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MARCH 2019 | FREE

A MONTHLY CELEBR ATION OF PEOPLE, PLACE AND PURVEYOR

WHEY OF LIFE with Marcus Fergusson and Penny Nagle of Feltham's Farm

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WELCOME

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lanning our move westwards fifteen or so years ago, my mind ran free with the romantic notion of keeping chickens, bees, a pig or two, and just enough land for our then-imagined children to embark on day-long unfettered adventures. With reality offering a less agricultural path and decidedly less space, I now instead find myself living vicariously through the likes of Marcus Fergusson and Penny Nagle of Feltham’s Farm — a couple who, having put their money where their mouth is, are now what might be described as ‘living the dream’. Amidst their days of animal husbandry, land management, growing vegetables, raising a family and running a not-for-profit film and culture company, they have just so happened to create a rule-breaking, global award-winning cheese. Described affectionately as “a vicious little cheese,” “bold and assertive” and “definitely a cheese for grown-ups,” the Renegade Monk’s crusade has only just begun. Have a wonderful month. Glen Cheyne, Editor glen@homegrown-media.co.uk @sherbornetimes


CONTRIBUTORS Editorial and creative direction Glen Cheyne Design Andy Gerrard @round_studio

Simon Barber Evolver Magazine @SimonEvolver evolver.org.uk Chris Bird TEDx Sherborne @TEDxSherborne tedxsherborne.com

Colin Lambert colinlambert.co.uk Lucy Lewis Dorset Mind @DorsetMind dorsetmind.uk

David Birley davidpfbirley@hotmail.co.uk

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

Elisabeth Bletsoe Sherborne Museum @SherborneMuseum sherbornemuseum.co.uk

Aurora Mercer Sherborne Preparatory School @Sherborneprep sherborneprep.org

Photography Katharine Davies @Katharine_KDP

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

Millie Neville-Jones

Feature writer Jo Denbury @jo_denbury

Mike Burks The Gardens Group @TheGardensGroup thegardensgroup.co.uk

Editorial assistant Helen Brown

Cindy Chant Sherborne Walks @sherbornewalks sherbornewalks.co.uk

Sub editors Jay Armstrong @jayarmstrong_ Elaine Taylor

Illustrations Elizabeth Watson @DandybirdDesign Print Pureprint Distribution team David Elsmore David and Susan Joby Christine Knott Viki Mee Sarah Morgan Mary and Roger Napper Alfie Neville-Jones Mark and Miranda Pender Claire Pilley

Gillian M Constable DWT Sherborne Group @DorsetWildlife dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk David Copp Rebecca de Pelet Sherborne School @SherborneSchool sherborne.org Jenny Dickinson Dear to Me Studio, Fine Stationery @DearToMeStudio deartome.co.uk Jimmy Flynn Milborne Port Computers @MPortComputers computing-mp.co.uk Andrew Fort B.A. (Econ.) CFPcm Chartered MCSI APFS Fort Financial Planning ffp.org.uk

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Martin Thompson MA(RCA) @AliCockrean alicockrean.co.uk

Sarah Hitch The Sanctuary Beauty Rooms @SanctuaryDorset thesanctuarysherborne.co.uk

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James Hull The Rusty Pig Company @TheRustyPigCompany therustypigcompany.co.uk Carolyn Humphrey Glencairn House Clinic glencairnhouse.co.uk Esther Jeanes @EstherJeanes estherjeanes.com Richard Kay Lawrences Auctioneers @LFA_Crewkerne lawrences.co.uk

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What’s On

MARCH 2019 66 Gardening

122 Directory

24 Shopping Guide

72 FELTHAM’S FARM

124 Folk Tales

26 Wild Dorset

80 Food & Drink

126 Out and About

30 Family

90 Animal Care

127 Short Story

42 Art

96 Cycling

128 Literature

46 History

98 Body & Mind

129 Crossword

50 Antiques

112 Property & Legal

130 Pause for Thought

54 Architecture

118 Finance

56 Interiors

120 Tech

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Everyone has a dark side.

Audi A4 Black Edition From only

£329 Duration 48 monthly payments of

Per month

35 TFSI 150 PS S tronic

Customer deposit

£4,333

2.9% APR Representative

49 months

Retail cash price

£35,255

Total amount payable

£37,524.70

£329

Acceptance fee

£0.00

Total amount of credit

£26,357.30

Customer deposit

£4,333

Optional final payment

£12,825

Audi contribution

£4,565

Option to purchase fee

£10.00

Representative APR Rate of interest (fixed)

2.9% 2.85%

Solutions (Personal Contract Plan) representative example based on 10,000 miles per annum.

Book a test drive now: call 01935 574981 or visit yeovilaudi.co.uk Images are shown for illustration purposes only. Official fuel consumption figures in mpg (l/100km) for the Audi range: Urban 16.1-64.2 (7.5-4.4),Extra Urban 30.4-88.3 (9.3-3.2), Combined 23.0-76.3 (12.3-3.7). CO2 emissions: 287-99g/km. Standard EU Test figures for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results. Optional wheels may affect emissions and fuel consumption figures. At the end of the agreement there are three options: i) retain the vehicle: pay the optional final payment to own the vehicle; ii) return the vehicle; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle, finance subject to status. Available when purchased on Solutions Personal Contract Plan. Audi contribution is available when purchased on Solutions Personal Contract Plan. Retail Sales only. Subject to agreed annual mileage. Excess mileage charges apply. Offer available for vehicles ordered between 1st January 2019 to 31st March 2019. Further charges may be payable if vehicle is returned. Offers are not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Available to 18’s and over. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Finance subject to status. Accurate at time of publication [February 2019]. Freepost Audi Finance.


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Duration 48 monthly payments of

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Customer deposit

£4,510

2.9% APR Representative

49 months

Retail cash price

£39,335

Total amount payable

£41,916.32

£369

Acceptance fee

£0.00

Total amount of credit

£29,865.68

Customer deposit

£4,510

Optional final payment

£14,725

Representative APR

Audi contribution

£4,960

Option to purchase fee

£10.00

Rate of interest (fixed)

2.9% 2.85%

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MARCH 2019 Listings

07825 691508

into Dahlias"

Mondays 2pm-3.30pm

Saturday 2nd 8pm

‘Feel Better with a Book’ group

BAND-ON

BA4 5LA. By Naomi Slade. £8

Sherborne Library, Hound St. Shared

Evershot Village Hall. Sam Kelly's

group. Free. 01935 812683

Tickets £10 01935 83784

Sherborne Museum presents

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reading aloud with a small & friendly

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St Paul's School Hall, Shepton Mallet sheptonsnowdrops.org.uk

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Station House Rhythm & Blues.

Saturday 9th 2.30pm

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"The Romans in West Dorset -

Last Monday of month 5pm-6pm

Wednesday 6th 3pm & 7pm

What We Can See Today"

Bookchat

The Arts Society Sherborne Talk

Sherborne Library, Hound St.

- Mary’s Gold, Mary Rose

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Rd. The Jim

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non-members. 01935 474626,

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Gibb Memorial Lecture with Steve Wallis.

A lively book discussion group

Digby Hall, Hound Street. £7 for

1st & 3rd Tuesday of

theartssocietysherborne.org.uk

Saturday 9th 2.30pm

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BVYNT Association AGM

Dorset Mind -

Thursday 7th 8pm

& Talk - 'Behind The Scenes

Sherborne Wellbeing Group

Talk: The Impact of Famine

in South Somerset'

Costa Coffee, Cheap Street.

& Plague in the 14th C West

Digby Hall, Hound St. £5,

west-dorset-support-groups/

Vale of Taunton Deane

First Thursday of each month

DT9 3AA. Non-members: £5.

The Jim Gibb Lecture:

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Digby Memorial Hall, Digby

every month 6pm-8pm

£5, students £2. Tea & cake provided.

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dorsetmind.uk/services-courses/

Country - Evidence from the

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Digby Hall, Hound Street,

Saturday 9th 2pm

sherbornehistoricalsociety.co.uk

The Romans in West Dorset

From Sherborne Barbers, Cheap St.

Thursday 7th 7.45pm

Rd. £5, members £3, students £2

business owners & entrepreneurs.

Sherborne School Chapel. Free entry

9.30am Netwalking

members £3, 01935 425383

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Free walk & talk with other small

Spring Organ Recital

FB: Netwalk Sherborne Instagram:

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Sunday 10th 11.30am-3.30pm

yourtimecoaching Twitter @yt_coaching

Friday 8th 10.30am–2.30pm

Sherborne Waterwheel

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Book Signing “The Magic of

Open Day

Thursdays

Making Things” & Interior

Local Vocals - Acapella Choir

Design Clinic

Audio visual presentations.

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Rd.

Susie Watson Designs, 28 Cheap

lesley@whatfish.plus.com

susiewatsondesigns.co.uk

Monday 11th 9.30am-3.30pm

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West Country Embroiderers -

First Thursday of

Friday 8th 7.30pm

Miniature Crewelwork Sampler

each month 2pm-3.30pm

Jazz with 'Spats'

“My Time” Carers’ Support Group

Langham & Mike Denham

Digby Hall, Hound Street.

The Shielings, The Avenue, DT9 3AJ.

Cheap Street Church. Tickets £12,

or 01935 816321

815341/815565 & on the door. Proceeds

Sherborne Literary Society

No musical knowledge required.

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Advice, coffee & chat. 01935 601499

St. Book written by Susie Watson

sherbornemuseum.co.uk

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Entry by donation. sswc.co.uk Facebook: Sherborne Steam

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Info: Ann 01963 34696

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including refreshments, from TIC, 01935

Monday 11th 11am

to Friends of the Rendezvous

presents - Van Gogh,

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Reader & Writer

Sherborne Health Walks

Saturday 9th 10.30am

Free, friendly walk around Sherborne.

Lecture & Book Signing - "Dive

The Eastbury Hotel. Talk by Jenny

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WHAT'S ON ____________________________ 1st Tuesday of the month 10am-12pm Babywearing South West Please share your recommendations and contacts via FaceBook @sherborneparents ____________________________ Sherborne Library Events:

Doodles Play Cafe, 1 Abbey Rd, DT9 3LE. Sling clinic, booking essential.

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Tuesdays 10.30am–11am

1st Thursday of the month

1st Saturday of the month

Library Gets Lively

IVF Support Group

10.30am-12pm

stories & rhymes for under 5’s

Info: @3Primes

Cheap Street Church Hall. Free group

Rhyme Time

3rd Thursday of the month

for playgroup & primary age children,

Adoption Support Group

01963 251747

sing-along session for under 5’s

2nd Monday of each month

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4.15pm–5pm

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Mondays

Chatterbooks

Saturday 30th 10am-1pm

After-school Ballet, Tap &

book discussion & activities for ages 8–13

Brella Theatre Arts - ‘Your Beat’

Thursday 7th 4pm–4.30pm

Drama, Movement & Singing

Oxley Sports Centre, Bradford Road,

Giggle, Wriggle for

Workshop

DT9 3DA. For ages 4-9, 40 min classes.

World Book Day

Info: stardustdanceschool@gmail.com

Tinneys Lane Youth Centre

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free, active story time

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Bookshop, TIC & Eventbrite

Village Hall, Bradford Abbas, DT9 6RF

Afternoon & Talk

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01935 389375

Sticky Church

Modern Dance Classes

jennynewmanvangogh.eventbrite.co.uk

Fridays 10.30am-11am

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Info: @3Primes

6-16 yrs. Info: 07798 608224

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sbacameraclub.co.uk

Castle Gardens, New Rd. Members only.

Monday 11th doors & bar 7pm, film

Wednesday 13th

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7.30pm

Sherborne ArtsLink Flicks – A

Thursday 14th 2pm

MOVIOLA: Film - The Wife (15)

Star is Born (15)

Sherborne Museum Talk:

Leigh Village Hall, DT9 6HL. Interval

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road.

Blandford Fashion

uk/whats-on/events-list/ 01935 873269

£12 (please book). 01935 815341.

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Rd. £5

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ice creams, £6 on the door leighvillage.org. ____________________________ Monday 11th -

Tickets £6 from TIC, pre-film supper

Museum's Collection

sherborneartslink.org.uk

non-members. sherbornemuseum.co.uk

Saturday 16th 7.30pm

Thursday 14th 2pm

Thursday 14th 7pm

The Birthday Party

Sherborne Museum presents

Talk & Signing with

by Harold Pinter

"Blandford Fashion Museum's

Local Author Lucy Sewill

Sherborne Studio Theatre, Marston Rd.

Collection"

Winstone’s Bookshop, 8 Cheap St.

sherborne.co.uk

Dr. Helen Walters. £5, free to Sherborne

Tickets £10 (students £8) from aps-

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Rd. Talk by

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Museum members. Tea & cake provided.

Tuesday 12th 7.30pm

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Tickets £3 (redeemable against a

copies of Lucy’s book) 01935 816128 winstonebooks.co.uk

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Sherborne Bradford Abbas

Thursday 14th 2.30pm

Thursday 14th 7.30pm

Camera Club - Flash

Sherborne & District Gardeners'

Sirocco Winds

Photography

Association - Discount

Tindall Recital Room, Sherborne School.

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MARCH 2019 Award-winning wind quintet. Tickets

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£10 - 01935 812249 tickets@sherborne.org

Wednesday 20th 2.30pm

Wednesday 27th 7.30pm

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Sherborne W.I -

Science Café Talk: How Smart

Thursday 14th 7.30pm

‘Trekking in Tasmania’

Are Dogs Really?

Wessex Big Band Concert

Catholic Church Hall, Westbury. Talk

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Rd

proceeds to St Margaret’s Hospice.

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Admission: £9 or £ 8 at 01935 829576. martockonline.co.uk/events Facebook: wessexBB

& presentation by Ian Williamson. £4,

sherborne.scafe@gmail.com

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Friday 29th 2.30pm–3.30pm

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Wednesday 20th 7.30pm

Lady Butler:

Friday 15th 7.30pm

DWT Talk -

Painting a Man’s World

An Entertaining

The Treasures of Dorset

Mix of Words & Music

Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby

Sherborne Library, Hound St

Poyntington Village Hall. With singer-

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Rd. £2.50 pollyhowes@gmail.com

Saturday 30th 7.15pm

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Talk - Red Arrows

supper. £10pp, Jill Oliver 01963 220637

Thursday 21st 8pm

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Talk: Claretta Petacci & Benito

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Rd

Saturday 16th 2.30pm

Mussolini - a Fascist Love Story

Somerset & Dorset Family

Digby Hall, Hound Street,

songwriter Miranda Pender. Followed by

History Society - The Carriage

Talk by Air Marshall Coville. Entrance £10 inc. a drink.

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DT9 3AA. Non-members: £5.

Saturday 30th 7.30pm

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Dining Hall, Sherborne School DT9

sherbornehistoricalsociety.co.uk

Dinner & Jazz

Marsh. £3 (non-members £5), pay at the

Friday 22nd 7.30pm

3AP. Sherborne School Swing Band &

Age in Somerset & Dorset Raleigh Hall, Digby Rd. with Roger

door or sdfhsmembership@outlook.com

Joint School's

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Symphonia Orchestra

Saturday 16th 7.30pm

Leweston School, DT9 6EN.

Jazz Band perform. Tickets £30 01935 812249 tickets@sherborne.org

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01935 810518

Saturday 30th 7.30pm

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Spitz & Co - Les Gloriables

Sherborne Abbey. Tickets from

Friday 22nd 7.30pm

Sandford Orcas Village Hall

sherbornechamberchoir.org.uk/

Yetminster Jubilee Hall. 01935 873719.

Sunday 17th 3pm

ycp873@gmail.com

Sherborne Chamber Choir - New World Baroque Sherborne TIC, 01935 815341.

Mela Guitar Quartet

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£10, £5 u18s, artsreach.co.uk,

Wessex Strings Concert

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Cheap Street Church. Tickets (inc. tea) £9

Saturday 23rd 2.30pm– 4.30pm

01963 220208. £10, £6 u18s, £25 fam spitzandco.com artsreach.co.uk

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Workshops and Classes

from Sherborne TIC or £10 on the door.

ArtsLink Art History Talk:

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Black Identity in Art

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Monday 18th 7.30pm

Raleigh Hall, Sherborne. By Joanna

Tuesdays 10am–12pm

sherborneartslink.org.uk

The Camelot Room, Milborne Port

hiddenneedstrust.org

Tuesday 26th 7.30pm

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Sherborne Bradford Abbas

with early stage memory loss.

Tuesday 19th 7.30pm

Camera Club - Macro &

Sherborne Twinning AGM & Talk

Close-up Competition

Tuesdays 9.30am-10.30am

- Gardening for Butterflies

Village Hall, Bradford Abbas,

Nordic Walking

The Hidden Needs Trust Charity Concert Octagon Theatre, Yeovil.

Catholic Church Hall, Westbury DT9 3EL

Cobb. Tickets £8 TIC 01935 815341

ArtsLink Fizz! Art for Memory

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Village Hall. Free art class for people

DT9 6RF. sbacameraclub.co.uk

01935 815899 sherborneartslink.org.uk

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WHAT'S ON Hall Car Park. Booking essential 07779

Thursday 28th 7pm

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Floral workshop with Kay Young

Digby Church Hall, Digby Rd.

620843 landwalks@gmail.com

Sherborne Floral Group

Tuesdays & Wednesdays

"Interpretation". Catholic Church Hall

Wednesday 6th 6.30pm-8pm

what to bring

3 Primes, 6 Trent Court, Trent.

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Sunday 31st 10am-4pm

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Thursdays 2.30pm-4pm

10am-12.30pm Angels of

ArtsLink Parkinson’s Dance

Sound Voice Playshop

Fairs and Markets

Tinney’s Lane Youth Centre, Sherborne.

2pm-4pm Crystal & Tibetan

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Dance class & social time for people

Bowl Soundbath

Thursdays & Saturdays

who live with Parkinson’s. Free -

Pannier Market

donations welcome. 01935 815899

Oborne Village Hall, DT9 4LA. £12

sherborneartslink.org.uk

per person per session. 01935 389655

ahiahel@live.com centreforpuresound.org

The parade

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Thursdays 9am-11.30am

Watercolour Classes Wheelwright Studios, Thornford.

Info: 07742 888302 alicockrean.co.uk

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01935 389357

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DT9 3EL. Call 01935 813316 for list of

Beginners Yoga Taster Session

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hello@ yogasherborne.co.uk or 07817 624081

Art Club@Thornford for Adults

Yoga

No 1 Wheelwright Studios, Thornford

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Country Market Church Hall, Digby Road

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DT9 6QE. £15 per session (tuition only)

Sundays 9am-11am

Every third Friday 9am-1pm

or £20 (materials inc). 07742 888302,

(check for dates)

Farmers’ Market

alicockrean@gmail.com or alicockrean.co.uk

Hatha Yoga

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Cheap Street

Fridays

3 Primes, 6 Trent Court, Trent.

hello@yogasherborne.co.uk 07817 624081

Every fourth Saturday, 9am-4pm

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Saturday Antiques & Flea Market

Wheelwright Studios, Thornford.

Mondays-Thursdays

Church Hall, Digby Rd

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Classes in Sherborne, Thornford and

Saturday 16th 8.30am (trade)

contact emmayogateacher@gmail.com

Chasty Cottage Antiques

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Digby Hall, Hound St

Acrylic Classes

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Info: 07742 888302 alicockrean.co.uk

Yoga with Emma

The Slipped Stitch Workshops

Milborne Port. For details please

9.30am (public) until 4pm

or visit emmareesyoga.com

& Collectables Fair

Beginners Knitting

Mondays 10.30am-12pm

Saturday 9th 10am-4pm

Yoga with Gemma

Entrance £1, 01963 370986

Turkish Drop Spindle Spinning

Longburton Village Hall. 07812 593314

Saturday 16th 10am-4pm

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Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Rd

1 Cheap Street. 01935 508249, theslippedstitch.co.uk

Saturday 2nd 2pm-4pm

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or gemski81@hotmail.com

Sherborne Fleamarket

Crocheted Mandalas

Mondays & Wednesdays

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Just Breathe Yoga

Antiques, crafts & collectors market.

Sunday 17th 1.30pm-4.30pm

Classes in Chetnole, Yetminster and

Saturday 16th 10am-12pm Social Saturday

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, DT9

Free. West Country Fairs 01749 677049

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Corton Denham. 07983 100445

Sunday 17th 10am-2pm

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Digby Hall, Hound Street. Free with

justbyoga@outlook.com

Plant Fair

instruments. info@sherbornefolkband.org

Tuesdays & Fridays

donations to Macmillan Cancer Support

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With experienced teacher Anna Finch.

3NL. Suitable for all levels & all acoustic 07527 508277 sherbornefolkband.org

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Iyengar Yoga

plantfairs.com

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MARCH 2019 Saturday 24th 9am-3.30pm Sherborne Vintage Market Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Rd. 07809 387594

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welcome. £2 per session, first four sessions

The Terrace Playing Fields, DT9 5NS.

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Saturday 2nd

free. sherbornetouch.org 07887 800803

sherbornerfc.rfu.club. 3pm start

Sherborne Town FC

Bradford on Avon (A)

First XI Toolstation Western League

Saturday 9th

DT9 5NS. sherbornetownfc.com. 3pm start

Saturday 23rd

Division 1. Terrace Playing Fields,

Corsham (H)

Saturday 2nd

Devizes (A)

Sundays 9am

Bristol Telephones (A)

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Digby Etape Cycling Club Ride

Saturday 9th

From Riley's Cycles. 20-30 miles,

Sport ____________________________

Chippenham Park (H)

To include your event in our FREE

average 12-15 mph. Drop bar road

Saturday 16th

listings please email details – date/

bike recommended. FB Digby Etape

Ashton & Backwell (A)

time/title/venue/description/price/

Sherborne Cycling Club or 07443 490442

Saturday 23rd

contact (in approx 20 words) – by

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Calne (H)

the 5th of each preceding month to

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Saturday 30th

gemma@homegrown-media.co.uk

7.30pm–8.30pm

Oldland Abbotonians (H)

Mixed Touch Rugby

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Due to the volume of events received

Sherborne School floodlit astroturf,

Sherborne RFC

we are regrettably unable to

First XV Southern Counties South.

acknowledge or include them all.

Ottery Lane DT9 6EE. Novices very

DIANE CLUCK Friday 26th April

doors 7pm, performance 8pm Advance tickets £8 - £10 (+ booking fee) from www.otherside-dianecluck.eventbrite.co.uk “She made me rethink my singing instincts. Diane is not just an amazing and interesting singer, she’s a philosopher.” Sharon Van Etten “I grew up on 60s music, but my first contemporary music love was Diane Cluck.” Laura Marling “When Diane sings, I am lost in a realm of infinite possibilities. She breaks me down, she gives me chills, she makes me cry–this is when I love music.” Bianca Casady (CocoRosie) “She takes the voice to the brink of a new and beautiful language.” Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) CHURCH STUDIO HAYDON DORSET DT9 5JB

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

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PREVIEW In association with

Scratchworks Friday 8th March, 7.30pm Stalbridge Village Hall, DT10 2NF, £9 / £6. 01963 362355 Saturday 9th March, 7.30pm Winterbourne Stickland Village Hall, DT11 0NT, £10 / £6. 01258 880920

In the early hours of Thursday 8 August 1963, the heist of the

century is under way. Signals are scrambled, phone lines cut and millions of pounds of cash stolen. Five days later the first clues

are found, the gang is busted and the rest is history. But what about the ones that got away?

Using a raucous combination of physical theatre, live music

and clowning, Scratchworks will unfold the untold tale of the four feisty forgotten females from the Great Train Robbery,

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as they leave behind their kitchen-sink lives and embark on a madcap adventure of mischief and mayhem.

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ARTIST AT WORK No. 5 : Esther Jeanes, Over Whelme, 29cm x 20cm, acrylic, ÂŁ325

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have always looked to the sky and delighted in others’ observation of its fascinating array of colour and pattern. It seems natural to me to focus on catching the light in the sky over landscapes that I love. I take many photographs, both for inspiration and to experiment with composition. More often than not, I end up committed to work with images that I catch unplanned, scenes that sing out in the everyday. I use acrylic on various supports but mostly on khadi paper, a textured Indian cotton paper. It enables the layering of paint that I use to convey space, light, shadow and distance. I love acrylic for its versatility; I use it thickly to overpaint and thinly to allow transparency. Until recently I used it out of necessity; with two young children in the house, my paint had to

be non-toxic. Even though I now have a studio, I will continue to use acrylic for the foreseeable future. I recognise that I have a style: I always start with the sky and my joy in it is evident in its predominance. In shadows and night sky I am inclined to use very dark paint which can give my paintings a slightly graphic feel. I am really enjoying my current process, however my work is changing and evolving as I learn and explore different methods of conveying the distinctive aspect I find in each place. My aim is to invite people to feel that they can step into recognisable landscapes, breathe the atmosphere, look up into the sky and wonder in the beauty of the everyday. estherjeanes.com sherbornetimes.co.uk | 15


What's on

Image: Jo Higgs

DIANE CLUCK

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iane Cluck is a singer-songwriter of intuitive folk music. She tours the US, UK and Europe, employing singing as a healing, textural experience in which audiences may wander, ponder, or simply be. Her vocal style has been noted for its clipped, glottal beauty, and described as “an unlikely mix of Aaron Neville, the Baka people, and Joni Mitchell… unaffected yet unusual”. (NPR) She accompanies herself on various instruments including guitar, piano, harmonium, zither, and a copper pipe instrument she built by hand. Time Out New York cited her as a “brilliant idiosyncratic guitarist”. Diane released her seventh album Boneset through Important Records, featuring cellist Isabel Castellvi and drummer Anders Griffen. The album and singles premiered through NPR’s First Listen, All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concert series. Diane contributed to New York’s burgeoning 16 | Sherborne Times | March 2019

anti-folk scene in the early 2000s. Since then, singersongwriters Laura Marling, Florence Welch (of Florence And The Machine), and Sharon Van Etten have cited Diane’s work as influential. Starting in 2017 Diane began bringing an original workshop “Singing as Self-Care & Embodied Expression” to cities across the US and UK. At home in Virginia, Diane teaches at The Front Porch, Charlottesville’s roots music school, and was songwriting instructor for UVA’s Young Writers Workshop in 2018. Friday 26th April, doors 7pm, performance 8pm Diane Cluck Other Side, Church Studio, Haydon, Sherborne DT9 5JB.

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Meinhard Neumann in Valeska Grisebach's Westerm (2017). Courtesy of Cinema Guild

ON FILM

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here are two unmissable films coming up in April at Cinematheque, in Yeovil’s Swan Theatre. The first is Western, from German director Valeska Grisbach, which follows a small group of German construction workers into Bulgaria. These skilled ‘Western’ tradesmen decamp into remote rural ‘Eastern’ Bulgaria to build a hydro-electric plant, causing tension with the locals (Magnificent Seven, anyone?). Grisbach doesn’t reinforce any existing prejudices of the viewer for either side but cleverly swings sympathy between both camps. It is fascinating to view a woman’s perspective on a macho, male environment, studying the relationships between the workers themselves and with the villagers. Beautifully shot, and using many non-professional actors, the film caused a sensation at festivals last year. ‘One of the films of the year has arrived - maybe the best of the year’ (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian) ‘Western is probably the best film to be made by a woman about men’ ( Jonathan Romney, Film Comment) Western is a study of cultural misunderstanding and an insightful account of human relationships whilst

channelling the classic western genre. It shows on 3rd April. Our second film, In Between, from Palestinian writer/ director Maysaloun Hamoud, concerns three Palestinian women living and working in Tel Aviv. Culturally they are very different from each other, but these modern, independent women have a familiar struggle to be true to themselves under the weight of their traditional communities back home. This rarely-seen depiction of Palestinian women on screen predictably earned director Hamoud death threats and a fatwa, with accusations of harming Islam, although her film merely raises the women’s voices above their patriarchal backgrounds and the casual racism they face in Tel Aviv. They are truly living ‘in between’. Hamoud does weave humour into her feature-debut drama though, and there is a cracking soundtrack to boot. In Between shows on 17th April. Finally, don’t forget Ride the High Country this month on 20th March. We do hope to see you at The Swan. As usual, all details are on our website. cinematheque.org.uk swan-theatre.co.uk


Nicola Benedetti (image: Simon Fowler)

SHERBORNE ABBEY FESTIVAL PREVIEW Friday 3rd - Tuesday 7th May International violinist Nicola Benedetti CBE and Dorset’s own Ruth Rogers appear together on the opening night of Sherborne Abbey Festival’s 20th Season. NICOLA BENEDETTI CBE

Nicola Benedetti’s success from a young age has made her one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Born in West Kilbride, Ayrshire, of Italian heritage, Nicola began violin lessons with Brenda Smith at the age of five, having been inspired by her sister Stephanie, who is an orchestral musician in her own right. In 1997, she entered the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she studied with Natalya Boyarskaya. On leaving, she continued her studies with Maciej Rakowski and then Pavel Vernikov, and continues to work with multiple acclaimed teachers and performers. She first made the headlines when she won BBC Young Musician of the Year at the age of 16 and has since collaborated 18 | Sherborne Times | March 2019

with many of the world’s most renowned orchestras. Nicola is one of the world’s leading advocates for quality music education, the role of arts and culture in the wider community and the transformational effect it has on all young people. She recently became President of the European String Teachers Association and was honoured with a CBE for her services to music in the 2019 New Year Honours list, having previously been the youngest ever recipient of the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2017 and an MBE in 2013. Her Benedetti Foundation (a proposed new charity) plans to focus on providing enrichment, inspiration and variation to the UK’s education system and communities, with workshops designed for young musicians and teachers. ‘The Benedetti Foundation will aim to work with young people on building discipline, professionalism, concentration and perseverance as well as addressing the deeply important


emotional, social, internal and psychological challenges young people face, through the act of conscientious music-making and collective activity.’ (Nicola Benedetti CBE) The ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high-profile advocate for classical music, has made Nicola one of the most influential classical artists of today. Playing a 1717 Gabriel Stradivarius, she will open the first headline evening concert at Sherborne Abbey Festival on Friday 3rd May, in a performance with Dorset’s own Ruth Rogers as lead, conducted by Leonard Elschenbroich. The concert, featuring Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture, Mendelssohn’s popular violin concerto and Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony Eroica promises to be a very special highlight of the festival. …it was thrilling to hear and watch Nicola Benedetti in a truly risk-taking performance that lived so much in the body and fused the sinews of the violin and the nerve-system of the player. (Hilary Finch, The Times) RUTH ROGERS

Born in London in 1979 and raised in Dorset, Ruth Rogers began violin lessons at the age of five. In 1997 she was awarded a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music to study with Itzhak Rashkovsky, where she won many major prizes and awards. She graduated in 2001 with First Class Honours and was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal – the college’s highest accolade – by HRH The Prince of Wales. In 2017 she became Artistic Advisor to Sherborne Abbey Festival and has close connections with the event, most notably performing with Sir James and Lady Galway in 2016, then with the Iuventus Quartet in 2017, where she was lead violin to Nicola Benedetti in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, conducted by cellist Leonard Elschenbroich. From 2008 until 2012 Ruth was co-leader of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra then, in 2015, she was appointed as one of the Leaders of the London Mozart Players. She regularly guest-leads the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Aurora Chamber Orchestra and has appeared in principal roles with the Hallé, Philharmonia and RLPO. She has led orchestras under the batons of such maestros as Lorin Maazel, Daniele Gatti, Sir Colin Davis and Sakari Oramo, and has performed concertos with the City of London Sinfonia, City of Oxford Orchestra,

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London Strings, and New London Soloists Orchestra. As chamber musician, Ruth has performed at the Aldeburgh and Bath Festivals with the Tate Ensemble and with pianist John Lill in Shostakovich’s piano quintet. She is a member of the Iuventus String Quartet and the Aquinas Piano Trio and has appeared at the Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble. ‘Her performance style and technique so assured that the music flows as a natural consequence of innermost understanding. Ruth Rogers must be one of the most gifted young violinists in Britain.’ (Musical Opinion). Friday 3rd May, 7.45pm, Sherborne Abbey Nicola Benedetti CBE and Sherborne Abbey Festival Orchestra Solo violin Nicola Benedetti, lead violin Ruth Rogers,

conductor Leonard Elschenbroich: Sherborne Abbey Festival Orchestra performs Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture,

Mendelssohn’s popular violin concerto and Beethoven’s 3rd

Symphony Eroica

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TEDx SHERBORNE

Thursday 9th May, Sherborne Girls Performing Arts Centre

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he inaugural TEDxSherborne will take place on 9th May, a day of powerful short talks on the theme, ‘Fit for the Future: People and Place.’ An independent event organised by local volunteers, TEDxSherborne is part of the global TED community that believes in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives, communities and, ultimately, the world. TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to sharing ‘ideas worth spreading’ with a global audience. Online TED talks, on subjects ranging from the science of happiness to what to trust in a post-truth world, have so far received more than a billion views. TEDxSherborne has worked closely with Sherborne’s secondary schools and local interest groups to explore what the theme ‘Fit for the Future’ might mean for the town and its people. Issues highlighted in 600+ completed questionnaires informed the framework for our call for speakers in November, which generated over 100 applications.

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Speaker line-up

Following auditions held in January and February, we can now officially announce the final speaker line-up for TEDxSherborne. We are absolutely delighted by the quality and diversity of our chosen speakers all of whom have strong local links. Dr Benjamin Wild, FRHistS is a cultural historian who writes and lectures about the history of dress. He also convenes courses for the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and teaches history at Sherborne School. Andrew Grundell is a Dorset native whose career lay in manufacturing until a recent life-changing experience of coping with family crisis led him to sell his companies and become a mental health advocate. Tom Payne is an author and journalist who writes on poetry, education, celebrity and ageing for various publications including The Daily Telegraph. An English


teacher at Sherborne School, Tom also teaches a Latin class at The Gryphon. Laurence Hayward is currently studying for his GCSEs at Sturminster Newton High School. From February 2018 to February 2019 he was a Member of Youth Parliament for Dorset. Susan Elderkin is a bibliotherapist who prescribes books for life’s afflictions and who co-authored The Novel Cure. The author of Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains and The Voices, she now runs creative writing workshops from her home in Somerset. Chloë Dick, 17, is studying for her International Baccalaureate at Sherborne Girls. She was previously a student at the British International School in New York for four years. Kierhan Ellis is a 32-year-old personal trainer with Evolve Fitness Training. His career has taken him all over the UK and he’s also worked in the US, coaching in several states including New York and Massachusetts. Jocasta Cox, 14, joined St Mary’s School, Shaftesbury in 2018. Her family moved to Dorset after living overseas for 11 years (in Australia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic). Jocasta enjoys Model United Nations and is an MUN award winner. Rory Maclean, born in Canada but now living in Yetminster, is one of Britain’s most expressive and adventurous travel writers. His books, which have been translated into a dozen languages, include UK top tens Stalin’s Nose and Under the Dragon. Josh Shortman joined The Gryphon Sixth Form in September after moving to Dorset from Warwickshire. A keen public speaker, he has participated in debating tournaments at Warwick University and the Oxford Student Union. Adam Stones attended Sherborne School in the 1990s and later worked at the International College. A life-changing bike ride across the USA prompted his entry into journalism and, later, into social change communications. He now lives and works in Amsterdam. Stella Mortarotti is a Year 10 pupil at Leweston.

Fourteen-year-old Stella has travelled extensively with her family and this has given her a love of meeting people, together with a broad view of the world and a passion for informing and inspiring others. Julie Plumley is the daughter of a Dorset farmer. After qualifying as a social worker, she worked with families and young people for 30 years before setting up Future Roots, a care farm for young people facing serious challenges, eleven years ago. Will Davidson, who grew up in Hong Kong, is a boarder at Sherborne School. When he’s not busy studying for his A levels, 18-year-old Will spends much of his time playing sport. A truly local endeavour

TEDxSherborne has been welcomed enthusiastically right across the community. The volunteers on the TEDxSherborne team are working closely with Sherborne’s secondary schools and also with a wide range of community interest groups and societies including Sherborne’s Chamber of Commerce, Town Council and Food Bank. Tickets and Livestream

The combination of an all-volunteer effort and the pro bono support of professionals including Compass Video, Remous Print, Joss Barratt and Nico Goodden means that TEDxSherborne is able to offer day tickets at just £30, including lunch. Tickets will be available soon via the website. The TED licence limits first-time events to just 100 tickets, but don’t worry – you don’t have to attend in person to be part of the audience. Individuals, groups and organisations can watch the day unfold by registering for Livestream, and we’ll shortly be posting ideas and support for community groups interested in hosting a ‘TEDxSherborne Day’. Recorded talks will be uploaded to the global TEDx Talks site within a few weeks of the event and also featured on TEDxSherborne.com. There’s even a possibility that the best talks might be picked to feature on TED.com, potentially exposing our speakers to an audience of millions. For more information about TEDxSherborne, visit thier website and join the mailing list, or follow them on social media. tedxsherborne.com

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Joints of Free Range Pork, from £11.50/kg, The Rusty Pig Company at Sherborne Farmers Market

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Take a stroll around the many markets of Sherborne and discover an abundance of delights. Pannier Market, Thursdays & Saturdays, The Parade, Cheap Street Farmers Market, 3rd Friday of each month, 9am-1pm, The Parade, Cheap Street Country Market, Thursdays 9.30am–11.15am, Digby Memorial Hall deartomestudio.com 24 | Sherborne Times | March 2019


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Wild Dorset

GET DORSET BUZZING! Sally Welbourn, Dorset Wildlife Trust

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his year Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is embarking on its biggest ever campaign to get over 1,000 people in Dorset doing at least one thing to help pollinators in their garden and help Get Dorset Buzzing. Why are we so concerned? It’s widely known that bees are in decline, yet they are arguably one of the most important insect groups on earth, helping to carry out the process of pollination which is responsible for one in three mouthfuls of the food we eat, including chocolate, coffee and strawberries. It’s not just bees that you will see flitting between flowers in your garden; butterflies, hoverflies, moths and some beetles also carry out the pollination process, so it’s important that we create much needed space for them all to thrive. One of the main reasons for the decline of bees and other pollinators is loss of habitat. Wildflower meadows used to provide prime pollinator habitat but we’ve lost 97% of these meadows since the 1930s. The good news is that there’s something we can do to help. Our gardens and local green spaces are potential mini-nature reserves so, if we can provide the space and the food, they will come! Everyone who signs up to the Get Dorset Buzzing campaign, sponsored by our friends at the Gardens Group and Wessex Water, will receive a free pack with everything they need to get started, or try new things if they’re already welcoming wildlife into their garden. The pack will include wildflower seeds, an information booklet and a wall-planner with inspiration 26 | Sherborne Times | March 2019

and advice on what to grow and when. We’ll also send you personalised emails with discount vouchers and links to videos and blogs from our wildlife gardening experts at DWT, Dr George McGavin, our President, and Kate Bradbury, who writes for BBC Gardeners’ World. We can’t wait to welcome people into our new community and hear about the progress everyone is making to Get Dorset Buzzing.

FACTS/KEY TERMS • Nectar and pollen: Nectar is a sugar-rich fluid produced by the flower to attract pollinators. Pollen is a dry powder which sticks to pollinators who transfer it to other plants to complete the reproduction cycle. • Self-pollination: Flowers which can be pollinated by their own pollen from the same flower or from a flower from the same plant. • Cross-pollination: The transfer of pollen from one flower to another using a pollinator such as a bee. In some cases, the wind or water (rain) will help move the pollen from one plant to another.

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Wild Dorset

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iscover some of the lesser known facts concerning Dorset’s history, families, architecture and landscape from Sherborne’s DWT group March speaker, Christopher Legrand. Christopher has lived in Dorset his whole life, and his talk, on Wednesday 20th March at the Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, is entitled The Treasures of Dorset. Doors open at 7.00pm with time for a drink, nibbles and chatter before the talk at 7.30pm. As always, nonmembers of DWT are most welcome. Littleton Powys is a name familiar to many Sherborne residents. A friend introduced me to him through lending me his book, The Joy of It, and I found it fascinating, reading of his love of natural history and his determination to pass this love on to his pupils at Sherborne Prep. They were very fortunate to have someone encouraging their nature walks and species identification. For a short time from 1901 he taught at Llandovery School and I was very surprised to read of his excitement at seeing his first ever comma butterfly there, since none had been seen in Dorset in his lifetime. I

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found this difficult to believe so retrieved our 1998 New Atlas of Dorset Butterflies. In the first paragraph concerning the comma one reads, ‘Having been locally common in the early years of the 19th century, it declined rapidly in the 1830-40s and only two sightings of single adults were made during the next 60 years’. No theory is given for this dip in the number of commas in Dorset. This made me wonder about the comma nationally and reference to the Millennium Atlas indicated the decline was national and that at its lowest point, in the 1910s, the species was limited to the counties along the Welsh borders and a few other isolated locations. Thus, Littleton Powys was very fortunate to see one in 1901. We are lucky that currently commas are relatively common. In 2018 the first was reported in Dorset on 15th March and 428 were reported during the year. Start looking out now for the first comma of 2019. In January of this year, a total of 13 butterflies of 4 other species were recorded in the county. dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk


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UNEARTHED Charlotte Gallego, aged 12 and George Johnson-Jones, aged 13, Leweston School

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eweston students Charlotte and George both entered the Sherborne Literary Society Student Creative Writing Competition in 2018, show casing their writing talents. Both were delighted to place as Winner and Runner Up in the senior category. Charlotte has been constructing stories since she first learnt to read and write. She has won many school competitions during her time at Leweston before taking the Literary Society‘s award. Charlotte won the senior category with her superbly written short story, inspired by one of many books that she reads in her free time. She is passionate about continuing to put pen to paper and creating stories to share with a wider audience, with a view to pursuing writing in her future. George remembers writing stories from the age of six. He enjoys the process of conceiving a story and then expanding and shaping that idea along with exploring the English language. George has previously won a young writers competition and had his winning piece published. His latest short story, which took runner-up in the Sherborne Literary Society Competition, was inspired by his own experiences and the concept of a second chance for people who need it most. George started his career at Leweston in September 2018 and Suzanne Evans, Head of English has enjoyed seeing him develop and further his English and creative writing skills. Suzanne says, ‘George defies the gender stereotype that girls should be better than boys at creative writing and continues to excel in his work.’ George and Charlotte’s achievements in the Literary Society Competition are fantastic accomplishments that reflect their creative passion for writing. leweston.co.uk

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Family

Children’s Book Review Wayne Winstone, Winstone’s Books

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A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE COUNTRY LIVING

Millie Neville-Jones

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illie, where is the torch?’ This is a question I get asked on many occasions in our house. It can either mean my parents are off for an evening walk with our dog or we have had a power cut. Oh yes! A power cut. This is one of a couple of utility issues you can experience in the countryside. Only recently, the village I live in (and surrounding ones) had a power cut. It also happened to be my birthday. As a result, we spent the evening eating warm(ish) Chinese and playing Pictionary by candlelight - it is safe to say we tried to make the best of it and it was certainly one to remember. ‘Make the best of it’ is a phrase I hear my parents say rather a lot: when the boiler stops working, the road is flooded, we have no electricity, or we’re snowed in. I hasten to add these are not regular occurrences - although, to my brother and me, it does sometimes feel like it! To friends who live in the surrounding towns it can be amusing and possibly a bit quaint. They ask for our postcode, no doubt pop it into the sat-nav, and 9 times out of 10 I get a call saying they have reached a dead end. It is not only our friends we find getting lost in our village but also the long-suffering pizza delivery drivers! Once, when we got snowed in, my parents suggested a ‘short’ walk in the thick snow to the local petrol station on the A30 to get more provisions. It turned out not to be such a short walk and, unsurprisingly, they supplied us with chocolate on the way. My brother and I have since become much more careful when agreeing to join them on a family walk. It can be like walking into a different world when you reach a town after having been snowed in! The roads are clear, much less ice and many more supplies. It does rather sound as though I am venting about country living (you’re not too far wrong) but there are aspects that override it all. There is a huge sense of community spirit - I have extremely fond memories of meeting everyone on one of the hills and going sledging, of people supporting each other, of meeting up in the pub by candlelight and everyone bailing into the nearest 4X4 to get out of the village. Safe to say, I am really looking forward to experiencing cosmopolitan life in the future. These experiences have, however, prepared me for a multitude of eventualities, including utility challenges, and have taught me to always be on the lookout for the pizza delivery.

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THE JUGGLING ACT

Aurora Mercer, Business Development Strategist, Sherborne Prep School

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t is that time of year again, when we are now all fully immersed in 2019 and it feels as though the year is already rushing ahead. Some of us are beginning to plan ahead to the summer holidays and, for working parents, thinking about the annual headache of sorting out childcare for the Easter or Summer breaks. However, one only has to spend a few minutes on Google to find a plethora of threads on social media sites such as Twitter or Mumsnet that are currently trending, and which highlight the stress of planning for the school holidays for working single parents or households where both parents work. Whilst families and friends can be an absolute godsend for school holiday childcare, parents often feel guilty about ‘palming off ’ their children and for placing the burden on grandparents, and there are often compromises in terms of days or timings to work around because they are doing you a favour and have their own busy lives. Many of the online conversations highlight the benefits of holiday clubs over and above childminders or complicated, cobbled-together arrangements between family and friends. A holiday club gives you the perfect structure of either individual days or (usually) discounts for full weeks booked, so the prices are very reasonable and represent great value for a full day’s entertainment. The emphasis is on fun and games, so a parent who is juggling not only the practicalities of childcare but also feelings of anxiety at being stretched too thinly in different directions, or even pangs of guilt about not being able to spend the school holidays with their child, need not fret. Your child will benefit from participating in holiday clubs in so many ways - meeting new friends and becoming immersed in structured days with a rich and varied activity programme led by qualified staff, means that they return to you in the evenings contented and full of chatter and enthusiasm about their stimulating and entertaining day. Furthermore, if your employer offers a childcare voucher scheme, the cost can be negligible. Even if you do not need holiday club provision to cover work commitments, the holidays, especially over the summer, can be boring, so a week or just a few days of activities with other children can be an exciting way to break up the time. Meanwhile you can crack on with your work guilt- and worry-free. Happy child, happy parent! Why not take the pressure off trying to juggle work and parenting over the holidays and Google holiday clubs in your area to sign up for some fun activities for your children? That would be one less ball to have to keep in the air!

Go! Sherborne Holiday Clubs offer a range of themed days for children aged 4-6, 7-9 and 10-13, from pirates and cartoon characters for the little ones, to music, sport, creative arts and outdoor activities such as den-building and fire-making at its dedicated Forest School site for the older children. gosherborne.com

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Rebecca de Pelet, Head of English, Sherborne School

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ust before the A level results were released last August, the Upstart Crow, a.k.a. David Mitchell from the fantastic (and inexplicably undercelebrated) show of the same name, appeared on YouTube to bluster about why it was not ‘his futtocking fault’ that examiners keep putting his work on syllabuses. ‘Of course, it’s boring,’ he agreed, going on to say that if he was writing now he obviously would have ‘knock(ed) it off in a rap’ and that his work was always going to be sexist given that, ‘Duh’, it was written when ‘women were literally men’s property.’ I love this show, which, like Ben Elton’s other 38 | Sherborne Times | March 2019

historical work, Blackadder, is cleverer and more complex than you might expect. Much as the final episode of the latter (which saw the eponymous Captain and his company going over the top into a vaporous land of barbed wire and certain death) so the Upstart Crow episode which dealt with the death of Shakespeare’s beloved son, Hamnet, threw the viewer into an unexpectedly bleak and yet tender place. I use the programme to teach with, along with an increasingly wide armoury which includes the Tom Stoppardscripted Shakespeare in Love, Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, the BBC series The Hollow Crown and a range of


fabulous filmed productions. Because, of course, Mitchell’s Shakespeare is right. Most pupils are at a loss as to why the playwright is venerated by exam boards all over the world. I am currently teaching Henry IV Part One to my Year 9 class and despite nearly all of them having had excellent experiences of the Bard at their primary and preparatory schools, the grumbles remain: ‘But why is he so good? I can’t even understand most of the words!’ This is, of course, the key; the language does present a barrier to most pupils. Whilst the few will come to cherish the searing rightness of Shakespeare’s words,

what the majority need to get access to, is the story. And Shakespeare certainly has great stories, which is why I relish introducing 13-year-old boys to Prince Hal’s trajectory from a hard-drinking, crude joke-cracking whoremonger to the nationalist hero who triumphed at Agincourt. Of course, Hal probably wasn’t doing any of the former as he was busy subduing Glendower’s uprising in the West but, as Shakespeare’s current movie incarnation, played by Kenneth Branagh, observes, ‘I’ve never let the truth get in the way of a good story.’ Indeed, helping pupils to get to grips with what Shakespeare was actually up to – getting bums on seats – often encourages a desire to learn more. A jobbing actor from tradesman stock (hence Robert Green’s derogative ‘upstart crow’ jibe), Shakespeare needed hits. Thus, Hal becomes a frequenter of brothels. Even Julius Caesar’s stabbing to death wasn’t enough, so he added the ides of March. What if Caesar had been warned about that day and yet still went to the senate? When canvassing views on ides with members of the Classics department in the staffroom the other day, I learned about the Roman calendar and its Nones and Kalends, as well as that whilst Caesar was indeed killed on the 15th of March, the fact that it was when an ide fell had no relevance at all – well, it does now. Other teachers in my department are introducing their charges to the moral complexities of Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice and The Tempest. With classroom discussions concerning the nature of justice, antisemitism, populism and the value of ‘the other’, it’s easy to agree with the critic Jan Kott who memorably argued that Shakespeare is ‘our contemporary.’ About 11 years’ ago, the then Headmaster of Sherborne School, Simon Eliot, invited the actor Ian McKellen to talk with the school about his work with the charity Stonewall. More famous to the boys as Gandalf, the actor caused a moment of hysteria in assembly by stamping on the wooden stage and shouting, ‘You shall not pass!’ I was responsible for preparing pupils for a drama workshop with him, focused on a group of sonnets. McKellen asked a pupil to get out their mobile phone and to pretend that they were looking at a picture of their girl or boy -friend while he recited Sonnet 130, My Mistresses’ Eyes are Nothing like the Sun. The small audience held its breath and, for the length of 14 lines, every pupil in the room believed that Shakespeare was indeed great. sherborne.org sherbornetimes.co.uk | 39


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Art

THE THING ABOUT DRAWING Martin Thompson MA(RCA) Wheelwright Studios, Thornford

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ince the dawn of civilisation we’ve scratched the itch to draw. Stone Age man (and woman) felt the urge to create cave paintings which describe and tell stories in works of art that are as expressive and truthful as they are beautiful. As children, we instinctively start to draw as soon as we can hold a crayon, to explore, discover and understand the world around us. It helps us develop our concentration and thought-processing skills. Drawing helps us to evolve. Drawing helps us grow. Cave paintings and drawings by children are interesting, especially to artists, because of their honesty and their energy. They are made with simple marks, imbued with invention and truthfulness. Unnecessary detail is stripped away leaving pure drawing, through which both the uninhibited homo sapien and today’s children ‘talk’ about their worlds and express what they were both seeing and thinking at the time. We are hard wired to draw, it’s in our DNA, but sadly most of us zip up our pencil case and give up on drawing for good. For some reason we abandon this

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priceless ability. Why? Towards the end of childhood our drawings become more complex, reflecting our growing awareness and perception. We are conditioned to think that a good drawing is one that resembles a photograph, with the emphasis on neatness and accuracy, and we are discouraged from drawing anything other than reality. Our drawings become sterile, stripped of life, neat and dull. We want our drawings to match what we see and, because we can’t draw like a camera, we begin to regard drawing as a futile, unnecessary exercise. And anyway, the Department of Education says words and numbers are more important. We stop drawing. A photograph is an invaluable resource for providing visual reference, particularly in the case of a fleeting or lively subject. For the artist, the camera is a valuable tool. It can freeze the subject and describe it exactly, from edge to edge. Every detail perfectly recorded. However, a camera captures a tiny fragment of time, a fleeting fraction of a second. A drawing is different. A drawing


is a document about a passage of time. It describes the time taken by a pencil, crayon or piece of charcoal as it travels around a piece of paper. Imagine making a drawing. Consider the length of time you would have to scrutinise the subject. Think how you would assess the spatial elements within it, and the tonal ones. Look at the textures and how the light describes the form. Imagine how well you would know your subject after this inspection. Drawing is looking, and there is no better way to learn to see and understand the world around us. It is where exploration, development and the refinement of ideas happens. And these drawings of experiments and journeys of discovery become in themselves, things of beauty and interest. A swirling line adds rhythm, quick dashes and scuffs give life and energy, and colour can reveal and enhance feeling. In the hand of an artist a drawing can intensify and add emotion to a subject. We can draw what we want and leave out what we don’t want, leaving the imagination to fill in the gaps (this is why drawings work in isolation - the blank gaps allow us to see a world we happily complete in our minds). Nowadays we reach for our phones and take a picture. But in doing so we forget to look at the world whose beauty made us want to record it in the first place. In the simple act of drawing something on paper, we study it in a way that we never do when taking a photo. Drawing links the eye, the brain and the hand, improving hand-eye co-ordination and sharpening fine motor skills. Apparently, it can even add synapses to your neurotransmitters (this means that memories and experiences stored in your brain can become stronger, more vivid, and easier to access). While drawing, your awareness of your surroundings gets sharper, producing an overall state of alertness and presence. This can reduce stress and promote a brighter mood while developing better co-ordination and enhanced imagination. Drawing has been found to produce positive brain chemistry, such as serotonin, endorphins, dopamine and oxytocin. These are vital in allowing us to carry out daily functions such as generating movement, speaking, thinking, listening, regulating the systems of the body, and countless others. I even read somewhere that drawing makes your brain stem thicker! It might be time to start drawing again, if only for the sheer pleasure of it. So, go on. Dig out your pencil case. For details of Martin’s and Ali’s workshops visit alicockrean.co.uk

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Art

French Fishing Boat realised £20,100 on 18th January (estimated at £15,000-20,000)

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have become accustomed to equating great value in art with some evidence of great skill. It is logical that accomplishment is reflected by renown, but such dogma goes awry where modern art, even of a representational nature, is concerned. Two pictures, one recently sold here at Lawrences and one for sale in April, illustrate that point well. Each is by Alfred Wallis (1855-1942). He was a simple man, uneducated but devout and hardworking, who went to sea at nine. In his thirties, after two decades in the merchant marine, he settled down to life as a Cornish fisherman. He spent a while in the rag-and-bone trade and lived quietly in St Ives with his wife. She died in 1922 and only then did Wallis take up painting, partly to ease his grief but also hoping to recapture the ‘glory days’ of the Cornish fishing industry. He worked almost entirely from memory and had decades of experience upon which to draw. The

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artists Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood came to St Ives on a day visit in 1928 and their ‘discovery’ of Wallis painting his pictures on a quiet backstreet has been described as ‘a watershed’ in the history of modern art. The two men were impressed by Wallis’s unaffected naturalism and his art of simple shapes based upon a gritty, lifelong understanding of life at sea. Rather like the work of L. S. Lowry, the apparent simplicity of Wallis’s style has produced many spurious forgeries but our two pictures have superb provenance and the imprimatur of Robert Jones, Wallis’s current principal authority and his biographer. French Fishing Boat is an oil on card, 17.5cm x 29cm, that came in for sale from the estate of Christopher Mason. Mason (1928-2018) made a short film about Wallis in 1973, having by that time become wellacquainted with the artistic community in Cornwall. The picture was formerly owned by Ann Stokes, wife of the


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artist Adrian Stokes. Mason was great friends with Jim Ede, founder of Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge and a keen collector, who had bought Wallis’s work directly from Nicholson. Ede invited Mason to select a picture from his own collection, also consigned from Mason’s estate and now at Lawrences. Fishing Boat Off a Pier (13.5cm x 22cm) will be sold in April. “Through his paintings of these fishing boats Wallis reveals an intimate understanding of the working methods of these vessels, knowledge which could only have come from personal experience,” observes Robert Jones. Wallis’s role was not merely that of the nostalgic amateur: as he amended compositions to fit the shape of scraps of card that came to hand, he made pictures that were aesthetic objects in their own right, a blend of painting and ‘work of art’. Despite the sorrow that motivated Wallis into art, these pictures show a joy for painting. It is impossible to see these little gems without communing across the decades with Wallis’s life as a humble fisherman. He has captured a world that has long since disappeared and he has done so with a keen but simple understanding of much Cornish life. Wallis’s art must be judged in the context of the way in which he worked. First and foremost, he was a skilled fisherman who knew the

methods of sea fishing, a skill borne of determination; his art, however, had an immediate, instinctive ‘straightforwardness’. To the innocent eye, it may seem over-simplistic: we see no careful perspective, no foreshortening, no sensitively-depicted weather effects. Instead, the appeal of Wallis’s art lies in its naivety: he painted what he knew and what he had known, without mannerism or conceit. He worked as a humble fisherman and he painted as a humble artist. He was astonished to find two eminent artists admiring his characterful little works, but the untutored spontaneity is undoubtedly part of the charm. Wallis’s style values essence above detail, understanding above complexity and directness, above fussiness. The incidental elements that Wallis did choose to include – a simple lighthouse or even a mariner’s cap – are there for a reason. Nothing is superfluous, nothing is misunderstood. The concise brevity of Wallis’s art categorises it as a form of artistic poetry in which every line is perfectly rhymed with another. Fishing Boat Off a Pier will be in Lawrences Spring auction on 12th April (estimate £8,000-12,000). lawrences.co.uk sherbornetimes.co.uk | 45


History OBJECT OF THE MONTH

FLORENCE DREWE’S BRACELET Elisabeth Bletsoe, Curator, Sherborne Museum

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hat appears at first glance to be a rather ordinary piece of costume jewellery, this bracelet, like most of the objects I am fortunate enough to work with at the museum, turns out to have a most extraordinary provenance, crucial to the town’s story. It is made in three hinged sections of gold-coloured metal and has a stylised floral design. Opened out, it is approximately 21 centimetres in length. The central section, 5 centimetres at its widest point, is open work and holds a large, rectangular, cut glass ‘gem’, aquamarine in colour and flanked at each corner by similar smaller oval ‘stones’. There is a fastener made from a coppery metal which adjusts by means of a sliding ratchet. Initially I wondered whether it had formed part of an ensemble created for the Sherborne Amateur Players, but our records contained information from the donor that it had been worn by Florence Drewe (née Grabham) during the 1905 Sherborne Pageant in her role as ‘Miss England’. A quick check through our Pageant archive revealed there was no such part but that Florence had played the female personification of the town, alongside a young girl who represented her ‘daughter’, Sherborn Massachusetts. They both appeared in the final tableau. Florence (1874-1961), originally from Pontefract, married Alfred John Drewe, bank manager for the Wiltshire & Dorset Banking Company, in 1898. According to the 1901 census, they lived at the Bank House, Cheap Street but by 1911 had moved to Bournemouth. Not only was Florence amongst the cast but she also designed most of the costumes for the Pageant with Henry Hudson, an art master at 46 | Sherborne Times | March 2019

Sherborne School. The Pageant was intended to commemorate the 1200th anniversary of the founding of the bishopric and town and was masterminded by Louis Napoleon Parker (1852-1944), a playwright and former music master at the School. Although tableau vivant, allegorical chariots and processions derived from early medieval mystery plays were in existence, Parker’s historical pageant was considered to be a new art form in Britain - a chronicle play in which a social body rather than an individual was the hero. Sherborne set the pattern for the genre, hence our 1905 spectacular was known as ‘The Mother of all Pageants’. By presenting local history against the overall frame of the national story, a town could define its own importance and take justifiable pride in having played a part in the march of progress. Parker, in his 1928 autobiography Several of my Lives, emphasised how a community spirit of goodwill and co-operation was demonstrated in organising a pageant; how it encouraged local industry and trade (‘every article... used in the performance must be invented, designed and made in the town out of material purchased from local purveyors’) and pulled together previously hidden creative talents. ‘Who in Sherborne knew,’ he argued, ‘until the Pageant showed us, that what Mrs. A. J. Drewe didn’t know about costume wasn’t worth knowing?’ Several costumes from the 1905 Pageant will be displayed in the museum’s main exhibition for 2019 ‘Made in Sherborne’,’ which opens on 16th April. sherbornemuseum.co.uk


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History

LOST ROADS AND TRACKS Part IV

Cindy Chant, Sherborne Blue Badge Guide

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o, following on from February’s article, our ancient medieval route from the hilltop town of Shaftesbury has at last reached the town of Sherborne – the great, ecclesiastical, Saxon capital that holds so much hidden history. Now in my home territory, I can go into greater detail. I’m going to start with John Leland, a lively and observant character who was the travelling librarian of Henry VIII and who paid one of his visits to Sherborne in 1540. He had been here before, when the monks were in residence, and he knew the town well. So, with help from one of his ‘itineraries’ and through his eyes, I will reconstruct for you what he had to say. The old road ran along Pinford Lane into Castleton, where it branched to continue either southwards towards Dorchester or westwards through Newland (or St Swithin’s as it was sometimes known) and along to ‘La Grene’ (as it was called in 1540) at the top of Cheap Street. Here, on the east side of The Green (known as ‘Up Grene’), it met the northern road to Bath and Bristol. This is shown in Ladd’s survey of 1735 and is still today known as the Bristol Road. Close to this junction there was a large stone preaching cross, one of three that were in Sherborne at the time. Another one was in Newland Gardens and the third was in the market place. By the preaching cross at ‘Up Grene’ was the Hospice of St Julian, ‘La Juliansinne’, a dwelling-house 48 | Sherborne Times | March 2019

with land which was given in 1437 as a foundation gift to the Almshouse and which remains in their possession. When I first came to live in Sherborne in the 1960s this lovely, ancient building was being used as a public library; now it is a craft and haberdashery shop. To the north of the ‘Julian’ stood the original George Inn, rebuilt since then and now the oldest surviving pub in Sherborne. Just beyond the George and on the northeast corner of the Green itself, stood the Chapel of St Thomas the Martyr, dedicated in 1177 by Bishop Jocelin of Salisbury, hence the name Jocelin Court, which is a recent development built on glebe land just north of the Green. The chapel was independent and had its own burial ground and, although it was served by the Abbey, it also had its own rector. Leland recorded at the time of his visit in 1540 that the chapel was still standing but was ‘incelebrated’, meaning that it was redundant. There is little doubt that the site of the chapel is the triangle of land running east and west, later to be covered by the coaching inn, The Angel. The Angel was sold to the Boy’s School in the 1920s and became a boarding house but it is now converted into residential apartments. More on this lovely building later, when I discuss coaching inns. The steep hill leading west from the chapel on the Green was earlier known as New Well Hill. The cottages with their railed pavements now stand very


picturesquely over the roadway, which has been deepened by erosion and traffic over the years to its present-day deep descent. My research also shows that the road entering the Green ran along the south side, past the site known as the ‘Swanne’. This building, ‘lying or being in or near a street called the Green’, dates to 1638 and, with a red brick front added around 1790, is the building which old Sherburnians remember as the ‘Music House’. From Back Lane and Greenhill the road continued past some green fields and orchards on its southern side to reach the bottom of the hill at Kennel Barton. Here it crossed over the splash or ford known as Newell Water; the stream is now piped under the road. The monks from the Abbey took this spring water to the cloisters of the Abbey where the Abbot built the Conduit for the monks to wash and shave. The road branched just beyond this point, with one road going to the north through Coombe, and then probably on to Ilchester – at this time the Marston Magna road had not yet been constructed. The other branch, the main one, continued westwards to Bradford Abbas and beyond but did not pass through Yeovil, which was not yet a town of sufficient importance to be on the main road. There is a map of the Sherborne area in the British Museum, dating from 1569–74, which clearly shows the road network of the region. Although there appears to be a direct connection between Sherborne and Yeovil, the principal route in those early days was probably that which left Sherborne west of the Green and then went through Bradford Abbas and Clifton Maybank to Stoford, and then through the holloway to enter Babylon Hill and into the small settlement of Yeovil – the road we locals take nowadays when in peak traffic periods we use ‘the back road’ to Yeovil. I really cannot leave the history of this ancient road through Sherborne and ‘La Grene’ without discussing its north side and revealing its ancient history. So next month, before the road crosses over the boundary into Somerset, I will return to the Green and uncover its fascinating north side. You will be surprised! If anyone has a burning desire to dip further into the ancient past of Sherborne, I would be happy to meet up and enjoy an explorative discussion over a coffee. Please contact me through the Sherborne Times. sherbornewalks.co.uk

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Richard Bromell with the SS Britannic lifeboat plaque estimated at £1,000-1,500

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very lot has a story to tell. Some of the lots we sell have travelled on voyages halfway around the world – further than I have ever been. Some of them may have been tokens of love at one point and some of them might have been stolen or damaged during the blitz or on travels and house moves. Some of the stories they hold might look good initially but turn out to be false. Some might be downright fakes, but one lot I looked at the other day certainly has a grim tale to tell. On one of our coins, medals, militaria and stamps specialist valuation days, a chap brought in a few bits and pieces to be looked at. Having travelled up from Devon he also brought his dog along for the ride and thankfully did not ask me to value him! In amongst the items he unpacked was a bronze plaque with the inscription “SS BRITANNIC”. Measuring 40cm long it is mounted on a piece of wood so it could be attached to the wall. He inherited the plaque from his late father a few years ago when he was living in London. Having 50 | Sherborne Times | March 2019

recently retired and re-located to Devon, the client was having a sort out of items which he was looking to let someone else enjoy. The plaque had been in his family since 1916. The SS Britannic was the third of the White Star Lines Olympic class vessels. Her two sister ships, the RMS Titanic and RMS Olympic were famous, with the Titanic perhaps being her most famous sister ship for all the wrong reasons! When constructed, the SS Britannic took onboard the lessons learned from the huge loss of life on the RMS Titanic. This included additional lifeboats which were more easily and quickly able to launch, the strengthening of central watertight compartments and more powerful engines to name but a few. She was launched just before the outbreak of World War I and, in 1915, became Her Majesty’s Hospital Ship (HMHS) Britannic. However, on 21st November 1916 she hit a mine near the Greek island of Kea. The gravity of the situation was not underestimated


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by the Captain. With some of the watertight doors damaged and not able to be closed, along with other issues caused by the crew not following orders, an SOS was sent out and, shortly after, the order to prepare to abandon ship was given. Whilst this was going on, the Captain attempted to steer the boat towards the island of Kea. Unfortunately, she had taken on too much water and was now listing badly. Some crew members thought the list too much and, without orders, two lifeboats were put to sea. This was a disastrous move. The ship’s partly submerged but still turning propeller sucked both lifeboats into it mincing both the lifeboats and the people in them.

Thankfully, of the 1,065 people on board, 1,035 were saved, but HMHS Britannic foundered less than an hour after she hit the mine. The bronze plaque of SS Britannic that we have in our two-day collector’s auction on the 14th and 15th March was removed from one of the lifeboats which survived this horrific ordeal. It was acquired by the owner’s grandfather, who served as a sailor on HMS Penn, and has been in his family for over 100 years. Today, this lot with its unique and gruesome story, is estimated to sell for £1,000-1,500. charterhouse-auction.com sherbornetimes.co.uk | 51


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OMITTED FOR CLARITY

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Andy Foster, Raise Architects

grew up in the pre-digital era. I’m not saying that computers hadn’t been invented (I’m not that old!) but their routine use in producing architectural drawings was yet to happen. I was therefore trained in the ways of the pen and the pencil. Most formal drawings were produced using ‘Rotring’ pens on tracing paper. This meant that you had to develop expertise not just in the content of the drawing but also in its means of production. You had to know how to tape a piece of tracing paper and the tricks necessary to prevent it wrinkling as you worked on it. It was important to know which diameter of pen nib to use in which circumstance as well as all the practical steps required to keep the pen functioning over time. Dealing with mistakes was always a particular concern. As a result, razor blades and scalpels were always close to hand, together with erasers of varying consistency and brushes to clean the drawing after the mistake had been rectified. What is interesting is the impact that the method of drawing had on the way in which you approached the task. For instance, because making a mistake when drawing in ink was such a traumatic event, and sometimes terminal, you would try to be disciplined about things. You might do several rough versions in pencil beforehand or even line out the main structure of the drawing on an underlay. You would certainly decide the content of the drawing prior to starting it and you would probably have a plan for its layout, including the location of written information. Yes, drawing in ink meant that you would plan ahead in order to avoid the dreaded consequences of having to start again. The other trait that drawing by hand developed was efficiency. You wouldn’t draw something if it wasn’t necessary. If something was relevant to several drawings you might only draw that thing once, and just make reference to it on the other drawings. You would also think hard about why you were doing the drawing in the first place. This was key. Knowing ‘why’ informed decisions about the content and the level of detail. A note that you would often see on a pen and ink drawing 54 | Sherborne Times | March 2019

was the phrase ‘omitted for clarity’. In stating that something had been omitted for clarity, the architect would be indicating a priority in how the drawn information was being structured for the benefit of the observer; that, on this drawing, you were being asked to concentrate only on these things, and not those other things. Interestingly, in my experience, the ‘omitted for clarity’ note is rarely used when producing drawings by computer. When you draw with a computer your worries switch from conquering pen and paper to mastering


software and hardware. Computer drawing has the drawing by computer. They’re just different. They lead to benefit that you can start drawing without having differences in how you think (or don’t think) about what to decide how the information is to be laid out and you’re doing. If you draw by hand and you’re lazy, you structured. That can come afterwards. The cut and will tend to leave things out when they should be left in. paste facility allows you to quickly and easily deal with If you draw by computer and you’re lazy, you will tend to repeating information, so you may as well repeat it. leave things in when they should be left out. Knowing that everything can be edited later means that you probably will edit it later - but later is the wrong "The world is what you think of it. So think of it differently time to be planning. It is the wrong time to be thinking and your life will change." Paul Arden about why you were doing the drawings in the first place. I’m not saying that drawing by hand is better than raisearchitects.com sherbornetimes.co.uk | 55


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PASTELS ARE FOR LIFE, NOT JUST FOR SUMMER

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Suzy Newton, Partners in Design

fter a year of rich jewel tones and strong hues it’s now time for pales. Pastels are increasingly being used as the new neutrals. By definition, a neutral is a colour that can easily highlight other colours that accompany it without stealing the spotlight. This works particularly well where the overall aim is a gentle, soothing look in which no one component is intended to shout. While it is true that pastel shades are prolific in the gardens and countryside during the summer, they also appear in the dawn light of a pink sunrise or in the pale green tones on a frosted field in winter. To avoid a sugary look, blend soft tones with natural textures and hard materials. Metals such as gold and brass are fabulous key materials for accents, together with patterns and textures such as marble or bathroom finishes in rose gold; everything comes together in a whole new mood that is softer and toned down. Faded ice cream colours layered through paint colours, wallpaper, windows and accessories replace white in a more confident way of decorating. The unexpected proximity of a soft pastel hue with industrial brickwork or rustic wood adds a charming twist. From frosted blues to dusky pinks, pastels can add a sense of calm and simplicity to any room. Keep the look crisp by avoiding homewares that are too ornate. Instead, opt for contemporary pieces with a clean and

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streamlined aesthetic. To add just a hint of pastel to your home, try working in a few smaller accents or soft furnishings. In the kitchen you could try maybe a kettle or a bread bin or, in the bedroom, add bedside lamps or scatter cushions which make a quick, affordable transformation. If you have a home that already features lots of neutral shades, such as white or grey, you can use pastels to give your spaces a little lift. A hint of dusky pink or soft peach can be enough to add warmth and interest to a pared-down palette. Pastels also work brilliantly with geometric prints. The contrast between graphic lines and soft colours gives a fresh and modern feel. For those who usually like darker colours, pastels are still very much an option. Pale, playful accents within an otherwise subdued or dramatic palette provide an interesting contrast that elevates the entire scheme. Combining light, airy shades with black will strike a balance. What’s great about this new trend is that you don’t have to completely redecorate to give your space a new feel – it’s possible to achieve the look with key furniture pieces and accessories. partners-in-design.co.uk


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If bold florals are a bit too much, introduce floral prints with smaller touches such as a lampshade or cushions. There are so many pretty floral designs to choose from and they don’t have to look old-fashioned. Voyage has some beautiful watercolour florals and painterly designs depicting wildflower meadows and hedgerows. These watercolour prints are soft, yet bold enough to not look too feminine. To add florals in a bigger way, try bringing in a bright and bold floral wallpaper, or have a floral print sofa! Antique chairs look particularly good re-upholstered in


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Gardening

SOWING SEEDS Mike Burks, Managing Director, The Gardens Group

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his article comes with a warning: seed sowing is addictive. Stop when the fun stops… except it won’t! Despite having been brought up on a market garden, having obtained a degree in horticulture and having worked in the industry all my life, it still amazes me that when I plant, say, a runner bean seed, it actually grows, with the root coming out first followed by a shoot that knows that it needs to grow up a cane, flower and then produce the pods. How does it know? I have been in rehab for a few months but a series of talks to gardening clubs in the area over the past few weeks has meant that, for professional reasons, I’ve been forced back into it. It’s really not my fault. And now that I’ve got the bug again, being allowed to speak for an hour on the subject in chilly village halls, and last night in the skittle alley of a pub, with fellow addicts is not helping. Seriously though, we’re getting to a good time for seed sowing especially with summer bedding plants in mind. Starting too early will give you problems later on; owing to the chance of frosts, you can only plant out most varieties at the end of May. Starting too soon will mean that plants will grow leggy and will lose their quality whilst you wait to put them out. The range that’s available is fabulous. Due to a resurgence in interest in raising plants from seed, we have more choice this year than we’ve had for 20 years or more, so now is the time to come along and make your selection. When it comes to sowing your seeds, I would recommend checking the seed packet for the best sowing conditions - some can be sown directly into the soil whilst others will need sowing in a seed tray first. Select a seed tray or, better still, a half seed tray and a good quality seed compost for the best growing environment. Whereas I much prefer to use a peat-free compost for everything else, the stability that a peatbased compost has is quite important for sowing seeds. I like to mix the compost with a product called Perlite. This sterile, lightweight white material opens up

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the compost allowing really good root development and falls apart easily when it’s time to transplant the seedlings. Most seeds will need covering and, although instinct will tell you to cover them with a layer of compost, it is much better to use another material called Vermiculite. This again is very clean and lightweight so it will allow the seedlings to push through easily without getting distorted as they would


do if you use compost as the covering. Use a watering can with a fine rose on the end to water the seeds in. Cover the tray with a propagator lid (a clear plastic cover) and place them in a warm position with good light levels. A heated propagator is ideal and will both speed up the germination and make it happen evenly too. Label your tray with the date of sowing and a description of what you have sown to avoid confusion

later in the gardening year. Keep the seed packet too, as it will tell you how long germination should take and the date on the label will remind you when you sowed the seed. And like all good cliffhangers, that’s where I’m going to leave it this month. Tune in next time for what to do from here! thegardensgroup.co.uk sherbornetimes.co.uk | 69


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DIARY OF A FIRST-TIME FLOWER FARMER

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Paul Stickland, Black Shed Flowers

’m writing this at a table which is completely surrounded by seed packets. Hundreds of them, filed by species in brimful cardboard boxes, are threatening to burst into a massive flower meadow all over the carpet. My old studio, now our grow room, is full of light - 24 daylight tubes brightly emulating

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spring sunshine and warmth are gently coaxing hundreds of trays of seedlings into life. As usual, we’re sowing our seeds into soil blocks, using an ingenious device to create tiny cubes of compost, 40 of which fit neatly into small, lidded freezer boxes. The seedlings germinate swiftly in these


conditions, each first pair of leaves with its own characteristics, shape, rhythm and fresh rich shade of green. Every day brings a fresh flush of welcome new varieties, some old friends, some new discoveries but always a thrilling moment in the year. Some get special treatment. Our Sweet Peas are soaked overnight and then sprouted on wet tissue in our ubiquitous freezer boxes before going into their tall paper pots. Delphiniums, often a tricky one to get started, get the wet tissue treatment too. We’ve just managed to germinate a tray of the delicious, pale-blue Clivedon Beauty this way and are starting off another batch or two. We sow fresh batches in succession to extend the flowering season; last year’s Foxglove seedlings are joined by those raised in January, February and March, and maybe even later. It’s such an exciting time of the year. That these tiny seeds should give us a whole summer, literally acres, of colour, is a neverending miracle and to be an intimate part of that process is one of life’s true joys. At the other end of the spectrum is the joy of dried flowers. To be honest, dried flowers didn’t even enter our heads when we dreamt up the idea of running a cut flower farm. They soon did though. I found one visiting florist poking through our compost heap, excitedly teasing tall, dead mallow stems out of the pile. ‘You should be saving and drying these!’ Oh, ok. Having an old corrugated iron grain silo as our HQ, office, studio and shed is rather fun but it is also very cramped and suddenly it had to take on another role, that of drying shed. Luckily, the silo is tall, so I strung up a series of wires across the inside of the yurt-like roof and we started to experiment. Neither Helen nor I knew anything about drying flowers but the silo offered a fantastic space to learn. It’s

just about perfect. The flowers are out of direct sunshine but dry very rapidly in the heat inside, which seems to help keep the flower’s colour. Last summer was an incredible one for growing the flowers that we would dry. We grew Statice in pale and dark blues, violets, apricots and yellows; it grew rapidly in the heat and was incredibly drought-tolerant. We used a huge amount of it fresh as it never flags in the vase and has such an incredible range of colours. Amazingly we took four harvests of Statice to dry last year, hundreds of stems that we’ve used and sold all winter long. Another drought-tolerant plant is the Strawflower, Helichrysum. We had two 8-metre beds of these last year and didn’t water them at all. The hose didn’t reach that far! It didn’t hold them back. Customers made a beeline for them and we worried that we wouldn’t have enough to dry. We used hundreds in bouquets and posies, and they were also useful for creating flower crowns and buttonholes in the searing temperatures of last summer. Later, as we created our Christmas wreaths, we had no shortage of beautiful ingredients. Pretty much everything growing in the garden has been hung up in the silo: grasses, rushes, sea lavender, eucalyptus, echinacea, rudbeckias, candytuft, sunflowers, dahlias. Not everything works and we still have a lot to learn but one thing’s for sure, it looks amazing hanging in great theatrical curtains. I can’t resist lighting it with our stage lights. Hence, this year there’s an even bigger box of dried flower seeds in front of me and trays of their seedlings in the polytunnel, waiting for the warmer temperatures to arrive so that they can start to strut their stuff. blackshedflowers.blogspot.co.uk instagram.com/paulstickland_ sherbornetimes.co.uk | 71


FELTHAM’S FARM Words Jo Denbury Photography Katharine Davies

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eltham’s Farm is tucked away down a bumpy track not far from Templecombe. Heavy rain has fallen and, when I arrive, the wind is chilly. ‘In here!’ says Penny Nagle, cheese-maker Marcus Fergusson’s wife as she leads me to the cheese room or, as Marcus prefers to call it, the ‘cheesery’. Inside it’s 23 degrees centigrade and the fuggy heat hits you like a steam bath, so much so that our photographer Katharine’s camera lens is in danger of misting up. It is, however, all hands on deck and Marcus is up to his elbows in curd, in the midst of making the latest batch of the award-winning cheese – Renegade Monk. Around us are several stainless-steel tables, each covered in little mounds of setting curd. Marcus is working the set curd into moulds by hand while the whey pours off into the buckets that are placed on the floor below the corners of the tables. They need to work fast, but once set, these cheeses will stand for 48 hours at 24 degrees then matured for a month. >

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Cheesemaking isn’t Marcus’s first career. In fact, it has only been just over two years since he started producing Renegade Monk which has already won a number of awards including the prized Gold at the Global Cheese Awards in Frome for Best Soft Cheese. Penny and Marcus moved to Feltham’s Farm from London when their youngest child was just six months old, on a quest for a new, better life. Marcus continued to commute to London until redundancy allowed him to live in Somerset full-time and concentrate on learning the art of cheesemaking, beginning with a course at River Cottage and then a spell at Bath Soft Cheese in Bath where he soaked up as much knowledge as he could. He then built his own ‘cheesery’ on the farm and set up in business. Talking to Marcus I learn that the name ‘Renegade Monk’ isn’t accidental. He explains that it’s a nod to the monks who formed the Knights Templar, to nearby Templecombe that housed the Templar Preceptory and to the fact that Feltham’s farm is sited on what was once Templar land where horses would have been trained for the Crusades. This leads to a feeling that Marcus and Penny are not going to play exactly by the cheesemaking book. Renegade Monk is a bit of a hybrid: it’s a soft veinless blue cow’s milk cheese with an ale-washed

rind (they use Funky Monkey from Frome’s Milk Street brewery). Think of Époisses with a hint of blue on a tangy rind, that will soften and ooze at room temperature. Its flavour? Well, you will have to try it for yourself, but it has a bold, pungent bite that lingers in the mouth. Artisan cheese is growing in popularity in the UK and, in the last few months, Marcus and Penny have gained a EU grant to build a larger ‘cheesery’ where they can expand and develop more cheeses. They have plans for a hard cheese and Penny is also working on a few ideas for a cheese that will use a plant, possibly artichoke, for rennet. When the new ‘cheesery’ is up and running, hopefully this Easter, they will need to change the current 200-litre milk vat to one that can hold 1000 litres of milk. This means they will be moving from using 400 litres of milk per week to 5000 litres and production will rise from producing around 120 cheeses twice a week to making 500 cheeses five days a week. Not only will the cheese buyers benefit but Marcus and Penny’s pigs will also. Currently they have around a dozen breeding Oxford and Sandy pigs. ‘Pigs and cheese-making have traditionally gone together,’ says Marcus. ‘We currently dispose of 300 litres of whey a week but are hoping to have our pigs fed entirely on > sherbornetimes.co.uk | 75


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whey. So, as we expand, we are going to inadvertently become pig farmers as well!’ At 22 acres, Feltham’s Farm is a smallholding and Marcus tells me that, to make a living, one must develop a high-value niche product. At one point, he thought about making wild garlic pesto. Looking across their fields towards Cranbourne Chase emerging from the mist, I am somewhat selfishly pleased he stuck with cheese. In addition to the ‘cheesery’ and pigs, the family keep rarebreed chickens and some Hebridean sheep who roam freely and have recently eaten the contents of the polytunnel. Penny has also been busy planting small copses of mixed deciduous trees to help create a sustainable foraging, grazing and sheltering area for the animals. The small holding keeps them more than busy and, in the summer, they invite voluntary members of WWOOF (WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms) to come and help on the farm. These multinational volunteers provide not only much-needed help but also a great insight into other cultures. Penny is very modest about her contribution to the cheesemaking business, although Marcus says that it was she who prompted him to take the River Cottage course in the first place. She does say, however, that she’s good at filling in grant applications and that the recent proposal for the new ‘cheesery’ has kept her busy. But Penny’s skill goes far beyond that. In London she co-founded the events cinema company, More2Screen, that pioneered the screening of arts performances in cinemas. Here in Somerset, she runs a local, not-for-profit pop-up cinema called Where West Begins. Through this Community Interest Company she is able to show films that might not otherwise make it to the local, nonindependent cinemas. Penny is passionate about making

arts accessible to everyone, offering organisers and the public regular screenings at the comfy Westland events venue and at the Hauser and Wirth gallery in Bruton. She has also collaborated with Lynne Franks at Hub at Number 3 in Wincanton to screen Nine to Five on 8th March as part of International Women’s Day celebrations. Managing both family and work is a tricky balancing act for most mothers, particularly when other matters demand attention. Currently, Penny’s attention is being given to a poorly runt from a recent litter of piglets that is now living in the kitchen. The piglet needs to recover from being trampled by her greedy siblings so has been bedded in a old dog crate in the kitchen with its own private china bowl of whey and is being nursed back to recovery. Marcus and his assistant Mark Lewis have left the ‘cheesery’ and come into the kitchen for a cheese tasting. There’s a hushed silence as the cheese is cut. We each take a mouthful – it’s the moment of reckoning – and the cheese is deemed ready. This batch is destined for delis up and down the country and very soon the Fine Cheese Company will be distributing Renegade Monk internationally. Marcus’s aim has to been to create a ‘rebellious’ cheese, a punkish hybrid that begins life as a camembert but develops the blue of a noble with the sticky rind of an ales-man. As Penny says, ‘It’s very important to us to use traditional methods but add a modern twist.’ And it has worked. They would both make those renegades of the Templar proud and, thankfully, many of us can share in the gains. felthamsfarm.com wherewestbegins.org.uk wwoof.net sherbornetimes.co.uk | 79


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Food and Drink

THE CAKE WHISPERER Val Stones

STICKY ORANGE FLAPJACK

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fell in love with this recipe more than 15 years ago. One of my lovely homebaking mums made these for a school sale and the tangy orange contrasted with the golden syrup so perfectly I decided to have a go myself. I added my own twist that made them totally moreish: a hint of cinnamon and a dash of vanilla.

Serves 16-18 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 25-30 minutes What you will need

A shallow baking tray 19cm x 27cm or similar, well greased A microwaveable bowl or a heavy-based pan Ingredients

2 unwaxed medium-sized oranges 250g unsalted butter 250g golden caster sugar 170g golden syrup 450g porridge oats ½ teaspoon of cinnamon ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 50g sunflower seeds, or you could use a small snack pot of mixed seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, linseed and sesame seeds) 100g fine-shredded orange marmalade Method

1 Set the oven for 160C fan, 180-190C, 350-375F, gas mark 4-5 2 Using a citrus zester, remove the zest from the oranges and place in a heavy-based pan if you are going to melt the ingredients on the hob or in a microwaveable bowl if you’re melting in a microwave oven. 3 Squeeze the juice from half an orange and set aside. 4 Cut the butter into small equal pieces and add to the orange zest. 5 Add the sugar and syrup. Tip: I keep a squeezy bottle of golden syrup because it can be poured in a controlled way. 6 If using a pan, melt the ingredients on a medium heat until the butter has melted. If using a microwave, cook on medium heat until the butter has melted.

7 Remove from the heat and stir in the oats, vanilla extract and cinnamon until all the oats are combined well with the other ingredients. 8 Turn the oats mixture into the baking tin and, using an offset spatula, level off the surface. 9 Scatter the seeds over the mixture and press down lightly. 10 Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. It is baked when the edges are golden brown but the middle remains a little soft. Turn out when almost cold. 11 Whilst the flapjack is cooling, warm through the marmalade in a pan to make a syrup, add a little water if the syrup is too thick to brush. 12 When the flapjack comes out of the oven, brush the syrup evenly over it. 13 When the flapjack has cooled for 5 minutes, turn out onto a board and cut into 14, 16 or 18 pieces depending on what size you want. Store in an airtight container for up to a week or can be frozen for up to 2 months. bakerval.com sherbornetimes.co.uk | 83


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A MONTH ON THE PIG FARM

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James Hull, The Rusty Pig Company

s I write this, there is the feel of spring in the air; today the ground has dried more in a day than in the last month. The air feels different, you notice the birds singing for the first time, and there’s hope of better times ahead. It’s still muddy mind you; any sudden changes of direction carrying a full feed bag can be met with the sort of athletic movements that, on a lesser being, could put a hip out! A quick glance round to see if anyone traipsing along the footpath has seen my sudden movements and shouts of panic. Phew, it’s ok, no one saw that near catastrophe! Feeding time is like a work out - carrying 20kg bags uphill through deep mud and battling with groups of growing pigs round your legs. Pig farming life is carrying on much as expected at the moment. The naughty forty are now the dirty thirty and they have grown up and gone through those difficult teenage years (which luckily in pig years only lasts a few months). They are now a well-behaved elder statesmen group, although there are other young pretenders trying to take their crown! We farrowed 5 sows over the last few weeks. Not the biggest litter sizes, an average of 7, but often they do have slightly fewer piglets in the winter – the shortening of the autumn days can affect their ability to conceive and they become less fertile. A pig’s gestation period is three months, three weeks and three days. They generally farrow to the day but, with them being outside, we don’t always know the exact due date, as we don’t always know the… well, I’m sure you know what I mean! We have two boars: one is called Boris - in fact we have had several Borises over the years – and our latest new boar has been named by Charlotte after the comedian Lee Mack, from Would I Lie To You? fame, as she thinks they make similar facial expressions. I’m not sure how Lee would feel about that. Last week we had an exciting delivery - our new hog-roasting machine. It’s the Rolls Royce of roasters, in shining stainless steel, and it came all the way from Grimsby. It’s now parked, lurking under a blanket, waiting for the better weather and parties and weddings to begin. We only use our own homegrown Tamworth pigs for our events and the flavour of a twelve-hour slow-roasted Tamworth with inch thick crackling is beyond belief. Our green energy system, consisting of solar panels, a bank of lithium ion batteries and a large backup generator, has been performing well throughout the winter months. It’s quite incredible how little the generator has had to top up the batteries now the days are getting longer and it has only been on for an hour in the last two weeks. We are pleased with our choice, it’s a good feeling. We have had mixed success with Charlotte’s little home pigs. One died and one got so much better that he was returned to the field with his brothers and sisters, so we have replaced them with two more little ones, one of which Charlotte thinks looks like a goat. Not a good look on a pig! That’s all our news from the farm for this month. Oh, I nearly forgot, Charlotte and I are getting married in a week’s time! therustrypigcompany.co.uk 84 | Sherborne Times | March 2019


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Food and Drink

CALIFORNIA David Copp

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alifornia may be a relatively new name in the wine world compared to Bordeaux, Burgundy and Barolo but this vast wine-producing region has now firmly established itself as one of the world’s top producers of cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir and chardonnay. It also has a speciality of its own. California owes a lot of its popularity today to Steven Spurrier, the Dorset wine producer at Bride Valley, also one of the world’s most established wine writers. Around 1976 Steven established a wine merchant business in Paris with an American partner and, to publicise the new venture, staged a comparative tasting of the very top Bordeaux and Burgundy wines against the best from California. All the judges were French wine industry professionals and they gave many of the top marks to the Californian wines over the first growths of Bordeaux and Burgundy. Robert Mondavi, one of the Californian producers, was a brilliant publicist who knew how to take full advantage of the favourable results and, as a result, consumers became aware that California had the conditions to make worldclass wines from classical varieties. When leading European winemakers went to California to see the vineyards for themselves, they were so impressed that many of them chose to invest in the Napa Valley or other prestigious sub-regions. Baron Philippe Rothschild from Bordeaux, the Boisset family from Burgundy, Christian Mouiex from Chateau Petrus,

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and Moet & Chandon from Champagne all bought prime land there. Spaniards, Italians and Chileans followed suit and, more recently, the Chinese and Japanese have invested in Californian vineyards. Until then the Napa Valley had been a sleepy, agricultural community of walnut and plum tree orchard owners with some vineyards. Now it is just one of several, very distinct sub-regions such as Sonoma, Russian River, Mendocino, Alexander Valley, Monterey and Santa Cruz. Some are coastal, some inland but all have unusual and different geological features yielding interesting surprises. For example, the inshore Pacific Ocean is so cold it creates a summer-long fogball every morning when the day temperature reaches 90F (32C). The rising hot air draws the fog inland and keeps the vineyards cool for most of the morning, acting like an air conditioning unit for vineyards in the valleys. Growers have learnt to be fussy about clonal selection for the different soil conditions and the net result is growing quantities of fine wine that is better balanced with riper tannins: wines that caress the tongue and have a smoother, more generous mouth feel. Many of them are truly opulent, elegant, refined and polished. Rather than mention a long list of the regions and individual wineries, I would like to direct your attention to the four varieties that really underpin California’s reputation for fine wines such as Opus One, Screaming


Eagle and Ridge Monte Bello which are traded alongside the top Bordeaux growths and the finest Burgundies. I start with chardonnay because the Chateau Montelena wine made by Croatian-born Mike Grgich, won the top prize in the 1976 Paris tasting. I was lucky enough to taste it soon afterwards and was very impressed indeed and have taken an interest in Californian chardonnay ever since. Grgich Hills wines are worth their price ticket because they have the same qualities as the top white burgundies. However, you will find very good examples at more affordable prices from the £15 price mark. I like the richness of flavour and balance. These are excellent wines that also compete with the best of Australia. Zinfandel is a Californian speciality. Jancis Robinson, the author of the best book I have read on the origins of grape varieties, thought at first it was of southern Italian parentage but has since discovered that it is, in fact, Croatian - plavas mali to be precise. No-one is quite sure how the variety got to California but it has made some very good wines indeed. My American friends advise me that zinfandel is demonstrably better when made from older vines and when care is taken in the vineyard: severe pruning in spring and canopy management that ensures even ripening. I like the brambly, spicy flavour of the reds. A blush version of it was produced and indeed was in vogue for a while but I cannot get excited about it.

However, I acknowledge some people do prefer a rosé to a red. Of the wines I have tasted I can recommend Frogs Leap, Brazin and Ravenswood. I remember tasting my first Californian pinot noir at an American Embassy tasting about 40 years ago and commenting on its vigour and ripe fruit. I found it less subtle than the Burgundy wines with which I was familiar. ‘We do have a lot of sunshine in the Napa Valley,’ the winemaker replied. I have found that I prefer Californian pinot from the cooler, coastal Sonoma valley because the wines are more elegant and precise. Folie a Deux make a lovely example which sells for about £20. The best Californian cabernet sauvignons rank with the Bordeaux, Coonawarra and Margaret River in Australia, Alto Maipo in Chile and Bolgheri in Tuscany. Inevitably they are expensive, because land prices are high, yields are controlled and the finishing process is unhurried and normally involves good wood. Because they are expensive it is worth consulting a good merchant about vintage and maturation periods. I have to confess I do not taste them very often these days but I do like the wines from the Alexander Valley where the variance in day/night temperature intensifies fruit flavour and, in my opinion, adds to the elegance of the wine. California has come a very long way in a short space of time and I am glad to see their status reflected in good restaurant wine lists. sherbornetimes.co.uk | 87


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4 red radishes 2 spring onions 5 plum tomatoes 1 red pepper 3 tablespoons of rapeseed oil 50g fresh ginger 4 cloves of garlic 3 teaspoons of tabasco 6 tablespoons of tamari 100g light miso paste 2 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh basil, julienned 2 tablespoons Dorset sea salt 2 medium cauliflower heads 6 heads of pak choi 2 large carrots, peeled 1 teaspoon of toasted caraway seeds Method

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For the marinade 2 Roughly chop the tomatoes and red pepper and liquidise in a food processor until smooth. Pass through a fine sieve into a small saucepan and discard seeds, then reduce by two thirds. While still warm, add rapeseed oil, finely grated ginger, finely grated garlic, tabasco, tamari, chopped coriander, chopped basil and sea salt. Mix well and, when the mixture is tepid warm, add miso paste. For the vegetables

3 With a very sharp knife, shred the cauliflower and carrot as thinly as possible. Separate pak choi leaves, cut each one in half and blanche together with cauliflower and carrot in a large saucepan of salted water for forty seconds. Strain into a large colander and cool it down under a cold running tap (a couple of ice cubes would help). Drain well and place in a large glass bowl with the marinade. Mix well and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. 4 Serve with iced red radish and spring onion, sweet chilli sauce and toasted caraway seeds. Enjoy greenrestaurant.co.uk

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Animal Care

A SPRING IN YOUR STEP

Mark Newton-Clarke, MA VetMB PhD MRCVS Newton Clarke Veterinary Surgeons

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arch rates highly in my estimation as, for many of us, it heralds (hopefully) the start of spring. It’s a watershed moment when I leave the clinic at night and can cycle home in the light, even though the winter clothing is still needed. I have commented previously on the ebb and flow of our work pattern and, so far, this year has been no exception. January was the busiest month ever, both here in Sherborne and at our Preston Road surgery in Yeovil. The winter months always present a challenge to dogs’ feet, especially working dogs, with soft, soggy pads being prone to injury. Many hedges are flail-trimmed, leaving a carpet of thorns just waiting to be trodden upon. Combine this with my bug-bear, redundant barbed wire, and it’s no wonder we’re kept busy. Unlike a thorn, a lacerated pad is often not noticed until after the walk when the injured foot is given special attention, usually excessive licking. Some dogs are reluctant to have feet examined, even more so if there is a painful cut, so be careful. A cut pad can take weeks to heal properly as the horny surface is dead tissue, a thick layer of keratin. The sensitive tissue lies beneath and needs to be protected during the repair process. Good illumination and a compliant patient are necessary to check feet properly and it’s important to spread the pads to examine the delicate interdigital skin that lies in the clefts between the pads. Spaniels and other breeds with long feathers or thick hair on the underside of the foot need a bit of a shave otherwise small wounds or thorns can be easily missed. Scissors are acceptable but the ends should be round and the blades curved to minimise the chances 90 | Sherborne Times | March 2019

of further accidental damage. Clip fur in a way such that a sudden wriggle or twitch means the foot is moved away from the scissors. Soaking a hurt foot in warm Epsom salt solution can soothe pain and improve co-operation, as well as drawing fluid out of any wound. Once the fur is trimmed, examine the surface of each pad in turn and give a gentle squeeze, repeating the process for each toe. If you get a reaction, move on to another area and come back to the painful place and repeat the squeeze to ensure the reaction is consistent. No need to pinch hard, just use gentle pressure. If you find a cut on the pad or the skin between, the next decision is whether a stitch or a staple is justified. That decision depends on the depth of the injury, its length and the location. Generally, small incisions in the interdigital skin will heal if kept clean and treated topically with a suitable antiseptic (not TCP or Dettol); the best choice would be diluted


povidone-iodine or chlorhexidine. Savlon or Sudacrem can be used after rinsing in warm water and careful drying with absorbent paper towels. Prevent excessive licking by using either a sock or that dreadful device, the plastic head collar. There are posh alternatives on the internet so, if you want a personalised, padded, deluxe version, have a look. Big cuts on pads that often form a flap need to be stabilised to protect the delicate tissue underneath. I like surgical staples for this job as they produce no tissue reaction, are thicker than suture material and, as the dog weight bears, they bed down nicely without cheese-wiring through the tissues. Staple placement needs sedation and local anaesthesia. A light dressing for a few days afterwards and then most animals will tolerate the repair and can walk normally. I’m never in a hurry to remove the staples as pads are slow to heal and premature removal can lead to the process having to be repeated. Thorns obviously come in all sizes, from tiny fragments

that are near impossible to see (especially if embedded) to twigs that are inches long. A recent case, with a history of sudden lameness, hobbled into the clinic on three legs. There was some localised swelling of the foot but the dog was otherwise fine and still eating (she was a Labrador!). We had to clip and clean the foot before the cause was visible: a blackthorn deeply embedded between the pads, hidden in the hair of the foot. Easily missed. When extracted, the culprit was a good 2 inches long. Ouch. Antibiotics are justified in these situations; we use a penicillin derivative as it’s highly effective against tetanus and other soil-borne bugs. Good old-fashioned foot soaks in Epsom salts (as mentioned above) with some painkillers completed the treatment. If you have any left, give your own feet a nice soak too. After a long day at work or a long walk, it feels lovely. Not a substitute for a hot tub but a lot cheaper! newtonclarkevet.com sherbornetimes.co.uk | 91


Animal Care

THE EQUINE FLU OUTBREAK IS YOUR HORSE SAFE? Poppy Simonson MSc BVSc MRCVS, The Kingston Veterinary Group

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quine influenza is one of the most contagious diseases of horses. Normally, the virus circulates at low levels amongst horses and is kept under control by vaccination, causing little illness or death. However with under 40% of UK horses vaccinated against flu, we are constantly at risk of a serious outbreak. Since the start of 2019, an epidemic of equine flu has swept across the UK and Europe. Whilst this poses no danger to human health (equine and human flu are genetically different), there could be devastating consequences for welfare and the economy if it continues. This outbreak is different to the sporadic cases of equine flu we usually see for three reasons: higher numbers of horses affected; cases in vaccinated animals; and a different strain of virus than usual (FC1 rather than 2). In the UK, there were more flu cases in January alone than throughout the whole of 2018. The racing ban brought equine flu to the headlines, and though racing has now resumed we are not out of the woods, with new cases being diagnosed daily at the time of writing (February).

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The symptoms of flu are the same for horses and humans – a cough, snotty nose, fever, depression, and loss of appetite. Most recover in 3-10 days without complication and the disease is rarely fatal except in very old, young or otherwise unwell horses. Don’t forget that even if your horse is vaccinated, he can still become infected and show symptoms, however the disease will be much milder. In horses with the symptoms above, we confirm a flu diagnosis by taking a swab from the back of the throat to detect the virus, or carrying out a blood test to prove exposure. Early detection and isolation of infected horses is vital to stop spread of flu. When a case is confirmed, the first step is to isolate the horse and place movement restrictions on the yard. As in humans, treatment is supportive (e.g. anti-inflammatories, and encouraging eating and drinking). Because recovery of the airway lining is slow, horses need at least two weeks off work after contracting the virus. Above all other methods, vaccination is the key


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Cycling

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am planning to hold maintenance training evenings for the cycle club and customers before spring and, as this is also a time when people are thinking of getting their bikes out to ride, this has prompted me to revisit this perennial and important topic. For folks who ride their bikes regularly in all weathers (especially after the salt on the roads during the snow), maintenance is

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essential, not only to keep the bike running efficiently but also to save expensive replacement of parts. Cleaning

Before we can effectively service the bike, it needs to be clean; problems can be spotted during cleaning. In an extreme example, one bicycle brought in for repair


had so much muck around its front derailleur that only when cleaned could we see the frame had corroded right through. The best way to clean a bike is to use specialist cleaning products. Start with spraying cleaner on nonoily bits and leave it to soak, then agitate with a brush to loosen muck; rinse with a hose and sponge off with hot water. Repeat as necessary. This may need to be repeated 3 times on a neglected bike. Oily bits should be cleaned with a degreaser. Keep a separate brush and sponge or cloth for oily parts. The first step is to clean off the old oil and grit from the chain and transmission; this can be done by applying a degreaser. Citrus-based products are ideal but avoid anything too astringent such as diesel or white spirit. Using a chain scrubber saves time, or spray on degreaser and scrub links with your old toothbrush. As a minimum, wipe over the chain with a cloth or strong wipe, dragging the chain through the cloth by turning the pedals backwards. It is best to wear gloves for this as it is mucky. Also clean derailleur parts at this point - a screwdriver helps dig away mucky cake on jockey wheels. Avoid using a pressure washer on bearings as this washes out grease. Check products used do not adversely affect braking surfaces. Baby wipes, for example, leave traces of oily residue, hence must not be used on rims or disc rotors. Lubricating

Customers are resourceful when finding chain lubricant. We can tell when a non-bicycle product has been used because either the chain and gear wheels are caked in a hard gunge or the chain is very rusty. Culprits include cooking oil, light oil such as WD40, industrial grade oil for machinery, or chain saw oil. Bicycle chain lubricant is formulated to penetrate the links and leave a film protecting the outside of the chain. Too much oil left on the outside of the chain attracts dirt which, in turn, forms a paste which wears the link rollers. To aid oil penetration, rotate the chain 30 revolutions backwards, then wipe off surplus oil with a cloth leaving a film. This did backfire on me once because a customer expected his chain to have a lot of oil coating it and did not believe I had lubricated it! The important thing is that oil is in the chain, not just on it. Wheels, tyres and brakes

Modern wheel rims are aluminium, a soft material that wears when brake pads have grit on them. For this reason, it is important during cleaning to wipe wheel

rims with clean warm water and to clean off brake pads. Ideally, remove wheels to inspect brake pad surfaces as small particles of metal or grit become embedded here and need to be removed. A nylon kitchen scourer helps remove film from rims. While cleaning wheels, inspect the tyres looking for cracks or wear and objects stuck in the tread; these may cause a puncture so remove them. Inflate tyres to the pressure which is embossed on the sidewall. Last summer in the extreme heat, tyres pumped to their maximum pressure while cool exploded when they heated up in the sun. Conversely, in the cold weather, tyre pressures drop, so take account of the temperature when adjusting your pressure between the manufacturer’s maximum and minimum. Disc brakes are very sensitive to contamination of the rotors or pads with any oily substance. It is evident when they have been affected because they squeal. Rotors can be cleaned with an alcohol-based product and a clean cloth or paper towel. You will be surprised how much black dirt comes off onto the cloth. Also, pads should be inspected to make sure there is at least 1mm braking material. Products and tools

A work stand makes cleaning and maintenance much easier; if you don’t have one, the bike can rest on the ground. If you upturn it, put a protective sheet on the ground so that handlebars and saddle are not scratched. You should have ready: gloves, bucket of hot water, cleaning products, separate sponges, cloths and brushes for oily/non-oily, a tin of light oil or spray for pivot points and chain lubricant, and a polishing product to finish off. We use cleaning products which will not affect paintwork. If unsure about a product, don’t leave it on paint for long before rinsing as it may cause fading. After cleaning and lubricating, polishing protects paint and makes cleaning easier next time; some folks use spray oil, such as GT85, to wipe over the bike or frame polish and sealant products can be used. I was surprised when one supplier told me horse owners used their product to add a glossy finish to their horses’ coats, so it must be relatively harmless. I prefer to wear non-latex inspection gloves to protect my skin and remember always to wash your hands after handling the bike as you never know what your tyres have been through! rileyscycles.co.uk sherbornetimes.co.uk | 97


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builds up and isn’t removed it can lead to congestion and breakouts. The solution is to cleanse thoroughly as soon as you can after completing your workout. A quick clean will remove the sweat and oil, keeping the skin breakout-free. Double cleanse with a pre-cleanse oil to adhere to the sebum, followed by a face wash cleanser to suit your skin type. Use an antibacterial face wash with pore-cleansing salicylic acid for the chest and back to help prevent breakouts if these become a problem. Often the most obvious post-exercise issue is flushing and redness, particularly for those prone to Rosacea or sensitivity. Exercise causes vasodilation, which increases surface temperature in an attempt to cool the body down. It also leads to rapid water loss and skin dehydration, which further damages the skin’s barrier, hence keeping hydrated is critical. If you are prone to excessive redness, avoid saunas or hot showers - the sooner you cool your body down, the faster flushing will subside. Don’t, however, shock your


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skin by going from one extreme in temperature to another as this can weaken your capillaries and cause them to break – often referred to as red veins. If the activity takes you outdoors, be sure to apply a physical sunscreen that will adhere to the skin during perspiration, giving longevity to your UV protection. Once cleansed and calm, it’s time to repair and return the skin to its optimum state. Post-workout, apply hydrating hyaluronic acid-based products to ensure that lost moisture is replaced and locked in to prevent dryness and irritation. Follow with a moisturising lotion or cream to replenish and condition. Hydrate from the inside out too by drinking water post-work out to replace that lost and help support your lymphatic circulation to remove waste products. With a little care, beauty fitness and body fitness can happen simultaneously! thesanctuarysherborne.co.uk

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MENTAL HEALTH AND YOUNG PEOPLE Lucy Lewis, Dorset Mind

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ental health problems are rising, in both adults and young people. In 2013 the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated that 1 in 5 adolescents worldwide may experience a mental health problem in any given year. The Children’s Society Good Childhood Report (2018) found that 1 in 10 schoolchildren have a diagnosable mental health condition. 3 in 4 of all mental health problems are established by the age of 18, which means it is increasingly important to talk about mental health from a younger age. One thing you can do for your children is learn about mental health and watch for signs that suggest 102 | Sherborne Times | March 2019

they may need extra support. The first noticeable sign will be a change in mood. Look out for withdrawal periods or feelings of sadness that last two or more weeks. Take note of any intense feelings of fear without reason, sometimes coupled with quick breathing or a racing pulse. Any emotional changes that interfere with everyday life and last longer than a fortnight can indicate that your child needs help. Poor mental health can also manifest as physical symptoms such as frequent headaches and stomach aches. Energy, motivation and concentration levels may also suffer. Be aware of any behavioural changes such as sleeping or eating more or less than usual, or avoiding


"3 in 4 of all mental health problems are established by the age of 18. It is increasingly important to talk about mental health from a younger age."

company and activities that they previously enjoyed. If you do suspect your child or adolescent may be experiencing a mental health issue, consult your child’s doctor and describe the behaviour that concerns you. Talk to your child, but be patient. Let them know you are there for them and they will talk when they’re ready. It’s advisable to start with conversations about mental health, not mental illness. Everyone has mental health, just like physical health. Ask them how they feel regularly and make sure you truly listen. Be calm and non-judgmental about how they are feeling, and reinforce that its ok not to be ok and the importance of being able to talk openly and honestly. When discussing mental illness, it’s important to do it in an age-appropriate way. Tailor your explanations to your child’s age and maturity level. Avoid overwhelming young children with statistics and definitions. A good way to explain depression is to distinguish it from sadness. Feeling sad sometimes is normal and healthy but it becomes a problem if the sadness becomes overwhelming, long-lasting and interferes with everyday life. As the child gets older, their questions will evolve and their knowledge will develop. You can also provide your child with mental health information and resources that they can read and use at their own pace, in privacy. Don’t let the mental health challenge define your child; concentrate on and praise their abilities. This will encourage the child to do the same. Encourage them to try out new activities to help build their confidence and social interaction. Communicate with your child and ask them what they think you can do to help them. Most importantly, create good memories whenever possible. There will be bad days but there will also be many good days and chances to have fun and relax with your child. Remember, it’s also important to support your child’s physical health. Encourage them to eat healthily, exercise and sleep regularly, as physical and mental health are interlinked. Dorset Mind offers support for young people aged 11-25 called ‘Dorset Mind Your Head.’ The programme comprises assemblies, lessons, workshops, peer mentoring, training and support groups in schools, and counselling and support groups across Dorset to help young people, teachers and parents. You are not alone, and with the right support, your child can live a life that’s mentally healthy. Visit the website to find out more. dorsetmindyourhead.co.uk dorsetmind.uk sherbornetimes.co.uk | 103


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THE POWER OF MEDICINE BALLS Simon Partridge BSc (Sports Science), Personal Trainer SPFit

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ast month I wrote about yoga and our take on it. As we are now in the throes of spring, let’s look at a piece of equipment you can find in probably every gym but which is very rarely used to achieve the fantastic benefit of increased ‘power’, namely medicine balls. Power and athletic training have always been high on my list of favourite training methods. I really enjoy moving quickly, challenging my brain and body. Whenever I have the chance to implement this form of training into my clients’ programmes the feedback is always fantastic. You can also use this form of training with a personal trainer or in small group training to increase the level of interaction and engagement with each other. This then builds a stronger team environment, either with clients and their trainer or within the class. I want everyone to understand that power training is not just for elite athletes; we can all get great benefits from it, no matter our age or fitness level. This article is therefore intended to help you train differently with medicine balls in the future. There are 3 main types of ball to consider. First, there is a ‘vertball’, which is a large, soft-feel medicine ball used for basic partner training drills and wall-based training options. These balls are not designed to be slammed. Second, is the ‘slamball’. Its name obviously gives it away. Use this ball for vertical slams, horizontal throws and vertical throws. They have a dull bounce which means that when you slam them they won’t bounce back up at you. Thirdly, the standard medicine ball, the most common in gyms, is round, with a textured and often dimpled thick rubber surface to enhance your grip; it can also sometimes have two or 104 | Sherborne Times | March 2019

more grips to make it easier to hold. Now for the science bit. Power can be defined as the amount of work done per unit of time. Simply, power is the maximum amount of force the muscle or body can apply in one single explosive movement. You may ask why we should train powerfully. The answer again is simple. We move dynamically in our everyday life. Therefore, when we train it’s important to move dynamically and use functional tools such as medicine balls rather than slow, fixed machines. This will produce massive benefits for us all. So what are these benefits? • Improved ability to load and absorb greater force • Reduced risk of injury through improved connective tissue elasticity • Reduced risk of injury through improved reaction time and proprioception (physical perception and awareness) • Improved explosive power • Improved coordination The crossover benefits for those who play sport should also be clear. The majority of sports require us to move quickly, dynamically and with force. Thus, powerful movements with a medicine ball can be very beneficial for improving your speed and power. Let March be the month you train to become more powerful. If we can learn to move more dynamically in our training, this will help us in our everyday life to move in different directions and at greater speeds. But as always, have fun trying something new. Good luck. spfit-sherborne.co.uk


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ACHING TO DRIVE? Carolyn Humphrey, Chartered Physiotherapist Glencairn Physiotherapy, Glencairn House Clinic, Sherborne

As a fitness coach I work closely with Sherborne’s healthcare professionals in helping the community to become stronger, fitter and more mobile. In the following article, Carolyn at Glencairn House offers some useful information regarding driving, advice to bear in mind next time we are travelling. Craig Hardaker, Communifit

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ave you ever climbed out of your car after a long journey and felt years older than when you set off ? Research figures show that we are spending an increasing amount of time in our cars - over 500 hours per year on average. This is taking its toll on our bodies, mostly our back, neck and hips. Most car seats place our knees higher than hip level, tipping the pelvis backwards, flattening the lower back and causing the spine to be rounded and the discs of our spine to be under greater loading. The closed angle of our hips causes the muscles at the front and sides of our hips and our hamstrings at the back of our thighs to grow tight. Combine this with hunched shoulders from reaching for the steering wheel, head poked forward, or worse, pushed forward by overly tilted headrests, and we look more like Neanderthal man/woman than Homo Sapiens! The ligaments of our body can cause aches and pains from mechanical stress if overstretched over periods of time; muscles which have shortened while in the 106 | Sherborne Times | March 2019

sitting position don’t take kindly to suddenly being expected to stretch out, lengthen and move. Spinal discs are measurably under more pressure when sitting than when bending over or lifting weights; this can lead to an increased chance of disc dehydration and degeneration over time, leading to backache and stiffness. Variations between car types make it impossible to recommend a perfect car for everyone, but here is a quick test: If you were choosing a new car, with health in mind, would you choose: • A sporty little number? • A family multi-passenger vehicle (MPV/SUV)? • A luxury saloon car? Generally speaking, your body would choose the MPV. This is because these types of cars, and even vans, have a higher seat which discourages the poor posture described above. Compare how one looks sitting in a firm, upright armchair versus a soft sofa. The good news is that, nowadays, more cars have more adjustable components to their seats than ever before: seat height, seat tilt, back tilt, lumbar pump-up support. Sadly, one less adjustable component than in the past is headrest tilt which, in many cars, has been fixed for safety in a collision but which is often set angled too forwards causing


the driver’s head to be pushed forward in relation their body rather than aligning the head on top of shoulders. This position can lead to muscle aches across the shoulders and into the neck, and even cause headaches. However, we should not blame the car alone; we do not help ourselves. Seat reclined too far back, seat too near to or far from the wheel, elbow resting on the window frame, knees flopped outwards, not sitting straight – all these habits can aggravate, even cause, aches and pains. At Glencairn Physiotherapy I frequently treat driving-related neck, back, hips and pelvis pain, which can often be easily prevented. So, here are my handy tips to help avoid problems – do check them next time you get into the car: 1 Ensure the backrest is fairly upright, maintaining equal support from lower back up to your shoulder blades. 2 Check your distance from the steering wheel. You should be able to easily depress the pedals without having to fully extend your knee, there should be good clearance for your knees under the wheel and, when holding the wheel, your elbows should be slightly bent. 3 If you can adjust seat height, raise it as far as comfortable, ensuring you have enough head room, and tip the back of the seat base up so that your knees are level with or preferably lower than your hips. 4 Adjust any lumbar support so that it feels like it is supporting the inwards curve at the back of your waist. If it is too low, do not inflate it much, as it will push you forwards in the seat. 5 The head-rest should be behind your head, not your neck and, if possible, should allow you to have your head aligned on top of your shoulders, not in front of your body. 6 Most importantly, take regular breaks on long journeys. A five minute ‘leg stretch’ at least every hour of the journey will add very little to your overall travel time and you will arrive feeling much fresher and more comfortable. Finally, don’t forget to employ the secret weapon against driving aches and pains – the bliss of a heated seat! Happy (and painless) motoring! glencairnhouse.co.uk communifit.co.uk

Exercise classes in Sherborne, Yeovil, East Coker and Yetminster.

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Chair Yoga

All the benefits of traditional yoga, but without the need to get up and down from the floor!

Tuesday 13.30-14.30, West End Hall, Sherborne

Sit and Strengthen

A chair-based exercise class aiming to increase your strength, flexibility, joint mobility and balance - all while having fun!

Wednesday 14.15-15.00, West End Hall, Sherborne Friday 12.30-13.15,Tinneys Lane Community Centre, Sherborne Monday 11.00-12.00, Jubilee Hall, Yetminster

Stand and Strengthen

The same objectives as Sit and Strengthen, but you are standing! Targets all the major muscle groups.

Wednesday 15.15-16.00, West End Hall, Sherborne Friday 13.30-14.15, Tinneys Lane Community Centre, Sherborne

Don’t Lose it, Move it!

An active circuit-based class improving muscle strength, aerobic fitness and core stability. Be proactive, not reactive, towards your health and fitness!

Wednesday 16.15-17.00, West End Hall, Sherborne Friday 14.30-15.00, Tinneys Lane Community Centre, Sherborne

Body Bootcamp

Squat. Press. Lift. Your cardiovascular and muscular fitness will be challenged in this class! A variety of exercises and format each week to keep the body guessing.

Thursday 6-7pm, West End Hall, Sherborne

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Our monthly 5km events are open to all ages and abilities, beginners are especially welcome and there are no time limits to worry about. Join us and see your 5km time improve over the year. We have fabulous medals for each event and great support. Sign up and see all event details via communifit.co.uk Pay as you go

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LUMPS AND BUMPS

Kate Whitemore, Massage and MLD Level 1 Therapist, 56 London Road Clinic

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ursuing my strong belief in the deeply beneficial effects of massage on physiological and mental wellbeing, two years ago I furthered my therapy practice by training in Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) with the London Vodder School UK. I now practice at the London Road Clinic, which was set up by the eminent MLD specialist, Anne Schreiber. MLD uses a specific dry-touch technique that gently manipulates the skin to stimulate the lymphatic system - the body’s waste disposal system that removes excess interstitial/tissue fluid containing toxins and waste that accumulates around our cells. If too much of this fluid collects, swollen limbs, puffy skin or chronic lymphoedema may occur. Emil and Estrid Vodder’s drainage techniques, pioneered in France in 1932, have been shown to have profoundly positive effects, helping to detoxify the body, support the body’s immune system and reduce oedema (swelling). It is beneficial for a variety of people: those undergoing chemotherapy; people who travel a lot; people who have a sedentary lifestyle; the very active or sporty; people recovering from small operations, cosmetic surgery, burns or twisted/damaged limbs; and anyone suffering with acne, rosacea, puffy eyes, or rhinitis. MLD is also an incredibly relaxing therapy that can help reduce stress and, in turn, boost the immune system and aid sleep. My increasing focus is the use of MLD to help pregnant women and new mothers who may suffer from swollen lower limbs during and after pregnancy.

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Although this type of oedema can indicate unwelcome pre-eclampsia, a small amount of tissue swelling is normal during pregnancy - a time when the body naturally retains more water and there is increased pressure placed on the circulatory system, especially in the third trimester. Expanding my interest in the use of complementary therapies during pregnancy, I now practice pregnancy massage, which offers a plethora of benefits for childbearing women. It alleviates stress on weight-bearing joints, increases circulation to the womb; stabilises hormone levels, reduces stress, and encourages good posture, muscle tone, joint flexibility and skin pliability. Pregnancy massage can also help to remedy numerous discomforts experienced during pregnancy including muscular aches, headaches, leg cramps, sciatica, stiffness, tension and knots, carpal tunnel syndrome, heartburn and acid reflux, tiredness, varicose veins, nasal congestion, shortness of breath, oedema, neck, pelvic and back pain, and constipation. An MLD and/or prenatal massage session for pregnant women, as well as new mums, will also have the added benefit of encouraging a deep relaxation and a well-deserved nourishing pampering. Kate practises MLD and pregnancy massage as well as classic Swedish and Indian Head massage at the London Road Clinic in Milborne Port. 56londonroad.co.uk


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IRRITABLE BOWEL DISEASE HOLISTIC TREATMENT

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Dr Tim Robinson MB BS MSc MRCGP DRCOG MFHom GP & Complementary Practitioner

rritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is an extremely common condition affecting approximately a third of the population. IBS is caused by a variety of factors such as food intolerance or allergy, bacterial imbalance in the colon, the after-effects of a ‘tummy bug’ and stress. The commonest symptoms are abdominal distension and bloating. Other symptoms are variation in stool form and frequency, excess wind and cramping abdominal pains. If you suspect you have IBS, the diagnosis should be confirmed by your GP in order to rule out other conditions such as colitis, diverticulitis and, most importantly, bowel/colon cancer. These conditions can also present with the same symptoms and they must always be excluded before a diagnosis of IBS can be made with confidence. Other symptoms such as passing blood with your stools or weight loss must be reported to your GP and never be self-diagnosed as IBS or piles. There is no single treatment for IBS but a combination of therapies, supplements and dietary changes may bring relief. Conventional treatments prescribed by your GP are anti-spasmodics (e.g. Mebeverine), anti-diarrhoeals (e.g. Loperamide), bulking agents (e.g. Fybogel) and even SSRI antidepressants (e.g. Prozac). Eliminating foods that people are allergic or sensitive to reduces IBS symptoms especially gas and bloating. Allergy testing with skin prick tests or IgE blood tests identifies foods that cause symptoms due to allergy. Food intolerance is less well understood but elimination for two weeks followed by re-introduction of suspected foods, particularly wheat products, can lead to identification of those foods that cause IBS symptoms. Some people can’t digest food sugars such as 110 | Sherborne Times | March 2019

lactose (found in milk and dairy products) or fructose (found in fruits). Elimination of these food groups may be successful in reducing symptoms such as bloating, wind and cramps. Imbalance of the bacteria in your intestines can be corrected by taking probiotics, the so-called ‘friendly’ bacteria (lactobacilli and bifidobacter); studies have shown that there can be reduction in IBS symptoms with probiotic supplementation. Homeopathic medicine is another complementary medicine that has been shown in studies to relieve IBS symptoms. The homeopathic approach is characterised by the overall holistic view of the patient and the condition. Lycopodium, aloes and arg nit are often successful. Advice from a homeopath is recommended in order to be prescribed the most appropriate medicine according to the symptoms as well as the overall profile of the person. Herbal remedies such as peppermint oil and artichoke leaf extract have been shown in studies to be effective for treatment of IBS symptoms. Chamomile relieves spasms and colic, especially where IBS is associated with anxiety. IBS can also be helped by general lifestyle measures such as taking regular exercise. If stress is a factor it may be worth trying mind-body therapies such as relaxation therapy, hypnotherapy, meditation and cognitive behavioural therapy or counselling. Hopefully a combination of these approaches will help with those troublesome IBS symptoms once and for all. doctorTWRobinson.com glencairnHouse.co.uk


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Three bedroom house, sitting room, dining room, study, fitted kitchen, cloakroom, three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, enclosed garden, parking and garage. £995pcm

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THE COMMON LAW MARRIAGE MYTH

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Simon Walker and Victoria Strode, Associates in the Family team, Mogers Drewett

illions of co-habiting couples across the UK currently believe that they are in a ‘common law marriage’. Although a popular legal myth, a common law marriage does not actually exist in England or Wales, meaning that these people are largely unprotected should the relationship break down. One of the fastest growing family types across the UK, cohabiting couples now account for 3.3 million families. This increasing trend is widely considered as an alternative to marriage, with data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) concluding that marriages between men and women have been decreasing and, in 2015, hit the lowest rate on record. According to Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers, as many as two-thirds of co-habiting couples believe that they are entitled to the same rights as married couples. Unfortunately, in the case of the relationship coming to an end, legal protection is very limited. If they separate, cohabiting couples have no legal responsibility to provide financial support to one another. In addition, unmarried parents can’t claim spousal support if the relationship breaks down. However, child support is payable in England and Wales through the Child Maintenance Service, as parents have a financial responsibility to their children. Applications can be made to the court for additional capital provision for the children, however this is often complex and any provision will only be maintained whilst the children are minors. It’s also important to be aware that cohabitation offers no protection should one partner die; if there is no will, the surviving partner will not automatically inherit belongings or assets. Death can also present challenges for finances - co-habitating partners cannot access their partner’s bank accounts, a courtesy that is

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provided to married couples for reasonable monetary sums. In addition, up until recently, unmarried parties could not access pension provision on death unless specific instructions were provided to the pension provider. Without taking action in life, providing for an unmarried partner in death still remains challenging. To outline how couples would divide shared assets and commitments to provide peace of mind and protection should the relationship come to an end, they can enter a cohabitation agreement. A forward-thinking approach to living with a partner, the agreement can help limit the emotional and financial drain should the relationship end and combined property, assets and finances need to be separated with legal support. The agreements also reduce the likelihood that a Court application would need to be made and provide a clear agreement on issues such as: • Financial support post-separation, including child maintenance payments or maintenance payments for the other partner. • The division of bank accounts and liabilities. • The family home, including who will pay the mortgage and bills post-separation and existing contributions made to the property. Alongside co-habitation agreements, it’s vital that both partners seek advice to draft Wills and put in place additional protections and measures for the unfortunate event that one partner should pass away. Although, much like an insurance policy, hopefully the cohabitation agreement will never be needed, it offers vital protection to cohabiting couples. mogersdrewett.com


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Finance

KEY QUESTIONS FOR LONGTERM INVESTORS (PART I) Andrew Fort B.A. (Econ.) CFPcm Chartered MCSI APFS, Certified and Chartered Financial Planner, Fort Financial Planning

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sking the right questions and following a few key principles can improve your odds of longterm investment success.

Whether you’ve been investing for decades or are just getting started, at some point on your investment journey you are likely to ask yourself some of the questions below. Trying to answer these questions may be intimidating but know that you’re not alone. Your financial adviser is here to help. While this is not intended to be an exhaustive list, it will hopefully shed light on a few key principles, using data and reasoning, that may help improve investors’ odds of investment success in the long run. 1. What sort of competition do I face as an investor?

The market is an effective information-processing machine. Millions of market participants buy and sell securities every day, and the real-time information they bring helps set prices. This means competition is stiff and trying to outguess market prices is difficult for anyone, even professional money managers (see question 2 for more on this). This is good news for investors though. Rather than basing an investment strategy on trying to find securities that are priced ‘incorrectly’, investors can instead rely on the information on market prices to help build their portfolios.

2. What are my chances of picking an investment fund that survives and outperforms?

Flip a coin and your odds of getting heads or tails are

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50/50. Historically, the odds of selecting an investment fund that was still around 15 years later are about the same. Regarding outperformance, the odds are worse. The market’s pricing power works against mutual fund managers who try to outperform through stock-picking or market timing. As evidence, only 14% of US equity mutual funds and 13% of fixed income funds have survived and outperformed their benchmarks over the past 15 years.

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3. If I choose a fund because of strong past performance, does that mean it will do well in the future?

Some investors select mutual funds based on past returns. However, research shows that most funds in the top quartile (25%) of previous three-year returns did not maintain a top-quartile ranking in the following three years. In other words, past performance offers little insight into a fund’s future returns. FFP specialises in providing lifelong advice to relatively affluent families who recognise the advantages of expert impartial advice. This article has been reproduced, with permission, from Dimensional Fund Advisors. ffp.org.uk


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o, what’s the difference? Recycling is breaking down the old IT kit and re-using it, either in its present form or by breaking it down into its component parts (metals, plastics etc.) and recycling those. Up-cycling is using the old kit in a completely different way by making it into innovative, useful objects. Discarded computer equipment includes monitors, printers, hard drives and circuit boards. These items contain significant amounts of recyclable materials that will remain hazardous in landfills for years if not recycled. The glass monitor, keyboard, plastic or aluminium casing, cables, CD-ROM drive, power leads, circuit board, batteries and printer cartridges are all recyclable computer materials. There is only approximately 2% of a computer that cannot be recycled. This portion is separated at the time that the computer enters a recycling facility and is disposed of responsibly. Re-using old computers is a form of recycling with so much more benefit; no electronic waste will be sent to landfill, computer equipment sustains a longer life than expected, and it brings affordable prices for many businesses and people who perhaps could not afford to buy new. Refurbished computers and refurbished laptops are amongst the most common items given a second lease of life. We regularly take unwanted machines and, after some simple replacements of, say, hard disk or a fan, they can be sold on at a modest profit for us and a cost saving for the recipient. Many charities will also take working older computer equipment and ship it to developing countries to be 120 | Sherborne Times | March 2019

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FOLK TALES with Colin Lambert

MARTIN WALSH, THE ABBEY FRYER F*** AND CHIPS

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hat’s your first memory of fish and chips? ‘Divorce?’ Mine is the harbour at Bridlington. With ‘Marriage wasn’t my thing so, at 25, I packed it in, thirteen shops in the harbour alone the rich flew to Corfu and got a job in a bar. Season over, back aroma fills the town. to Ringwood, then two New York marathons and one 'F*** rich aroma! The effin grease sticks to my effin London.’ shoes, it’s effin everywhere,’ blurts Martin in his rich ‘New York what?’ Glaswegian accent. We discuss the ‘F’ word, how it’s ‘Marathon. I wanted to help children after the Chernobyl meaning can differ depending on how it is utilised as a disaster so ran in ‘86 and ‘87 plus London in ‘88.’ part of speech and whether its prevalent use in everyday I am awestruck. conversation renders it more or less acceptable as just ‘And for breakfast Martin?’ another word. I explain to Martin that nothing will be ‘Cornflakes and Yorkshire tea.’ printed without his consent by email or text. ‘I don’t ‘The Mermaid Hotel Yeovil was next I gather?’ have effin email or mobile,’ was the response. ‘Yes, bar manager for three years. On days off, I came My first memory of Martin goes like this. to Sherborne for a few beers and a fish and chip supper. Martin: ‘Yes pal?’ One day a ‘For Sale’ board covered the door.’ Me: ‘Large cod, chips and mushy peas please.’ ‘You bought the lease?’ Martin: ‘No large cod.’ ‘Yes. My bar work was groundwork and I know what Me: ‘Your menu says large cod, yet I’m always given proper fish and chips tastes like. I was ready for the the same answer.’ challenge. 2019 will be our 25th anniversary.’ Martin: ‘Pal, we have no large cod.’ ‘Tell me more.’ That was a while back. Today, I’m in his first-floor café ‘In my 30s I had big ambitions. After six months I enjoying a cup of Yorkshire tea before lunchtime opening. opened a second ‘chippy’ in Gillingham and then bought Martin, his older sister and two younger brothers, ‘Pats [late night] Takeaway’ in Yeovil. My brother were born in Dumbarton, on the Clyde. A grim place Stephen came down to help steady the ship. We loved in the 1960s: shipyard closed, dad between jobs, mum Sherborne, dropped anchor and went looking for the cleaning and managing four kids in a 3-bed council semi. best possible fish and chips.’ His passion, soccer, took him to county level goalkeeper, ‘Best fish and chips?’ despite asthma. ‘Top fish: Scotland, Norway, Iceland. Ships MFV ‘I left school at 16, no qualifications. Started work as Ramus or Keraklion work out of Grimsby and we buy apprentice butcher, college for City & Guilds. Lasted direct from the ship’s agent. Fish is cleaned, frozen, four years. Then my mate Jim and I fancied a wee packed at sea and shipped from the docks. Spuds come adventure. We went to Nice, tried to get a job but, with from Lincolnshire, same supplier for 25 years. Stephen wine at 50p a bottle, we lasted a month.’ and I open at 8am, prep till 10.30am and then fire the ‘You came home?’ ovens. We have four staff; Georgia has been with us for ‘Not quite. My sister was emigrating to South Africa, 8 years and India for one. It’s a long day before I cycle so I cadged a lift to London. Got a bar job in Guildford, home at 10pm.’ married a local lass then moved to Poole. Worked in a ‘How do you switch off ?’ bowling alley, then a carpet warehouse, followed by a bar ‘Newsnight on the telly. I’m passionate about football job in Ringwood and divorce.’ and politics. Hip replacement three years ago and now

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walking, in chunks, around Ireland - again for charity. I also love walking along the Dorset coast.’ ‘Football and politics?’ ‘Yes, many customers share my views. Dumbarton doesn’t feature much. I have a season ticket and go to six games a year though. I also have a soft spot for West Ham. My views on politics are best discovered while waiting for your chips.’ I’m pleased to say Martin is bilingual and highly

customer-sensitive. Indeed, he can switch mid-sentence from Glasgow slang to Sherborne English so have no fear, he can speak proper when needed. A big thank you also to Stephen, Georgia, India and team and an even bigger thank you to everyone who, in Martin’s words, ‘listens to my effin for five minutes whilst waiting for the fish to fry.’ I’m hooked! Have a great March. sherbornetimes.co.uk | 125


OUT AND ABOUT

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David Birley

was recently asked the question, ‘What has been the biggest change in your lifetime?’ It did not take me long to reply: communication. I remember that, as a child growing up after the war, if I wanted to telephone a friend, I had to dial the operator and then ask for the number. At boarding school in the 1950s communication with my parents was either by letter or by queuing up to use a payphone and inserting four old pennies. Nothing changed for quite a while. Even in the 1970s, when I had a girlfriend who lived in a small village in Tipperary, I still had to go through the operator who would then ring his opposite number in Cork who in turn would put me through to the village exchange. This was run by the indomitable Mary and the exchange was a small section of her little general stores. This system did have advantages. Mary, recognising my voice, would often have a quick chat before putting me through or telling me that she had seen my girlfriend driving past but knew where she might be going and would put me through to that house instead! The next big change was the advent of mobile phones. The one I had with my job in the 1980s was a big, clumsy thing which necessitated carrying a large and heavy battery pack around. Reception was limited and calls were expensive. How things have changed! With a small, handheld device you can now ring anywhere in the world and the prices are reasonable. So efficient and reliable have mobiles become that many people, especially the young, do not bother to have a landline in their house.

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They have also become fashion accessories and it has become a ‘must’ for the young to have the latest model and a plethora of apps. I can remember quite a few years ago my sons calling my phone a brick and when I asked why, I was told that ‘… for a start it doesn’t take pictures.’ The fact that I am a keen photographer and love my camera did not seem to enter the equation! Apps like WhatsApp and Skype are great ways of keeping in touch and actually seeing friends and family. Emailing has taken over much of what was previously written correspondence. In Sherborne we are lucky to have superfast broadband but sadly this only applies to some parts of the town while others have to put up with donkey speed. These changes have brought many benefits but they have also created some problems. We have all heard of internet bullying and the disastrous effect it can have on young people and their families. While I do use email I also like to talk and discuss things face-to-face and what could be more pleasant than a friendly chat in one of our excellent coffee shops? Being a techno dinosaur, I still like to send and receive letters and cards. In Sherborne we are fortunate to have newsagents and a Post Office that carry a great range of cards. The friendly staff at the Post Office can also help with banking, which is particularly useful after the closure of our NatWest branch. Let’s hope we don’t get any more bank closures. We are also lucky to have a great team of postmen who, no matter what the weather, are always cheerful and deliver on time.


Short Story

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM Marigold Verity, Sherborne Scribblers

Dear Diary, Tomorrow we are going to stay at Grandma and Grandpa's. Our cousins are coming too. I am looking forward to it. Love Vesta Dear Diary, Today we are at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Our cousins Rollo and Molly are here too and we are playing fun games. Love Vesta. Dear Diary, Today Grandpa has called a meeting in the drawing room, just for grown-ups. I don’t know what it is about but mummy says it’s about a will. I said ”What will Grandpa do?” Mummy says he will make a wish. I heard Auntie Vie say “Of course Susie is the elephant in the room, will she be included or even mentioned?” Mummy shrugged her shoulder so when Grandma told us not to be noisy and shut the drawing room door, Rollo, Molly and me crept outside to look in the drawing room window. I couldn’t see an elephant, not even a toy one, so I don’t know what Auntie Vie was talking about. Anyway, mummy says Auntie Susie lives in America. I haven’t seen her for ages, I can’t remember her really. Love Vesta Dear Diary, The meeting with Grandpa was awfully long. Grandma came out to make some coffee. Auntie Vie came too. Auntie Vie said something to Grandma about Susie being taboo, and Grandma said Auntie Vie should have more tact as Susie was a sore subject. Auntie Vie said Grandma couldn’t turn a blind eye to Susie’s drink problem. I’m not sure if Grandma has a blind eye - she does wear glasses and always asks me to thread her needle if she is sewing on a button for me. Grandma said some things were better left unsaid, as it only upset Grandpa. Auntie Vie said something about Grandpa being an ostrich and hid his head in the sand. I thought ostriches lived in Australia, I’ve never seen one on Bournemouth beach. Then Auntie Vie and Grandma took the coffee into the room and Grandma said “there seems to be a heavy sound of silence” Well no one was talking, but Grandpa said everyone now knew what he was giving them - some things now and the rest when he died. I don’t like the idea of Grandpa dying, because we like riding in the back of his car. Grandpa says it is a custom built Alvis. I suppose he means it was made especially for him. We like sitting in the back because there are little children’s seats that pull out and two tray tables. We sometimes have a picnic in the Alvis. Love Vesta Dear Diary, In the hall at Grandpa’s house there is a carving of three monkeys. Grandma says the monkeys hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil. One has his hands over his ears, one has his hands over his mouth and I can’t remember about the other one, but monkeys don’t speak anyway. Well, Grandpa said he was going to send the Alvis car to Aunt Susie in America. He said he was too old to go on driving and Grandma said she couldn’t park the car at Tescos. Me, Rolla and Molly were really disappointed about the car, and were complaining that we didn’t want the car to go to Auntie Susie in America, well, we wanted the car. That’s when Grandma mentioned the monkeys. She said we could still have picnics on the beach, but I hate sand in sandwiches. Mummy said she expected Auntie Susie would drive the car to Napa Valley, so she can buy wine. That reminds me, I never found out about the elephant in the room. Mummy says it’s just an expression – funny that. Love Vesta.

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Literature

LITERARY REVIEW John Gaye, Sherborne Literary Society

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lthough I had watched Levison Wood perform on the television I had never followed up his travelogues by reading his books. Arabia is a book without a TV series and is subtitled A Journey Through the Heart of the Middle East. Written in late 2017, it was a very brave undertaking by this ex-Army officer who also happens to be a very knowledgeable historian and a huge fan of other notable Middle East travellers such as Burton, Lawrence and Thesiger. Levison Wood’s journey starts in northern Syria and takes him through Iraq, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman and into northern Yemen. Bypassing the south of that benighted country by passage through Somalia and Djibouti, he gains a rare visa into the huge but mostly unknown country of Saudi Arabia. He then travels, by various means and routes, through Jordan, Palestine, Israel and Syria (again), completing his journey in perhaps the oldest inhabited city in the region, Byblos in Lebanon. As anyone who has followed the news will appreciate, this journey included some areas still heavily mired in conflict and others that have recently experienced total devastation. However, so typical of the Middle East, throughout the journey Wood experiences wonderful hospitality and thus is able to get under the skin of the people, which is very much the aim of this book. Indeed, his description of the aim of independent travelling is hard to better:

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PAUSE FOR THOUGHT

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Mark Greenstock, Lay Minister, St Paul’s Church

ent is upon us – a bit later than normal, though there’s nothing normal about the date of Easter – and I need a bit of help! I know I’m meant to be a card-carrying Christian but I’m still human (I hope) and the idea of giving up something I enjoy finds me more than a little resistant. Is it so important, if it’s just about chocolate and alcohol? You abstain from a harmless indulgence for a few weeks, then Easter finally arrives and all you can think about is, well, chocolate and alcohol. My favourite cartoon is the one by Pugh where the man of the house is slumped over his kitchen table surrounded by fag-ends, empty bottles and unwashed glasses, and his wife is saying to a friend, ‘George has given up for Lent’. Sometimes the temptation to give up is almost overpowering. ‘Why not chuck the whole thing in?’ Some of us may need a campaigning season when we can service what might be called our ‘anti-capitulation drive’: getting a clear-sighted view of what we might be giving way to and calling up reinforcements at the points of vulnerability. Even the atheist may need to revisit the logic of defiance to the very idea of God. (‘Lent is for atheists as much as for Christians. Discuss.’) It would seem that Jesus Christ himself needed a deliberate campaign on this front. Admittedly, his temptations were a cut above ours (‘If you are the Son of God…’) but akin to ours (he felt them acutely). To turn stones to bread and solve the world’s basic needs at a stroke; to impress the public by free-falling safely off the local high point; to take a shortcut to power and team up with You Know Who. Yet he refused to capitulate to the ‘easy’ answer, counter-attacked with truths that were non-negotiable, and went ahead with saving the world by his own chosen way of sacrificial love. Going without normal daily food, or whatever, was to put down a marker, giving up on one level in order not to give up on another. So what about my temptations? I suppose they come down to greed, indiscipline, pride and a lack of basic honesty. I can fool myself till the cows come home. At least a spell in the wilderness might clear my vision, make me easier to live with, more generous, less self-justifying. In T. S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral, Becket meditates, ‘The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason’. What if I’m keeping Lent for the wrong reason? It may not be self-sought martyrdom, but is it ritual conformity – buying off my conscience – spiritual swanking about some footling abstinence? What would be the ‘right’ reason? And what if a particular capitulation or submission is actually required of me but I can’t contemplate it because of my mulish obstinacy? A dog isn’t for Christmas. Lent isn’t for Lent. Heaven help us! stpauls-sherborne.org.uk

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