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write this in the rush and push of the autumn winds. Watching as stoic trees are bullied into handing over their pocket money and the forest floors fill with gold. Despite being a fully grown man of relatively able mind I cannot help but collect conkers on my way to and from the office each day. One such morning, I pass through a throng of immaculately suited schoolboys, all purposeful stride, youth and promise. In the fading echo of blakeys and bluster I become suddenly and acutely aware of myself. Short trousers and backpack, proudly clutching my conker, I am greeted by the familiar sense of a nagging existential crisis. And so to October, for what is a busy month in Sherborne. We have both the Literary and Film Festivals to look forward to, a revamped Pack Monday and a number of events marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Ralegh. Over the following pages we meet explorers, mathematicians, artists, gardeners, chefs, vets, therapists, clergymen, authors and other such colourful characters. Katharine and Jo meanwhile visit Paula Young and Julian Hill as they put the finishing touches to their gorgeous new antiques shop - D’Urberville. Have a wonderful month. Glen Cheyne, Editor glen@homegrown-media.co.uk @sherbornetimes @sherborne_times


CONTRIBUTORS Editorial and creative direction Glen Cheyne Design Andy Gerrard @round_studio Sub editors Jay Armstrong @jayarmstrong_ Elaine Taylor Photography Katharine Davies @Katharine_KDP Feature writer Jo Denbury @jo_denbury Editorial assistant Helen Brown Illustrations Elizabeth Watson @DandybirdDesign Print Pureprint Distribution team David Elsmore David and Susan Joby Christine Knott Sarah Morgan Mary and Roger Napper Alfie Neville-Jones Mark and Miranda Pender Claire Pilley Geoff Wood

Jeremy Acton Sherborne Preparatory School @Sherborneprep sherborneprep.org Simon Barber Evolver Magazine @SimonEvolver evolver.org.uk Simon Barker Knight Frank @knightfrank knightfrank.com Laurence Belbin laurencebelbin.com

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Andy Hastie Cinematheque cinematheque.org.uk Sarah Hitch The Sanctuary Beauty Rooms @SanctuaryDorset thesanctuarysherborne.co.uk Colin Lambert colinlambert.co.uk

David Birley davidpfbirley@hotmail.co.uk

Sasha Matkevich The Green Restaurant @greensherborne greenrestaurant.co.uk

Elisabeth Bletsoe Sherborne Museum @SherborneMuseum sherbornemuseum.co.uk

Sean McDonough Mogers Drewett Solicitors @mogersdrewett md-solicitors.co.uk

Richard Bromell ASFAV Charterhouse Auctioneers and Valuers @CharterhouseAV charterhouse-auction.com

Suzy Newton Partners in Design partners-in-design.co.uk

John Buckley Sherborne International Film Festival shiff.co.uk Mike Burks The Gardens Group @TheGardensGroup thegardeneronline.co.uk Cindy Chant Sherborne Walks @sherbornewalks sherbornewalks.co.uk Gillian M Constable DWT Sherborne Group @DorsetWildlife dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

81 Cheap Street Sherborne Dorset DT9 3BA

Craig Hardaker Communifit communifit.co.uk

David Copp

Mark Newton-Clarke MA VetMB PhD MRCVS Newton Clarke Veterinary Partnership @swanhousevet newtonclarkevet.com Kitty Oakshott Upstairs Downstairs Interiors @updowninteriors updowninteriors.co.uk Simon Partridge SPFit @spfitsherborne spfit-sherborne.co.uk Mike Riley Riley’s Cycles @rileyscycles rileyscycles.co.uk

Jenny Dickinson Dear to Me Studio, Fine Stationery @DearToMeStudio deartome.co.uk

Dr Tim Robinson MB BS MSc MRCGP DRCOG MFHom Glencairn House Clinic glencairnhouse.co.uk doctortwrobinson.com

Jimmy Flynn Milborne Port Computers @MPortComputers computing-mp.co.uk

Paul Stickland Black Shed Flowers @NaughtyDinosaur blackshedflowers.blogspot.co.uk

Andrew Fort B.A. (Econ.) CFPcm Chartered MCSI APFS Fort Financial Planning ffp.org.uk

Val Stones @valstones bakerval.com

May Franklin-Davis Dorset Wildlife Trust @DorsetWildlife dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk Paul Gammage & Anita Light EweMove Sherborne @ewemoveyeovil ewemove.com Jan Garner Sherborne Scribblers John Gaye & Jonathan Stones Sherborne Literary Society @SherborneLitSoc sherborneliterarysociety.com

Reverend Jono Tregale St Paul’s Church’s @StPaulsSherb stpauls-sherborne.org.uk Karen Van Musschenbroek John Walsh Friars Moor Vets friarsmoorvets.co.uk Wayne Winstone Winstone’s Books @winstonebooks winstonebooks.co.uk Canon Eric Woods Sherborne Abbey sherborneabbey.com


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What’s On

OCTOBER 2018 58 Gardening

114 Tech

22 Shopping Guide

66 D’URBERVILLE

116 Directory

24 Wild Dorset

74 Food & Drink

118 Folk Tales

26 Conservation

82 Animal Care

120 Community

30 Family

88 Cycling

121 Pause for Thought

38 Art

90 Body & Mind

122 Short Story

42 History

102 Property

124 Literature Festival Preview

46 Antiques

110 Legal

128 Crossword

48 Interiors

112 Finance

130 Out and About

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justbyoga@outlook.com

01963 251323. cinematheque.org.uk

Mondays 9.30am-10.30am

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.30am

Thursdays term-time (not 25th)

Yoga Flow

Sherborne Town Walk

10.15am-12pm

Chetnole Village Hall. 07983 100445

From Sherborne TIC, Digby Road.

Local Vocals - Community-based

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Digby Memorial Hall. lesley@whatfish.

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justbyoga@outlook.com

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With Guide Cindy.

Acapella Choir

Mondays 10.30am-12pm

Wednesdays 9am-10am

Yoga with Gemma

Yoga Flow

plus.com

Longburton Village Hall. 07812 593314

Another Little World, Corton Denham.

First Thursday of

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or gemski81@hotmail.com

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07983 100445 justbyoga@outlook.com

each month 9.30am

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Netwalking

Mondays 2pm-3.30pm

Wednesdays 12.10pm-1pm

‘Feel Better with a Book’ group

Lunchtime Hatha Yoga

From Sherborne Barbers, Cheap Street.

Sherborne Library, Hound St.

1.10pm-2pm

Free walk and talk with other small business owners. FB: Netwalk Sherborne Instagram:

01935 812683

Lunchtime relaxation

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and meditation

yourtimecoaching Twitter @yt_coaching

Last Monday of month 5pm-6pm

Digby Memorial Hall. hello@

First Thursday of

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yogasherborne.co.uk or 07817 624081

each month 2pm-3.30pm

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“My Time” Carers’ Support Group

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Wednesdays 7.30pm

Mondays 7pm-8pm

Yeovil Cinematheque

The Shielings, The Avenue, DT9 3AJ.

Kunda Dance

(See page 18 for October screenings)

Bookchat Sherborne Library, Hound St.

Yetminster Sports Club. 07983 100445 8 | Sherborne Times | October 2018

The Swan Theatre, 138 Park Street, Yeovil.

01935 601499 or 01935 816321

____________________________ Fridays 2pm from Waitrose


OCTOBER 2018 sherbornetownband.co.uk/events

Digby Hall, Hound St, DT9 3AA.

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Monday 8th 9.30am-3.30pm

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Until Friday 12th October

West Country Embroiderers -

Thursday 11th - Monday 15th

(Tues-Sat) 9.30am-5pm

Banjara Stitching

Pack Monday Fun Fair

Exhibition of New Work

Digby Hall, Hound Street. 01963 34696

The Terraces

The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street

Monday 8th 7.30pm

Friday 12th 6pm-11pm

DT9 3LN. 01935 815261

Insight Lecture: Teaching Truth

60s Night featuring

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the Vox Beatles

Throughout October

Memorial Hall, Digby Road, DT9 3NL.

01935 812452. insight.sherborneabbey.com ____________________________

Pageant Gardens, Digby Road, DT9 3NB.

An Exhibition of Paintings

Tuesday 9th 10.30am-12pm

01749 813899 bradsons.co.uk/tickets

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by Laurence Belbin

Coffee Morning with Susie Watson

Friday 12th 7.30pm

The Old School Gallery, Yetminster.

Susie Watson Designs, 28 Cheap St.

Jazz with Sunset Cafe

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Stompers and Hamish Maxwell

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Tuesday 9th 8pm

Wednesday 3rd

Talk: Alberto Bioletti, soldier

Cheap Street Church. Raising funds for

3.30pm and 6.45pm

of Napoleon and master

David Hockney -

clockmaker of Wincanton

Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th

Blondes Have More Fun

Digby Hall, Hound Street, DT9 3AA.

10.30am-4.30pm

Sherborne Health Walks 07825 691508

by Richard Pikesley

10am-4.30pm (Mon-Sat)

01935 872761

Digby Memorial Hall, Hound Street,

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01935 389375

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the Friends of the Rendezvous.

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sherbornehistoricalsociety.co.uk

(Sunday until 4pm)

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Open Art Exhibition and Sale

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Wednesday 10th - Sunday 14th

Saturday 6th 11am-3pm

Sherborne Literary Festival

Longburton Village Hall.

Sherborne Museum -

sherborneliterarysociety.com

DT9 3AA. theartssociety.org/sherborne

Suffragist Jamboree

Raising funds for village community hall ____________________________

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Saturday 13th 5pm-11pm

1 Church Ln, DT9 3BP. Bring and buy

Wednesday 10th 7.30pm

One Step Beyond -

jam sale. 1/2 proceeds to Breast Cancer

ArtsLink Flicks - Mary Shelley 12a

The Masters of Madness

Awareness.

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Digby Church Hall, Digby Road.

Pageant Gardens, Digby Road.

Saturday 6th 7.30pm

01935 815341 sherborneartslink.org.uk

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01749 813899 bradsons.co.uk/tickets

Ralegh 400 - Tudor Banquet

Thursday 11th 11am

Saturday 13th 6.30pm (doors),

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, DT9

Ralegh 400 -

7.30pm (eyes down)

3NL. Sherborne TIC 01935 815341

Literary Society Talk

Bingo Night

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Digby Hall. Tickets Sherborne TIC

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Digby Hall, Hound St. Raising money

At Home with Shakespeare

Thursday 11th 1pm

Yetminster Jubilee Hall. 01935 873719.

Ralegh 400 Ramble

pavilion. 01935 812725

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With Cindy Chant. TIC: 01935 815341

Mozart’s Coronation Mass

Sherborne Town and Sherborne

Thursday 11th 2.30pm

Youth Bands presents Music

Sherborne and District

Orchestra and Locrian Singers. In aid

in the Park

Gardeners’ Association - Garden

Pageant Gardens, Digby Road, DT9 3NW.

Designs - ‘Perfect Partners’

for Compton House Cricket Club’s new ____________________________

artsreach.co.uk

Digby Hall, Hound Street DT9 3AA.

Saturday 13th 7pm

Sunday 7th 2.30pm

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Sherborne Abbey. National Symphony of Three Valleys Team Benefice. Tickets from Sherborne TIC. 01935 815341

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WHAT'S ON ____________________________ 1st Saturday of the month 10.30am-12pm Sticky Church ____________________________

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Please share your recommendations and contacts via FaceBook @sherborneparents

Wednesdays 1pm-3pm

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The Hen House -

Cheap Street Church Hall. Free group

for playgroup and primary age children. 01963 251747

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Mums and Tots Group

Thursday 25th 10am–12pm

West End Hall. £1 coffee/tea and chatter!

and 1.30pm–3.30pm

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Artslink Arts Buffet

Wednesdays 11am-12pm

Every Friday 10am-12pm

Mummy and Baby Yoga Classes

Edible Messy Play

Digby Hall, Hound Street. Free art

Digby Hall. Advance booking only. FB @

St Pauls Church. £3.50 per session. FB @

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justbreatheyogauk or justbreatheyoga.uk

ediblemessyplay or pipsnpodssherborne.co.uk

and craft event for accompanied

children under 12. No need to book. sherborneartslink.org.uk

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01935 873269

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Friday 19th 7pm

Old Fosterian’s Dinner

Wednesday 17th 2.30pm

Big Fat Museum Quiz

and Reunion

Sherborne W.I. Talk - The

Sherborne Golf Club, DT9 4RN.

Changing Faces of Make-Up

Digby Memorial Hall.

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Saturday 13th October 7pm (5.30pm AGM)

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01935 873497 or wordsmith@eclipse.co.uk

Catholic Church Hall, Westbury.

Saturday 20th -

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Sunday 21st 10am-5pm

Saturday 13th 7pm

Wednesday 17th 7.30pm

Autumn Colours Weekend

Cheddar Male Choir Concert

DWT - Sherborne Group ‘The

North Cadbury Church. 01963 440683,

Life of Bats in Dorset’

Sherborne (New) Castle, New Road,

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DT9 5NR. sherbornecastle.com

northcadburychurchwardens@gmail.com

Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road.

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Saturday 20th 9am-11am

Sunday 14th 11.30am-3.30pm

Thursday 18th 2pm-4pm

Community Big Butty Breakfast

Sherborne Steam and

Dorset Blind Association

Waterwheel Centre Open Day

Craft and Gift Fair

Alweston Village Hall.

Oborne Road, DT9 3RX. Entry by

Richmond Green Community Centre,

Saturday 20th

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Jubilee Hall, Yetminster. With Italian

donation. 01935 816324 sswc.co.uk

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Sherborne DT9 3HP.

Film Night - The Italian Job

Monday 15th 9am onwards

Friday 19th 11am

Pack Monday Fair

WW1 Commemoration

supper. In aid of St Andrew’s Restoration

Cheap St & nearby . 01963 364399

Sherborne Abbey.

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Tuesday 23rd 8pm

Monday 15th 7.30pm

Friday 19th 2.30pm

Talk: The Foundation of Taunton

(doors and bar 7pm)

Talk: Family History

and Somerset Hospital, 1809-12

MOVIOLA: On Chesil Beach (15)

and Photography

Leigh Village Hall, DT9 6HL.

Raleigh Hall, Digby Rd, DT9 3NL.

Digby Hall, Hound Street, DT9 3AA.

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sdfhsmembership@outlook.com

Fund. pandy.brown@btinternet.com

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sherbornehistoricalsociety.co.uk

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ALPACA - PIM A COT TON - SI LK

Open Day E vent – Digby Hall Saturday 6th October We would like to welcome you to our Autumn season

Artisan Route Open Day Event at Digby Hall at Hound Street, Sherborne. This special event will be held on Saturday 6th October from 10:30 AM – 4 PM. There is plenty of parking at the Digby Hall car park. We will be featuring our brand new Autumn Collection of Alpaca Knitwear, ‘Perfect Fit’ Pima Cotton Tops, and Silk Scarves – All by Artisan Route.

Ivana – The perfect relaxed fit layering vest. Knitted in 100% Peruvian Baby Alpaca.

Sisay Tunic – Exotic Intarsia long tunic in rich colours. Knitted in 100% Peruvian Baby Alpaca.

Lauren – Classic links knit jacket with covered buttons. Knitted in 100% Peruvian Baby Alpaca.

Kesia – Neat V neck jacket with covered buttons. Knitted in 100% Peruvian Baby Alpaca.

Patricia – ‘Perfect Fit’ Peruvian Pima Cotton long sleeved Crew. Available in 11 colours.

Paula – ‘Perfect Fit’ Peruvian Pima Cotton Roll Neck. Available in 8 colours.

This is a young company and brand name, but please remember that Clive Webber has had connections for close to 20 years in Sherborne and really knows how to produce top quality designs in Alpaca, Pima Cotton and Silk. The beauty of the Open Day is that it provides the opportunity for Artisan Route to show our products in reality, giving customers the chance to see, touch, and try garments. Personal service and attention is the focal point of our small business. Our very good friend Mel Chambers will be with us to help and assist. We are sure that you all know how to reach Digby Hall, but just in case, the postcode is DT9 3AA. Please feel free to bring family and friends along ! Check out our collection of Alpaca Knitwear, Pima Cotton Tops and Handwoven Silk Scarves in advance at

w w w. a r t i s a n r o u t e . c o . u k or phone for a brochure. T : 01896 823 765 ( Monday - Friday 10.00 - 18.00)


WHAT'S ON Wednesday 24th 7.30pm

Friday 2nd November 7.30pm

Sherborne Science Café Talk -

Live Music by Jo Burt

The First Stars and Supernovae

St Andrew’s Church, Yetminster.

in the Universe Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road DT9 3NL. sites.google.com/site/ sherbornesciencecafe

____________________________ Thursday 25th - Sunday 28th

Info TIC

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Workshops and classes

DT9 6QE. 07742 888302,

alicockrean@gmail.com or alicockrean.co.uk

____________________________ Tuesday 23rd 7.30pm-10pm Shape & Style Class Sherborne venue. lindsaypunchstyling. co.uk/events to book

____________________________ Sunday 21st 1.30pm–4.30pm

Sherborne International

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Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

Film Festival

Slipped Stitch:

Powell Theatre, Abbey Rd, DT9 3AP.

Tuesdays & Thursdays & last

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road DT9

(See our preview on page 16)

Knit and Natter

3NL. 01935 817905 laurelswift.co.uk

Tickets Sherborne TIC shiff.org.uk.

Saturday of month 2pm-4pm

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Tuesdays &Saturdays

Fairs and markets

Thursday 25th 7.30pm

9.30am-11.30am

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Sherborne Floral Group -

Knitting and Crochet Surgeries

Thursdays & Saturdays

“Blast from the Past”

Plus Saturday Workshops

Pannier Market

Floral demonstration. 01935 813316

1 Cheap St

The parade

Thursday 25th 7.30pm

Thursdays 2.30pm-4pm

Thursdays 9am-11.30am

Pamela’s All Stars

ArtsLink Parkinson’s Dance

Country Market

Martock Church, TA12 6JL.

Tinney’s Lane Youth Centre, Sherborne.

Church Hall, Digby Road

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sherborneartslink.org.uk

Every third Friday 9am-1pm

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Farmers’ Market

November (Tues-Sat) 9.30am-5pm

Thursdays 7pm-9.30pm

Exhibition of New Work by

Art Club@Thornford for Adults

Cheap Street

Charles Anderson, Mhairi

No 1 Wheelwright Studios, Thornford

Every fourth Saturday

alicockrean@gmail.com or alicockrean.co.uk

Saturday Antiques & Flea Market

jerramgallery.com

Thursday 4th 7.30pm-9.30pm

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‘How to Accessorise’ Style Class

Saturday 13th 10am-4pm

Friday 26th 7.30pm

Sherborne venue. lindsaypunchstyling.

PBFA Book Fair

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850210 pbfa.org/book-fairs/sherborne/5638

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07955 467896 martockonline.co.uk/events Friday 26th - Friday 16th

McGregor and Jackie Philip The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon

Street, DT9 3LN. 01935 815261

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Free class & social time. 01935 815899

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DT9 6QE. 07742 888302,

(exc. April & December) 9am-4pm

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Church Hall, Digby Rd

co.uk/events to book

Memorial Hall, Digby Rd. £1. 01935

Sherborne TIC

Saturday 13th 10.30-4.30pm

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Nourish Self-Care Workshop

Saturday 20th 8.30am (trade)

Sunday 28th 11.30am

Dorchester Yoga & Therapy Rooms, DT1

9.30am (public) until 4pm

Ralegh 400 - Talk Digby Memorial Hall. Tickets:

RAF Centenary Service Sherborne Abbey

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1TU. thrivehealthwellness.co.uk/events

Chasty Cottage Antiques &

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Collectables Fair

Wednesday 17th 10am-4pm

Digby Hall, Hound Street. Entrance £1.

Loose & Lively Watercolour Florals No 1 Wheelwright Studios, Thornford

01963 370986

____________________________ Saturday 20th 10am-4pm


OCTOBER 2018 Ottery Lane DT9 6EE. sherbornetouch.org

sherbornerfc.rfu.club 3pm kick-off

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Yeovil (H)

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Sherborne Town FC

Saturday 13th

Saturday 27th 9am-3.30pm

First XI Toolstation Western League

North Dorset or Corsham (A)

5NS. sherbornetownfc.com 3pm kick-off

Swindon College Old Boys (A)

Fleamarket Memorial Hall, Digby Road. Free entry. 01749 677049 westcountrycraftfairs.co.uk

Vintage Market Memorial Hall, Digby Rd. 07809 387594 ____________________________

Sport

07887 800803

Saturday 6th

Division 1. Raleigh Grove, Sherborne DT9

Saturday 20th

Saturday 6th

Saturday 27th

Cheddar (A)

Thatcham (H)

Saturday 13th

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Longwell Green Sports (H)

To include your event in our FREE

Sundays 9am

Saturday 20th

listings please email details – date/

Digby Etape Cycling Club Ride

Chippenham Park (H)

time/title/venue/description/price/

From Riley’s Cycles. FB Digby Etape

Saturday 27th

contact (in approx 20 words) – by

Sherborne Cycling Club or 07443 490442

Radstock (A)

the 5th of each preceding month to

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gemma@homegrown-media.co.uk

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Sherborne RFC

7.30pm–8.30pm

First XV Southern Counties South.

Due to the volume of events received

Playing Fields, Sherborne, DT9 5NS.

acknowledge or include them all.

Mixed Touch Rugby Sherborne School floodlit astroturf,

Gainsborough Park, The Terrace

we are regrettably unable to

DAYS OUT and HOLIDAYS with TAYLORS COACH TRAVEL Day Trips ____________________________

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New Forest Drive & Lunch

Bournemouth Gardens of

Sunday 21st October

Light and Christmas Market

Adult £35.50, Club £33.50

Sunday 9th December

Cardiff Christmas Market

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Adult £21.00, Club £19.00

and Shopper

Taylors Christmas Meal

Saturday 17th November

and Pantomime

Adult £21.50, Club £19.50

Sunday 16th December

Winter Wonderland – Hyde Park

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____________________________ Sunday 25th November

Adult £37.50, Club £35.50

Adult £23.00, Club £21.00

Short breaks

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Winchester Christmas Market

Brugge Christmas Shopper

Sunday 2nd December

1st – 2nd December

Adult £20.00, Club £18.00

2 Days - £145.00

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2018 Day Excursions and Holiday brochures available. To join our mailing list please call the office on

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PREVIEW In association with

FIERCE FLOWERS Saturday 20th October Powerstock Hut, Powerstock DT6 3TB. 7.30pm. £9/£6. 01308 48547 Sunday 21st October

Village Hall, Tarrant Gunville DT11 8JN. 7.30pm. £9/£6. 01258 830361 artsreach.co.uk

Fierce Flowers is a young Parisian musical trio, born out of the Parisian Old-time and

Bluegrass scene. Their individual eclectic influences infuse their original compositions in

French and English, as well as their vocal harmonies and instrumentation (violin, banjo, guitar,

double bass), creating a veritable voyage on stage. With extensive tours across France, Germany, the UK and the USA, their compositions are ever-evolving and yet stay firmly connected

to roots music. With a common passion for the power of Appalachian ballad singing and traditional American music, expect a passionate performance as they head to Dorset. fierceflowers.com evolver.org.uk

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THE DIAMOND FAMILY ARCHIVE SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER Doors 7pm Start 8pm

“Mesmerising, melancholic psychedelic soundscapes” Suggested donation £7. Profits to Sherborne Food Bank CHURCH STUDIO HAYDON DORSET DT9 5JB

A series of talks, live performances and screenings + food and drink of an interesting ilk In association with


Film

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2018 SHERBORNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Thursday 25th - Sunday 28th October

T

John Buckley

he tenth annual Sherborne International Film Festival will take place in the Powell Theatre, Abbey Road from 25th-28th October. The festival is organised by the Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles and is sponsored by 4 Shires Asset Management for the benefit of the local community and in aid of two Rotary international charities - Global Sight Solutions and Polio Plus. Ten multi-award-winning foreign films will be shown Thursday 25th, 7.45pm Frida (2002) 15, Dir. Julie Taymor Frida chronicles the bold and

uncompromising life of Frida Kahlo,

including work from Japan, Mexico, Chile, Denmark, Spain, Italy and France, with genres such as fantasy, animation, drama romance and humour. Some social issues raised, whilst in the ‘difficult’ category, are highly relevant to the times in which we live. Foreign language films have English sub-titles. The festival opens on Thursday 25th with a reception at the Powell Theatre at 6.15pm, followed at 7.30pm by the official opening and welcome.

untimely death of her older boyfriend,

husband’s physician. Together they start a

called into question: her involvement in

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Orlando. From then on everything is

revolution that changes a nation forever.

Orlando’s death, their unconventional

Sunday 28th, 2.30pm

mourn her deceased partner.

Dir. Thomas Vinterberg

Friday 28th, 2pm

Saturday 27th, 2pm

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) 15,

In a Better World (2010) 15,

struggles over his son’s custody. Just as he

Dir. Guillermo del Toro

Dir. Susanne Bier

In Falangist Spain in 1944 the bookish

The lives of two Danish families

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Film

CINEMATHEQUE Andy Hastie

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ne of the joys of helping to run the film society Cinematheque is that moment when, in a darkened space full of like-minded people, I stop watching the film and become aware of the audience. The absolute silence of a group that is totally engrossed in a film is somehow very powerful. There is a collective frisson, where everyone is both tuned into the film and one another. I can’t claim this happens all the time but it is rather rewarding when it does! We always give out reaction slips before each show so that members can let us know what they think. Now we have moved to the fabulous Swan Theatre in Yeovil, anyone who wishes will be able to stay for an informal discussion in the bar after the showing. Many of our members enjoy giving feedback - both good and bad! - and it’s not unknown for me to get a phone call days later from someone who has been reflecting on a particular film and needs to discuss it. This connection happens when we try to select a programme to suit our audience. In the Cinema For All south west region, Cinematheque has the reputation of being a society that is willing to go that bit further in choosing the sort of film that, realistically, will only be shown in major urban areas in our region (Bristol, basically!). The big American studios only seem to be interested in making prequels and sequels 18 | Sherborne Times | October 2018

to blockbusters and franchises (Fast and Furious 9 anyone? Nope, me neither!), and readily admit their target audience is 15-year-old teenagers in the midwest. So where are those of us who love independent cinema meant to go, unless we organise it ourselves? With prolonged austerity cutting into our shared spaces (library hours reduced, clubs forced to close etc.) I feel film societies like ours are essential for people to meet together to share a common passion. We are always looking for new members to join our group. If you would like to give Cinematheque a try, visit our website or pick up a leaflet from the library in Hound Street or the Tourist Information Centre in Digby Road.

OCTOBER SCREENINGS Wednesday 3rd 7.30pm Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) 15, Dir. Martin McDonagh Wednesday 17th 7.30pm Loveless (2017) 15, Dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev Wednesday 31st 7.30pm Hotel Salvation (2016) PG, Dir. Shubhashish Bhutiani

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THE DIAMOND FAMILY ARCHIVE Glen Cheyne

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omething is afoot. At a little old chapel in Haydon, near Sherborne there are rumblings, suggestions, an inkling perhaps that there is more to Sherborne than meets the eye. Other Side – a series of talks, live performances and screenings – is the brainchild of Eleanor Goulding and Russell Denman (Denman+Gould), Simon Barber (Evolver) and yours truly. It is the realisation of a shared desire to experience contemporary arts and culture without having to organise babysitters and spend an hour or two in the car. In the year since its launch, Other Side has attracted a loyal following. Inquisitive audiences, seeking cultural nourishment and quite prepared to explore genres beyond their comfort zone, have enjoyed evenings with filmmakers, writers, artists, folk singers and live bands. The group’s summer excursion with a family screening of the Moomin’s attracted some 200 happy faces. It seems fitting then that, 12 months on, Other Side welcomes back the band that helped sow the first seed. The Diamond Family Archive (TDFA) is a unique, multi-instrumentalist, roving ensemble based around the guitar-playing and songwriting of Laurence Collyer. Holed up in a converted shed in rural Devon, TDFA create and coax songs from all manner of instruments and vintage equipment. Personal and pastoral themes are mixed to create sparse and fluttering arrangements. The

sounds of the rain, the old mill leat outside the door and the ever-present ominous rookery in the nearby slate quarry all find their way onto recordings. TDFA craft a mesmeric live experience with a melding of acoustic guitars, FX pedals, drums, tape delay, loops, bellows, bows, harmonicas, cosmic harps, toys, broken cymbals and vocals. This layering of sound evolves into a unique journey, never to be retrodden. Occasionally, should the mood take him, Collyer unfurls from his stool, leaving a weaving cascade of loops in his wake to address his spellbound listeners. To find yourself within this raw moment of connection as the wizard-like Collyer howls into your eyes can be a little unnerving. The last 12 months have seen TDFA perform in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. They have also been quietly releasing records, tapes and CDs through a handful of labels (Dinosaur Club (USA), Tired Trails (USA), Woodland Recordings (UK/ GER), A Beard of Snails (Denmark), MAP Recordings (UK), Stone Tape (UK), Lynch(ed) (UK) and many others. We welcome them back to Haydon with open arms. The Diamond Family Archive will be playing at Other Side, Chapel Studio, Haydon DT9 5JB, Saturday 10th November. Doors open 7pm. This is a free event with suggested donations of £7. Profits to Sherborne Food Bank. sherbornetimes.co.uk | 19


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Wild Dorset

AUTUMN’S ARRIVAL May Franklin-Davis, Dorset Wildlife Trust Departing summer hath assumed An aspect tenderly illumed, The gentlest look of spring; That calls from yonder leafy shade Unfaded, yet prepared to fade, A timely carolling. September, William Wordsworth

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las, summer’s end is fully here. The daylight hours having shortened to match the dark and we are waking up to a slight chill in the air. Autumn should not, however, be solely thought of as a gloomy time. Yes, we may be delving into our cupboards for thick knits and winter coats but nature is having its one last show of colour before winter sets in. Vibrant reds, oranges and yellows are replacing the greenery of our countryside’s landscape as the trees begin the dormancy phase of their yearly cycle. Behind this beautiful and rather dramatic display of colours lies a mechanism for survival. Reduced light levels are the trigger for trees to close down the production of food and reduce the chlorophyll in their leaves. The flat large leaves of deciduous trees such as birch, oak, elm and beech have a much greater surface area than those of tough evergreens or the waxy needles of conifers, and are too vulnerable to try and maintain against the colder elements. As the temperature drops and sunlight levels decrease, the trees will start to seek nutrients from their leaves. The extraction of chlorophyll, the biomolecule that gives leaves their green hue and plays a vital role in photosynthesis, is the first stage in the shut-down process. This abstraction is what produces the warm shades of oranges and reds synonymous with autumn. The next stage is called ‘abscission’ and occurs once all 24 | Sherborne Times | October 2018

the available nutrition has been absorbed from the leaves and they fall to the ground, creating colourful carpets throughout our woodlands. When the leaf stalks break away from the twigs, the exposed joint is sealed over by cells called the abscission layer. If you want to embrace the wonder of autumn and all its fruitfulness there are a number of Dorset Wildlife Trust nature reserves right on your doorstep: Powerstock Common in west Dorset, and Holway Woods, near Sherborne.

AUTUMN FACTS • The removal of chlorophyll exposes pigments called xanthophylls and carotenoids which create the yellows, oranges and browns in leaves. • Anthocyanin pigments, on the other hand, make reds and purples. • The most colourful shows of autumn leaves occur when we have cold nights, dry weather and sunny days. • The word autumn became part of the English language in the 18th century and comes from the French word, ‘automne’ and ultimately the Latin autumnus.

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he October meeting of the Sherborne Group is on Wednesday 17th in the Digby Memorial Hall at 7.10pm for 7.30pm. Our speaker is Steve Masters, DWT’s Reserves and Living Landscapes Evidence Officer. Steve will be speaking about ‘The Wonderful World of Bats’. DWT’s reserves provide an excellent habitat for bats – indeed, the Powerstock Common reserve was in the news earlier this year. A registered roost for bats on the reserve was destroyed by an arson attack on a 150-year-old gangers hut. Several species of bats including the endangered lesser horseshoe bat had been recorded roosting there. Currently there is fund raising to rebuild the hut. Bracketts Coppice DWT Reserve, the destination of our recent field meeting, is home to the very rare Bechstein bat. With the start of autumn, the hedgehogs that have been visiting gardens will be looking for somewhere to hibernate. We have been delighted this summer to have several visiting at dusk and partaking of the extra water we have put out at ground level; our elevated bird bath is of no benefit to them and we have even noticed a number

of small birds enjoying the ground level resource. Sites which are very inviting for hibernation are the piles of garden rubbish waiting to be burnt. Please, before igniting the material, check the piles for any sleepy hedgehogs. Each autumn fungi enthusiasts wonder if it will be a good year for fungi. Has the summer been warm enough and has the rain been at the right time? DWT’s reserves at Kingcombe Meadows and Powerstock Common are some of the best places to find fungi with a list of over 500 species, many of them rare. In early October at Kingcombe there is a fungus foray and in early November there is a day of discovery for waxcaps. Waxcaps are often very colourful and they indicate nutrient-poor grassland. In 1995 a scale was proposed that sites with more than 17 waxcap species be designated of national importance. Kingcombe exceeds that number with 25 species identified. In 2015 a new species was added to Kingcombe’s list, the yellow foot waxcap which had only been seen at a few other sites in Dorset. dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk sherbornetimes.co.uk | 25


Conservation

JOHN HARE OBE, FRGS Explorer, Conservationist and Writer Karen Van Musschenbroek

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ohn Hare is a man with strong convictions and instincts. As a seasoned explorer, those instincts, honed over a lifetime of exploration through some of the toughest and most inhospitable terrain on the planet, have served him well. His adventures have covered thousands of miles and spanned two continents. He has discovered unmapped valleys near northern Tibet and was the first westerner ever recorded as approaching the ancient city of Loulan, described as ‘one of the most desolate areas in Xinjiang’, from the east. He has tracked wild camels in the Gobi 26 | Sherborne Times | October 2018

Desert and is the first man recorded as having walked camels around Lake Turkana, Kenya. Convinced that wild camels glimpsed on the Mongolian/Chinese border were a separate species to the domestic Bactrian (two humped) camel, in 1995 he was the first foreigner in 45 years to obtain permission to enter China’s former nuclear testing site. He was entering a vast salt-water desert and uncertain as to what he would discover in the aftermath of 43 atmospheric nuclear tests. Both the Foreign Office and his sponsors strongly advised him to abandon the trip, but John’s gentle demeanour


"Both the Foreign Office and his sponsors strongly advised him to abandon the trip, but John’s gentle demeanour disguises a gritty determination"

disguises a gritty determination and he refused to accept defeat. Not only had the wild camels survived these devastating tests, they live in an area where humans cannot; temperatures drop to -40C in winter and the water has a higher salt content than even the sea. In 2013, after years of DNA tests at the Veterinary University of Vienna, the wild camel was finally recognised as a separate species. It is the 8th most critically endangered mammal on the planet, with only 1000 animals existing in the deserts of China and Mongolia. John had already co-founded The Wild Camel Protection Foundation (WCPF) in 1997 with Kathryn Rae (Dr Jane Goodall is life-long patron) and he persuaded the Chinese government to establish the Lop Nur Wild Camel Nature Reserve. It measures 155,000 square kilometres (about the size of Bulgaria), making it one of the largest nature reserves in the world. John remains the only international consultant for the reserve and his achievements have been recognised by governments across the world. In 2004 WCPF established a breeding programme in the Mongolian reserve which buffers Lop Nur. These two reserves benefit many other endangered animals, including the black tailed gazelle, the Gobi bear and the snow leopard. Other than two Chinese zoos, WCPF holds the only captive wild camels, and has successfully bred and released eight camels into the wild. Recently back from the latest release, John will be visiting Sherborne to share the story of his extraordinary 1500-mile adventure, ‘Across the Sahara’, undertaken to raise awareness for the wild camel. John Hare ‘Across the Sahara’ ‘Digby Memorial Hall, Wednesday 7th November. Tickets £8 in advance from The Abbey Shop and Marsh and Son (Cheap Street), or £10 on the door. All proceeds to WCPF. The price includes pre-talk drinks and home-made nibbles. Doors open at 6pm. Talk begins 7.30pm. Further information 01963 220202 sherbornetimes.co.uk | 27


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aron Kim made history at Sherborne School this summer, coming in the top 3 out of 21,000 candidates in the AQA Further Mathematics GCSE. Aaron, who took his IGCSE Mathematics ahead of his own group last year, has proven himself an academic tour de force and, in his usual style, has been remarkably modest about not dropping a single mark in this tough assessment. The achievement saw Aaron awarded the top A^ grade (A* with distinction), a mark that is issued to recognise success in this significantly more challenging examination. Head of Mathematics, Mr Siew-Chiang Lim, commented, ‘To have not only gained a grade beyond A* but to have done so without a single error in such a tough exam, is simply an outstanding achievement. I am hugely proud of Aaron and all his hard work’. This marks a fantastic year at Sherborne School for their GCSE mathematicians, scoring a result of 26.8% at grade 9 (compared to 3.6% in Mathematics nationally). The future is certainly bright for Aaron as he embarks on his A level journey, playing to his strengths with a clutch of Maths and Sciences disciplines. sherborne.org

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Family

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THE PLASTIC PROBLEM Jeremy Acton, Humanities, Sherborne Prep School

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n 24th December 1968, arguably, the greatest photograph in the history of mankind was committed to film. It was not scheduled and it was captured by the awestruck lunar module pilot, Bill Anders, from the tight Apollo 8 cockpit. This image was named Earth Rising. It was remarkable for many reasons but not least for giving us the first, spectacular and awe-inspiring image of our planet: a beautiful blue orb, floating in a seemingly infinite and vast inky blackness. It is no surprise that the first ‘World Earth Day’ followed soon after on 22nd April 1970. This is often seen 34 | Sherborne Times | October 2018

as the beginning of the modern environmental movement, although in truth that would be closer to 1962, the year Rachel Carson published her seminal book, Silent Spring. This movement continues to work hard because the modern world has not been kind to the natural systems it so heavily relies upon. Sadly, another major issue is raising its ugly head in the form of plastic pollution. Plastic pollution, especially in our marine ecosystems, is not a new phenomenon. Many scientists and activists have been trying to alert the public and governing bodies for a decade and more. However, it was the worldwide


release of the BBC’s Blue Planet 2 that really pushed this issue to the forefront of the public’s consciousness. The team, who had spent four years producing the documentary, felt compelled to share their findings, despite the fact it was not all ‘easy on the eye’. Their programme, narrated by one of the most trusted individuals in natural science, told us a grim truth - our oceans are clogging up with our plastic waste. There isn’t time in the short space allocated to explain all the issues, facts and figures related to this problem. However, all recent studies indicate that we

are dumping some 8 million tonnes of plastic debris into our oceans every year. Most of this plastic debris is coming off the land, through our water ways and off our beaches. One of the chief problems is that these plastics break down into ‘micro plastics’, which are then ingested by marine life. It has also been estimated that up to 95% of seafaring birds have ingested some plastic in one form or another. In many cases the amount proves fatal and the birds die. The good news (!) is that much of this plastic waste is ‘single use plastics’ such as water bottles, cutlery, straws and bags (an estimated 50%) and this is something we can immediately address by finding alternatives. It is why at Sherborne Prep we are taking steps to educate our pupils about this issue. We have banned the use of single use plastic bottles for field trips and packed lunches (the children have learned to bring in their own) and we are looking for ways to reduce our use of single use plastics in all departments. Plastic does not have to be our enemy. It is the most remarkable of products used in a myriad of different ways across the globe. However, we must break our ’60-a-day’ habit of producing, using and throwing away this material, a habit we can ill-afford now we know how much harm it is causing our vital marine ecosystems. This cultural change is going to take years, if not decades, to take effect but it is vital we start to educate ourselves and our young about these issues now if we hope to see such change in the future. I can’t help thinking that Bill Anders took the photograph Earth Rising at exactly the right moment in history. We see not several oceans but in fact just one big ocean. The view from 280,000 miles away also conveys our fragility. If we are to survive and thrive in our nation states, we must find ways to live in harmony with the natural world – it is clearly the very grounding of our being. The difficulty is adapting and changing to these challenges when we live in such a frenetic and technical age. When one of my children is complaining about not having their turn on ‘Fortnight’, the phone is going and I hear an email ‘ping’ in from work, then the last thing on my mind is whether a fish has just eaten a bit of plastic! However, I am an optimist and I believe we can effect meaningful change in the long run. These are, after all, man-made problems, so there must be man-made solutions. sherborneprep.org sherbornetimes.co.uk | 35


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he year creeps on and we’ve seen some rain. The green is coming back! I’ve been out and about mainly in the evening as it’s cooler; not only that but the light is fantastic. Longer shadows, blues and purples and golden sunlight. This 12”x12” painting is off the Bridport to Dorchester road looking west. I set up, roughed in and waited for the colours to change. It is important when approaching sunrises and sunsets to establish the composition and structure well in advance because, if you wait until it ‘looks nice’, you won’t have much time to get it all done. Working very quickly, before the changes in light made it almost 38 | Sherborne Times | October 2018

impossible to continue, I worked from a range of colour mixes I’d already prepared, adjusting them accordingly. Preparing colours one expects to find saves an enormous amount of time. If I hadn’t done that I’d be working more from memory than real life, and that I’d rather do in the studio. One can be caught out though as, on occasions, cloud has come over and altered the whole atmosphere, and I didn’t see the colours I’d thought I would. Then it’s a frantic rush to save the day! Painting during the middle of the day, or when it’s overcast, reduces the need to pre-mix, although there are no rules to say you can’t if


you prefer that method of working. As the lay-by I chose to work from was alongside a busy road, by the time passers-by saw me it was too late for them to stop; hence I avoided the interruptions which would have been fatal for both the painting and interrupter! This year was the 50th anniversary of the Great Dorset Steam Fair and I went with some friends, one being the landlord of the Mitre Inn at Sandford Orcas who advised me which ales to sample in between my studies! There was so much to paint and draw I could have stayed a week or more. The one shown here, a 10”x12”, was, in fact, painted on a previous visit as this year was showery and I only had time to draw before the intermittent rain stopped play. The rich colours of the scene took my eye. The engine pictured is, I think, from Cornwall and was running a circular saw, planking up huge logs. The fact that the engine was almost still meant that I was able to complete

the whole painting on location. Nevertheless, I worked quickly as I always do. You never know when everything may change. In one of my drawings this year I got as far as the front end with the funnel before the engine moved off to parade around the ring and I didn’t see it again. I really wanted to capture the smells, sounds and energy of a working engine doing heavy work. In the background is a threshing machine which added to the general noise and atmosphere. With so much going on one has to be focused and not get carried away – it’s so easy to try and get too much in one small painting. Perhaps next year it will be fine for the duration and my paints will get an airing. An exhibition of Laurence’s work will be on show at the ‘Old School Gallery’, Yetminster until 31st October. laurencebelbin.com sherbornetimes.co.uk | 39


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PART V

THE DISASTROUS ENDING Cindy Chant, Blue Badge Guide

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t long last, in June 1617, the Guiana expedition finally left Plymouth. The weather was unkind and the ships were blown back by a fierce storm; at a second attempt, another storm forced them to seek shelter in Falmouth. A third attempt was made, but another huge gale forced them to take further shelter in the Irish port in Cork. The weather remained turbulent but then calmed and the fleet set sail again. Eventually they reached Guiana. (Guiana lies just off the west coast of the island of Trinidad and today is known as Venezuela.) Now safely resting in the delta of the River Orinoco, a decision had to be made as to who should be in the landing party. Ralegh’s health had not survived the long journey and he was physically unable to take command in this important search for the gold he believed was there. Eventually, it was decided that Lawrence Keymis, Ralegh’s old friend, should go. They had been together on an earlier exploration of Guiana in 1595. Ralegh’s son, young Wat, would go too, despite him being very unpredictable and having a very short-fuse. Really, he was not a good choice. However, they set off and Ralegh could do nothing more but wait for their return. There are a number of conflicting reports about what happened next. They had reached San Thome, a small Spanish settlement in the Orinoco delta, where there was a confrontation with the Spanish. Several musket shots were fired. Young Wat was involved in the punch-up which followed and, in the panic and confusion, was killed. The settlement in San Thome had been damaged and several Spaniards killed, all carried out in direct contradiction of James’s wishes. Neither gold mines nor gold were ever found. The river expedition was abandoned with Keymis and the team returning to the ship to make their report to Ralegh. This was a dreadful blow for Ralegh, both personally with the terrible loss of his oldest son, and politically as on returning home he would have to face humiliation and, potentially, death on the block. If not that, then certainly life imprisonment.

Keymis began to explain the details of the tragedy, but Ralegh was in no mood to listen and blamed Keymis for what had happened. Keymis became distraught, broke down sobbing and returned to his cabin. In his anguish and panic, he took a knife and stabbed himself in the chest, piercing his heart and so killing himself. Ralegh, alone now, was a broken man and mentally shattered. There was nothing more to live for. He sat down and wrote a letter to his wife, Bess, explaining that their son Wat had been killed, and that now all he wanted to do was to come home. Unfortunately, he had now lost control of his ship and the fleet, and mutiny broke out. Chaos and confusion reigned and days ran into weeks. Eventually, despite dissent and disorder, Plymouth was reached. It was exactly one month to the year since they had left. James and the Privy Council had been informed of the events that had happened in San Thome and Count Gondomar knew too. He became incensed and was beside himself with anger, demanding action from James, demanding the death of Ralegh. The Destiny had tied up in Plymouth and Bess and their younger son, Carew, were waiting to meet Ralegh. Bess tried to persuade her husband to escape the country, to go to France where he would be safe, but Ralegh wavered. He was no longer the man he had been. He had become weak and indecisive and was still in shock from Wat’s unexpected death. In London, James and the Privy Council insisted that Ralegh and his family were escorted back to London. The escort was to be Lewis Stukley, the Vice Admiral of Devon, and two others, Samuel Kine, an old house servant, and a doctor friend named Manourie. Next month: To be beheaded, or to be hung, drawn and quartered? Walter, the choice is yours! Saturday 6th 7.30pm, Ralegh 400 - Tudor Banquet, Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, DT9 3NL. £30. Tickets and info from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341

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History OBJECT OF THE MONTH

THE POSTAGE STAMP COLLAGE Elisabeth Bletsoe, Curator, Sherborne Museum

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his small card, 11cm x 9cm, is illustrative of a particular type of folk art that was popular from the mid-19th century. Postage stamp collage or decoupage originated in China and the creations were sold to tourists as postcards which were sent world-wide, acting as inspiration to others. They were generally created as amusement for hobbyists rather than perceived as high art, so the work tended not to be signed. This card has no known provenance but was written ‘to Elizabeth from Katie’ on the 12th May 1948, and is composed of both British and American stamps, one bearing part of an Eastbourne postmark. The image portrays a suffragette depositing phosphorus in a post box, which raises the difficult debate surrounding the issue of violence and women in their efforts to achieve the franchise. The National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies was quietly established in 1897 under Millicent Fawcett who believed the way to effect change was through peaceful, legal means. Another group, the Women’s Social and Political Union, which formed around the Pankhurst sisters in 1903, were frustrated at the apparent lack of progress and, under the motto ‘deeds not words’, made a calculated political decision to resort to disruptive action against people or institutions perceived as symbolic of female repression. Post boxes were a particular target as the GPO was state-owned; ink was poured into them to damage the letters inside or they were set alight. On the 28th November 1912 simultaneous attacks were made across the entire country. Margaret Haig Thomas, 2nd Viscountess Rhondda, notoriously blew up a post box in Risca Road in Newport, South Wales in June 1913 44 | Sherborne Times | October 2018

and was jailed after refusing to pay the fine. That same year four Scottish postmen were injured by phosphorus chemicals left in the boxes, fumes from which could cause irreversible lung damage. Whatever their ultimate intention there is no disputing that there was potential threat to human life and that injuries did occur, mostly among the working classes; on the other hand, the suffragettes also suffered undeniably brutal, unjust and inhumane treatment, particularly in prison. They and the establishment were locked into a bitter physical struggle, while media images were manipulated and misinformation disseminated from both sides. A more peaceful activity involved writing recipe books liberally sprinkled with propaganda for the cause and raising money for charities through the sale of jams and preserves. While cookery is not usually seen as subversive, many women resorted to what they knew in order to raise awareness for Women’s Suffrage and create networking opportunities. It was also intended as a rebuttal to accusations that women who wanted equality in the vote were neglectful of their families. On 6th October from 11am–3pm, Sherborne Museum is celebrating the centenary of women’s enfranchisement by holding a Suffragist Jam-boree, a bring-and-buy jam sale of bought, home-made and donated jams, marmalades and chutneys. Half of all proceeds will go to the Pink Ribbon Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness. Please feel inspired to bring some jam and to give generously. Sherborne Museum is open from Tues-Sat 10.30am– 4.30pm. Admission free.


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It was a beautiful summer’s day as we walked around the property, from the drawing room to the turret room to the converted coach house. I’m sure many people think this is how I spend all my working days! The reality is often driving around the countryside in torrential rain, running late for the appointment and


getting lost, then trying to contact the client with a mobile phone that pretends it has full signal only for the call to fail immediately! Anyway, moving back to the manor house, it was quite an interesting assortment of items which we were asked to auction and the appointment took some time. As is often the case, when you have space you end up filling it. Some of the lots had been bought on the owners’ travels, some were modern and some were antiques, all in all an eclectic mixture which represented their tastes and style. The incoming purchaser had been offered some of the items which were in the manor house when my client moved in many years ago and which had indeed been there for many, many decades. One of the items offered to the new owner was an 18th century bust portrait of John Dampier - the Dampier-Bide family had built this manor house in the 19th century. They were descendants of the famous British explorer and privateer William Dampier (another local lad from Hymerford House, East Coker), so it is reasonable to expect John Dampier to be somewhere in the middle of the family tree. John is painted as a country gentleman. Wearing a wig, a cravat and a long jacket he was no doubt the epitome of fashion in his day. A painted oval, the picture is inscribed, ‘John Dampier died 1783’. The picture would therefore have been commissioned for the family to remember him forever. However, moving forward to the 21st century, the new owners of the manor house neither knew him nor wished to keep him. Pictures can be very personal and not everyone wants someone else’s family hanging on their wall - maybe they have enough ancestors of their own to enjoy or perhaps they prefer Banksy! So, despite the long association of this portrait of John Dampier with this Dorset manor house, he is now looking for a new home. We have held on to him here at Charterhouse in Sherborne for a couple of months pending our next specialist auction of pictures. We hold specialist auctions across most divisions from jewellery to coins to pictures as the items sell better in specialist auctions rather than general sales. If you are looking for a portrait of a rather fine-looking 18th century chap with good local connections and interest, perhaps you might like to bid for him! The October auction at Charterhouse Auctioneers will take place on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th October. charterhouse-auction.com sherbornetimes.co.uk | 47


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loyd Loom originated in 1917 during the First World War. Due to the war, entrepreneur Marshall Burns Lloyd found himself confronted with a severe drop in the supply of rattan so, in order to be able to keep producing his ever-popular baby carriages and strollers, he invented a technique in which paper is twisted around a metal wire and then machine woven into large sheets of woven paper thread. When putting this new material to use in the production of baby carriages, he discovered that not only was it much stronger than rattan but also it was much softer, and thus more comfortable. He called his invention the ‘Lloyd Loom Technique’. In 1922 Marshall Burns Lloyd sold the UK patent to William Lusty. Lusty developed a line of typically English furniture that soon became all the rage in the UK and the rest of Europe. In the 1930s, at the height of his company’s success, Lusty’s Lloyd Loom furniture could be found in hotels, restaurants and tea rooms as well as on cruise ships and ocean-going liners. It had become a household name. Sadly, it all ended abruptly in 1940, during the Second World War, when the production plant was hit by an air raid. Although this saw the end of the first large-scale manufacturing of Lloyd Loom furniture, the Lloyd Loom product never lost its appeal and a couple of companies carried on with the manufacturing process. 54 | Sherborne Times | October 2018

It was in 1992 that the Belgium-based company Vincent Sheppard breathed new life into the technique and developed a fantastic modern furniture collection. By setting up a private production facility, Vincent Sheppard eventually became one of the very few, vertically integrated Lloyd Loom manufacturers. They controlled the whole operation from the paper twisting and weaving through to upholstery. In 2006 they added to the collection with a new outdoor furniture range. By constantly challenging themselves and their design aesthetics, Vincent Sheppard present young, contemporary furniture collections that fulfil all modern needs. Combining a clear focus on quality and comfort with craftsmanship and the age-old technique, they translate these ingredients into qualitative, durable and appealing designs with a modern twist. From baby carriages to luxury beds and minimalist sofas, Vincent Sheppard have taken the hundred-yearold process and, by adding new materials such as beech, teakwood, steel and aluminium, they have brought the concept up to date. They have established a worldwide reputation for exceptional seating comfort, quality, style and durability. In addition, the company is committed to raising ecological standards and improving living standards in the countries in which it operates. partners-in-design.co.uk


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PREPARING FOR A CHANGING CLIMATE Mike Burks, Managing Director of The Gardens Group

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n a year that has seen forest fires in almost every part of the world - Greece, Italy, Portugal, America, Japan and Australia (in their winter!) - not to mention the moorland fires in various parts of the UK, it’s a reminder, as most people now acknowledge, that the climate is changing. Average temperatures around the world have risen, with 8 out of the 10 warmest years on record being since 2002 and all 10 since 1990. According to recent statistics, more energy is now used for cooling than for warming households and workplaces. That’s especially worrying as air conditioning is energy-expensive; if you are cooling one area then you are warming up somewhere else, with energy being expended at the same time. This doesn’t mean that we won’t get cold weather; late winter/early spring saw very low temperatures and the most significant snow for a number of years. It’s the variability of the weather that is the big indicator for me - from the very cold and snow of March/April to the glorious spring which led into a very hot, dry spell through the late spring and summer, it was a rollercoaster that gave farmers and growers, not to mention gardeners, a hard time. As I write the news headlines include a piece on how the cost of food has risen as a result of these weather patterns. So what can we do in our own gardens to counteract a changing climate? Mostly for me it’s the use of really good gardening practice such as improving soil quality. This means adding in humus in the form of well-rotted farm manure, composted bark or your own garden compost, which can be dug in when preparing a new border or the vegetable garden. The fibrous material will open up clay soils making good passages for water and roots. It will also encourage the soil environment, keeping it alive and vibrant with wildlife, including 60 | Sherborne Times | October 2018

worms as well as micro-organisms, bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi, all of which are essential to a healthy soil in which your plants can thrive. If your plants are growing well, they are much better able to cope with the stress of variable weather conditions. Another way of applying humus is just to lay the material on top of the soil as a mulch. Autumn is a good time to do this and it’s best carried out after getting rid of any weed growth. Laying a good depth of mulch to about three or four inches (10 cm) will not only act as insulation in the colder months but will also protect the soil from the battering of heavy


rain during the winter. Such rain can ruin the quality of soil and lead to your best soil being washed away out of the garden. What will also happen through the winter is that, little by little, the mulch will disappear as it will have rotted down and been dragged into the soil by the microorganisms and the worms. This will improve the soil without the hard work of digging and without the detrimental effect of our trampling on the soil as we do it. Mulches in the summer will perform in similar ways and also will help reduce weed growth and conserve moisture in the soil. Water is going to be an increasingly scarce resource;

we just missed hosepipe bans this summer in most of the UK but they certainly will be in place in parts of the UK next year if we have a dry winter followed by another hot summer. Many gardeners now collect the rainwater from their house and shed roofs and, in most cases, the quality of this water is much better than that from the mains. Water butts can be joined together and it’s also possible to get tap fittings on the barrels that can fit a hose pipe. If you’re on a water meter, then there are savings to be made too. thegardeneronline.co.uk sherbornetimes.co.uk | 61


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DIARY OF A FIRST TIME FLOWER FARMER

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eptember was another very busy month for us here at Black Shed. The cooler weather was a blessing for the plants, Helen, Ilenia, Tabitha and me. The first rains brought a surge of fresh growth; having cut our hard-working plants back hard to save them from the heat, we saw a second flush of delphiniums, veronicas, lysimachias, mallows and scabious. This was very welcome as we kept up our demanding schedule of weddings and events. The dahlias went crazy and we had so many blooms that we ran ‘Pick Your Own’ weekends for the whole month. Then the self-sown seedlings started germinating… The next couple of years will not only be very colourful but also possibly quite random as thousands of eager seedlings jostle for position amongst our neat and well-ordered beds. I’ve been writing these Sherborne Times articles for over a year now and, although the deadlines are often challenging amidst all the activity on the farm, I’m delighted to be contributing to this excellent publication. I’ve lost count of the number of times people have visited Black Shed and said how much they enjoy reading the articles and how pleased they are to learn of all the creative endeavours that are happening in this glorious part of the world. I have a strong sense that Sherborne is on the up at the moment and we are very lucky to have a magazine of the quality of the Sherborne Times to highlight the wealth of talent and enterprise happening all around us on a daily basis. There’s a real sense of connection building in the area and it’s very welcome. It first manifested itself for me at the packed public meeting to discuss the possibility of the town being gifted a worldclass art gallery. Being aware of just how many people in this town and surrounding area care and understand about the arts, and the very positive role they can play in the reinvigoration and inspiration of a whole area, was truly thrilling. I’m really excited about the Paddock Project; it’s an

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astonishing gift to the town. It will breathe a great deal of life and energy into this beautiful town and hopefully generate visitors and income at a time when the High Street is suffering from a radical change in consumer spending habits, unaffordable rents and crushing business rates. There’s a very active community among the independent shopkeepers here; we’re determined to do the best for Sherborne and knowing that the Paddock Project is moving forward is music to our ears. People’s habits have changed quite surprisingly alongside the increase in internet shopping. The rise in the importance of ‘the destination’ has been quite startling and it’s been a big part of the thinking behind the creation of our flower farm. Who would have thought that sleepy Bruton would be host to the extraordinary Hauser and Wirth gallery, that amazing world-class Piet Oudolf garden and all the spin-off benefits of a thriving high street full of interesting independent shops, pubs and restaurants? Tisbury, the genteel hub of the Chalke valleys suddenly became a focus for all manner of contemporary arts as Messums took over the spectacular, huge tithe barn, creating yet another world-class art space within a few miles of us. Maybe it’s Sherborne’s turn now. We certainly start with one or two advantages and some very good reasons to visit the town: our incredible ancient Abbey and the wealth of historic architecture that surrounds it, not one but two historic castles and their wonderful grounds, our unique and picturesque Cheap Street with its views over the Castle Estate’s beautiful woodlands, shopkeepers fighting the trends to offer something different from all those identikit towns, and some great pubs and restaurants. Why, Sherborne even has its own cut flower farm! Add all this together and it’s difficult not to see a positive future for our rather special town. Bring it on! blackshedflowers.blogspot.co.uk


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n the day that I meet Paula Young and Julian Hill it appears they have just weathered a storm. Paula is home from a stay in hospital (‘Nothing serious!’ she insists) and Julian is nursing a suspected broken arm. You could say that it hasn’t been a good week but neither of them seems remotely daunted by the setbacks because, in a few weeks’ time, D’Urberville will launch. The couple are going to open what Julian calls their ‘antiquarium’ in the wonderful seventeenth-century building at the bottom of Cheap Street, formerly the headquarters of the Somerset and Dorset Family History Centre and, before that, home to the Conservative Club. >

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Following on from the success of their shop, Old Shambes Vintage, on South Street, D’Urberville will be a new atelier and store – the atelier being Paula’s studio where she paints furniture and the store hosting her vintage finds. When it comes to painted furniture, Paula is an expert. Over the last 20 years she has tested most of the paints on the market but has settled with the Fusion brand and Milk Paint by Miss Mustard Seed, aka Marion Parsons, a well-known up-cycler in Canada. These paints are free of ‘nasties’ and contain no volatile compounds. ‘Basically, safe enough to use on a baby’s cot,’ says Paula. We chat briefly about some of the techniques to achieve the finish that looks so effortless. Paula recommends finishing each piece with hemp oil or a wax as the paint brand she uses self-levels and, in her words, ‘creates a lovely matt velvet finish’. In their new store there will be a dedicated area where Paula will run painting workshops and offer opportunities to try the paints before buying. ‘I really want people to come in and have a go. There’ll be lots of samples to show how to do finishes such as crackle boards and glazes,’ Paula says. ‘Professional painters often come to me for advice,’ she adds, hence her decision to hold advanced workshops as well.

Paula began her career as a nursery nurse but, when she and Julian moved to France over 10 years ago, she found herself at home with three small children and looking for something that she could do that fitted with their lifestyle. ‘While we lived in France I was doing up the house and it became a project. We didn’t have a lot of money so bought French antique furniture and upcycled it. I learnt on the job and would experiment with paints and find ways to achieve certain looks. ‘The French are fond of recycled furniture. There are times when a town will become a ‘flea market’, a vide grenier, but with everyone participating,’ she explains. Inevitably it was a natural progression from up-cycling furniture for herself to beginning to think about turning it into a business. ‘When our oldest son Luis, who has recently joined the business, was about 9 years old, we decided to return to England for the children’s education. We ended up in Dorset because Julian had come here as a child for holidays and he had missed the countryside. Once settled, however, Paula realised she needed a new challenge. ‘I began to sell my up-cycled furniture on eBay and had a presence in a shop in Dorchester. It was when I joined the Emporium in Yeovil that I discovered I > sherbornetimes.co.uk | 69


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loved window dressing. I would spend a day arranging a window ready to sell and then the whole set-up of furniture would sell as a group. I would be back to square one, which was fantastic because I had sold the furniture, but it got me thinking about my own shop. Then three years ago, I thought I’d give it a go and took the brave step of opening The Old Shambles. The rest is history.’ Julian and Paula are determined to give this beautiful building we’re standing in, with its lofty ceilings and leaded windows, a new lease of life. They want to make D’Urberville a destination for people to enjoy and in which to spend time. A friend is taking over the kitchen and, while there will always be cake, there will also be hot and cold plats du jour at lunchtime. There is talk that at some point in the future they might expand it into a fully-fledged bistro but it’s early days yet. They’re sharing the business with Julian’s cousin, Christopher Austyn. Christopher spent just under 25 years at Christies where he ran the Modern Sporting and Gun department. During that time he developed a passion for taxidermy and hunting exotica, an area becoming increasingly popular among collectors. ‘When I heard about this project it seemed the perfect opportunity to develop a business,’ he says. ‘Sherborne is

a lovely town and the surrounding locale is perfect.’ Christopher is most interested in the collectable and the unusual. Everything on show will be for sale and he is also interested in sourcing new pieces. ‘There will be historical firearms, antique weapons and shooting accessories from the time of the Maharajas.’ He explains that this includes the likes of oil bottles, cartridges boards and mirrors. ‘I also have a collection of antique taxidermy – the moose head has already arrived – mostly from the 1900-1930s which I collected alongside the gun business.’ After working at Christies, Christopher ran an antiquarian bookshop in London and has an interest in colonial history, particularly of the Raj and Burma. He has built up a wide library of collectables which includes shooting diaries and photographs from India in the 1920s. ‘Christopher has the most unusual collection,’ says Julian ‘and I think people will hugely enjoy coming to browse whilst others will be interested to buy. It’s all part of our plan to make D’Urberville an ‘antiquarium’, a place to enjoy and a place to source antiques for modern living.’ durbervilleliving.com D'Urberville, The Parade, Cheap Street, Sherborne DT9 3BJ sherbornetimes.co.uk | 73


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Food and Drink

THE CAKE WHISPERER Val Stones

GOATS CHEESE, TOMATO AND COURGETTE TART

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his recipe came about when I had left-over pastry. I made it with what I had to hand in the garden, fridge and cupboard. Now it is a quickfix lunch meal served with salad. The nice thing is you can add any type of cheese you have to hand: cheddar, feta, ricotta. My favourite, however, is goats cheese. This is a good late summer bake when there is a glut of tomatoes and courgettes. Preparation time: 20 minutes. Cooking time: 1 hour to roast the vegetables; 20-25 minutes to bake the tart. What you will need

A baking sheet pre-heated in the oven A baking sheet to roast the vegetables A clean ruler that you use only for baking Ingredients

500g baby tomatoes 3 cloves of garlic, finely sliced 1 medium-sized courgette, thinly sliced A few sprigs of thyme, broken up A few grains of coarse sea salt and a few twists of black pepper 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 pack of ready-made puff pastry 3 tablespoons tomato paste 3 tablespoons caramelised onion chutney 1 round of goats cheese cut in half, sliced 1 tablespoon finely chopped basil 1 tablespoon finely chopped thyme A few basil leaves to tear over the baked tart

the rectangle down to 28cm x 20cm. 6 Place the ruler on the long pastry edge and, with a sharp knife, score down into the pastry but not all the way through. Do this on the remaining 3 sides but stop about 3cm from each corner so that you have created a picture frame. 7 Place the tomato paste and the chutney in a bowl and mix until combined. 8 Spread the tomato mixture onto the rectangle of pastry being careful not to go over the edge of the cut lines. 9 Place the pieces of goats cheese (or cheese of choice) evenly over the tomato. 10 Place the roast courgettes evenly over cheese and then top with the roasted tomatoes, drizzle the leftover oil, garlic and thyme over the top of the vegetables. 11 Brush the border with the egg glaze and, using a cake lifter, carefully place the tart on the pre-heated baking tray. 12 Bake for 20 minutes; it should be well-risen and golden around the edges but the middle of the base will need a little longer; you don’t want a soggy bottom! 13 Remove from the oven after 25 minutes and scatter with torn basil leaves. Serve warm with salad or it is delicious served cold. bakerval.com

Egg glaze 1 egg yolk mixed with 3 teaspoons cold water and a few grains of sea salt Method

1 Set the oven to 180C fan, 220C, 425F, gas mark 7-8. 2 Place the tomatoes and courgettes on a baking sheet and pour over the oil. Coat the vegetables with the oil and scatter on the thyme, garlic and seasoning. 3 Place the tray in the oven and roast for 1 hour, turning the ingredients every 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a little. 4 Turn the oven up to 220C fan, 200C conventional, gas mark 6 5 Roll the pastry into a rectangle 29cm x 21cm and, with a sharp knife and a ruler to guide the knife, cut sherbornetimes.co.uk | 77


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SWITZERLAND AND ALSACE David Copp

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t was a great pleasure to be invited to the 21st Mondial des Pinots Festival in Sierre, Switzerland which took place from 30th August to 1st September 2018. Of all the red wine varieties grown throughout the world I have the greatest affection for pinot noir, the longest-established of the great red grape varieties, however the festival also invited entries of pinot noir rosĂŠ, pinot blanc, pinot gris, and pinot sparkling wines. Pinot noir was developed by Cistercian monks in Burgundy where their diligent and perceptive husbandry established it as the best red variety for their climate and soil. When the Cistercians expanded their monasticism to Switzerland 800 years ago they took with them both the vine and their methods of cultivation. From the beginning pinot noir had a reputation for being a difficult and demanding variety to grow well because it is thin-skinned and both soil- and climatesensitive. It prefers clay soils on a limestone bedrock, loves sunshine and warmth but not excessive heat, and certainly dislikes damp and hail. It requires careful supervision throughout the growing season and its best wines are made from low yields, often matured in expensive French oak. 78 | Sherborne Times | October 2018

Switzerland is not well known as a winemaking country because, in world terms, it is a small producer accounting for about 1% of total world wine production. Furthermore, the Swiss like to drink their own wines so they export little. The situation is further complicated by the high value of the Swiss franc which makes exporting hard work in fiercely competitive markets such as the UK. However, such is the excellence of modern Swiss pinot noirs, wine lovers not strapped for cash are beginning to seek them out. The Wine Society has recently announced it will be adding four new Swiss wines to its list and Vineyards of Sherborne are actively seeking suitable suppliers. I tasted all the master, gold and silver award-winning wines. Swiss, French and German entries did well as one might expect but there was healthy competition from further afield and I noted the excellence of entries from New Zealand, Canada, Argentina, Kazakhstan and the Republic of Slovakia. Many of the best Swiss wines came from Valais, the most important Swiss growing region with growing conditions similar to Burgundy. The Swiss have the


confidence to make their own style of pinot to compete with the best from such diverse regions as California, Oregon, Walker Bay in South Africa, Central Otago, Marlborough and Martinborough in New Zealand, Victoria and Tasmania in Australia, Germany’s Pfalz region, Italy, Spain and Romania’s Dealu Mare. In my travels around the world I have never yet met a great vintner who does not aspire to produce pinot noir because, at its best, it is divinely scented, generously fruited, charming, elegant, fine, supple, seductive, silky textured, long-lived and unforgettable. However, great pinot noir is not cheap to make for the reason outlined above. Another factor that pushes up prices is that wealthy and wise wine lovers worldwide aspire to have good pinot in their cellars. Domaine Romanee-Conti wines are the world’s most expensive, largely because so little is produced. However, the Pinot Mondial confirmed that overall standards of production have so risen that considerably more topclass pinot noirs are now available. I admit my greatest interest was in the red wines but I also delighted in the superb pinot blanc and

pinot gris entries. The lighter and more popular versions of pinot gris are good fun but some of the better and more carefully produced wines we tasted such as Les Celliers du Chablais 2016 were truly world class. For me the stand-out rosé was the 2017 made by Oeil-de-Perdix Bertrand de Mestral in the Swiss Vaud region. For those wine lovers with the inclination to know more about pinot noir I heartily recommend a visit to Switzerland, not least because if you drive there you can visit Champagne and Alsace on the way out and Burgundy (and Chablis) on the way home! I have a particular interest in Alsace because some of my antecedents came to England from Alsace in 1870. It is a border region. One might say it has two borders: the mighty River Rhine and the crest of the Vosges Mountains 15 miles to the west of the river. Interestingly, although its language and its soul are French, Alsace makes wine in the Germanic style but with the French way of winemaking. The Vosges largely determine the nature of the wines, because their east facing slopes are in a rain shadow which makes Alsace drier and sunnier than most other French top-quality wine regions. The climate and soil determine the best grape varieties - Riesling, Sylvaner and the uniquely perfumed Gewürztraminer. Pinot blanc, the everyday grape of the region, is also now producing very fine wines. But Riesling is king in Alsace, producing wellbalanced, soft, flowery fine wines that are generally firmer than the feather-light wines of Saar and Mosel. They are delightfully aromatic and have body and verve. Light, leafy Sylvaner is normally served beforehand. Gewürz is the German word for spicy and Gewürztraminer produces one of the most exotically perfumed wines of the world, the late harvested version being one of my own personal favourites. Most good wine merchants stock wines from the great family winemakers of Alsace which include Becker, Dopff, Hugel, Humbrecht and Trimbach as well as Turckheim Co-operative near Colmar in the centre of the region. Their vineyards in the surrounding hills produce the greatest of the Grand Cru wines from lower yields on the sunniest, best drained soils of the region where the daynight difference in temperature intensifies fruit flavours. Alsace is a real treat for white wine lovers and Switzerland for precise pinot noirs, and refreshing Chasselas and Petite Avergne. Consider a round trip that includes some of the world’s finest wine growing regions with vines planted in Kimmeridgian clay! sherbornetimes.co.uk | 79


Food and Drink

MUSSEL AND SMOKED COD SOUP Sasha Matkevich, Head Chef and Owner, The Green with Jack Smith, Junior Sous Chef

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ussels are just coming into season and we have been eagerly awaiting this moment throughout the whole summer. Ours come from Cornwall or the River Exe. Ingredients Serves 4

1kg cleaned mussels 200ml white wine 2 large onions, finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 20g unsalted butter 1 tbsp ground turmeric 1.5 litres milk 200ml water 200g Maris Piper potatoes, thinly sliced 200g Smoked cod, diced 500ml whipping cream ½ bunch of dill, chopped bunch of tarragon, chopped cayenne pepper 80 | Sherborne Times | October 2018

Method

1 In a large, stainless steel pan with a tight-fitting lid, cook the mussels, white wine and garlic, stirring occasionally for 3–4 minutes. Take the mussels out of the pan with a slotted spoon and discard any unopened ones. 2 Add the onions, butter and turmeric to the pan and slowly cook until the onions are translucent and tender. 3 Add the milk, water and sliced potatoes and continue cooking for ten minutes on a medium heat. 4 Once the potatoes are cooked, add the smoked cod and cream. Lower the heat and simmer for a further 8–10 minutes (until the fish is just cooked) 5 Add the chopped herbs and mussels, cover with a lid and rest for 2 minutes. 6 Served with garlic bread and fresh dill. Enjoy. greenrestaurant.co.uk


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PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE Mark Newton-Clarke, MA VetMB PhD MRCVS, Newton Clarke Veterinary Surgeons

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hat old chestnut is as true today as it ever was. It applies to so much in life, from servicing your car or boiler to health checks for your heart or eyes. Prevention is also at the heart of veterinary medicine and much of our time in the clinics is spent giving advice, vaccinating against infectious disease and screening patients for current or future conditions. Much of our advice starts with the first visit of a puppy or kitten. Although both species occupy similar places in our hearts and our homes, they are very different. Here’s another old saying: ‘a cat is not a small dog’! It sounds obvious but lumping cats and dogs together as ‘small animals’ along with rabbits and rodents is very misleading as they are clearly all very different. Tips on toilet training your puppy or feeding a 82 | Sherborne Times | October 2018

rabbit grass as a staple diet always form part of the conversation during the all-important vaccination process. This is the side of preventative care that owners are familiar with but what about all the stuff that goes on behind the scenes? Our vets and nurses spend longer preparing and monitoring a pet who is admitted for an anaesthetic than any other part of the process. Anaesthesia is worrying for any owner and if surgery has to be performed the worry is far worse. How do we prevent problems and prepare the way for an uneventful visit? First, know your patient. All breeds have their Achilles heels, some more than others, and knowing about them helps us to plan ahead. For instance, pugs and bulldogs often have respiratory issues, with dobermans and cavalier spaniels it can be the heart, and


with any older animal kidney function is always a worry. It’s often not the problem you can see that matters, it’s the one you can’t see. That’s why all patients are attached to a pulse oximeter and blood pressure monitor, and an ECG if necessary; we can also perform pre-anaesthetic blood tests for renal function (along with several other critical markers) immediately before the anaesthetic. Our nurses place an indwelling, intravenous catheter in every patient, to allow immediate access to the vascular system. Unless you know why, this little detail seems just that - a little detail. However, it gives us the ability to wake the patient up, modify heart rate, support blood pressure and provide pain relief, all through that one little tube. It’s a marvellous thing. For any surgical procedure that takes just 10 minutes, preparation, monitoring and recovery takes over an hour. Wouldn’t it be lovely if all procedures were short, uncomplicated and always produced successful outcomes! Well, we take the view that an operation takes as long as is necessary but, all the same, it’s nice to know what to expect. Preventing sweat and stress for the surgeon is another important consideration and, to that end, ultrasound and x-ray help us plan. In the past, many operations were exploratory and so we had to be prepared for anything. Now we can get a measure of the size of the problem before the operation has even started, preventing surprises which are usually unwelcome in the domain of surgery. Prediction and planning are at the core of prevention. I have touched on the day-to-day things we do to help minimise risks to the patients who come into our clinic but there is a wider context to preventative medicine and that lies with screening tests. Traditionally done by an experienced professional looking at X-rays or an ultrasound, increasingly DNA technology is used. There are literally hundreds of genetic tests available for dogs, testing for mutations in many genes, and the list is growing daily. Does this mean that in the future all we will need to make any diagnosis is a cheek-swab or hair-pluck? Well, maybe, but the more we discover about genetic disease the more we realise that many are not due to single mutations and the environment can play a major role in the development of symptoms. The old nature v. nurture debate is far from over and will probably go to another level as we begin to understand how the environment can affect the expression of a gene, especially a mutated one.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FARM VET John Walsh, Friars Moor Vets

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y job as a farm vet is not just about treating sick animals and making them better. The profession has changed over the last 20 years and I now spend more and more time advising farmers about the best methods and husbandry techniques to prevent diseases and keep animals as healthy as possible. Healthy, happy animals will always be more productive and it is in the farmer’s best interests to adopt a ‘prevention-is-better-than-cure’ way of farming. Keeping up to date with research ensures we can pass on the latest information and best practice guidelines to farmers at farm visits and, through regular meetings, enable them to continuously strive to improve. Farmers feed vitamins and minerals to cows and sheep to keep them in tip-top shape, just as humans take multivitamin tablets to try and fight off colds and stay healthy. These minerals and vitamins are involved in many processes in the body and some are essential to keep the animals fit and healthy. Some areas of the country and some feeds have naturally high or low levels of the minerals, so it is vitally important that farmers feed the correct balance to complement the homegrown feeds and forage to prevent these vitamins and minerals from becoming toxic. There can be ‘too much of a good thing’ when it comes to supplementing vitamins and minerals.

My job for the afternoon, one day in August, was to help advise a farmer on the current levels of minerals used on his dairy farm. The best way to monitor this is to take samples from the cow. Luckily, that day I had the assistance of a very willing vet student to help take the samples. Part of our job also involves training the next generation of vets, who bring new information gleaned from their university training, often teaching us a thing or two at the same time! The vet student’s task was to learn how to take blood samples from the tail vein and observe me taking the liver biopsies. Blood samples give us information on recent vitamin and mineral levels and liver biopsies give us a longer-term view of the stored vitamins and minerals. Taking a biopsy is a painless procedure in which a biopsy needle is used to take a very small liver sample from the right side of a cow. The results were then reported back to the farmer and, together with his nutritionist, a new plan was formulated for feeding the correct balance of vitamins and minerals for the coming year. So, next time you are drinking a glass of milk, think of the hard work and effort the farmer has put in to keep his animals fit and healthy! friarsmoorvets.co.uk/ sherbornetimes.co.uk | 85


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Cycling

THROUGH THICK AND THIN Mike Riley, Riley’s Cycles

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cottish inventor John Boyd Dunlop made the first practical pneumatic tyre in 1887 to prevent his son getting headaches riding on rough roads. Since then we have enjoyed greater comfort but at the risk of the dreaded puncture. Early tyres had heavy inner tubes and a simple valve which relied on a piece of rubber tube 88 | Sherborne Times | October 2018

that was prone to perishing. Pumps were basic devices and the way to check you had enough air pressure was to press the tyre with your thumb. Since Mr Dunlop’s invention, manufacturers have tried many wheel sizes, both metric and imperial, so the range of tyre sizes is huge. Also, the applications and


tread patterns have increased, which means we must stock hundreds of tyres and tubes to be able to provide a replacement on demand. Modern tyres offer so many choices, including colour. As well as the size, manufacturers provide ratings for puncture resistance, grip, durability and rolling resistance which a rider must select from. On high-performance bikes, weight is also a factor and aesthetics is becoming more important for some. We have been experimenting with tubeless tyres for road bikes, as off-road riders give glowing reports of their performance. Results are promising on Darren’s and my wheels. Key points we found are: high performance, light tyres are not suited for heavier riders on our poor roads so best to choose a more durable tyre; sealants are not all equal; the thinnest tyres are not suited to tubeless use; achieving the initial seal either happens first time or takes ages and careful preparation can save frustration. Puncture protection

Modern road bikes have lighter, narrower tyres and tubes with reliable valves to hold higher pressure, so old techniques for inflation and testing are not suitable. It is not possible to stop punctures totally but you can reduce the likelihood significantly. There are two types of puncture: penetration (caused by a sharp object such as a thorn) and pinch (caused by hitting a bump when a tyre is under-inflated and identifiable by two small, adjacent slits which give it the moniker of snakebite puncture). My advice about avoiding punctures is: 1 Maintain correct tyre pressures. The minimum pressure will be embossed on the tyre wall, e.g. “min 50 – max 85 psi” on a hybrid. A tyre at 30psi (which feels like a lot of pumping when using a basic plastic pump) will feel hard if squeezed with your thumb. The recommended range of pressures on a narrow road tyre is likely to be from 80 to 120psi, so the thumb test is not sufficient. A good pump and a gauge are easier and accurate. 2 Fit good tyres with a puncture protection barrier - lightweight Kevlar reinforcement is a popular choice. Do not leave the tyres until they are wearing through the rubber; during routine inspection look for cuts, splits or holes as these can indicate the tyre is worn out or perished. 3 Good tubes – better tubes have more butyl in their composition which slows the rate that air molecules escape and hence require less frequent inflation. An

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old tube with patches on is likely to leak so replace it and keep it as a reserve. Inspection and cleaning – wiping off tyres before and after rides allows you to spot bits of glass or grit which may lurk and worry away at the tyre while riding until they penetrate the inner tube. Rim condition – steel rims may rust internally and cause punctures from within the wheel. There is also a rim tape to protect the tube from the spoke heads; these can deteriorate so check them occasionally. Rim tapes must be in good condition to perform their job of protecting the inner tube from the spokes. Avoid debris and holes – there is more debris on roads during and after rain, objects stick to the wet tyre and have more opportunity to penetrate. Don’t ride in the gutter or too close to the kerb as debris accumulates there. Look ahead to help avoid stones and potholes. Sealant – cleverly formulated products can be added to the tube which are effective at sealing punctures; a little air may leak out before the sealant takes effect so the tyre may need a top-up of air. We use the latest generation of sealant which does not contain latex and lasts longer.

Solid tyres which behave in a similar manner to a pneumatic tyre are available from Tannus as the ultimate puncture protection, however they are expensive. Plan for the worst

Punctures happen at the most inconvenient or unpleasant times, so be prepared and it might act as your anti-puncture charm. Carry a repair kit of at least one inner tube, tyre levers, puncture kit and a means of inflation. If you are using tubeless tyres carry a tubeless repair kit. Try out your pump or CO2 inflator to learn how they work and practice replacement of an inner tube at home so you know what to expect. Recovery service – carry a £10 note and call a taxi if you are stuck. The new notes are also useful as an emergency repair if stuffed in the tyre when the tyre is badly cut. Carry a mobile phone to call for help if you are stuck miles from home. Regular cyclists might consider Lexham’s recovery service - a year’s cover for £15 is cheaper than you may have thought. rileyscycles.co.uk

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Body and Mind

ARE HUE READY?

Sarah Hitch, The Sanctuary Beauty Rooms

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s autumn casts its spell of misty mornings and dew-covered cobwebs, our eyes are drawn to the changing palette of the landscape and we reflect on our own seasonal appearance. In general, autumn fashions in make-up and nails lean on the richer, darker side of the colour spectrum with emphasis on longevity of wear and hint at the winter party season ahead. Nail colour is an easy way for a woman to express her individuality; it’s a small detail but it makes a big impact. This impact can affect a woman’s mood and change the feel of any outfit. With the massive popularity of long-wearing gel polish, many of you will choose a shade that works with your whole wardrobe and run with it. Others may be keen to experiment with weekly wears of polish that reflects your mood and social diary. Colours coming through in nails for this autumn/winter have something for everyone, with both classics and on-trend must-haves. Colour choices become more sophisticated and less playful. Crimson reds turn heads while mellow nude shades bring warmth, changing through to rose and yummy caramel. Burnt orange is another ‘Fall-favourite’ that makes a triumphant return every year while Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Ultraviolet, transitions into a more wearable moody mauve. Pink tones run through eye make-up with shadows and eye liners in pastels and vivid pink shades. Here several glistening and sparkly tones are blended. Eyeliner features heavily – literally – with punk-inspired flicks in black and vibrant colours. Lips are only worn in cool sheer nude or super-bold red with crisp edges and deep cupid bows. For real life, or at least life in and around Sherborne, 92 | Sherborne Times | October 2018

what can we take from this? Well, it’s the old adage of play up the eyes and pare down the mouth or vice versa - if you maximise your lashes with volume and length and use liner to create smoky doe eyes then do nude lips. Alternatively keep the eyes at only black mascara and captivate with bold lips using a coffee colour if red is too loud. Natural dewy skin is celebrated and even enhanced with iridescent and illuminating products such as finishing powders or primers so it’s important


not to neglect it. With this time of year renowned for its changeable nature it’s no wonder that our poor complexions often take the brunt of these seasonal disruptions as we move into the winter months. Central heating literally leaches the moisture from the air leading to dry skin, dehydration, chapping and sensitivity. Putting a humidifier or a small bowl of water in the room you spend the most time in can help dehydration and protect

the natural lipid layer of your skin. Applying products containing natural plant oils such as argan oil, seaweed, rosehip seed and rose oil has also been proven to help hydrate and replenish the barrier. Protect, repair and nourish your skin with advanced skin care at home or a professional skincare treatment for a perfect party makeup canvas. thesanctuarysherborne.co.uk sherbornetimes.co.uk | 93


Body & Mind

ATLAS STONES

Simon Partridge BSc (Sports Science), Personal Trainer SPFit

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ast month I wrote about the benefits of boxing for fitness. This month looks at lifting the ‘Atlas Stone’ - you may have heard of ‘Strong Man Training’ or seen it on TV. Trends come and go but the classics last forever, and so it is with both boxing and strong man training. What could be more ‘functional’ than these two forms of exercise to help us become strong and fit? ‘Strong Man Training’ is all the rage now in many gyms but it should never be limited to men. We emphasise the benefits of strength training for women 94 | Sherborne Times | October 2018

and thankfully taboos are breaking down. More women are getting stronger and, more importantly, really enjoying it. Just look at the popularity of social media with #girlswholift and #strongnotskinny to name but a few. This type of training provides some of the best allover body conditioning you can get, no matter what your age or level of ability – although you must make sure you use proper technique and ensure that everything you do is safe and effective. Most people also find it more fun than using the machines that are found in a typical gym and you will certainly use more muscles and burn more


calories. For me, however, the biggest benefit is that it will help with what you do beyond the gym, at work or in the garden for example. And surely that is the whole point of this ‘functional’ type of training? The Atlas Stones are often regarded as the signature event in the World’s Strongest Man contest. As the final event of the whole competition, it often determines the winner. Introduced in 1986, the Atlas Stones are five heavy, spherical stones which increase in weight from 100kg to 160kg. They have to be placed on top of five high platforms that span a 16–33 ft-long course. Luckily, we have different options so everyone can have a go. Very few training facilities have Atlas Stones for regular use; we use a softer, more comfortable option, a specially designed leather ‘stone’. The first benefit of using Atlas Stones is that the lift closely mimics the movements of tackling in rugby as well as many other sports. This is because the extension of the hip, knee, and ankle (known as triple extension) is a movement that needs to be performed explosively and which is the key to athletic power. Secondly, holding the stone builds crushing strength that many of us would find useful in our lives outside the gym – for example, lifting and carrying something very heavy in the garden or at work, doing DIY or, for those with horses, lifting hay bales around the yard. Thirdly, to stabilise the spine during the stone lift, the muscles in the torso are activated and strengthened as you have to extend your back. Other muscles are also activated at higher levels than in many other exercises using logs or tyres - the glutes, quadriceps, the erector spinae and many of the abdominals. Finally, if programmed correctly, carrying a heavy object/Atlas Stone over a distance will give you significant cardiovascular benefits. Freshen up your exercise programme, try something new and gain more benefits than you ever thought possible. Being stronger will help you with the rest of your life, and it can also be great fun. SPFit has a variety of training options designed for all abilities from 1:1 coaching, a Running Club to small group training that includes power yoga (Broga), outdoor bootcamps, weight lifting and crossfit type classes. spfit-sherborne.co.uk

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A HEALTHY BALANCED DIET Craig Hardaker BSc (Hons), Communifit

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“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating, will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” Edward Stanley

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e need structured, targeted and beneficial exercise – but we also need healthy eating. No health and fitness objective will be achieved unless you combine the two. With so many ‘diets’ available and multiple food choices it can be very difficult to understand what to eat, how much and when. Let’s remind ourselves why we eat. We eat for energy, the energy required to complete everyday activity. Energy is used to achieve everything we do: walking, talking, sleeping, thinking… everything! If we eat more energy than is required (positive energy balance), then this will get stored as fat and we gain weight. If we eat less energy than required (negative energy balance), we use fat cells as the energy source and therefore lose weight. Simple? Nothing is ever simple! Healthy eating involves the delivery of essential materials (required to promote optimal health and growth) to cells and organisms. People need to eat to survive (neutral energy balance). Health-conscious 96 | Sherborne Times | October 2018

individuals, however, want to do more than survive. They want to choose a diet that optimises their health. How do we know what an optimal diet is? We know it should contain just the right amount of each nutrient, but what is the right amount? Is it the amount needed to prevent a deficiency, the amount needed to maintain a certain nutrient level in the blood, or the amount that minimises the risk of cancer? For each nutrient, the optimal amount may vary depending on the parameter being measured. The optimum level is also different for each individual, depending on genetic make-up and the quantity of other nutrients in their diet. For example, men’s needs are different from women’s, growing children’s needs are different from adult needs, and athletes have different needs from those of sedentary individuals. Assuming that the digestive system is working properly, optimal well-being and function can be encouraged through the consumption of a ‘healthy,


balanced diet’. ‘Healthy’ eating involves eating food that promotes the optimal health of all body systems and prevents the development of disease. A ‘balanced’ diet involves regulating the quantities of the various food groups consumed. Regardless of the underlying quality of the foods ingested, overconsumption of one food group at the expense of another has the potential to upset the body’s delicate balance. In recent times, the word ‘diet’ has become synonymous with cutting back on certain foods and restricting calories in order to initiate physical change (usually weight loss). However, the word simply refers to an individual’s current eating pattern, i.e. all the food and drink consumed by a person over a given period of time. Everyone has a diet; some are good and others are not so good. The focus should be, ‘What constitutes a healthy, balanced diet?’ A balanced diet requires adequate water intake as well as the consumption of food in varying amounts from five nutrient groups. These groups can then be divided into macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein and fat) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). The ‘Eatwell Guide’ is a good guideline of the quantity of foods to eat: approximately 33% should be fruit and veg, 33% should be starchy food such as wholewheat pasta/brown rice and 33% should be made up from milk and dairy/fish, eggs and meat/fat. The ‘Eatwell Guide’ can be easily found online. This guide can also be supported by six specific healthy eating tips: 1 Base your meals on starchy foods. 2 Eat lots of fruit and vegetables (5 portions per day). 3 Eat more fish (two portions a week, one oily). 4 Cut down on saturated fat and sugar. 5 Try to eat less salt, no more than 6g a day. 6 Don’t skip breakfast. Two further tips regarding your health are: 7 Get active and try to be a healthy weight 8 Don’t get thirsty, drink 6-8 cups of water a day It is important to not overcomplicate your diet: make it realistic and sustainable, eat in moderation and enjoy your food. Be wary of what you are eating by looking at the traffic light system on food packaging – more green, less red… simple! communifit.co.uk

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Contains the pursuit of stretching, breathing, meditating and strengthening the mind and the body all at the same time. With a powerful breath, deep stretches and strength conditioning, you will get a calmer mind and stronger body. Tuesdays 8.30pm at Tinneys Lane Youth Club. 1 hour. All the benefits of traditional Yoga, but without the need to get up and down from the floor! Fantastic for anyone looking to gain upper arm strength and core stability, whilst building a calmer mind and stronger body. Perfect for lower body rehab. Tuesdays 13.30pm at West End Hall. 1 hour.

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FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

THE SCIENCE BEHIND THEIR HEALTH BENEFITS

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Dr Tim Robinson MB BS MSc MRCGP DRCOG MFHom, GP and Complementary Practitioner, Glencairn House

egular dietary intake of fruit and vegetables provides the majority of components that support body function and repair, bringing about optimal health and well-being. Fruit and vegetables come in a variety of colours due to plant pigments known as flavonoids – carrots, red cabbage, purple sprouting broccoli and red onion for example. With green fruit and vegetables, the colour is due to chlorophyll. As we all know, we should eat at least five ‘units’ daily as they are an important source of the vitamins, minerals, fibre and flavonoids necessary to achieve optimal health. Vitamins are a group of organic compounds that are needed for just about every bodily system. Vitamin C supports tissue repair, has protective functions and aids iron absorption. The B vitamins are needed for many cellular chemical reactions. Vitamin A is essential for the normal structure of body tissues, including skin and eyes, as well as the immune system. Fruit and vegetables are also a rich source of minerals and trace elements. Like vitamins, minerals have many functions for normal biological and physiological chemical processes. They are needed for metabolism, muscle and nerve function, bone structure, hormone production and an efficient immune system. Vegetables are an excellent natural source of most of them, especially iron, calcium, zinc and magnesium. Fruit and vegetables are also important as a natural source of dietary fibre, also know as roughage. This is the indigestible part of plant food which has several important functions. Not only does it maintain regular

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bowel function, it also acts as nourishment for the naturally occurring gut bacteria in the colon. These socalled ‘friendly’ bacteria stimulate the immune system in the bowel wall, reducing inflammation and protecting against bowel cancer. They increase insulin sensitivity and hence reduce the risk of developing diabetes. They also increase fat metabolism, which indirectly reduces cardiovascular disease risk, as well as stimulating antioxidant production. The flavonoids contained in red and orange fruit and vegetables are powerful, naturally-occurring antioxidants that mop-up free radicals, the destructive by-products of cellular biochemical processes that can cause degenerative disease, inflammation and cancer. Flavonoids also have a relaxant effect upon blood vessels which helps to reduce blood pressure. For all these reasons a diet high in fruit and vegetables is important for optimal health. It is important to eat a variety of them as not all of them contain all the minerals, vitamins and flavonoids in equal quantities. If your lifestyle does not allow you to have at least five ‘units’ daily, you should consider taking a multi-mineral and vitamin supplement. However, a natural source of minerals and vitamins is better for you as they are thought to be absorbed and act synergistically in the body, complementing each other in their function. Receiving them as they are presented by nature itself seems to be more beneficial to the body. As they say, the ‘whole is greater than the sum of the parts.’ doctorTWRobinson.com


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Property

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Simon Barker MRICS, Partner, Knight Frank Estate Agents

he path to finding, securing and moving into your ideal new home can often be rocky. Here are some helpful and less obvious pointers when on the journey from search to completion. 1. Don’t just rely on the internet to find your property

This is the general tendency of most people who search online. Those who take the time to speak to an agent and listen to their description may well find themselves falling in love with a property that they might otherwise have overlooked. 2. Don’t just register online

Registering online is the first point of contact with an agent for most buyers. However, registering online and then sitting back thinking that your ideal property will be presented to you will often result in you missing out. Anyone looking seriously to find a property should take the trouble to go in and meet a selection of agents active in their area. By speaking to them, you enable them to put a face to the details that you have registered. 3. View properties even though they may not seem 100% right

If you are serious about buying a property, getting out and doing the legwork is crucial. Go and view properties even though they may not seem to be 100% perfect, as you never know until you have viewed them. You won’t know what good value looks like until you have seen the bad. 4. Don’t rely too heavily on rates per square foot

Those of us who have been in the business for some time know that the rate per square foot is no more than a guide. It can help to make properties with shortcomings such as a poor location more appealing because you get more space for your money. 5. Waiting too long to make an offer

Waiting too long to make an offer is the easiest way for someone else to buy the house of your dreams! At least register your interest with the agent, to ensure you are included in any negotiations.

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6. Don’t choose a solicitor just because they are the cheapest

There are a number of solicitors who don’t charge very much and who, as a result, only dedicate a small amount of time per transaction. Spending a bit more money on a proactive solicitor with a good track record and whose specialism is residential conveyancing gives you a much greater chance of securing your property. 7. Don’t get alarmed by every paragraph in your survey

It is surprising the number of buyers who think every paragraph in their survey is written specifically about their property. In fact, these are often generic paragraphs covering a range of scenarios that may or may not happen to a property. The main point of the survey should be to identify any serious issues such as structural movement or dry rot, or breaches in planning or listed building consent. 8. Don’t forget to specify what you expect to be included in the sale

This is a mistake often made by purchasers. It is all too easy to assume curtains, laundry equipment, light fittings, etc. will be included and it’s only when the fixtures and fittings form comes through that the buyer finds they are not and has to start negotiating again. 9. Be open and honest on when you are realistically able to complete the purchase and expect to move in

This may seem obvious but it is surprising how many times a buyer will ask to move the goalposts in terms of completion dates because they are going to be away on holiday or there is some important school event. 10. D  on’t leave speaking to a mortgage advisor until it’s too late

As with completion dates, having your funding in place early on is vital. There is a lot of choice out there so speaking to an adviser to understand what rates are available should be done well in advance. knightfrank.co.uk/sherborne


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Property

HOW OFTEN CAN AND SHOULD YOU INSPECT YOUR RENTED PROPERTY? Paul Gammage and Anita Light, Ewemove Sherborne

A Landlord’s Rights of Entry

The Housing Act 1988 provides that landlords must give their tenants at least 24 hours’ written notice before entering the property. Your tenancy agreement will probably also state that visits must only be made at ‘reasonable’ times of the day. Repairs

You have a right to enter to inspect the state of repair of the building or to empty a fuel slot meter but again, you must give 24 hours’ written notice before you enter. You also have a right of reasonable access to carry out repairs. What amounts to reasonable will depend on the circumstances. If there is imminent danger or an urgent need for a serious repair (water pouring through the ceiling from a burst pipe for example), it will probably entitle you to immediate access but if the issue is one of fixing a curtain rail then urgent entry is not so reasonable. Mandatory gas safety inspection

Any gas appliances and flues in your property must be safety checked annually by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer. Your tenancy agreement should allow access for any maintenance or safety check work that needs to be carried out. However, if your tenant refuses to give you or your contractor access to the property, then you will need to be able to show that you’ve taken all ‘reasonable steps’ to comply with the law. You will still need to give 24 hours’ written notice and then make repeated but reasonable attempts to carry out the safety check. If necessary, write to the tenant explaining that a safety check is a legal requirement and keep a record of the letter or email (and how and when you sent it). If your tenant still refuses you access, you may need to take legal advice. Frequency of inspections

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to annually is reasonable. A visit early on in a tenancy is always advisable, to help tenants settle in. Your tenancy agreement should specify how often you will carry out routine inspections but, if it doesn’t, let your tenant know and explain why. Remember, this is their home and many tenants worry that an inspection is an attempt to catch them out! Emergency

In some rare cases, you can access your property without giving 24 hours’ notice because it’s an emergency and there’s a threat to safety such as a fire, the smell of gas, structural damage that urgently needs attention. It may be that there’s a suspicion of a violent or criminal incident. End of tenancy

If your tenant has given notice that they want to end the tenancy and move out, you can visit and show the property to prospective new tenants but only during the last 28 days of a standard assured shorthold tenancy agreement (unless your tenant is happy to let you show people around earlier). And you should still give 24 hours’ notice in writing. Failure to comply with the rules

However frustrated or concerned you may be, it’s important to remember that you cannot visit and inspect your property whenever you like. It’s illegal for a landlord or their agent to enter a property without agreement from the tenant and they can refuse you entry. What’s more, you also run the risk of being prosecuted for harassment under the Housing Act 1988. Summary

Always give your tenants 24 hours’ written notice of any planned visits. Try to be flexible and reasonable about the time. Don’t visit more than is necessary and never let yourself in without permission unless there’s an emergency. ewemove.com/estate-agents/sherborne


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LEGAL AND FINANCIAL ADVICE A MUTUAL RELATIONSHIP

Sean McDonough, Partner at Mogers Drewett

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eople seek the advice of a law firm for all manner of reasons. They may be buying or selling a house or business, they could be planning for later life, there might be a need to act against an individual or firm, or a marriage may have broken down leaving divorce as the only option. For most, the main concern in each of these circumstances is to achieve a resolution as quickly and effectively as possible. One factor, however, is common to each of them – they’re all intertwined with personal or business finances and often involve the acquiring or disposing of sums of money or assets. There are, therefore, instances where specialist financial planning* advice can and should complement legal expertise. Let’s take some common examples to illustrate where financial planning considerations and advice are an important part of the process. Divorce

While divorces are rarely straightforward, some are especially complex and involve ownership of businesses, high-value assets and allocation of pension plans. Settling a divorce is one thing but financial planning advice can help with issues such as the most tax-efficient way to divide assets and how to maximise investment opportunities from a divorce or dissolution settlement. Other instances where sums of money are acquired also benefit from financial planning advice, for example inheritance or successful litigation. Later-life planning

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be affected by financial decisions including future care provision? How can assets be protected while funding care? How can a will be structured to maximise the financial gain for beneficiaries? A combination of legal and financial planning expertise can ensure that informed choices are made which aid future planning. Selling a business

When it comes to the sale of a business, whatever the reason for doing so, legal and financial issues go hand-inhand. If the sale is linked to retirement – how can proceeds be extracted and invested in a tax efficient manner** and how much money is needed to meet personal financial needs now and in the future? If advice is sought at the earliest opportunity there are better prospects of more effective structuring pre- and post-disposal. While many people seek legal and financial planning advice separately, in doing so they invest a lot of time explaining their situation to various parties, then rely on those professionals to communicate effectively with one another to move things forward and arrive at a solution. This can be a frustrating, timeconsuming process, especially when neither side knows what the other has last said, and people are left trying to join the dots themselves. * The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate Tax and Estate Planning. ** It’s important to remember that the value of an investment and the income from it could go down as well as up. The return at the end of the investment period is not guaranteed and you may get back less than you originally invested. mogersdrewett.com


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Finance WHAT IT'S WORTH THE VALUE OF REAL ADVICE

WHAT IT COSTS

WHAT’S IT WORTH TO YOU? Andrew Fort B.A. (Econ.) CFPcm Chartered MCSI APFS, Certified and Chartered Financial Planner, Fort Financial Planning

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magine two people with very similar lives. Both are busy professionals with demanding careers. Both have two children. Both have busy family lives and are actively involved in their communities. Each day, once they’ve completed all the extra stuff after school and work, each of them still has to cook dinner, clean up the kitchen, and help with homework before checking a few final work emails. Finally, it’s 11pm - and here’s where the lives of these two people diverge. One goes to bed, while the other sits down to manage the family finances. This second person faces the following seven questions: 1 How do I invest our money? 2 Do I have the right kind of insurance policies? 3 Do I need to do anything about my estate planning? 4 Have I saved enough to help the kids with university fees? 5 Do I have enough saved to retire? 6 Should I worry about what’s happening in the stock markets this week? 7 How do I know when it’s time to make a change to any of these things? This person spends hours reading books, checking websites and reviewing reports. He tries to understand every aspect of his financial life so he can make smart financial decisions. It’s a never-ending process.

So, how can the other person just go to bed without a second thought? She picked a different path. She hired a wealth management team, worked out a financial plan with their help and communicates regularly with them. As a result, she can spend time on all the other important things: her career, her family, and staying on top of all her other priorities. Looking at the difference in the lives of these two people, I have one question for you: What’s that worth to you? Although financial technology has improved a lot over the years, there are some financial decisions that just can’t be handled by an algorithm. An algorithm may show you that you shouldn’t cash out of the stock market, but it can’t stop it from happening. If you called your financial advisor in a panic about the market, however, they could help you reframe your thinking with your financial plan - shifting the focus from what’s happening right now to what you are working towards in the future. FFP specialises in providing lifelong advice to relatively affluent families who recognise the advantages of expert impartial advice. ffp.org.uk

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here seems to have been a lot of talk about Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the news recently, however I do question whether it really is ‘intelligence’ or just logical decision-making based on more and more data. The definition of AI is, broadly speaking, a machine (a computer) that can make decisions without recourse to human intervention based upon the information available at the time. Since the advent of the moving picture we’ve been introduced to Tin Man, Metal Mickey, Marvin (the Paranoid Android), R2D2, C3PO and Data, to name but a few. These, however, were all just fictional characters. The TV programme ‘Tomorrow’s World’ told us for years that the robots were coming and the BBC News ‘Click’ programme is still telling us what’s on the horizon, but are we really ever going to see AI in our day-to-day lives? You may not realise it but we already do! The simple auto-cancel of the car indicator notes when you’re turning the wheel in the other direction and assumes you must have finished manoeuvring, so it therefore cancels the indicator. The sensor in your tumble-dryer notes that there is no more moisture, so turns the dryer off. The flash on your phone camera only flashes when it needs to. These are all simple examples of a machine making a decision. But is it really thinking? No! It is simply making a choice based on pre-determined instructions. So what about the driverless car, the NHS automatic doctor or the auto-pilot on a commercial aircraft? Again, 114 | Sherborne Times | October 2018

not AI! I admit that they all are pretty sophisticated and that they ‘learn’ from their mistakes but do they like sugar in their tea, or did they choose to wear odd socks just for the hell of it? I think not. Despite our best endeavours, the plain truth is that a machine can never be a sentient, conscious being, not that that seems to matter as apparently we just can’t get enough of things that decide what’s best for us. Siri, Alexa, Cortana and the blandly named Google Assistant are all en vogue at the moment, taking notes for us, doing the shopping, reminding us to take the cocker-dandy-labra-doodle-doo to the grooming shop next week. In short, they help us to find useful information when we ask for it using our voices. You can ask, ‘Where’s the nearest Chinese restaurant?’, ‘What’s on my schedule today?’, or ‘Remind me to call Jerry at eight o’clock,’ and the assistant will respond by finding information, relaying information from your phone, or sending commands to other apps. Until someone can link human intellect to a machine in a permanent way then this is as far as it goes… for the moment. In the meantime, we’ll make best use of the personal assistants, robotic remote operation machines, Shazam, and the Tesla autopilot… but we’ll still have to choose whether to wear odd socks or not! As always, if in doubt or if you need help, you know where to come! Coming Up Next Month… IDE, SATA & SSD disk types and what’s important about them.


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FOLK TALES with Colin Lambert

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Manager: The Green Shed. The ideal applicant will create order, systems and routine. The day will start at 0855 and end at 1600 (for clients) although some clearing up will be required. People with Asperger’s syndrome are often of above average intelligence. ‘Not me then,’ laughed Barry. They see things we don’t. They have no problem with speech but may have difficulties with understanding and processing language. They like order, systems and routine. The sun was shining as I entered Castle Gardens, an autumn kaleidoscope of colour, shape and smells created by Mike and Louise Burks and their team. The Green Shed’s funding is a collaboration between Castle Gardens and Tricuro, a provider of health and social care services across Dorset. Through the gardens, past the café, fish tanks, Butterfly House then… ‘Close to the edge, just by a river. Seasons will pass you by. I get up, I get down’ - I sing along to the music greeting me and hear laughter, saws working, wood being chopped. I greet Barry with… ‘Yes?’ ‘Absolutely right,’ he responds, ‘Rick Wakeman was a true legend.’ ‘So you got the job?’ I ask. ‘Well, I must have otherwise we wouldn’t be here chatting!’ Silly me. ‘Tell me more.’ ‘I was born in Yeovil but we moved to Charmouth. Dad was a painter and decorator and Mum stayed at home. I passionately hated school and was bullied throughout - Asperger’s hadn’t been invented then and I was considered plain stupid.’ 118 | Sherborne Times | October 2018

‘And when you left school?’ ‘At fifteen I got a job making sound mixers. By eighteen I was a gardener, window cleaner and butler, all at the same time.’ ‘A butler?’ ‘Yes. Pheasant stew in your belly and a tenner in your hand. Everyone talked posh and drank loads of port.’ ‘And then?’ ‘Met a girl at 19, married by 20, then four children.’ ‘Indeed. Please, go on.’ ‘In 2000 I started at the Whitehouse NHS-funded day centre co-running their workshop. I’ve long since accepted I’m not easy to live with. In 2006 my wife dragged me to the mental health wing of the Yeatman Hospital where I was diagnosed with a ‘taint of Asperger’s’ I felt a huge sense of relief. Things suddenly made sense and life was almost good again.’ ‘Almost?’ I whisper. ‘The Whitehouse day centre was closed in 2010. Fortunately, Castle Gardens and Tricuro came to the rescue. The Green Shed was born and I got the job. Unfortunately, I left the family home in 2012 and got


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‘Yes, we collect old pallets, saw, chop and bundle them, then sell them. It’s great - my clients see the benefit of their work and have the satisfaction of seeing them sold. I share my work with a truly wonderful bunch of fellow humans.’ ‘Hobbies and downtime?’ ‘I escape into books, a lifetime passion. Lawrence of Arabia could be my ‘mastermind’ subject. In 1998 I saw an ad for extras in Tess of the Durbevilles. I took part and loved it. I have a passion for television theme tunes. I got an invite to Radio 2 once but said the wrong thing and hey ho! I also love ambling in our wonderful countryside.’ Thank you, Barry, for sharing your honest and heartfelt Folk Tales. Thanks also to Mike and Louise Burks along with Tricuro for facilitating this amazing space. Have a great October. Green Shed firelighters are available from Castle Gardens throughout the year. colinlambert.co.uk sherbornetimes.co.uk | 119


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JUST SOMETIMES, CHARITY REALLY DOES BEGIN AT HOME Canon Eric Woods, Rector of Sherborne

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hen, many years ago, I became a full-time charity fundraiser, the phrase I constantly encountered was, “Charity begins at home” – a default saying from those unwilling to give any money. As mine was a charity devoted to the homeless, other words and phrases I had to get used to were, “irresponsible”, “feckless” and “they’ll only keep coal in the bath” (well, it was a long time ago!). I learned a great deal about human nature in my two years with Shelter, at the time one of the nation’s favourite charities. It is something of an indictment on our nation that Shelter and other charities like it are required today. So I still shudder when I hear someone repeating that mantra, “Charity begins at home”. However, I have also realised over the years that, when applied to a caring community, it can contain truth. For example, on Boxing Day 2017, life changed forever for a popular local Sherborne couple, Sandy (Brian) Heal and his wife Kate. Sandy’s accidental fall down the stairs at home produced devastating Traumatic Brain Injury. He was diagnosed with brain stem death at Yeovil District Hospital and preparations were made for organ and tissue donation the next day. Kate was told to go home and make funeral arrangements; family and friends gathered round. People in Sherborne (where Sandy, 51, and Kate are key community figures) and Yeovil, where Sandy worked as a skilled engineer at Westlands (Leonardo), were shocked at the news. Well, miracles happen, and a few hours later a doctor noticed Sandy making a tiny movement in one foot. The doctor had Sandy rushed to Bristol’s Southmead Hospital where specialist intensive care was provided, although he remained in a coma and critically ill. On 12th January he started to come out of the coma and was moved to Poole Hospital’s specialist Brain Injury Unit where, following intensive physiotherapy, he was able to take his first assisted steps in late April. Gradually and painstakingly Sandy has regained some mobility, although faces the future with permanent disability and will not be able to go back to the job he loved. He is expected to be fit enough to come home by November, but first his and Kate’s modest home in Sherborne has to be adapted – a project which will cost around £65K and for which no local authority help is forthcoming. Meanwhile their income, thanks to the way “the system” works, has shrunk to next to nothing. A local businessman has now kick-started the attempt to raise that £65K and has offered professional help with the design and building works. There’s a long way to go but, if charity does begin at home, let’s make it begin for Sandy and Kate here in Sherborne. You can find out much more, and make your personal donation by going to justgiving.com/crowdfunding/helpgetsandyhome

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PAUSE FOR THOUGHT Reverend Jono Tregale, St Paul’s Church

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fter the joint hottest summer on record, and perhaps what felt like the longest, we are truly in autumn now. The weather is cooler, the colours of nature are beginning to change and the nights are drawing in ever earlier. This is also the time of year when churches and schools celebrate Harvest, giving thanks for all that has been gathered in. We are grateful for our hard-working farmers and relieved that we have enough to feed our families. It’s also a time to pause and reflect that for many in our world life has not been so fortunate. There’s a wonderful short story in the bible about a young widow called Ruth who ended up in a foreign land, poor and destitute. She would follow the harvesters and collect up all the leftovers, bits that were missed, so she would have something to eat and live. It was an established practice in the culture of those days, the original meaning of ‘gleaning’. Harvesters were instructed to leave spilt grain upon the ground or even to set aside strips of untouched crops around the edge of the fields so that the poor in the community could gather it up for themselves. It doesn’t sound like a particularly efficient business practice but it was one way in which those with resources could provide for those without. It was an example of how a whole community cared for its poor and needy. I wonder whether we could learn something from this story – ancient wisdom for a modern world. Perhaps, just like those farmers of old who deliberately left areas of wheat and barley unharvested, or who deliberately didn’t scoop up every last grain so that others might be able to gather in order to eat and live, we too could rise to the challenge to live generously. Could we build into our lives, our household budgets and the way we spend, the ability and capacity to give to others in need so that they too might be able to eat and live? Do we spend up to our income on ourselves? Or could we instead leave room for giving to others – in money, time or resources – by setting ourselves a lower spending limit? Imagine your income is 5% lower and live to that level – then you will have capacity to give and to share in the providing for the well-being of all in our world-wide community. Many of us would love to be able to help others but at the end of the month somehow there’s never enough left. It’s easier if you start the month having set aside an amount to give away – just like the ancient farmers leaving strips of land un-harvested or spilt grains upon the ground. Thinking of our own community, there are those who struggle to feed their families through health and financial crisis – donating to the Sherborne Food Bank is an easy and immediate way to support those in need. But ask yourselves, what could you do to leave space for generosity in your life? stpauls-sherborne.org.uk

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Short Story

THE LAST LETTER Jan Garner, Sherborne Scribblers

AMIENS, FRANCE, 1918 My dearest Violet, Forgive me if my greeting appears too audacious, but it is how I think of you. Thank you for your letter with all the news from home. I was glad to hear that your brother Jack was not badly injured and is on his way back to Blighty. Say hello to him for me. I hope you are coping okay with all the shortages and hardships this conflict has caused and that your work in the munitions factory is not too onerous. I know you feel you’re doing your bit but I don’t like to think of you there, the work is far too heavy and dangerous for women. God willing it won’t be for very much longer. You and England seem so far away and I pray constantly that I may set eyes on you both very soon. It is night time now and quite peaceful. I’ve been sitting here thinking of you and gazing at the stars; they are quite wonderful and shine like glittering jewels in the inky sky. It is the one beautiful sight there is in this desolate place and its infinite beauty soothes my troubled soul. At first light, we go over the top to fight the Hun. I admit I’m scared. Don’t think me a coward or unpatriotic Violet but is it any wonder, after witnessing the daily carnage here, that I question what this futile war is all about. Can it really be worth the loss of so many lives that have hardly begun just to gain a few measly yards of mud from our enemy? Of course, we will all do our duty and die willingly if it means our loved ones can live in peace. But after all this time it’s hard to see where or when it will all end and what good will come of it.

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I’m sorry to sound so maudlin my dear, but Violet, these may well be my last words to you. This is no time to leave things left unsaid, so I must put aside my shyness and tell you how much you mean to me. I love you. I knew the first time we met at the village dance. You looked so fetching in that dainty muslin frock with the blue sash tied around your tiny waist, and with a matching ribbon holding back your glorious auburn hair. Oh, how wonderful it felt to hold you in my arms. One look into your big brown trusting eyes as we danced around that floor and I was smitten. I never wanted the music to end. It’s true, dearest, when I tell you that I had never felt that way before. You have been in my dreams and thoughts ever since. Those oh so few utterly blissful times we spent together before I left for France were truly the happiest of my life. You have stolen my heart Violet, and without you I am filled with an aching loneliness. If only things were different. Without this dreadful war, I would have courted you and waited as custom dictates before asking for your hand in marriage. But these are unchartered times so, my darling, I’m asking you now, if I survive and come home in one piece - will you marry me and make me the proudest man in the whole of England? I promise to love and care for you with every ounce of my being. Sadly, I don’t have much to offer you but I swear that I will work hard to give you the life you so richly deserve. I’m no oil painting I know, but is it just possible that you feel the same way? If not, could you learn to love me? Please give it some thought I beg you and write when you can. Your letters are the only thing I live for. Finally, it has to be said. If I should be one of the unlucky ones, think kindly of me sometimes but do not grieve. Don’t waste your tears. Just remember how much you were loved and find some decent chap who will worship you as much as I did. Whatever happens, promise me that you will savour every moment God gives you. I feel happier now that I have shared this with you, there is nothing else left to say. So goodnight my sweet girl, I shall think of you as I wait for the dawn. All my love - Always and Forever. Tommy X

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LITERARY FESTIVAL REVIEW Jonathan Stones & John Gaye, Sherborne Literary Society

Too Many Pills: How Too Much Medicine is Endangering our Health and What We Can Do About It by James Le Fanu, (Little, Brown 2018), £13.99 paperback Sherborne Times Reader Offer Price of £12.99 from Winstone’s Books ‘The adverse consequences of ‘polypharmacy’ (literally, many pills) are vastly greater than is commonly appreciated, being responsible for a remarkable 75% increase in recent years in the numbers requiring emergency hospital admission for adverse drug reactions. And polypharmacy can also be fatal, almost certainly a contributory factor to the recently observed decline in life expectancy – six hundred more people dying every week in 2015 compared to previous years.’ So claims James Le Fanu in his introduction to this astonishing story of fudged ethics and blatant venality. He then proceeds to unpack his stall in a detailed assault on what he considers are the principal culprits in creating the present situation, in which medical intervention can be responsible for causing unnecessary physical suffering rather than alleviating it - what is known as ‘iatrogenic (iatro – medicine, genic – induced) harm’. The first target which the author identifies is the pharmaceutical industry; he describes drug companies as ‘engaging at times in dodgy practices.’ Quite how dodgy becomes alarmingly clear in a detailed combination of anecdotal evidence and academic reports. One expert observes that the industry ‘uses its vast wealth and power to co-opt every institution that might stand in its way, including the drug regulatory authorities, academic research centres - and the medical profession itself.’ The second group identified by Le Fanu are the epidemiologists, those who deploy statistical methods to identify the causes of diseases and assess the benefits, or otherwise, of treatment. He describes them as more recently tending to play the role of handmaidens to the drugs industry in promoting the proposition that ‘the population is sick’, i.e. that the statistical averages of the three physiological variables of blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose in the population as a whole

are set too high and that there is more to be gained in reducing the norms (thus rendering interventional drug therapy more prevalent) than by focusing on those at higher risk. And the third members of this toxic troika, Le Fanu describes sorrowfully as ‘my fellow general practitioners’, who he accuses of having entered into a Faustian pact with the government in 2004, sacrificing their professional independence for the financial gain of being ‘paid for performance’. ‘Now,’ he adds, ‘generously rewarded in their success in hitting targets of numbers of patients treated, they are – if unintentionally – deeply complicit in that ‘hidden’ epidemic of iatrogenic illness.’ The book is divided into chapters highlighting the main adverse drug reactions which afflict us in increasingly significant numbers but ends on a positive note with Le Fanu’s advice on what we can do about it, in a chapter entitled ’Rolling Back the Harms’. This is followed by two substantial appendices and copious notes on his sources. The author has combined his career as a GP with his writing and readers of his regular columns in the Daily Telegraph and elsewhere will already be aware of the clarity of his articles on medical and scientific matters. He prefaces this lucidly written and at times, devastating ‘J’accuse’ with a quote from Hippocrates’ Epidemics, Book 1: ‘The physician must have two special objects in view… namely to do good and do no harm.’ Readers of this book are likely to wish fervently that it would be so. JS James Le Fanu will be speaking at The Digby Hall as part of the Sherborne Literary Festival on Friday 12th October at 11am. Tickets are available now from sherborneliterarysociety.com or the Tourist Information Centre. sherbornetimes.co.uk | 125


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Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy 1945-1975 by Max Hastings (William Collins) £30 hardback Sherborne Times Reader Offer Price of £29 from Winstone’s Books

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eading this book has been an amazing and gripping journey into a period of relatively recent history about which I was rather vague and from which lessons can still be learnt about today’s events. Previous histories of the Vietnam ‘conflict’ have tended to be written from either the French or American viewpoint, dependant on the nationality of the author. They described how the war affected these two respective nations and their subsequent foreign policies. However, this monumental account of Vietnam between the years of 1945 and 1975 approaches the story uniquely from the point of view of the people of Vietnam. For them it certainly was the epic tragedy of the title. Although Max Hastings cut his teeth as a journalist in the USA, which included witnessing the final days of the American presence in Saigon, this is not about his time there but rather a narrative based on an historical perspective using many sources of information and much research. And, as always with Hastings’ writing, it is brought alive with numerous personal narratives told by those who were there, however exalted or humble their roles might have been. He provides an insight into and astute analysis of events both military and political, and those events really could not be more extraordinary. Both the French and the Americans were fighting a colonial war, the former influenced by their loss of pride due to German subjugation and occupation during the Second World War and the latter fixated by their total antipathy towards Communism. This fixation drove American policy and all alternative views were rejected out of hand.

This included some very senior politicians and advisors being frozen out of decisionmaking discussions. This was the first war fought under the spotlight of uncensored media attention but, critically, the media only reported from one side of the conflict. Unbelievable and unforgivable atrocities by western forces and the South Vietnamese military were often reported in great and graphic detail; they paled into insignificance when compared with the scale of cruelties and terror tactics inflicted on both their people, the civilian population and their prisoners by the communists, which of course went entirely unreported. What stands out, however, was the deceit of the American politicians and high command, inexperienced with having to deal with the world’s media. Frequently reporters, who had personally witnessed disasters on the ground, were briefed with outrageous optimism but with little regard to the facts. Perhaps the ultimate crime was the lying by the American military top brass to themselves and, even worse, to their political bosses back home. At over 700 pages this book is no lightweight tome but, of all the books I have read this year, it is almost certainly the one that has held my attention most - from the very first page right through to the last. I cannot recommend it highly enough. JG Max Hastings will be speaking at The Digby Hall as part of the Sherborne Literary Festival on Wednesday 10th October at 7pm. Tickets are available now from sherborneliterarysociety.com or the Tourist Information Centre.

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Sherborne Times October 2018  

Featuring Paula Young & Julian Hill of D'Urberville, What's On, Family, Shopping Guide, Wild Dorset, Family, Art, History, Interiors, Antiqu...

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Featuring Paula Young & Julian Hill of D'Urberville, What's On, Family, Shopping Guide, Wild Dorset, Family, Art, History, Interiors, Antiqu...