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OM Plymouth 131 December ‘19



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The festive season has arrived and we can all finally tuck into our advent calendars for a magical countdown to Christmas! This month has been very busy with some great articles for you to get stuck into. Step into a magical world of wonder throughout December and January with an experience you’ll never forget from Wonder Nights at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. Richard Toy, owner of Wonder Nights gives us an insight into what’s in store for us this year, don’t miss out on their business profile in this months issue! Marie Cleave, founder and director of Educated Recruitment tells all about her business venture and her strong team of women who provide support to schools and teachers across the South West. Be conscious of your impact on the environment this Christmas with our eco-friendly Christmas editorial. Forget fighting the crowds for presents and get crafty instead with our handmade Christmas feature. And don’t forget to dig out your Christmas jumpers in time for Christmas Jumper Day in support of Save The Children on Friday 13th December! Wishing all of our readers and advertisers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from myself and the rest of the OM team!


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The job market is perpetually evolving. We now live in an age where candidates drive the market and as such, firms need to be doing more to attract the right talent. As a small collaborative consultancy team of seven, Educated Recruitment has become an awardwinning agency who pride themselves on their approachable, competent, and can-do attitude. Educated Recruitment is looking for experienced and newly qualified teachers and teaching assistants who are interested in working flexible hours with competitive rates of pay, and for teachers who want to gain experience in a variety of different learning environments across the South West, including Devon, Cornwall and Somerset in school’s that need relief staff on an emergency, or long-term basis.


arie Cleave, owner and director of Educated Recruitment, has worked in recruitment for around fifteen years and started her successful business from scratch with just a telephone, a computer, and a couple of contacts in her spare bedroom at home. Since starting her business in 2013, Marie has recruited six staff members whose incredible work ethic makes her a proud director. OM spent the morning with Marie and office manager, Emma Woodhall, who gave us an insight into how Educated Recruitment was built and how it has evolved into the successful recruitment agency is has over its short 6 years in business. Marie never envisioned starting up her own business. When finishing education, Marie dove into a career in banking for some time, and after working her way up the ladder in a few different banks, she became a successful mortgage adviser. Although she loved her job and enjoyed working closely with her clients, Marie decided on a career change and started her first job in a recruitment agency where she worked for three and a half years.

After being employed by a further two recruitment companies, where she met Sam Parramore, Educated Recruitment’s Plymouth and Cornwall Consultant. Marie, with the support of her husband, then decided to start her own company and Educated Recruitment was founded in 2013. Upon deciding to start up her own business, Marie spent her evening’s typing-up application packs and creating check-lists ready for her business to go live in mid-August 2013.

“Self-motivation was hard, and money was tight. My husband was a key part of keeping me motivated.” It was in August that Marie nervously held her first open day at the Passage House Hotel in Kingsteignton. With the open day being a success, several teachers came on board with the company, so when the schools re-opened in September, she was able to start making phone calls and from there, her business took off. Marie had hired an assistant in October 2013 shortly after going live. Her assistant

Meet the Educated Recruitment Team!

Marie Cleave and Emma Woodhall worked in her spare room at home and handled her admin whilst she was away from the office. Marie soon realised that as the business was growing, her living space had shrunk and business premises was next to tick off her list. At this point, Marie starting looking at renting or purchasing offices in Newton Abbot, and came across the premises they are in today, which was originally listed as a house. After seeing the potential for something more and negotiating to transform the house into a business building, Marie used every penny she had saved up from her second year of business and secured a mortgage.

Educated Recruitment is now celebrating almost five years since setting up in their Newton Abbot Head Office. It was shortly after setting up; Marie received a call from now office manager, Emma Woodhall. As a qualified teacher, Emma had previously been in contact with Marie about supply teaching upon completing her degree in teaching. After talking with Marie and receiving some helpful honest advice, Emma secured another teaching role, separate from Educated Recruitment. It was three years later, after working in various roles from teaching, sales and recruitment that Emma decided to make a phone call to Marie enquiring about roles at Educated Recruitment. After a conversation and instant connection between the pair,

Emma’s career with Educated Recruitment began on the 25th February 2015 and she has now worked her way up to Office Manager and Exeter Consultant.

“I had no thoughts in my head that she couldn’t do the job. It was a no brainer. I am blessed to have Emma” — Marie. Since hiring Emma, Marie has employed five other permanent staff members, all with different roles. Sam Parramore, Plymouth and Cornwall consultant, Maddie Holland, Torbay and Teignbridge Consultant, Abbi Hall, Taunton Consultant, Kate Anderson, Compliance and Finance Administrator, and Educated Recruitment’s most recent team member, Zoe Andrews, Apprentice in Administration.

“It’s amazing to work here, I love it. I have found something that I have confidence in and I am good at what I do. I have an amazing team and an amazing lady [Marie] who saw it all in me” — Emma. The most important qualities Marie looks for in a consultant are resilience, confidence, honesty, and great communication. Both Marie and Emma describe how efficiently the team work together to ensure everyone is supported and appreciated every day. Every member of the team has gone through intense training to ensure that all processes are followed in a timely manner. All calls to the Educated Recruitment team will be answered in a friendly and informative manner by a member of the team, who will answer all of your enquires through specialist experienced knowledge.

“We do our best to give back.” The Educated Recruitment team also work together outside of office hours regularly to raise money for a whole host of charities, including recently supporting Rowcroft in a 24K bike ride, a 5k marine challenge in Exmouth for Devon Air Ambulance, and regular coffee mornings for McMillan. Their biggest charity fund so far was for the Children’s Hospice where they raised £1100 during a charity quiz night. Educated Recruitment pride themselves on looking after and paying their teachers well. The team meet all of their teachers

face to face, they either come to their offices, or a member of the team will meet them nearer to their location. As of now, Educated Recruitment has around 400 teachers on their books.

“If a school invested in us and gave us a chance they wouldn’t look back.” Educated Recruitment is looking to expose and expand the number of teachers and schools in the Plymouth and Ivybridge area. Sam Parramore, consultant for Plymouth and Ivybridge, frequently goes to networking events in the area and is keen to take on local experienced and newly qualified teachers. With weekly and competitive rates of pay, flexible working days, and the opportunity to work and gain experience in a host of different learning environments, Educated Recruitment can offer teachers and teaching assistants roles that fit around their existing commitments and lifestyle. With the bonus of a fast registration process, free CPD courses and available support at all hours, every day of the week. Educated Recruitment will keep all of their teachers in the loop for all teaching opportunities and with in-depth knowledge of all the schools they cover, the team will do their best to match teachers to their preferred teaching jobs, whether that’s in a subject-specific area, age range, or near to their location.

Educated Recruitment offer work in primary schools, secondary schools, and special educational needs schools, for day-to-day, emergency, short-term, and longterm cover across Devon, Cornwall, and Somerset. If you are a teacher who would like the chance to work with an award-winning, local, independent agency, or, if you are a school that needs a Science teacher next Monday or a three-month-long absence covered next term, Educated Recruitment would love to hear from you. Educated Recruitment work in affiliation with The REC to ensure strict compliance is always maintained and work closely with Devon County Council in reference to DBS disclosers and vetting procedures.

For more information on Educated Recruitment, the services they offer to teachers and schools, and the areas they cover then head to www. educatedrecruitment.co.uk or call the team on the details below.

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The festive season is upon us! This time of year is our absolute favourite, the leaves are changing, mornings are crisp, and it’s a time where we all get together to experience what our amazing city and surroundings have on offer. One such offering is Mount Edgcumbe which is open to the public all year round, however during the festive season, the natural beauty of the historic park is transformed into a magical and mesmeric evening experience designed for everyone to enjoy.


onder Nights is a spectacle for the people of Plymouth and beyond to immerse themselves in throughout December and January whilst enjoying the beautiful mansion and landscape of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. Here at OM, we caught up with its creator, Richard Toy, and we were blown away by his passion and innovative imagination that has brought to life an amazing and carefully choreographed night of immersive illumination, spectacular sound, and even performing arts! When visiting Mount Edgcumbe it was clear that the success of Wonder Nights has been driven by company owner Richard, who has a passion for “people enjoying themselves.” Before moving to Plymouth and delving into entrepreneurship, Richard was very much locked into the corporate world with a career in retail management for a stationery company. “As much as I enjoyed my position, I had already progressed to the stage where I wanted to be and my passion was to ultimately always do what I intended to do, which was to run my own company,” Richard explains. Richard finished his job in Winchester and moved to Plymouth, a city he was familiar with due to its proximity to Cornwall where he grew up. In 2011, he left his career

where he took a leap of faith and launched his first attraction in the heart of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park.

“I love it down here, I wouldn’t necessarily want to live or work anywhere else. Down here is home now.” Richard also reveals how Mount Edgcumbe was the only park he was interested in within the South West. Before Wonder Nights was born, Richard started with Adventure Segway at Mount Edgcumbe. His business venture was sparked up around eight years ago when Plymouth Council were looking for a commercial partner to reinvigorate the park and introduce activities that a younger audience could enjoy. It was at this point Richard started to get involved in outdoor adventure activities and Adventure Segway has since become a permanent staple at the park after much success. Believe it or not, Wonder Nights stemmed from the popularity of night riding offered by Adventure Segway which is something that has become successful over the years especially at Halloween. Adventure Segway eventually transitioned from riding in the dark to becoming more of a “real experience” says Richard. “We did it for a couple of Christmases too and even put lights into the formal gardens and people were wowed by it all, they loved it.”

Meet Richard Toy! “I thought to myself would I ever get to a stage where potentially for the first time in this famous estates history, we illuminate the entire Earl’s Garden. That was a big leap to take” Richard tells us. Initially, Wonder Nights was the subbrand for the after-dark Christmas riding experience at Adventure Segway. Richard explains “in the end Wonder Nights was such a strong name, that we reinvigorated the whole look of the brand to what it is today.”

Richard gives firm credit to his staff and creative team for Wonder Nights becoming a reality. After taking a huge step with Wonder Nights, Richard couldn’t be happier with the success it has achieved year after year. He praises his family and friends for their positivity and for believing in his vision by giving him “wonderful support” whilst he established the experience.

Almost 100 people will come together to create ‘Wonder Nights’, including a staff team of about 40 people who will be working throughout the evenings whilst visitors will flood the park. Richard is also quick to give credit to his staff and creative team. “I can’t achieve it by myself,” Richard says, “but I can make it happen through having a team that I work very closely with to pull this all together.” Richard is very much the creative lead that Wonder Nights stems from. His passion for creativity and providing a fun, evening experience for all of the family to enjoy is made into a reality by his team of technical experts. “In terms of the creative team, there is about ten of us who will work closely together to make the magic happen”

Wonder Nights is very much designed from the outset to provide you with that wow factor. Richard explains how there are many illuminated gardens around the country, but those that see Wonder Nights can immediately see that this is much more than just lights in trees: “What we’ve done is take it one step further, we’ve created choreographed, and story-based shows within the natural context of the gardens that ensures this is an evening experience that all generations can come together to enjoy.” Wonder Nights offers a sense of escapism that everyone can relate to, with adults enjoying it just as much as the children.

“It’s certainly bigger this year in terms of lights and the cost to produce; in order to make it bigger and better than before.” “This year we have changed it so we have show times where people can stand and watch the show together,” Richard tells us. “You can explore the entirety of the gardens your own way as you are given a guide map at the entrance.”

“The power of the evening is in your hands.” “We have a new show this year called ‘Finding Wonderland’ which is a twentyfive minute light and music spectacle within the natural context of the gradeone listed gardens. For our visitors, it’s the carefully crafted music that really defines Wonder Nights.” Another new feature this year is called ‘The Vulnerable Edge’, which takes people “away from the niceties of the formal gardens into a valley where the most sinister creatures of the night live, and throws you into the middle of a thunderstorm” Richard explains. “It offers something that is wonderfully unpleasant.” As part of the Wonder Nights evening experience, there is also a fire garden with around a hundred real fire elements. With the backdrop of the city and the River Tamar behind, the fire elements create a “mirage of flames” that illuminates the face of the mansion. There’s even the opportunity for marshmallow toasting!

The experience is designed to be a full evening out and Richard recommends heading to the park early, as it could take between two and three hours to see everything once. If you are worried about getting peckish during your evening out exploring Wonder Nights, then worry not as every detail has been considered. A feasting tent and bar will be open, jam-packed with a wealth of festive treats for you to delve into from Bratwurst sausages from Germany, Yorkshire pudding wraps, mulled wine, spiced cider, hot chocolate and other seasonal specialities to make your evening completely satisfying.

This year, Wonder Nights is open from 4:00 pm, Thursday to Sunday, from December 12th until January 5th, plus the two Monday’s before Christmas and New Year. Booking in advance is advised to guarantee entry to Wonder Nights; however, it is possible to turn up on the night. There is a perk for booking online, as it is cheaper, and it will fast track you through admissions.

There is also a charitable element to Wonder Nights. “The whole experience is in aid of St Luke’s Hospice and if you do book a ticket online, a portion of your ticket cost will go directly to St Luke’s to support all of the work that they have done and continue to do”

What are those floating trees in the void of the sky? Have you seen the mysterious hovering trees yet? One of the expenditures Richard has organised this year is the illumination of trees that are situated on top of the mount. They can be seen right across the city of Plymouth!

Speaking of the ferry, ditch the car and come by water! “The most amazing way to get here is by water” Richard reveals, “then you really do get that sense of escapism by leaving the city behind. It’s as if you are going to this island, wherein the distance you can see these beams of lights going into the sky, and the approach to the park gives that sense of journey.” The ferry will run on an extended timetable right through until 9:30 pm during Wonder Nights. For more information on Wonder Nights at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, the attractions of the night, and to book your place, visit the Wonder Nights website and enjoy a family evening of spectacular sound, music, and more!

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Head to the Piazza in the city centre and browse to your heart’s content with more than 50 traders from across the South West selling their wares in traditional wooden cabins, festooned with fairy lights. Pick up unique gifts for friends and family, with everything from handmade jewellery and artwork to sweet treats and liqueurs to choose from. Warm up with a mulled wine from the Bavarian Bar, tuck into festive food from one of the many street food stands and snap a festival selfie in front of the giant illuminated bauble. With entertainment including gospel choirs and vintage vocalists, your visit to the Christmas market will certainly put you in the festive spirit! The Christmas Market will be open 10am to 6pm Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 6pm Friday and Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday,with late openings every Thursday until 9pm.

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Masquerade Ball Tuesday 31st December Boringdon Hall, Plymouth Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the most elegant and exclusive event of the festive season... The glamorous evening of celebrations at Boringdon Hall in Plympton will begin with a tempting Champagne reception in the Great Hall followed by an exquisite five-course menu created by Head Chef Scott Paton. Dance the night away to a live band & DJ and be dazzled by fireworks on the lawn. Bar opens at 6:30pm to be seated by 7:30pm for a succulent five-course à la carte meal. Ticket prices start from £110.

The penguins are back, spreading their Christmas magic over Plymouth! Join in the festive family fun trail and seek out all 20 life size LEGO brick penguins which will be hidden in shops and businesses around the city centre. You could win fantastic prizes, including a weekend family trip to LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort courtesy of Plymouth Citycoach, or a Penguin Feeding Experience at Living Coasts for four people! Look out for special offers and discounts on the shop window stickers of the participating shops and businesses. WONDER NIGHTS Various Dates throughout Dec & Jan Mount Edgecumbe Amazing light shows, themed Wonderlands, mulled wine and even a surprise appearance from Father Christmas awaits. There’s no better way to celebrate the festive season with those closest to you. The stunning formal gardens at Mount Edgcumbe will once again be illuminated as part of this after dark Christmas adventure. Plus, Bratwurst sausages, Yorkshire pudding wraps, mulled wine, spiced cider, hot chocolate, toasting marshmallows over open fires and other seasonal specialities will be sure to make your evening completely satisfying. Wonder Nights is one experience you really shouldn’t miss this festive season. Book ahead at wondernights.co.uk to guarantee admission. Visit wondernights.co.uk for more information.

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HANDMADE GIFTS THIS CHRISTMAS Written by Charlotte Cooper Instead of fighting the shopping crowds this Christmas why not get crafty by creating your own personalised presents for your loved ones.


very year people swarm the streets stressfully searching for the perfect present for their loved ones. This year, instead of joining the chaotic Christmas craze outside in the chilly winter weather, why not stay inside and keep toasty by getting crafty, creating your very own personalised prezzies that your family and friends will adore. These imaginative ideas are brilliant for those who want to do Christmas on a budget and for those who want to say something special by taking the time to fashion a fabulous and fun handmade gift.

A sweet little jar of sugary goodness.

DIY sweetie jars are a cute and creative gift for all ages. Wash-up and store all your jam jars over the year and then come Christmas fill them up with your family or friends’ favorite retro sweets for the perfect personalised present. You can even decorate your jar using glitter, gems, and a greetings card to wish them a happy holiday.

Not a sweetie fan? Why not celebrate the holiday with homemade chocolates instead? Making chocolates at home is a fun (and tasty!) activity to get you into the Christmas spirit and make a thoughtful gift (that’s if you don’t eat them yourself first!). Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen is a wonderful website packed full of delicious and simple baking recipes, baking tools and lots of tips and tricks to help you perfect your homemade chocolates this Christmas. There are recipes for dark chocolate and salted caramel ganache squares, mince pie truffles, orange liqueur truffles, and more! All perfect for your foodie friends during the festive holidays. Check out Charlotte’s website for step-by-step instructions to create your choccies from scratch this Christmas (charlotteslivelykitchen.com/).

Keep it Christmassy with crafty tree trinkets. Why not create custom Christmas tree decorations using ceramic baubles that you can buy in-store and online from

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Beautiful body scrubs for your secret Santa. Stick to a beauty budget this holiday by making your loved ones an all-natural body scrub. Honey-sugar body scrubs are so simple to make and require just three ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen! You will need: 1. Honey 2. Oil 3. Brown or white sugar 4. A mixing bowl

Warm-up their winter with homemade hand heaters! Sometimes even the woolly mittens can’t keep that winter weather from giving you frosty fingers! Get crafty and creative, a gift guaranteed to make your loved ones smile and keep them snug with handmade hand warmers this Christmas. You will need: 1. A needle and thread 2. Fabric 3. Scissors 4. Rice 1. Firstly you’ll need your scissors to cut two pieces of fabric into squares (a guide size is 3-4 inches square).

easy to follow step-by-step instructions, including wrap bangles, friendship bracelets, crochet bracelets, and more. You are sure to find the best bracelet to make a magical gift this Christmas.

Let’s get down to the Knitty gritty. From socks to scarves, blankets and book covers, whether you need something for your family, friends or coworkers, you can knit so many gorgeous gifts for everyone this Christmas! Visit www.diyncrafts.co for all the knitting inspiration you’ll ever need.

1. Firstly gently heat a jar of honey in the microwave for a couple of seconds until it becomes runny but not too hot.

Show them you care with a homemade care package this Christmas.

2. Secondly, pour about /4 of the honey into a small mixing bowl and add 2-3 tablespoons of your favorite oil, for example, coconut oil works well.

With all the chaos around Christmas, it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself. This Christmas why not put together a personal care package for your loved one? A few examples of items you could include are:

3. Finally, add about 1/2 a cup of sugar. Mix the ingredients together until you are satisfied with the texture. 4. Place the mix into a nice jar and add a personal note. That’s it! A great gift scrubbed up in a matter of minutes!

Fashion your loved ones a festive friendship bracelet. If you know someone who loves to accessorise then a handmade bracelet is the perfect gift for them! Source what you need online, or dig out your old jewelry box and find some pieces that you could use. Cute DIY Projects (cutediyprojects. com) is packed full of jewelry ideas including 60+ DIY bracelet creations with

1. Lavender tea (for stress relief and a good night sleep) 2. Bubble bath 3. Hand cream 4. Chocolates 5. Marshmallows 6. Their favorite sweeties 7. A framed photo of yourself and them 8. Fluffy socks 9. A good book 10. Eye mask 11. Lip balms Pop the items in a Christmas bag or perhaps a hamper and you have yourself a thoughtful care package homemade handpicked for your loved one.

2. Next, you’ll need your needle and thread. Put the patterned side of the two fabric squares together and tightly stitch around three sides fully. On the forth side leave about an inch away from the edge as this will be the gap you will use to fill with rice. 3. Secure the thread with a knot and cut off any extra thread and turn the hand warmers right side out. 4. Using the hole you left on one of the edges fill the bag 3/4 full of rice. You may want to use a funnel. 5. Finally, stitch up and close the hole. 6. And there you have it, a lovely little Christmassy gift for your friends and family to enjoy. Don’t forget to add a note to say the hand warmer should be in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.

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ENTERTAIN THE KIDS THIS CHRISTMAS Written by Charlotte Cooper It’s the countdown to Christmas and the children can hardly contain their excitement for the sound of Santa’s sleigh! Make Christmas come that little bit quicker with these festive events in and around Plymouth.


hristmas is the time of year when the kids go crackers with all the sugary sweeties and the promise of Santa’s sleigh soon to be speeding through the snow to deliver the gifts they’ve all been waiting so patiently for (or perhaps not so patiently). With that in mind, we’ve found four festive events to entertain the kids during the countdown to Christmas 2019.

Storytime with Father Christmas at Saltram House, Plymouth. December 1st. Take the kids and join Santa in the stables at Saltram House as he shares his festive stories and sings some seasonal songs. The enchantment begins at 5:00pm, tickets are available for children aged 1 year upwards, so wrap up and listen to the wonderful winter wisdom from Father Christmas himself.

‘The Snowman’ Santa’s Grotto at Borindon Hall Hotel, Plymouth. December 8th. Meet the man himself this Christmas and receive your first present at Borindon Hall with ‘The Snowman’ themed Santa’s Grotto.

Festive fun at the Donkey Sanctuary, Ivybridge. December 14. The Donkey Sanctuary in Ivybridge is having a free Christmas market to celebrate the snowy season, open from 11:00am to 3:00pm. There is something for all the family, including a raffle, tombola, live music, and hot and cold seasonal foods and drinks. The market offers a selection of special and unique gifts so you don’t have to stop the fun to get the shopping done! Let the kids enjoy the face painting, storytime, and writing to Santa. They will also have the chance to meet the resident herd of donkeys, including Pooh. Eeyore, and Lucky the Donkey. All proceeds from the event help fund the work of The Donkey Sanctuary. You can even have a photo taken with Santa and Lucky the Donkey to remember the day!

Children’s Christmas Party at St Edward’s Church Hall, Plymouth. December 21st.

A delightful day of dance, decorating, and delicious afternoon tea.

Frog Fest Events presents the 2019 Children’s Christmas Party! Take the kids to enjoy a dance at the disco, games, fancy dress, raffles, and refreshments!

Book your place and choose between a 12.30pm or 4:00pm sitting and let the magical moments of Christmas begin!

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Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, made even better by indulging in scrumptious sweet treats guilt free because it’s the holidays! Take a look at our favourite festive sweet treats to keep you going over Christmas this year!

Christmas cupcakes 280g self-raising flour, 175g golden caster sugar, 175g unsalted butter, very soft, 150g pot fat-free natural yogurt, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 3 eggs For the frosting: 85g unsalted butter, softened, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 200g icing sugar, sifted To decorate: natural green food colouring (for Christmas trees), sweets, sprinkles and white chocolate stars One Heat oven to 190C/170 fan/gas 5 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cake cases. Put all the cake ingredients into a bowl and mix with a whisk until smooth. Spoon the mix into the cases, bake for 25 mins until golden and risen and a skewer comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Two For the frosting, beat the butter, vanilla extract and icing sugar until pale and creamy and completely combined. To make snowmen, reindeer and Christmas puddings, first spread the icing over the top of each cake. Then lay the chocolate buttons on top, slicing some buttons into quarters to make ears and hats. Finally, use icing pens for the details. For the Christmas tree, colour the icing with green food colouring and pipe onto the cakes using a star-shaped nozzle, decorate with sweets, sprinkles and white chocolate stars.

Reindeer cake pops 150g chocolate cake, 25g soft butter, 50g icing sugar, 25g plain chocolate, 100g milk chocolate, small pretzels, broken into large ‘antler’ shape pieces, 8 small jelly sweets, red chocolate beans or Smarties, 2 tbsp royal icing coloured black or purchased black writing icing Equipment: 8 cake pop sticks and a polystyrene block to stand up the cake pops One Crumble the cake into fine crumbs using your hands or in a food processor. Put into a bowl. In another bowl, beat together the butter and icing sugar until creamy. Two Melt the plain chocolate in the microwave or in a bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Add the melted chocolate to the butter mixture and combine well. Add this to the cake crumbs and mix thoroughly using your hands, until it sticks together. Divide the mixture into eight and shape each one into a smooth ball. Insert a cake pop stick, place on a tray lined with baking parchment and chill for at least 2 hours. Three Melt the milk chocolate in the microwave or in a bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Take a cake pop and dip in the chocolate. Shake gently until the excess has drained off. Push into a polystyrene block. Four Make two holes in the top of the head and insert a pretzel ‘antler’ in each one. Press a sweetie nose onto the front and hold for a few seconds until attached. Repeat with all the other cake pops. Leave to set for about 20 mins and then using black icing, pipe on eyes and a mouth.

NUTELLA CHRISTMAS TREE 2 large rectangles rolled puff pastry, 1/2 jar Nutella, 1 egg, whisked, icing sugar (optional) One Preheat the oven to 190c. Take one rectangle of pastry and place it down with the short side facing you. Spread a thick layer of Nutella over it in a rough triangle shape. Two Place the second piece of pastry on top of the first, then cut out a triangle shape over the Nutella section. Discard the trimmings. Now make even cuts down both sides of the triangle, leaving an inch uncut in the centre, to keep the tree together. Three Twist each strip from top to bottom to create tree branches. Brush the pastry with the whisked egg. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until well risen and golden brown. Once baked, serve up warm or dust with icing sugar and serve cold.

Yule chocolate log 185g unsalted butter, cubed, 185g high-quality dark chocolate, chopped, 85g plain flour, 40g cocoa powder, 3 large eggs, 275g golden caster sugar, 6 mince pies or 9-12 mini mince pies, icing sugar, for dusting ONE Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Butter and line the base and sides of a 30 x 35cm Swiss roll tin with baking parchment. Separate the eggs, putting them into two large mixing bowls. Add the sugar and 2 tbsp water to the egg yolks. Using an electric whisk or tabletop mixer, whisk the sugar and yolks for about 5 mins until the mixture is light in colour and thick enough to leave a trail when the whisk blades are lifted. Sift in the flour and cocoa, then fold in lightly, using the whisk blades or a large metal spoon. Two Using a clean whisk, beat the egg whites until they are stiff, then fold into the cake mixture in three batches, again using the blades to preserve as much air as possible. Pour the mixture evenly over the prepared tin, then carefully spread to the edges. Bake for 10-12 mins, or until the cake feels firm to the touch. Put a large sheet of baking parchment on the work surface and sprinkle lightly with caster sugar. Turn the cake out onto the parchment and peel off the lining paper. Cover with a clean tea towel, then leave to cool completely. Trim a little cake from all the edges, then score along the edge of one of the long sides of the cake and roll up from there, using the paper to help you, rolling the paper inside the cake. Three To make the icing and filling, bring the cream to the boil in a small pan, remove from the heat, then break in 400g of the chocolate. Stir until it is melted and smooth. Leave to cool, then chill until it is spreadable, about 1 hr. Chop the remaining chocolate, spoon a third of the icing into a bowl, then stir them together to make the filling.

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FOUR Carefully unroll the cake, then spread all the filling over to within 2cm of the edges. Roll up the cake again using the paper to help you, then set on a board. Cut a thick diagonal slice off one end of the cake. Transfer the larger piece of cake to a board or flat serving plate. Spread a little icing over cut side of the small piece of cake and fix it to the large roll to make a stump (as photo). Spread remaining icing over the cake, then dust with icing sugar to serve.

ONE Melt the butter and chocolate in a medium bowl, either in a microwave – cooking for 1 min on High, then stirring and continuing to heat in 20-second blasts – or by setting the bowl over a pan of simmering water and stirring occasionally. Once melted, leave the mixture to cool.

185g unsalted butter, cubed, 185g high-quality dark chocolate, chopped, 85g plain flour, 40g cocoa powder, 3 large eggs, 275g golden caster sugar, 6 mince pies or 9-12 mini mince pies, icing sugar, for dusting

two Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line the base of a shallow 20cm square tin with non-stick baking parchment. Sieve the flour and cocoa into a medium bowl. Whisk the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer on maximum speed until thick and creamy, about 3-8 mins, or when the mixture runs off the beaters and leaves a trail for a second or two. Three Pour in the cooled chocolate mixture, then fold together with a rubber spatula in a figure of eight, moving the bowl round until the mixture is a mottled dark brown. Be gentle so you don’t knock out the air. FOUR Sift in the cocoa and flour mixture and continue gently folding. The mixture will look dry and dusty, then fudgy. Stop just before you feel you should, as you don’t want to overmix it. Five Spoon a little mixture into the prepared tin, then add the mince pies, leaving them whole. Scrape over the rest of the mixture, gently easing it between and over the pies. Level the top. Put in the oven for 25 mins. If the brownie mixture is very wobbly in the middle, it’s not quite done, so bake for another 5 -10 mins, or until the top has a shiny, papery crust and the sides are just beginning to come away from the tin. Take out of the oven and leave to cool in the tin. Dust with icing sugar. Cut into quarters, then cut each quarter into four squares. Will keep in an airtight container for a week and in the freezer for up to a month.

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AN ECO-FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS Written by Charlotte Cooper With Christmas fast approaching it’s easy to forget how much our holiday habits impact the environment. Be proactive for our planet and read our 5 easy steps to an eco-friendly Christmas.


ith all the excitement at Christmas time, it’s easy to forget about the potentially negative impact our plastic consumption and wastage has on the environment. Although it’s primarily down to retailers to take action to stop the production of needless and unnecessary plastic, there are many things we can do to minimise our carbon footprint and increase the amount we recycle starting with the holidays, without cutting down on the festive twinkle. Here are our best top tips for an environmentally friendly Christmas that will reduce damage to the planet or ruin your Christmas spirit.

Get creative with eco-friendly wrapping paper, or find a reliable source.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in all the excitement over decorative Christmas paper, with the average household going through four rolls of wrapping paper every Christmas. This glossy paper we are used to seeing beneath the tree may look lovely, but it certainly isn’t great for the environment. The plastic used in the manufacturing process to make the paper shiny means it becomes non-recyclable. This year why not use recyclable brown paper? You could even jazz it up with more eco-friendly decorations such as fabric ribbon and string. Alternatively, you can source 100% environmentally friendly and recycled wrapping paper from various companies, such as your local post office or Rewrapped, a London-based company specialising in the production of

environmentally friendly wrapping paper, as well as cards, notebooks and more. Check out their website to get your ecofriendly Christmas off to the right start. Visit www.re-wrapped.co.uk/.

Don’t dump your decorations, eat them instead! Tinsel and baubles are usually full of plastic which can’t be recycled because of the vast amounts of glitter used in them. You may be able to box them up and use them the following year, but eventually, they’ll get damaged, broken or a little tired, meaning, in the long run, they’ll be disposed of anyway. An environmentally-friendly (and ever so tasty!) alternative this year is to hang home-baked Christmas goodies from the tree. BBC good food has a selection of step-by-step recipes you can follow to create some tasty treats for the tree and the rest of your home, including sugar charms, gingerbread bunting and snowy Christmas tree biscuit decorations. Check them out yourself and get baking! (www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/ collection/decoration).

Eco-friendly Christmas crackers and food packaging. Every cracking Christmas dinner is completed with Christmas crackers, but all those plastic prizes more often than not get thrown away, never to be seen again. This year try to do a little research before you head to the shops and aim to

purchase plastic-free recyclable crackers, as well as recyclable food packaging. Waitrose and John Lewis have said they’ll stop selling Christmas crackers containing plastic toys from 2020. This is part of plans to cut down on single-use plastic. Other supermarkets are starting to make changes too; Asda removed plastic windows and film from their mince pies last Christmas, Sainsbury’s has removed all plastic packaging from its Christmas crackers this year, and Tesco has switched to a plastic-free, biodegradable glitter on its Christmas trees, plants, and flowers this year. They have also removed glitter from their own-brand wrapping paper, tags and Christmas cards. Marks and Spencer have also removed glitter from its entire Christmas range this year, and have said they’ll be making all of their cards and giftwrapping products glitter-free by the end of 2020. Do your research and check the information when you shop to ensure you are making responsible and environmentally friendly choices. If you’re feeling particularly creative you could go one step further and make your own Christmas crackers this year. There are several websites you can check out where you can purchase eco-friendly craft supplies and find easy step-by-step guides and suggestions for sustainable cracker prizes. UK company, the littlecraftybugs (www.littlecraftybugs. co.uk/), has a selection of 100% recyclable

natural craft crackers on their website. All of their non-foil crackers, together with their hats, jokes, and snaps are fully recyclable.

E-cards - a waste-free alternative to spread your holiday greetings. There are many reasons why sending a digital card this Christmas is a great idea. Firstly, you can send the e-card from the comfort of your own home — no need to keep running to the post office in the chilly weather, and it’ll save you the cost of postage! Secondly, you can make it personal by adding a Christmas family photo and a personalised message. Finally, and most importantly, it’s environmentally friendly! Most store brought Christmas cards are covered in glitter. Glitter is not good news for the environment as it’s effectively tiny pieces of plastic (that often get washed down the sink and end up in our oceans), and cards that contain glitter cannot be recycled. Besides, when you choose not to use paper, you’re doing your bit to save trees.

What about a ‘green’ Christmas tree this year? Most Christmas trees are green, but not all trees are eco. The big question is, should you buy a fake or a real Christmas tree this year? Artificial Christmas trees are made from a combination of plastic-based materials and therefore cannot be recycled. Although greener options are available, according to the Carbon Trust, you would need to box up, store, and reuse your artificial Christmas tree at least 10 times to keep its environmental impact lower than that of a real tree. However, if you do prefer the look of an artificial tree (or perhaps you need to for allergy reasons) you can still be mindful about the tree you choose by seeking out trees made of recyclable or degradable materials. You can also try looking in your local charity shops for donated trees that you could spruce up and re-home, or online sites such as Freecycle. Visit www. freecycle.org/ for more information. Real Christmas trees require no manufacturing process and are 100%

recyclable. Although there are some concerns over the environment in terms of cutting trees down and losing habitat for wildlife, Christmas trees are not usually grown in wild forests but are a crop like any other (always check with whoever you are purchasing from to make sure the tree was not wild forest sourced). Therefore purchasing a real Christmas tree from a local farmer helps to support the rural economy. Once Christmas trees are harvested, more are planted in their place. The Christmas trees that are purchased and decorated (hopefully with ecofriendly and recyclable products!) can by mulched for landscaping or turned into woodchips once Christmas is over. Recycle Devon offers a Christmas tree collection service to recycle your trees responsibly. Visit www.recycledevon.org/ recycle-your-christmas-trees to find your local authority for details on recycling real Christmas trees in your area.

With all these sustainable suggestions we hope you have a creative, fun-filled Christmas, full of creative crackers, delicious decorations, and plastic-free prizes!

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et in the Christmas spirit and take part in this year’s Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 13th December. What better way to make a Friday at work more fun than with Santa sweaters and jolly jumpers? Get your friends and family involved too — the more the merrier! If you don’t have the budget or the time to go shopping for a festive jumper, you don’t have to, just jazz up your everyday jumpers, there’s no excuse to miss out!

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Some super simple and super fun ways savethechildren.org.uk suggest to boost your fundraising total this Christmas Jumper Day... 1. A bake sale – pop on your apron and get your bake on this Christmas Jumper Day! Then take all of your baked goodies and have a cake sale. Cakes + Christmas = serious fundraising potential! And full bellies all around! 2. A Christmas carol-oke! Fire up your laptop and crack out the karaoke and get everyone involved in a silly singalong. Take a money pot and charge £1 to take part. 3. Bauble or tinsel the boss – choose the two silliest sweaters you can find for the boss to wear, then display them a couple of weeks in advance with a collection jar for each. The one with the most donations is the one the boss has to wear on Christmas Jumper Day.

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LITTLE WOMEN Starring Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan


Your guide to the films hitting cinemas this month


Four sisters must navigate through their young adulthood as they find their place in the world after the American Civil War. But there might just be more to life than finding love and settling down. Based on the 1868 novel of the same name, Greta Gerwig directs this period drama starring Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson and Timothée Chalamet.

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Starring Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black Starring Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver

They thought their time in Jumanji was over, but when the gang get sucked back into the game, they realise nothing is the same and the nightmare has only just begun. As the game throws a new, tougher adventure at the gang, they’ll have to brave parts unknown and learn to survive all over again if they’re to escape the next level alive. Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart all reprise their roles in this action-packed sequel.

Released: 11th December

The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron’s journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences. J.J. Abrams directs, produces, and co-writes this thrilling conclusion to the saga, starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega.

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Starring Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, Idris Elba, Starring Will Smith, Tom Holland, Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones Dame Judi Dench, James Corden, Sir Ian McKellen

Each year, a group of cats that calls itself the Jellicles meet up at the much-anticipated Jellicle Ball. Here, they decide which of them will be lucky enough to ascend to the heavenly Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life, decided by the wise Old Deuteronomy. Every one of them dreams about being chosen to be reborn in the Heaviside Layer, but only one can be picked by Old Deuteronomy. An animated adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage production.

Super spy Lance Sterling embarks on epic missions. Walter Beckett is a genius scientist who creates amazing gadgets. Together, the pair make a pretty good team. But when Lance is involved in a test-gone-wrong, taking on a completely new form while the world is in peril, the two must learn to work together in an entirely new way… This hilarious animation stars the voice talents of Rashida Jones, Will Smith, and Tom Holland.

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