehead, managing director, suggests, “Warming homemade soup served with local Orchard Bay Bakery bread.” Cranborne’s cafe provides a warm welcome

THE ONE WITH PING PONG

The Old Ale and Coffee House, 80 Crane Street, Salisbury; www.oldaleandcoffeehouse.com

THE ONE WITH THE BAILEYS HOT CHOCOLATE

This centrally-located gastropub is a modern take on a traditional ale house; bright, airy, fresh and fun design. All dishes are cooked from fresh with all day brunches, light bites, salads, homely favourites, vegan, vegetarian specials and grilled meats and fish. The deep rich coffee comes from local roaster Mozzo. I don’t have long before the shops shut – what’s your fastest food?: Host and owner Shane O’Neill says, “The simply delicious Chalk Stream trout on bubble and squeak with a poached hen’s egg.”

Dinghams Cookshop and Café, 28 Market Place, Salisbury; www.dinghams.co.uk

Located upstairs in a beautiful, graded building that goes back to the 15th century – above the shop. The quiet and calm location is perfect for a rest from Christmas shopping and, thanks to the large windows, watching other people do theirs.

Fisherton Mill’s scones are freshly made

Actually, I might just do the rest using the handy gift guide on page 27. What end-ofshopping-reward would you suggest?: “Take refuge in one of our heated garden huts with a mug of mulled wine and a buttered scone with Tiptree strawberry jam and clotted cream. And, if you have the energy, try a game of ping pong.”

THE ONE WITH THE BOOK OPTION

Beatons Tearooms and Bookshop, The Square, Tisbury; tel: 01747 871819

A tearoom and bookshop offers a peaceful and relaxed experience in stylish yet cosy surroundings, complete with gracious hospitality, homemade cakes, light meals and table service. While taking a breather you can also add to your present list by browsing their specially curated selection of books. All that shopping has left me parched..: Tearoom and bookshop manager Harry McGookin says, “Try one of our 25 loose leaf teas, brewed to perfection and elegantly served, or for the coffee drinker, a carefully selected range of freshly ground regional coffees.” What’s your ‘fast food’ suggestion?: “The Italian hot choc and a slice of our carrot cake.”

All gifts have been bought. What treat should I reward myself with?: “A cheeky glass of mulled wine or prosecco is perfect accompanied with one of our cakes, which have been given surprise festive twists.”

What’s the suggested end of shop treat?: Owner Becca Hardingham says, “Our cream tea is perfect with our high-end tea served in beautiful teapots and homemade scones with passionfruit curd. If you are in celebratory mood, then make it a Baileys hot chocolate instead of tea. w

WE DON’T DO

TURKEY AND TINSEL, BUT CHEF

IS USUALLY IMAGINATIVELY SEASONALLY

INSPIRED

Doggie treats are not just for Christmas at Monty & Mabel’s

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COFFEE SHOPS What’s the quickest option if I’m in a hurry?: “All our food can be taken away – but if you wanted to have a little relaxation mid-shop, I would recommend the tomato and basil soup with crusty bread. Also, what’s the rush? You can always pick up some great gifts downstairs.”

THE ONE WITH GIFTS

Fisherton Mill Gallery Café, 108 Fisherton Street Salisbury; www.fishertonmill.co.uk

The award-winning food is worth the pit stop alone, and whilst there you can finish off your Christmas shopping in the gallery shop, which is full of unique gifts. Anything Christmassy on the menu?: Owner and MD Deborah Fox says, “We don’t do turkey and tinsel, but chef Michael is usually imaginatively seasonally inspired nearer the time.”

Rudolph would love Beaton’s carrot cake

I haven’t got long, as I have to go home and wrap my gifts: “Try a sundried tomato and parmesan scone which is freshly made from scratch each morning and is melt-in-the-mouth light. My sweet tooth option is the prune and Armagnac tart.”

THE ONE WITH DOGS

Monty and Mabel’s, 9 North Street, Wilton; tel: 01722 741444

A dog-friendly coffee lounge and luxury pet goods store serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon teas, and which has its own separate doggie menu. There’s also a licensed bar Friday and Saturday evenings specialising in gin, cocktails and jazz music. Rover still needs walking. What’s your fast food suggestion?: Owner Corinne Roberts suggests, “A bagel to take away, with fig jam, serrano ham and manchego cheese.” Presents are all wrapped. What’s our doggie treat?: “On Christmas Eve morning, we will be hosting a party for all our customers with complimentary sherry and a slice of cake, made locally by the Cheeky Monkeys bakery.”

Old Ale and Coffee House have thoughtfully warmed their huts

THE ONE WITH AWARDWINNING BREAD

THE ONE WITH LATE NIGHT SHOPPING

Reeve the Baker, Butcher Row, Salisbury; www.reevethebaker.co.uk

Rum’s Café, 27 Bell Street, Romsey; www.hampshireartandcraft.org

A newly refurbished, central venue café overlooking the market square selling light lunches and bakery produce, plus cheery service with a smile from Sue and her team.

A tucked away hidden gem, this coffee shop serving Mozzo coffee, Winchester’s Char loose leaf teas, homemade cakes and light lunches is found above the Rum’s Eg gallery.

I can’t stop too long – shopping to be done: Owner Sam Reeve recommends, “A toastie made with our award-winning bread, filled with chicken and chorizo, followed by a warmed mince pie dolloped with clotted cream.” Shopping list is ticked and complete. What should I eat?: “Relax over our charcuterie sharing board with sourdough bread and a glass of red wine.” 54 I SALISBURY LIFE I www.mediaclash.co.uk

I’d like your finest, end of Christmas shopping treat please!: Manager Rebecca Maddox says, “Our three-tier showstopper cakes with a mug of Black Forest hot chocolate are the perfect indulgent post-shop pick-me-up. A Fisherton fast food option

Anything Christmassy on the menu?: “We are supplying the mince pies and mulled wine for late night shopping on 8 December.”


Monty & Mabel’s Wiltshire’s most Doggie friendly destination. Delicious breakfasts, lunches, homemade cakes and coffees Doggies have their own menu too! Fabulous local walks we can direct you to….make a day of it!

9 North St, Wilton, Salisbury SP2 0HA 01722 741444 www.montyandmabels.co.uk


THE SHOE INN

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

Christmas Party Menu available from 1st - 23rd December. 2 courses for £15 or 3 courses for £20 Christmas Day 5 course menu for £58 per person Contact us for menus and availability on 01794 323399 Also through December - Live Music nights, Christmas Curry Night and Christmas Quiz Night!

The Shoe Inn, Salisbury Road, Plaitford SO51 6EE Tel: 01794 323399 www.theshoe-inn.co.uk

Delicious Indian street food in relaxed surroundings Enjoy Rasheed’s and Dipender’s exciting menus along with Chef Kumar’s 25 years of experience. Ever-changing menus made with locally sourced ingredients and fine craft ales.

Exciting mix of Indian Street Food and Craft Beer

90 Crane Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2QD

01722 329700

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R E S TA U R A N T

FOOD

La Fosse SARAH MOOLLA finds cheese, fine cuisine and confectionary is served with a large helping of cheer in this charming Dorset B&B and restaurant

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sually the cheeseboard comes at the end of the meal and therefore you might expect me to write about this last. However the La Fosse cheeseboard is the headline act and therefore has to get first mention. I’m also letting you know this so if visit, you remember to save enough room to truly savour every sliver. It’s a work of art, a masterpiece, a tasting triumph and deservedly multi award-winning. With 12 cheeses on the slate board, they look like the keys of a piano and produce a magical variety of notes ranging from a deep mild to a sharp tang with smoked, oaky and creamy in between. Even the names and descriptions have a lyrical poetry to them: Rosary goats’ cheese from the New Forest; Dorset White and Tilly Whim from Cranborne; Westcombe Cheddar from Tom Calver on the Dorset Somerset borders. What is wonderful about this last course, is it exemplifies just how well the team at La Fosse do things. It calls itself a B&B, but that’s a little like calling Salisbury Cathedral, a church, or Old Sarum Castle, a pile of bricks. Nestled in the Dorset heart of the Cranborne village square, which is made up of the sort of roses-round-the-door cottages you think only exist in love songs and fairy tales, La Fosse is run by Emmanuelle Hartstone and her chef husband Mark Hartstone. On arrival, Emmanuelle’s welcome is warm, and the vibe of the house is of the kick-back, relax and then dine like a king when you’re ready type. To start, I opt for the goats’ cheese waffle, with beets and a herb butter sauce. I make this decision sound easy

THE SAUCE HAS A FRESH GREEN APPLE BITE WHICH

PERFECTLY COMPLEMENTS THE STURDIER ROOT VEG SIDES

don’t I? It wasn’t, because I really really want the mussels. To my relief, my dining pal orders these, and then to my horror, eats them so fast there is no sharing. Her verdict is “plump mussels with the right amount of soft bite in a sweetly Thai spiced sauce”. While, with my dish, the crunchy, earthy beets contrast well with the velvety zip of the goats’ cheese. For the main course, my friend chooses the roasted rare-breed pork chop with apple, celeriac purée and beets. The melty pork is studded with starry bursts of rock salt, and the sauce has a fresh green apple bite which perfectly complements the sturdier root veg sides. My roasted skate wing with lemon capers, creamed leeks and colcannon blends together effortlessly, with those capers adding that tiny green olive-like zing that works so well with the panfried, firm, still-taste-the-sea fish. The service is beautifully efficient, and the delivery of every course is correct to the second. After relishing every morsel of the aforementioned scene-stealing cheeseboard, (post tweeting, Instagramming and Facebooking of course), Mark pops in to say hello. This is where we gulp apprehensively – our mood is comfortably red- wine-hued and what if he’s the same as his food – grown-up, serious and on another level? However, never judge a chef by his menu because Mark is funny, cheerful, easy company – he chats kids, festivals, Dorset and the lovely art him and Emmanuelle have chosen for their four-star abode. Of course his love, knowledge and passion for food is clear – he sources as many ingredients as possible within a 30-mile radius of the village – but so is his belief food should be fun and is there to be enjoyed. To end the meal, he presents us with an old-fashioned sweet shop selection. Toffees, fudge and bonbons are scoffed with coffee in front of the huge inglenook, before retiring to our peaceful, pretty and charming room. They say cheese before bedtime can give you nightmares, but that night, all my dreams were about cheese and they were sweet dreams indeed.

DINING DETAILS The Restaurant at La Fosse and La Fosse B&B, London House, The Square, Cranborne, Dorset. tel: 01725 517604; www.la-fosse.com Opening hours Monday to Saturday 7pm to 9pm Prices two courses £24.50, three courses £29.50 and tasting menu, £46 Vegetarian options yes and vegan, but to be asked for when booking Disability access restaurant on ground floor, but B&B rooms on first floor Outdoor space the Scandinavian BBQ hut can be booked out for the evening

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29th November – 23rd December £23 - 3 courses, £19 - 2 courses

Meet Father Christmas & his Elves 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th December Adults £19, under 12’s £9, under 5’s £5 All children receive a small gift

Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge Solstice Park, Amesbury SP4 7SQ

Booking Essential call 01980 677467 or visit www.hisalisbury-stonehenge.co.uk


The

Sausage & Mash Company

From weddings to private parties and corporate events, The Sausage and Mash Company brings taste and style together. hello@thesausageandmashcompany.co.uk | thesausageandmashcompany.co.uk

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THE BELL INN Head chef Mark Young of The Bell Inn, the 18th century familyowned New Forest freehouse, is offering a turkey-free Christmas menu this Yuletide...

Tempura Prawns “I feel there are lots of great twists that can be applied to festive feasts at this time of year. We will, of course, be serving turkey on Christmas Day itself, but for those who have many parties and events to attend in the run up to the big day it, a menu without a traditional turkey roast or Christmas pudding in sight, may well be a welcome change. These prawns are part of our Asian-influenced starters, which also include Thai squash and coconut soup with coriander oil.” Ingredients 16 x peeled tiger prawns with tail intact Mouli Carrots Peashoots Fresh sprigs of coriander

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(Makes 4 portions)

Ingredients for sweet chilli jam 750g caster sugar 750ml cider or white wine vinegar 10 red chillies 50g piece of peeled ginger 8 garlic cloves Ingredients for tempura batter 250g gluten-free self-raising flour (plus a further 50g for dusting) 400ml soda water 1 tsp salt 1 tsp white pepper To make the tempura batter Whisk the soda water into the flour to make a light batter.

To make the sweet chilli jam 1. Blitz all ingredients, including the chilli seeds, in a food processor. 2. Then place the mix in a heavy bottom saucepan over a low heat and reduce by half. Pour the jam into glass Kilner jars. The jam will keep for a month. Method 1. De-vein the prawns and place into a tray. 2. Dust with 50g of flour, shaking off the excess. 3. Dip the prawns into the batter and place in hot oil (180ºC) for 3 minutes. 4. Using a spiraliser, prepare the mouli and carrot and place on the centre of a plate with peashoots and sprigs of fresh coriander. 5. Add three prawns and drizzle over the sweet chilli jam.


RECIPES

FOOD

STICKY PULLED LAMB SLIDERS (Serves 8-10) Mark says, “We serve these in a mini brioche roll with mint yoghurt as part of our turkey-free zone trio of sliders. The lamb could also be served with mint yoghurt in pittas or flat breads with some shredded white cabbage and red onions.” Ingredients 5kg lamb shoulder 200g salt 250g sugar 5 bay leaves 2 bunches of mint 50g cumin seeds 1 tbsp coriander seeds 10 white pepper corns 6 cloves 3 star anise 6 juniper berries 4 cloves of garlic

100g fresh ginger 2 green chillies 2 litres of good lamb stock Method 1. Place all of the spices into a powerful processor, or use a pestle and mortar, and grind to a fine powder. Add the herbs, sugar and salt, and blend to a thick paste. 2. Slash the lamb shoulder with a sharp knife and rub the paste all over the lamb shoulder making sure you get into the cuts, then leave to marinade in the rub for a minimum of 24 hours, covered in the refrigerator. 3. Wash and rub the lamb in plenty of cold water and pat the shoulder dry with kitchen paper. 4. Place the shoulder on a deep roasting tray and cook in a pre-heated oven at

200ºC for about 25 minutes to brown the lamb. 5. Remove the tray from the oven and then add the 2 litres of lamb stock to the tray and cover with foil, sealing the lamb into a tent. Drop the heat to 110ºC and slow cook the lamb for around 8 hours until it is falling off the bone – we do ours overnight at The Bell. 6. Allow to cool until you are able to handle, separate the lamb from the fat and bones – it should pull away easily – and set the pulled lamb aside. 7. Skim the fat off the cooking liquor and discard, place the remaining liquor into a saucepan and on a low heat reduce by half. 8. Add the pulled lamb to the reduced liquor, heat through, and serve. For more: www.bellinn-newforest.co.uk

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FOOD & DRINK W H AT ’ S M A K I N G T H E G O U R M E T N E W S I N S A L I S B U R Y

Charter 1227’s Danny Bozic helps Amie raise money

SWEET ENOUGH

Claire and Cheryl from the Caravan Motorhome Club scream for more at the Kimmeredge launch

around a Belgian chocolate dinosaur, eating all the Madagascan Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, before victoriously consuming the revealed (historically accurate) dinosaur. From every tub sale, 5p will be donated to the Jurassic Coast Trust to help conserve, protect and educate people about the Jurassic World Heritage Coastline.”

Amie Richmond from Salisbury’s nutrition support group My Body Fabulous, hosted a Sugar-Free Bake-Off event at Parkwood Health & Fitness last month for Macmillan Cancer Support. Amie, who was a finalist for Best Complementary Therapy Centre Wiltshire 2017, explains, “We raised over £700 in just three hours so it was a great success, with 60 people throughout the morning. “The winner of the sugar-free bake-off was Emma Harrison who very kindly donated her £100 prize money from Body Fabulous Nutrition to our Macmillan fund raising.”

For more: www.purbeckicecream.co.uk

For more: www.mybodyfabulous.co.uk

ICE AGE Purbeck Ice Cream has released their new Jurassic Range, which includes Dig-asaurus, Purbeck Rocks and Ammonite Bites, in partnership with the Jurassic Coast Trust, to try and help raise funds for the Jurassic World Heritage Site on the Dorset Coastline. Owner and director Pete Hartle explains, “The concept is you can carefully dig

ON THE FORCE

Former copper Tom also does CHIPS

A former policeman from near Pewsey, who founded The Sausage and Mash Company in 2013, has recently scooped Wedding Caterer of the Year for The Cotswolds, as well as landing catering contracts for Pinewood Studios. Tom Kinderman, who had a 15-year career in Wiltshire Police, has an MSc in Disaster Management and is also a security and crisis management consultant working for both private firms and the government, explains, “I’m a third generation farmer and have always wanted to be my own boss. I initially started with music festivals, my

first ever event being at Hudson Field in Salisbury. The sausages produced from our rare breed farm pigs were an instant hit.” Tom and his team operate the business from a vintage food truck, and now specialise in wedding and corporate events, as well as recently feeding the cast and crew of Star Wars. However he refuses to reveal any exclusives from the blockbuster movie set. “It’s a no to gossip I’m afraid as we have to fill in a confidential disclaimer.” For more: www.thesausageandmashcompany.co.uk

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I N T E R I O R S A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E

GERMAN INSPIRATION Designers Kate and Hania from at.twenty.one.interiors share news of their fascinating visit to German manufacturers, Schüller

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ate and Hania have recently returned from a factory visit in south Germany to see the new products and inner workings of one of their newest suppliers, Schüller. They were extremely excited to see all the new products available and gather ideas for their new showroom kitchen displays, and they were also pleasantly surprised by the factory itself. The high tech machines and clever driverless forklift trucks were like something you would expect to see in a futuristic movie, it felt like they had jumped into the future! Not only is the Schüller factory the height of modern technology, they are also aware of their responsibility to the natural cycles of the environment we live in. For every tree they use, they plant more in its place, and all the waste products from manufacturing are used as fuel to heat and power, not only the factory, but they also have enough left over to give back to the board,

and contribute in powering the town in which they are based. They have returned with fabulous new ideas and knowledge about the products and have been inspired by the new kitchen displays. To find out more about the new kitchen ranges or factory, pop into the at.twenty.one interiors showroom on 21 Catherine Street, Salisbury or contact them on 01722 238177. SL

Kate Stacey and Hania Southwell 21 Catherine Street Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2DF 01722 238177 kate@attwentyoneinteriors.co.uk hania@attwentyoneinteriors.co.uk www.attwentyoneinteriors.co.uk

Berwick Farm Shop Berwick St James • SP3 4UA Telephone 01722 790490

Fresh local produce and good home cooked food. Our own home-reared beef and pork, local reared lamb, free range chicken and duck. HOMEMADE Marilyn’s well known steak pies, pasties and cakes. Also a nice choice of chutneys and jams. OPENING TIMES

Monday - Closed Tuesday - Wednesday - 10am to 5pm Thursday to Friday - 10am to 6pm Saturday- 9am to 4pm Sunday - 10am to 2pm

at.twenty.one.interiors offer both contemporary and traditional interior design for your home


THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF TILES IN SALISBURY

Salisbury Tile Store, Unit 2 Faraday Centre, Faraday Road, Salisbury SP2 7NR Also at: Unit 5, The Enterprise Centre, William Road, Nursteed, Devizes SN10 3EW

01722 325306 info@salisburytilestore.net

OPENING HOURS Mon - Fri 07.30-17.00 Sat 09.00–17.00

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Seven Ivy Hairdressing is an independent hairdressers situated in the oldest part of Salisbury, with a reclaimed/industrial interior. We use Kevin Murphy products which are sulphate free, paraben free & cruelty free. Dan the owner along with his staff have years of experience at the highest level of training with Vidal Sassoon & Toni&Guy. We also use the best in our hair colouring techniques with the Kevin Murphy range which are ammonia free and honey based.

Ollie Stylist I am an experienced hair stylist at Seven Ivy Hairdressing. I have spent the last 6 years loving what I do since learning my craft at the Vidal Sassoon academy in London.

10% off all services with Ollie and Martha

I like to look at people’s hair like a designer or a tailor would look at clothes. The hair should be suitably stylish and fit perfectly to the individuals features, hair type and lifestyle to make them look and feel their best. What can you expect when you come into the salon for a haircut with me? I have a calm, happy approach to designing your perfect hair. I listen to your needs to achieve the best hair results. You can expect a precise haircut with excellent service in a relaxed, professional and friendly environment.

Martha Stylist & colourist Since joining Seven Ivy in February 2015, I feel that I have been trained by some of the best stylists in Salisbury, and have learned so much about colouring, cutting and styling. I attended courses in London at Vidal Sassoon and Kevin Murphy to build on this training and gain further skills which have given me confidence and a passion to stay at the forefront of developments in hair styling and care. I love working in our salon, and the relationships that I have built with my current clients. I look forward to continuing to make them feel beautiful, happy and confident, and welcoming new clients to our fantastic salon.

7 Ivy Street, Salisbury SP1 2AY

01722 340 447

info@seven-ivy.co.uk

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H E A LT H A N D BEAUTY Feeling reassured in the calming Farnham clinic Claudia is a trained GP

ABOUT FACE

CLARE MACNAUGHTON visits Dr Claudia Morley at her Cowshed Clinic and finds an ethical, gentle and knowledgeable approach to beauty

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am 45 years old and I have toned and moisturised my skin every day since I was 13 years old. It is part of my daily skin routine and something I have always done. I use low-cost gentle toners and a range of moisturisers. However, despite my disciplined facial routine the sands of time have begun to indelibly mark my forehead, below my nose and around my eyes, and my lips are beginning to make a slight downward turn. I arrived at Morley Aesthetics in Farnham village, just south of Salisbury on the Wiltshire, Dorset border and was greeted by the delightful Dr Claudia Morley – who has not just a reassuringly lovely manner but reassuringly incredible complexion. She

THIS IS WHAT DISTINGUISHES DR MORLEY’S APPROACH FROM OTHER PRACTITIONERS; SHE IS A FACIAL SCULPTRESS

invited me into her warm, calming, relaxed treatment room to discuss my options. I am a little nervous, but Dr Claudia Morley initially trained as a GP, before training in non-surgical rejuvenation procedures. This is good to know. She has been operating Morley Aesthetics since 2008 and is a very experienced practitioner. She has undertaken advanced training and also regularly attends conferences to stay abreast of product and process in the anti-aging market. According to Dr Morley, the distinction between ‘bad botox’ is about knowing faces and also treating her clients as individuals. No two faces are the same and it’s important to be able to look closely at the face and recognise the needs of the individual. This is what distinguishes Morley’s approach from other practitioners; she is a facial sculptress. Botox is just a small part of her offer. Her focus is also on contouring the face and replacing the volume, for which fillers are suitable. As the skin loses collagen it begins to sag. Dr Morley’s colleague, who is an ex-surgeon and GP, and is also her husband, specialises in thread lifts and is introducing the Elionce – a non-surgical treatment that is anti-jowls to help combat facial droop. Ultimately, Dr Morley aims to provide a service that makes her clients feel fresh and

Before: Clare reveals her frown lines

After: Looking worry-free

the best versions of themselves. Her ethical approach to procedures means that if you don’t need it then she won’t do it: to Dr Morley, the aesthetic is her priority. I felt very comfortable lying down on the bed. Dr Morley, who is a master at making someone feel relaxed and at ease, handed me a stress ball and explained where the injections were to be inserted around my face. It wasn’t completely painless and I was pleased to have the stress ball to squeeze, but it was bearable. The whole process lasted about 25 minutes. One of the side effects is bruising and my face did bruise afterwards, which took about a week to subside. The botox took around 10 days to take effect but my forehead is now scowlfree and my face is smoother. When someone is injecting substances into your face, you need to feel like you are in a safe pair of hands, and with Dr Morley I trusted her implicitly. Turns out that trust was correctly placed – the outcome has been so positive. I love the comments of how rested and well I’m looking, but no-one can quite see why. No frozen smiles for me – I’m beaming, quite naturally, from ear to ear. For more: Dr Claudia Morley, Morley Aesthetics, The Cowshed Clinic, Farnham Village, Dorset. tel: 01258 690789; www.morleyaesthetics.co.uk

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P H Y S I O T H E R A P Y A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E

PAIN FREE CHRISTMAS SARUM PHYSIO shares its top tips on how to be free of back strain, neck pain and headaches this Christmas

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ith Christmas around the corner, are you feeling tense? Rushing around to fit in the school nativity, buy the tree and have the presents wrapped and the tree perfect. Before you know it you have strained your back, suffering neck pain and nursing a tension headache. Here are a few tips to help you have a pain free festive time.

Posture: Time out is really important, but remember not to slump in front of the TV. Sit with your back straight and your shoulders back, with your bottom touching the back of the chair or sofa.

Share the load: It takes two to put the Christmas tree in place, and enlist team effort to lift the turkey, make the beds, and decorate the house. Let someone else carry the bags ... yes, use that online grocery shopping option.

Avoid grandpa's knee: Trying out the new scalextric? Then kneel on a cushion, and make sure there is nearby support to help you get up off the floor. Once you've had your go, sit correctly in a chair to watch the action and enjoy a sherry – okay, not great for your health but at least you will be sitting properly.

Drinks party back: Try and pull in the muscles below your belly button gently and see how long you can hold them, and then keep repeating. Stand straight and keep your weight balanced on both feet – not only will you look taller but also reduce stress on the back.

Keep active: While you might reduce exercise over the festive period, don’t stop completely. Even a little daily housework, or a post-dinner stroll.

Treat yourself to a pre- or post festive massage to release those knots and reduce aches by calling our friendly reception team on 01722 425 055 to book a session.

Maggie Palmer T.C.O.T.S

Shamanic Healing Practitioner Sound Healing, Soul Retrieval, Regression, Cord cutting

Reiki (Master) Teacher/Therapist One-to-one and group workshops Pet treatments avaliable

Intuitive Readings & Counsel Traditional healing methods can support us to reach a better balance across all levels of our health, helping us to reach our true potential and flourish.

Call to find out more or book an appointment

07930 803 152 Concessions available

4 St Thomas’s Square, Salisbury, SP1 1BA (With Mimosa Massage Therapy, above OSO Boutique) lifebalancehealthandwellbeing@gmail.com www.lifebalancehealthandwellbeing.com

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Non-surgical facial rejuvenation - dermal fillers, wrinkle injections & thread facelifts Skin tightening, resurfacing (fire & ice), neck and jowl tightening BEFORE

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Clinics in Dorset & Salisbury

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Have you heard...? At every check up we give you an oral cancer screen. Book your appointment now! Please help us promote the importance of early detection and prevention by reminding your friends and relatives to have their regular oral cancer check. Ask them to give us a call on 01722 413513.

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For a consultation with one of our colour specialists, call the team on 01722 414474

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WENDY STEVENS SALISBURY is a stunning new contemporary salon that opened in the High street in August. They provide a range of hair services including colouring, wedding services, working with hair thinning and hair loss. The friendly staff are always on hand to see to your every need and the stylists pride themselves on listening carefully during the consultation. Client comfort was paramount when designing the Salon. The exposed brickwork and original beams give the salon a calm and welcoming ambience, so you can enjoy the most relaxing hair experience possible.

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S A L IS B U RY G E T S S ER I O US SALISBURY CARNIVAL

FLOAT ON Once again Salisbury Carnival is a display of positivity for the community, local good causes and the city’s businesses Salisbury Carnival has been going for eight years, with each year proving to be more successful than the last. The most recent on 20 October attracted floats from across the south west, as well as community groups such as scouts, and business involvement from many local companies including Clearway Kennels, Tops Day Nursery, Princess Lavender, Dion Spencer and RV Maidment, with more than 8,000 delighted spectators lining the city’s streets. Claire Burden, business manager of Salisbury City Council, explains, “This year the Mayor’s Appeal charity is the Alzheimer’s Society, and while we don’t know the exact figure yet for this year, since 2009 the carnival has raised over £20,000 for charities. Leader of Salisbury City Council, councillor Matthew Dean says, “The carnival marks the start of the autumn winter season of events for the city and is a real boost to the local economy, not only do thousands of people come to watch the event and make full use of local shops, restaurants and cafes, but the event attracts hundreds of participants who also bring their friends and families into our city centre. “It is also a great example of partnerships between different organisations and would not be possible without the support of Wiltshire Police.” For more: www.salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk

Salisbury Carnival drums up support from local businesses

QUOTE OF THE ISSUE

“I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN CAKELESS ON MY BIRTHDAY” Which star baker goes without the traditional confectionary treat on her own special day? Turn to page 81 to find out

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THE BIG NUMBER

The number of months it’s taken World Health Hero Owen Morgan to establish 15 nationwide teams Turn to page 78 for the full story


PEOPLE

This ornament is not only pertinent to my love of dogs but also reminds me of the lovely Grimms’ tale of the Town Musicians of Bremen

MY DESK

This mug is special as it was given by my fantastic cakemaker Hayley of Cheeky Monkeys bakery

CORRINE ROBERTS Desk photo by JOHN ROSE

My three children – Charlie and Ollie who are at Cardiff University, and Harrie, who also helps out in the shop My crocheted Max, Monty and Mabel. My dear friend Chelsea made these. Poor Max is rather left out of the shop name but he is a very much loved Labrador, and has his own special shop days to compensate

The phone is an essential part of running both businesses, from vets’ numbers to shop emails, I’m very dependent on it

My invaluable doggie diary has all the walks in so all the dogs are walked at the appropriate times

Diary of a Dog Walker by Edward Stourton is a charming little read about the encounters a man makes while walking his dogs. I’m also spending a lot of time reading about gin, including the importance of mixology

Corrine Roberts, pictured here with Jack Russell Monty, describes her Wilton store Monty & Mabel’s, as a luxury pet boutique and coffee lounge. The former midwife, who has lived in Germany, explains, “I set up a dog-walking service in Salisbury last year, but did notice a shortage of eating places in Britain where you can feel truly comfortable with your dogs. “Now, as well as the day café with a doggie menu, we have branched out into the evening trade, and I have managed to include another one of my loves into my working life – a gin bar!” For more: Monty & Mabel’s, 9 North Street, Wilton. Tel: 07947 626751

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NEWS STORIES Our pick of the most exciting, intriguing or important local business stories happening right now

Ciao bella: Jane and Sophie

MOVERS, SHAKERS, ETC BELLA BELLA La Bella Donna, owned by Jane Young and Sophie Walters (pictured) in Stockbridge, which has been selling Italian shoes and accessories for nearly four years, is moving from one end of the High Street to the other. Jane explains, “We will be nearer the Prego Deli which opened in October. With both businesses bringing a touch of the Med to the area, they will complement each other nicely.” www.labelladonna.co.uk

Owen, pictured third from left, in a Hero Huddle Showcase

MOVE IT

NATURALLY HEROIC Well Natural is the designated Salisbury venue for the World Health Heroes, and in September hosted its first ever event, which proved to be a huge success. The WHH is the brainchild of Owen Morgan and the concept is that local practitioners become heroes by voluntarily giving up their time and lending their support to vulnerable members of the community. Owen, who founded WHH after complementary health therapies transformed his mental health following

a near-fatal illness, against a backdrop of childhood abuse, bullying and severe depression, explains, “I made it my mission to change the world of complementary health by bringing it to those most in need.” In the 15 months since start-up, World Health Heroes has established teams in 15 locations including London, Bristol Cardiff and Salisbury. For more: www.worldhealthheroesuk.com www.wellnatural.co.uk

Bassets Sales & Lettings’ new website has been awarded the Bronze Award at The Negotiator Awards in London. The Salisbury firm launched their new website earlier this year, which includes tips and advice videos, ‘draw a search’ property facility, a valuation tool, cost of moving calculator, the ability to register as a potential buyer or tenant and a property maintenance reporting facility. www.bassets.co.uk

GAME ON Leading specialist retailers, Maplin and GAME, joined forces to create a technology and gaming hub in Salisbury. In September, their 3,500 sq. ft. store in Clarendon Centre, Salisbury Business Park was unveiled. Martyn Gibbs, CEO of GAME Digital, says,“Our partnership with Maplin gives customers unrivalled access to the best gaming merchandise on offer.” www.maplin.co.uk

SMART THINKING

Ellis with charity mascot, Gus The Gnome

A young pupil at Forres Sandle Manor School showed initiative by raising money for The Epilepsy Society after sharing his experiences of the condition with his fellow pupils. Duncan Humphreys, who coordinates FSM’s charity days explains, “Ellis, one of our year 8 pupils, spoke to the entire school about what it’s like to have epilepsy and also of his plans to organise a Bring and Buy sale in September to raise funds as a way of saying thank you to the charity. “Many of the children then brought in their unwanted games, toys, books, teddies and donated these. On the actual day, £217 was collected, and this will be added to a collection at the Christmas carol service in December.” For more: www.fsmschool.com

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John, pictured centre, at Parnham College in 1977

LEGAL Q&A Mariana Crawford, solicitor at Trethowans, answers questions about selling your home. First, a look at what happens just before contracts are exchanged... What does it mean when my solicitor says she is ‘drafting the contract’? Upon receipt of the memorandum of sale from the estate agent, one of the first things the seller’s solicitor will do is draft the contract of sale, ensuring that the contract reflects the agreement between the two parties.

GREAT BY DESIGN The world famous Dorset design school, Parnham College, created and led by John Makepeace OBE, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. To mark the occasion, John, whose institution trained a generation of international designers and quietly transformed the landscape of British furniture design, has curated Beyond Parnham. He explains, “The book weaves together the shared history that took root and the values instilled that continue to flourish across the world of contemporary design. It highlights the humancentred approach to fine craftsmanship, the spirit of the educational phenomenon that nurtured it and how the individuals were inspired with an unprecedented expression of design innovation that has shaped their careers ever since.”

Are all the drafts the same? Each sale is unique, so the seller’s solicitor will spend time ensuring the draft contract reflects the property in question and the sale agreement. Although the details of a sale contract will vary with each property, there are a number of things that are always included. The buyer’s solicitor will usually make some amendments to the draft contract. How many parts are there to the contract? The contract will consist of two parts – the particulars of sale, which set out the property details, and the conditions of sale, which set out the proposed date of completion and the deposit amount that must be paid by the buyer on exchange. For more information contact Trethowans Salisbury Office; 01722 412512; www.trethowans.com

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FOOD

JULIET STALLWOOD CAKES AND BISCUITS Juliet Stallwood is the owner of the eponymouslynamed cakes and biscuits firm, who makes sweet treats for many big name clients including Fortnum & Mason and Stella McCartney. Here she talks the inspiration for baking, her first sale and cookie cutters Tell us a little about the beginnings of Juliet Stallwood Cakes and Biscuits. What was the inspiration? A few years ago I saw pictures of beautifully iced biscuits that a London cake maker had created. It lit a fire within that’s still burning. When did you first go into business? It was 2010, when I started working at home on the kitchen table. What were you doing before that? Graphic designer, mother, and full time member of the village community. Can you remember the first cake you sold for money? It was Christmas iced biscuits that I sold at the school fair. They completely sold out. What are the advantages and disadvantages of setting up a business? You need to have confidence and belief in what you are selling or creating. But you also have to be prepared to handle the vast amount of admin which comes with the business side. Any regrets? Maybe I should’ve started up 20 years ago, but then I might have been an elusive mum, so it’s all worked out fine.

How’s the new bakery going? The new bakery at Semley took a lot of organising but we were up and running within a fortnight of moving in. They are much bigger premises than the previous little kitchen above the village shop. We now also have a shop area, and the other companies at Chaldicott are always popping in for a brownie or a flapjack. How have challenges turned into positives? When a cookie cutter supplier in Holland stopped making bespoke cutters, I got a 3D printer and, after just a couple of days, I had it up and running, and cutting my own designs.

I HEARD THE CAKE WAS SO

ADMIRED, SHE REFUSED TO SHARE IT, AND TOOK IT HOME UNEATEN

Does Juliet Stallwood Cakes and Biscuits have a motto? There’s a U and I in biscuit! What have you found to be the best tool for growth and development for your business? Undoubtedly my shiny new website. What’s the best business advice you’ve received? My father always told me walk before I run, and don’t make the business too big too quickly – let it evolve.

Can you name-drop a few of your other big name clients? There’s also Selfridges, Virgin, Coca Cola, Anya Hindmarch, Interflora, Pandora, NHS, Ted Baker, Net-A-Porter, Harrods, Channel 4, P&O Cruises and Liz Earle. Any memorable moments with clients? I made a highly decorated one-off cake that represented an OBE medal in a box for a postBuckingham Palace celebratory lunch. This was for a very high profile figure and I heard the cake was so admired she refused to share it, and took it home uneaten.

Who makes your birthday cake? I’m not sure I could ever delegate that job as I would be too critical, so I have always been cake-less on my birthday. Tell us your favourite joke... I used to be a professional curtain maker (this is true by the way). As jobs go, it was sew sew.

For more: Juliet Stallwood, Unit 12 Chaldicott Barns, Semley Shaftesbury Dorset. Tel: 07515 882030; www.julietstallwood.co.uk

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“We are family”

FURNITURE DESIGN

CUSTOM CREATIONS Jo Philips is the managing director of Custom Creations who design, manufacture and fit furniture. Here she talks about trends, working with family and 20-hour days What is the company’s background? We really are a family-run business. My son James is our designer. He has been designing for eight years and has a good understanding of the practical and technical side as he was a fitter before, and started his career working on the bench as a joiner. My husband Simon is in charge of the production side and brings all of James’ designs to life. I enjoy running the showroom and overseeing the day-to-day running of the business. How does this aid the business? Between us we are able to get a good understanding of what our customers want and because every piece of furniture we make is completely bespoke, we can work with our customers to bring their designs to life – even the most challenging of creations. What was the inspiration to go into business together? Much of it was borne from our many conversations about what we knew we could provide in furniture design innovation. We felt that customers were being offered designs that were easy to manufacture and fit, rather than bespoke designs that allowed them to bring their ideas to life. We knew we wanted to provide a unique service that put the customer at the heart of everything and to offer design ideas that really offered unique solutions to any storage issues.

to multitask across all areas and by the third month our order book was so full we needed to take on a new member of staff. We really haven’t looked back since that first day and our passion for what we do keeps us constantly motivated to develop and improve our ranges and services. We now have an exceptional team of 14 professional and experienced fitters and joiners who work hard to ensure our customers are delighted with every piece of furniture they have. What would be your advice to others wanting to do similar? Be prepared for long hours and to hard work, and surround yourself with a good team. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or to make mistakes – these are important learning times.

WE CAN

WORK WITH OUR CUSTOMERS TO BRING

THEIR DESIGNS TO LIFE – EVEN THE MOST CHALLENGING OF

CREATIONS

When did you make the leap? Just over three years ago a “now or never” opportunity came along and at last we had the chance to make our dream a reality. Having all worked in the industry for many years, we knew we had the knowledge and experience to do what we really wanted to do and so we found the right premises, invested in quality machinery and began the task of letting future customers know that we were there to create their unique designs for them. How was it in the beginning? Then began our 20-hour days, where between the three of us we would design, cut, build and fit our customers’ furniture. We all learnt

…and for the financial aspects? Take time to talk to a good accountant to understand all the monetary and tax implications of owning your own business and know your own business finances. What are your future plans for Custom Creations? We currently have a small showroom in Verwood, and our next short-term plan is to take on a nearby unit to create a larger showroom with a selection of room-sets to give customers a much better idea of how our fitted furniture is constructed. On the commercial side, we are working with some independent developers and retailers to create some modern storage solutions for new houses and reception areas.

Any furniture trend tips? We are seeing colour schemes of greys and copper at the moment, but we have a choice of six grey shades in plain and patterned materials, so these are very individual to each customer.

For more: Custom Creations, Unit 1, Enterprise Park, Blackmoor Road, Ebblake Industrial Estate, Verwood, Tel: 01202 823231; www.customcreations.furniture

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MODERN HISTORY How can such a charismatic home have current day credentials? By E LSI E C H A DW IC K

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ome things are modern-day conundrums. Where do the people who update Wikipedia check their information? Why did cheese and onion crisps become blue and yellow, when the traditional green and yellow did the job just fine? And can a charming country cottage built recently, really be an authentic village home? We examined the small print of this Greenleas property, because it has all the pretty visuals of ye olde beauty, timeless enchantment and classic days of yore – from the stone exterior of the surrounding vernacular Chalke Valley architecture to the secret walled garden to the front of the house providing privacy. At the rear, the garden backs onto open farmland, with a further area of land beyond a gate with potential as a kitchen garden and has access to a footpath for dog walking. And yet, the details claim this: “Greenleas was built circa 2002”. What?! How can such a charismatic home have such current credentials? But once we think about it, this is a great thing. This new kid on the block, while exuding an old spirit, will actually have none of the aches and pains that come with creaking, in-need of renovation, ramshackles. The rooms are bright, airy and light with a high level of finish. The layout is well thought-out and each living space flows beautifully into the next. And if you need a blast of unspoilt countryside, then step out of your heavy oak front door, because the stunning hamlet of Bowerchalke is steeped in history. Just 11 miles from Salisbury, the surrounding green hills are nestled in the heart of the gorgeous Chalke Valley, and include beautiful chalk downland with splendid footpaths, bridleways and old ox droves. The River Chalke, a tiny chalk stream, rises in the village and joins the River Ebble at Broad Chalke, flowing into the Hampshire Avon.

Above, clockwise starting left: French doors lead out to a pretty garden; ample dining area; fourposter sleeping grandeur; making an impressive entrance; a useful solid oak kitchen island with seating

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£875k guide price

4

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20ft garage size

The church of the Holy Trinity dates from the 13th century, and Nobel Prize-winning novelist William Golding, who was a schoolmaster at Bishops Wordsworth Grammar School in Salisbury, is buried in the churchyard. And like the home itself, the area seamlessly absorbs modern conveniences, such as a school with outstanding status, an award-winning village-run shop, post office and café, a doctor’s surgery and a friendly pub. Greenleas is a property where the good old days meets a new good new home.

For more: Winkworth Salisbury, The Brewery House, 36 Milford Street, Salisbury; tel: 01722 443000; www.winkworth.co.uk

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Clockwise from left: Alex with partner Lucy, son Sam and their dog Holly; before Alex’s illness; Alex kayaking in Greenland last year

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n November 2013, Alex Lewis thought he had a common cold. It turned out to be streptococcal infection (type A). This resulted in Alex, who at the time ran a pub with partner Lucy, developing toxic shock syndrome, septicaemia and necrotising fasciitis. To save his life, Alex, then 33, had a quadruple amputation and required extensive skin grafts and facial reconstruction as the infection ravaged his face and mouth as well as his limbs. I went to Farleigh School, an independent Catholic boarding school, from the ages of 6 to 13. I loved school and especially the sport and art. I initially wanted to be a commercial artist then a journalist. I then went on to school in Embley Park in Romsey, and finally to Peter Symonds College in Winchester, where I began my love affair with pubs. I was transferred to Salisbury in late 2013, having had my life salvaged in Winchester, where I was introduced to my plastic surgeon Alex Crick. He had the unenviable task of trying to a) keep me alive and b) amputate my limbs, which were, at that point, past the point of no return. The difficult times have been remarkably few but one that does stand out was Sam’s refusal to hug or kiss me in the early stages. The physical change was so great for a three-year-old that he couldn’t come to terms with it when what I wanted more than anything in the world, was his affection. I’m incredibly lucky to have the phenomenal Lucy in my corner who means everything to me. I have an equally amazing six-year old son. Without the strength of the pair of them and some equally phenomenal friends and family, my life now would be very different. My own reaction to the Channel 4 documentary The Remarkable Case of Alex Lewis was astounding and something that took us all completely by surprise. When tragedy strikes a family, the best you can hope to do is to survive day to day; you live in the moment. To have our story documented was, when we were shown it at Channel 4 headquarters last year, an emotional tidal wave we weren’t ready for. Once you work out the ‘why’ you will endure any ‘how’. This quote is from the book Man’s Search For Meaning by Frankl, which was recommended to me by Coldplay’s Chris Martin and has been my clear motivation. The ‘why’ is Lucy and Sam, and the ‘how’ is the quadruple amputation.

ALEX LEWIS

The director of the Alex Lewis Trust, interior designer and inspirational speaker talks family, kayaking and switching on Stockbridge’s Christmas lights with his pal Piers Morgan People would leave £500 tips behind the bar at The Greyhound or tell us that they were running The Spartan Race or organising golf days – the list goes on. It was clear that prosthetics, home adaptations and wheelchairs were expensive, so we set up The Alex Lewis Trust so that it would enable me in the future to live as near normal a life as possible. My most prized possession is from my dear Australian friend Marlon who is a fantastic artist. He had produced a brilliant picture of a brooding bull in a cornfield which I wanted to buy for our pub The Greyhound on the Test prior to falling ill, but it was way beyond our budget. Then one day in January 2014, Marlon came to visit me in hospital and gave me the canvas. I cried there and then, and it has become the logo for my Trust. If asked to describe myself I would say kind, GSOH, 3 foot 10 inches tall, with a point to prove. My other half would describe me as an idiot. I love restaurants and I love wine, not necessarily in that order. I’m fortunate as well in that interior design is a hobby, as well as my profession. I’ve recently been kayaking down the Orange River in Cape Town with friends and family as part of my role as a civilian ambassador for The Pilgrim Bandits. We also fitted in some travelling around the winelands, of course. My biggest achievement is my little boy Sam, he never fails to fill me with joy. My biggest regret is never dating Cindy Crawford.

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This Christmas we hope to be in our new Over Wallop home, and I’m not sure where we will be yet for New Year, but I do know it will involve too much wine. I had the pleasure of meeting Piers at The BMW Championship Pro Am at Wentworth last year, and am looking forward to seeing him again on 1 December for the Stockbridge Christmas lights switch-on. I like the man both on-and off-screen, he has carved an incredibly successful career. The Alex Lewis Trust, with Rosemary Court, involves various projects from working with universities, and speaking to school kids about being different, to raising the necessary funds for prosthetics. I also speak to groups about mental strength, dealing with physical challenges and everything in between, with the aim of hopefully continuing to raise awareness, and to challenge perceptions of disability. ‘Never underestimate your ability to make a difference’ was once said to me by a good friend, and I’ve heeded his advice ever since. I now find myself in an incredibly privileged position where I can help alter the lives of amputees due to the amazing research projects that we are involved with at Imperial University and Southampton University. I think my life motto would be keep going, and never look back. On 1 December, Alex is switching on the Stockbridge Christmas lights with Piers Morgan (turn to page 20 for our interview with Piers); For more: www.alex-lewis.co.uk


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