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CCeSS to services and facilities can be a real problem for a large number of residents of rural Visitorland. Now South Somerset District Council has come up with a plan to deliver services locally, thus reducing the need and cost of travel, and to take people to the services by creating a transport hub that links them with transport solutions. It proposes to set up a pilot project with Wincanton rather than the more distant Yeovil being the hub for a number of services that could be delivered more locally, such as health clinics, further education and training, social housing services and Citizens Advice Bureau. The hub will become a one-stop shop for transport solutions, providing information, booking services and delivery through public bus services, car schemes, car sharing and community transport. The council thinks that a more joined-up and accessible network of transport will make it easier for people to access services and give greater opportunities and independence to those who might otherwise be rurally isolated. Coupled with delivering services locally it will reduce the need to travel long distances, and improving the local transport network and providing a hub for community activity are likely to encourage trade for local businesses. It sounds like a good plan and worth the research that will be necessary to bring it to fruition. My diatribe about mobile phones in last month’s column generated helpful responses from two readers, both drawing my attention to mail order catalogues in which they had spotted just the sort of phone I was seeking. The Clifford James catalogue claims that its Simple Mobile is ‘refreshingly simple and easy to use ... there is no fancy camera, no music players – just a solid, dependable, easy - to - use phone for making reliable telephone calls and text messages’. For less than £35, plus £10 for a pay - as - you - go SIM card. The Chums catalogue goes even better and describes its Binatone Big Button Mobile

Phone as having a ‘clear and clean large number display, backlit and speak-as-you dial talking keys, large easy-to-use buttons, an extra loud ringer and a visual flashing ringer’. £29.99 plus the cost of a SIM card buys you all this and more in ‘a reliable and dependable mobile phone with features you really need!’ Calls to landlines cost from 20p. It sounds like just the thing for a hamfisted old codger like me who might need a mobile phone if the car breaks down miles from home or I break down when out alone in the countryside. And much more affordable than the £319 that the phone shop wanted for an iPhone4. (I was told that that the dearest iPhone5 bursting with the latest electronic gadgetry would cost me £699). So I’m seriously considering ordering one – but I won’t be chattering endlessly into it. Not at 20p a call! NN.


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Andrew Barclay Traditional Family Butchers

ANDREW BARCLAy Butchers in Wincanton High Street, is so much more than a traditional family butcher. Not only do they serve their customers with the finest locally sourced meats, along with bacon, ham and cold meats, they are also able to offer them a tempting range of hand-made pies and pasties, ideal if you have hungry mouths to feed! Local cheeses stocked include Montgomery and Keen’s Mature Cheddar, along with Wadman’s world famous cream from their Jersey herd and free range eggs. There are always special offers available at Andrew Barclay Butchers (see advert for details), so pop in and stock up your freezer! The friendly and helpful

A Taste of The West Country staff will be pleased to serve you, but if you can’t get in to Wincanton orders are taken at North Cadbury Village Stores.

Bower Hinton Farm Shop

Bower Hinton Farm has been owned and run by the Palmer family for over 160 years. The Farm Shop was opened by Duncan and Sally Palmer in April 2006 over which time it has grown and improved so that today it can offer a substantial range of quality, affordable products.

Duncan specialises in growing outdoor vegetables and salads plus indoor strawberries. Produce is harvested daily to maintain freshness and as he harvests it all himself, quality is maintained. Currently, home grown produce includes - cauliflowers, broccoli, carrots, primo cabbage and runner beans, with autumn strawberries ready soon. All home grown produce is competitively priced as there are no 'food miles' or 'middle men' involved! Why not enjoy a cup of delicious coffee in the coffee shop? Coffee is supplied by Reads of Sherborne and tasty, homemade cakes made by JJs Cakes. Bower Hinton Farm Shop is a proper farm shop on a real working farm.

Brown and Forrest Smokery

Brown and Forrest is a small family run smokery, that started 31 years ago here in Somerset. They produce the finest smoked eel and salmon as well as a whole range of delicious smoked foods

Root and Vine of Sturminster Newton always have a wonderful selection of quality fruit and vegetables. Chutney making - they have all you need to make your chutney - vegetables, dried fruits, chillies and vinegar! They are now stocking wholesome snacks too such as yogurt covered raisins, pineapple tid bits and tropical mix.

including smoked chicken, duck, lamb and trout. They stock over forty products in their shop which is attached to their awardwinning restaurant. Mail order is sent all over the UK and they supply wholesale to customers such as The Hawksmoor Group, Scotts, Le Caprice, J.Sheekey, The Gilbert Scott, Raoul's Deli & Restaurant, Brooks Club and Fortnum and Mason. In the restaurant they serve their customers with locally sourced produce where possible, fresh from the smokery. Often so fresh it is actually unloaded straight out of the smoker! They also offer homemade soups, puddings and cakes. The aim is to offer simple excellence. Menus change daily offering the freshest produce. The restaurant is fully licenced and offers a variety of wines individually selected to complement their smoked food. In the summer enjoy your lunch outside overlooking the fields with the hint of smoke in the air from the smokery.

New Cross Fruit Farm

New Cross Fruit Farm has been a specialist fruit farm since 1948 and is run by the Hebditch family. William and Liz are the 2nd generation here.

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A Taste of The West Country They farm 170 acres atop the first range of hills south of the Somerset Levels, and their deep and fertile sandy clay loam allows them to grow a range of fruits and asparagus. They run a small farm gate outlet during the picking season and you can also buy and try their produce at numerous independent retailers and restaurants throughout the South West. William and Liz pride themselves on growing the best quality produce, all picked and packed by hand on site. They grow a wide variety of produce and love to see old and new faces alike enjoying the fruits of their labour.


THE HAzEL is a small round nut with a hard brown shell. It grows in clusters in woods, thickets and hedgerows and is harvested in August and September. Rich in oil, hazelnuts have a high calorific content and comprise about 60% fat. They also contain sulphur, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and nicotinic acid. With their distinctive taste, hazelnuts are used for flavouring and decorating cakes, desserts, biscuits and confectionery. For culinary purposes, hazelnuts can be bought ready shelled. The skins are removed, not by blanching as with almonds, but by grilling or baking in the oven. Preheat the oven to fairly hot 190ºC, Gas Mark 5. Spread the hazelnuts on a baking sheet and bake for 5 - 6 minutes. Alternatively, heat the grill to high and grill for 3 minutes, shaking the pan once or twice. Remove the nuts from the heat and when cool enough to handle, rub between your fingers to remove the skins.

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The following recipe for Hazelnut Macaroons is an unusual variation of the traditional macaroons made with almonds. Ingredients 3 egg whites 8 oz sugar 6 oz hazelnuts, shelled, peeled and ground 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind Method 1. Line a large baking sheet with rice paper or non-stick silicone paper and set aside. 2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric whisk until they are light and frothy. 3. Gradually add the sugar, beating constantly, and continue beating until the mixture forms stiff peaks. 4. With a metal spoon, lightly fold in the hazelnuts, vanilla essence and lemon rind into the egg whites. 5. Drop heaped teaspoons of the mixture on to the lined baking sheet leaving about 1 inch between them. 6. Set the baking sheet aside for 1½ hours. 7. Pre-heat the oven to moderate 180ºC , Gas Mark 4. 8. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the macaroons for 15 minutes, or until they are firm to the touch. 9. Remove from the oven and leave to cool thoroughly before removing them from the baking sheet. Hazelnut macaroons are delicious served with coffee.

Robert Stone & Co, chartered accountants and tax advisers in Ilminster answers questions from small businesses in Somerset ... Q1. I am thinking of investing some money in premium bonds. Are there any tax advantages or disadvantages? Robert Stone replies:

you won't receive interest on the money held in premium bonds, but any prizes you receive from those bonds are tax free. The prize fund is calculated on the basis of a nominal interest rate of 1.3%. Thus if you hold £10,000 in premium bonds for one year, on average you should expect to win £130 as bond prizes over the year. However, that return is not guaranteed and you may win more or less. you could also win the big prize of £1million. The premium bonds will form part of your estate for inheritance tax purposes, so will be subject to inheritance tax on your death if the value of your total estate exceeds the exempt limit of £325,000 (which is fixed until 2018).

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Q2. I am a non-executive director of a number of companies. Can I offer consultancy services to those companies on a self-employed basis? Robert Stone replies:

you can offer your services to those companies on a selfemployed basis, but you need to have a clear contract that distinguishes your work as a consultant from work you do as a director. The self-employed tasks need to be invoiced separately and declared to HMRC as a separate business from your fees as a director. Generally the fees for work you perform as a director should be taxed under PAyE. Legislation introduced in the Finance Act 2013 requires the IR35 provisions to apply to work done as officers where that work is charged through a third party, such as a personal service company.

Q3. I formed my new company in November 2012 and my wife (Liz) became a director and employee of that company at that time. Liz is now expecting our first child in August 2013. Can our company pay Liz statutory maternity pay? Robert Stone replies:

Unfortunately Liz has not worked for 26 weeks for her employer before the 15 weeks prior to birth, so statutory maternity pay is not due. There is nothing to stop your company from paying Liz her normal wages while she is on maternity leave, but as those wages do not amount to statutory maternity pay the company can't reclaim that pay from the tax office. If you have an urgent query, do not hesitate to contact Robert Stone on 01460 55661.

Letters to the Editor Proposed dualling of A303

Sir, I wish Somerset well with its desire to see the A303 dualled for its entire length. Going back at least 15 years we in the villages near the road put forward comments for dualling from Wylye to the Mere by-pass. Nothing happened and I fear that until Stonehenge is sorted out nothing will. I cannot see how you can envisage a dualled road for over a hundred miles with a single carriageway past Stonehenge. How many of us have driven up from the South of Europe only to have a sea of red brake lights ahead of us as we approach the stone circle? John Longley Tisbury

Dorset Foods Reunion

Sir, At last the long awaited reunion is being organised by a group of past employees of Dorset Foods, Longmead, Shaftesbury and Station Road, Stalbridge. It must be the most talked about reunion ever and now here it is, your chance to catch up with old friends and colleagues. I started in 1977 at the age of 15, was that really almost 40 years ago? A social evening is being held on Friday 6th September at The Bird In Hand, Henstridge at 7.30pm. We will need names so please e-mail sue.allard@ or text/phone 07866 073466. Please come, everyone is very welcome. Sue Allard (nee Cooke) Marnhull Dorset

Cary Carnival

Sirs, By the time this issue of The Visitor goes to print, Castle Cary Carnival will only be a few weeks away. And as I write this, Britannia club members are down at the cart, nearly every night and all day throughout the weekends, (Chairman Jiggy’s wife Heather has suggested he takes his bed

down there!) As with many of the Carnival clubs, money has been a bit tight for us this year, so I am taking this opportunity to express our appreciation to Graham Clothier for his kind and generous donation. Not forgetting Nigel and his ‘Merry men’ from Phillips Tyres of Castle Cary, for their time and expertise in renewing the tyres on our tractor (an all day job). Thank you all. In our spare time!!, we are busy practising the dance routine – I do tell them it is too fast for an old girl like myself - but the youngsters just laugh at me! Jenny is busy making the costumes, burning the midnight oil, and reminding us not to eat too much, or we won’t fit into them! So folks, don’t forget to come along on the evening of Saturday 12th October to Castle Cary town, and support our fabulous procession. Dig deep in to your pockets; as the collection is shared amongst some excellent charities (Britannia CC will be asking for a donation towards Lung disease research – in memory of Nigel aka ‘Harold’ Strickland). But most importantly give us, and all the other competitors, a resounding cheer as we pass by, with some well deserved applause. Thank you. C. Stone Britannia Carnival Club Castle Cary

Wincanton Poppy Appeal

Sir, The Poppy Appeal runs from the end of October to August the following year and we have just received confirmation of Wincanton's Poppy Appeal results. Including Gift Aid, £12,186 was raised, not only does it include donations for poppies in the collecting tins but large injections of cash from the Wincanton Silver Band Concert last November and the Miller's Inn Armed Forces Day event in June. The Royal British Legion in Wincanton also benefits from

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For P.A. Baxter - now you know why!

Sir, Some years ago my wife and I were driving across North Dakota. The temperature was in the 40s and we were in a non-air conditioned car. Wrapped in wet towels, with a cool-box between us, vents and windows shut because the air coming in was hotter than that in the car, we sought relief. In a small town we found a bar and staggered in. It was like walking into a deepfreeze. There was a central aisle with banquettes on each side, a bar at the end. I asked for two beers. "Sure", said the barman (bartender, barkeep?) "Schlitz, Bud, Coors?" "Don't care." "you must be English." It turned out he had been stationed in East Anglia with the US Air Force and had actually developed

a taste for 'warm English beer'. As we sat drinking an (albeit welcome) quencher it dawned on me why American, and for that matter Australian beer has to be served ice cold. If it was not so you'd be able to taste it. Keith Chadbourn 3 St Michael's Close Over Compton DT9 4QR

Mobile Phones

Sir, I was interested to read about your search for a mobile phone which allows you to simply make and receive calls. Might I suggest you look for a Nokia 100 on a Pay As You Go tariff. It's a straightforward phone to use and has sensible size keys. I bought mine at Car Phone Warehouse where, the last time I looked, it was on sale for less than £20. In fact I bought mine for a fiver because I had a phone to trade in. May I say how much I enjoyed your article which I read while on holiday in Dorset last week. Cliff Mogg Old Basing Nr Basingstoke

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Dispatches Pupils' fundraising plea helps secure new IT resource for local school  

Letters written by pupils to local employers have helped to secure funding for new IT equipment at one of the area's most popular primary schools. Crown Pet Foods of Castle Cary was one of many contributors to help address a shortfall in funding so that the 60 pupils in the next school year at Lovington Church of England Primary School will be able to benefit from faster and more up to date IT equipment. Crown Pet Foods' Kate Shouls and the company's People and Organisation Director, Alex Chadwick, recently visited the school to personally deliver a donation to the school's Headteacher and to meet the authors of the two letters it had received - ten year old Jack Norman and eleven year old Max Warman. ‘It was a really enjoyable visit,’ said Alex Chadwick. ‘The enthusiasm of Jack and Max for the new IT equipment was infectious and we're delighted to provide a donation to help the school and its pupils fulfil their aspirations. We've also agreed to organise special days for pupils to visit the company next year so they can see for themselves how we use our IT equipment and why such resources are so important in today's world of business.’ ‘We're absolutely delighted with the support we've received from local firms,’ says Headteacher,

Max Warman and Jack Norman of Lovington Church of England Primary School with Headteacher, Claire Marsland (seated), and Crown Pet Foods' Alex Chadwick and Kate Shouls.

Claire Marsland. ‘The children really entered into the spirit of things by writing heartfelt letters to local businesses to show what a difference new computer equipment would make in their lessons. ‘Such honest and passionate words have clearly caught the attention of businesses all over the area and we can't thank Crown Pet Foods and the other contributors enough for their generosity. It really will transform our teaching environment for the start of next term as our existing equipment is now very old, difficult to use and is far from ideal for pupils and teachers alike.’

Visually impaired drivers ‘exhilarated’ behind the wheel

It’s something the sighted community takes for granted, but for thousands of people living with visual impairment the simple pleasure of driving is denied them, until now. Dorset Blind Association recently teamed up with Somerset Sight and

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2nd2none Driving School to offer members a chance to get behind the wheel at Henstridge Airfield in North Dorset. ‘Driving is the one thing that my younger members tell me they would love to do,’ says Leah Cross, a home support coordinator for Dorset Blind Association. ‘Many either never get a chance to apply for a licence or have it taken away from them when they start to experience visual problems.’ With instructors James Orgar and Eric Johnson providing tuition in their dual control cars, Leah says the young drivers were ‘exhilarated’ and plans to run more sessions in the future. Adrian Reigate, from Somerset, said: ‘It’s weird, I felt so alive. It gave me a feeling of normality.’ For more information contact Leah Cross on 07789 997620.

Outstanding A-level Success for Bruton School for Girls

Bruton School for Girls are celebrating yet another outstanding year of academic achievement, with over 88% of the A-level grades obtained being A*- C. Fiona Donaldson, Head of Sixth Form said ‘This year’s results are really fabulous. The girls have worked so hard throughout the year and have been such fun to teach. I am delighted that they have achieved the grades they need to further their education and the majority will go on to study at the University of their choice.’

Blind or Partially Sighted?

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Dispatches Headmistress, Nicola Botterill commented: ‘I could not be happier with the results achieved this year; especially as this is my first year as headmistress at the school. I am passionate about education and we are constantly looking at new ways to instil excellence in everything we do – these outstanding results show we are going from strength to strength and I am especially looking forward to the new academic year with our newly remodelled Sixth Form centre,’ she added. The school is one of only 27 schools in the country, and the only one in the South West, to hold the Eco Schools Ambassador Award demonstrating green issues and sustainability are embedded into the ethos of the school. In addition to a first class education the school also adds value through extracurricular activities and enhances creativity through its community art and eco links. Visit for further information.

Antiques Bazaar

Establishing any new enterprise is a risk, particularly during the current economic climate, but Antiques Bazaar in Crewkerne decided to go ahead last year and they celebrated their first anniversary on 1 August 2013. Trade was quiet in the early days but now Antiques Bazaar is a busy and thriving trading centre accommodating 60 experienced and dedicated traders. The stock is extremely varied covering vintage and retro clothing, Turkish rural artefacts, fishing tackle, railwayana, jewellery, Victorian china, painted furniture, stripped and restored antique pine, unusual sofas, vintage linen and textiles, garden ornaments, postcards, specialist magazines, traditional mahogany and oak furniture, gifts and many more unusual items. Customers - local, national and international, along with film companies, design specifiers, interior designers, dealers, collectors and tourists all enjoy the friendly, cheerful and relaxed atmosphere. The in-store Home Bakery Café serves a variety of cakes, sausage rolls, pasties and quiches plus a choice of excellent coffees, teas, drinks, sandwiches and daily specials.

Private Nursing Care from £700.00 per week the aurora care group offers private nursing care in our somerset nursing homes at prices from £700.00 per week 166 Hendford Hill, Yeovil, BA20 2RG 01935 470400

Our homes are spread across south Somerset and variously offer: ● 24 hour nursing care in purpose built accommodation ● large single en suite rooms with ensuite wet rooms ● comprehensive social programmes with several activities a day, designed to stimulate physically, intellectually and socially ● restaurant standard dining in own rooms or dining rooms ● Frequent trips out in our own minibus ● beautiful landscaped gardens with breathtaking views over the somerset countryside Hurst, Martock, TA12 6JU 01935 823467 Higher Holton, nr. Wincanton, BA9 8EA 01963 33370 THE VISITOR September 2013 9

Leisure & Tra vel cycle-babble SEPTEMBER brings the Tour of Britain (ToB) back to our nation's roads as Britain's premier road race once again welcomes some of the world's finest riders to our shores. The race should see Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish amongst the peloton on the start line in Scotland, ahead of eight days and 1,045 kilometres of racing. Here's a brief guide to the 2013 ToB.

Sunday 15th September Peebles to Drumlanrig Castle, 209.9km

The ToB starts with the longest stage of the race. Just shy of 210kms, three categorised climbs lie in wait. The third and final intermediate sprint point is intriguingly positioned just 14kms from the finish. Drumlanrig Castle should see bunch sprint for stage win and the right to wear the first IG Gold Jersey of the race. Wikipedia(TM) Fact of the Stage (WFS): Drumalanrig Castle houses works of art by Rembrandt and Da Vinci. The latter's Madonna of the yarnwinder was returned in 2007 following its theft in 2003.

Monday 16th September Carlisle to Kendal, 186.6km

With three intermediate sprint points in the opening 85km, the teams of riders with aspirations

for taking home the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey will be looking to neutralise any escape attempts. After the final sprint point in Whitehaven, the attention turns to the climbers with three classified climbs in the final 85km. The toughest is the category one Honister Pass with stretches at 25% gradient. After the final climb at Chestnut Hill it's a rolling final 50km into the finish. WFS: John Cunliffe, the creator of the television show Postman Pat lived in Kendal for six years and used the area as inspiration for Greendale, where the show is set.

Tuesday 17th September Knowsley ITT, 16km

An individual time trial around Knowsley Safari Park pitches the peloton against the ToB clock. This is man against time, with nowhere to hide. The ToB's press release detailing the route makes much of the fact that this is the race's longest ever TT but the fact is that 16km remains a very short test by most race's standards. Still, with the final winning margin likely to be tight, every second is vital so this stage could have quite an effect on the overall race result. WFS: Knowsley Safari Park has a ‘car friendly’ route option that by-passes the Baboon enclosure.

So, you think you know your pop music, do you? By John Osborne • Answers can be found on page 47

the ‘killers’ asked ‘are we Human or are we…’ What? ‘living on my own’ was a posthumous 1993 hit for whom? the ‘spice girls’ and sam brown had a hit with the same one-word titled song. name it. 4. name the duo who said ‘Yes sir, I can boogie’ in 1977. 5. Who was ‘right Here Waiting’ in 1989? 6. What sort of ‘Fighting’ did carl douglas do for his no.1 in 1974? 7. ‘an old raincoat Won’t ever let You down’ the first solo album from who? (clue: 1969) 8. Which ‘t.rex’ song was released as ‘bang a gong’ in the U.s.a.? 9. jackie Wilson had a hit with ‘I get the sweetest Feeling’ in three different years – name two 10. name the shared title of singles by Holly johnson and the ‘o’jay’s’ 1. 2. 3.

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Wednesday 18th September Stoke on Trent to Llanberis, 190kms

Three classified climbs come in the final 60km as the race makes its way into north Wales and a finish at Llanberis. The final climb is just 10km from the end of the stage, after which comes a mad-cap descent into the finish. WFS: The famous Snowdon Race starts in Llanberis. Runners must run five miles to the top of Snowdon and back. The record is held by a Kenny Stewart who recorded 1:02:29 in 1985.

Thursday 19th September Machynlleth to Caerphilly, 177kms

One of the toughest stages on this year's race finishes with a dual ascent of Caerphilly mountain. The climb is short at just 1.4km, but it is steep, averaging 8.5% and giving the climbers in the bunch a real chance to escape and gain time. From the top of the final ascent it's just 5km, all downhill, to the finish. WFS: Led zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant first started working on the song that would later become Stairway to Heaven whilst staying in a holiday cottage near Machynlleth.

Friday 20th September Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor, 137km

A short but brutal stage that culminates with the ToB's first ever category one summit finish. Three category two climbs and three intermediate sprint points are thrown in from Sidmouth before the category one climax at Haytor. The 6km long climb averages 4.5% but has stretches significantly tougher - the perfect launch pad for someone with climbing-legs fully engaged.

WFS: In the 1800s steps and a handrail were installed to allow tourists easier access to Haytor prompting a Dr Croker to complain it enabled ‘the enervated and pinguedinous scions of humanity ... to gain the summit.’

Saturday 21st September Epsom to Guildford, 155km

Three climbs, all first category, come in the opening 50km from Epsom racecourse. None are particularly long but they will test the riders' resolve coming after two tough days. From the top of the final climb it's a rolling 100km to the finish on Guildford's High St. WFS: Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass is buried in Guildford's Mount Cemetery.

Sunday 22nd September The London Stage, 88km

Ten laps of a 8.8km long circuit around central London. Starting and finishing on Whitehall the circuit takes the riders out to Tower Hill and back, passing iconic London landmarks such as Downing Street and the Houses of Westminster. The stage will be preceded by a women's race on the same circuit helping to publicise next year's inaugural 5day Women's ToB – more of which in future columns. WFS: Whitehall is home to eight monuments including the Cenotaph and a monument to the Women of World War II. It is one of the race's toughest routes and should make for good viewing. ITV4 will be broadcasting every stage live as well as a nightly highlights show. Giles Belbin

Leisure & Tra vel Cary Carnival Society member Paul Hansford said, ‘It would be great to have the fun fair in Cary again this year – it really helps to boost the carnival atmosphere. The field that the fun fair previously occupied simply can’t be used this time, so we’ve tried to help Mr Burnett find a new site - sadly, without success. It would be so good if anyone who hears about this, can offer some space around our town for the fun fair.’ If anyone can help please contact Mr Pete Burnett direct on 07778 427976.

The Motorhome Show Shepton Mallet

Held for the 28th year at the Royal Bath & West Showground, just south of Shepton Mallet, The Motorhome Show is always a popular event and there’s no better place to view and compare so many different models than at everyone’s favourite show. Over the long weekend of the 13th - 15th September everything ‘Motorhome’ will be for sale; from the latest new designs to pre-loved models along with a host of accessories from the very latest

The flags will be flying over the weekend of 13th - 15th September leading you to the Motorhome Show at the Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet.

John Leach Gallery

A new exhibition of ceramic sculpture and etchings by Peter Hayes and Jenny Graham can be viewed in the John Leach Gallery, from 7th September until 12th November 2013, Monday to Saturday, 9am-1pm and 2pm5pm. Free admission. The Gallery can be found at Muchelney Pottery, Muchelney, Nr Langport, TA10 0DW, www.johnleach

Wessex Heavy Horse Show

2012 saw perhaps the wettest annual Wessex Heavy Horse Show yet. Stalwart exhibitors and visitors pressed on regardless, and managed to stay cheerful despite the conditions, as can be seen in the photograph as the Ladies Cart winner is presented with her cup. This year we hope very much to be able to welcome dry weather back again! The Show is one of the largest events of its type in the South West, and

24th August Marston Inn, Marston Magna

typically attracts over forty entries: an excellent chance to see our Heavy Horse breeds in their polished and be-ribboned finery. We'd love to see you there too!

Field Wanted for Carnival Fun Fair

The Fun Fair has been visiting Castle Cary during Carnival week for around 35 years, but this year they are unable to use their usual site. Do you own a field or piece of land that could accommodate all the fun of the fair?

Ladies Cart Winner being presented with cup at the 2012 Wessex Heavy Horse Show.

yeovil Concert band & scrumpy sax Quartet


Present a concert at

The Johnson Hall Millfield School, Street on

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Leisure & Travel awnings, to reversing aids and high tech electronic gear, plus a great selection of outdoor leisure clothing, all at unbeatable prices. In addition to the exhibition, visitors staying for the long weekend have a varied entertainment programme organised for them. Admission charge for day visitors is adults £5 per person in advance online at www.see /themotorhomeshow or £7.50 per person on the gate. Accompanied children under 16 are free and day car parking is also free. More information available from: www.themotorhomeshow

PawFest 2013

The Somerset & Dorset Animal Rescue centre on the outskirts of Wincanton is a non-profit centre run entirely from donations and by a team of very dedicated volunteers. They take in and rehome any animal in need and their ‘non-destruct’ policy means that every animal is given a chance for a new start in life. Like every rescue centre in the country they are feeling the effects of the recession. Looking for

innovative ways to raise money is not easy and in 2011 they held their very first music festival, PawFest, at their premises at Balsam Farm. They were delighted to be joined by over 500 festival and animal lovers and after the event had some wonderful feedback, so it inspired them to hold another event in 2012. PawFest 2013 will be held on Saturday 7th September, to help raise much needed funds. STOP PRESS * STOP PRESS The Visitor has 5 pairs of tickets to give away to the first 5 correct entries received in our PawFest Competition. Just answer the following question: When was the first PawFest held in Wincanton? Answers by email to (info@ or on a postcard to The Visitor (PawFest), P.O.Box 1, Castle Cary, Somerset, BA7 7BG, to arrive by Monday 2nd September. The first 5 correct entries pulled from the hat will win the tickets. Do not forget to state your name and address on your entry.


music festival Saturday 7 September, 12 noon – 1pm

Wild Cardz of Wincanton are now pleased to offer a range of knitting yarns by King Cole. They stock everything from 3ply through to chunky knit plus a range of haberdashery items such as knitting needles, elastic, buttons etc. There is a range of patterns to include knits for dolls and premature babies, soft toys, Christmas and Halloween items plus fashion knits. Knitted Commissions are undertaken – in particular for baby clothes. Children’s crafts such as painting by numbers, beads and modelling (Playdoh) can be found - plus an assortment of craft papers and glues. Craft Kits

containing an assortment of items such as wires, wiggly eyes, pom poms etc. are proving very popular at just £4.99 – ideal to keep the kids amused.

Jaywalk Guitars

Jaywalk Guitars has moved to a bigger and better store. Now at 104 on the main section of the High Street in Street, opposite Four Seasons, they have more of everything: more guitars, more amps, more accessories and more stock. They’ve added Faith guitars, Dean guitars and Hughes

aIRFIx maIN SToCKISTS Humbrol Paints Brushes, Glue and Accessories Extensive Range of Diecast Models Unit 6, 15 oxford Road Pen mill Trading estate YeoVIL ba21 5HR Tel : 01935 471154

Thinking of model making? There’s everything you need in this Airfix kit to get you started. Hundreds to choose from at Mark’s Models, Yeovil.

35 High Street, Wincanton, Somerset BA9 9JU • Tel: 01963 31234



Magnus Puto ★ Bag of Rats ★ Abbi Baker ★ The Rock Doctors Call Me Blondie ★ Scruffy Jack & Wincanton Primary Glee Club Food Tent – Beer Tent – Tea Tent – Kids Activities Tent Bouncy Castle – Chill Out Area Somerset and Dorset animal Rescue balsam Farm, wincanton, Somerset, ba9 9Rb Buy Tickets On Line: Ticket Hotline: 07763 712290 tickets £20 (unDer 12s free) Tickets Available From: SDAR Rescue Shop, Swan Yard, Sherborne • Totally Floored, Wincanton Unicorn Inn, Bayford • The Fountain Inn, Shaftesbury • The Ship Inn, West Stour • Candy’s Newsagents, Stalbridge The Club Lounge, Shepton Mallet • KD Grooming, Wincanton

C m NTH I o R S o F THe

August 24th WISE INTENTIONS - rose & crown, bradford abbas 25th STORM - Quicksilver mail, Yeovil 25th FLATLAND BOOGIE BAND (3pm - 6pm) - Prince of Wales, Ham Hill 25th CHRIS RAINBOW - Wyndham arms, kingsbury episcopi 26th JAZZ PUNK (3pm - 6pm) - Prince of Wales, Ham Hill 26th A DAY of MUSIC (from noon) - Queens arms, corton denham 30th RAILHOGS - Quicksilver mail, Yeovil 31st THE VANS BAND (from 1pm) - montague Inn, shepton montague 31st LES MARTIN - Wyndham arms, kingsbury episcopi September aN aDvert 1st POWERCUT (3pm - 6pm) - Prince of Wales, Ham Hill iN the 7th US acoustic duo - lord nelson, norton sub Hamdon 8th BELL STREET JAZZ BAND - montague Inn, shepton montague pub pages eNsures 14th LIVE MUSIC - marston Inn, marston magna a free 21st POWERCUT - lord nelson, norton sub Hamdon meNtioN 29th TIM BASSETT (4.30pm - 8pm) - marston Inn, marston magna here

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We now stock Knitting Wool

3-Ply through to chunky knit needles – Patterns – Haberdashery


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Hobbies & Pastimes Including Antiques & Kettner amps to their already extensive range, which includes Fender guitars and amps, Martin acoustic guitars and Blackstar amps to name just a few. Plus there's a new soundproof demo room to try out all the equipment. Don't forget they also stock second hand gear, accept part exchange and do repairs on guitars and amps. Somerset's best guitar specialist just got better, so visit Jaywalk and check it out!

your computer - visit A. J. S. Computing of Gillingham - sales, service and accessories. Friendly and helpful advice always available.

Mid-West Office Supplies

At Mid-West the Stationers in Sherborne, in addition to their large range of stationery they also stock a wealth of Hobby and

Christine Jewels

Italian Language Services, based in yeovil, has been providing high quality language tuition for a number of years. Christine Jewels founded the business on the principle of providing tuition tailored to the needs of her students. A large part of her work consists of a range of small classes that can take students from zero knowledge to A level standard. Some students take examinations, but the majority just want to enjoy improving their knowledge of Italian. Christine also works for corporate clients providing translation and interpreting services as well as language tuition. Should you be going on holiday, she also teaches a course, Holiday Italian, which provides the basic language skills to travel, eat and shop in Italy. There are also one day Workshops which provide an enjoyable taster or the opportunity for some revision. Christine also provides one to one teaching at all levels to address particular language needs.

These fun fingerless hand warmers are easy to make and a free pattern is available to personal callers at Hanson’s Fabrics & Crafts of Sturminster Newton. Here you will find a host of crafts and hobbies to keep you busy during the winter months. Examples of the crafts are always on display to give you creative ideas.

A J S Computing

Computing is fun for all ages - it can be educational, an excellent means of communication and fun to play games on. Whatever you require from

Craft products. From card and papers (different weights, colours and types including tissue and crepe) to decorating items such as flowers, glitter, beads and ribbon to add decoration and flare. Plus stickon shapes, all ideal for card making. Art materials from Easels, Canvas, Sketch books, scrapbooking, paints, pastels, brushes etc. To keep all your materials tidy and together there’s a range of really useful storage boxes. Equipment to use to create your hobby, knives, scissors, trimmers, glues for most applications and a variety of stationery items you have come to expect from a local independent stationer, who aims to ‘keep business local’.

Mid-West The Stationers Stationery, Cards and Gift Wrap Office Equipment and Furniture Printer Inks & Toners Competitive Prices FREE Local Delivery

10% OFF Craft Goods During September with this advert (CUT OUT) Stockists of Lamy, Waterman, Sheaffer and Parker Pens, Filofax & Collins Organisers Call at our shop ...

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Hobbies & Pastimes Including Antiques John Birtle

Strictly Come Dancing has brought a surge of popularity once more to dancing - ballroom, latin, modern, sequence, rock and roll and salsa - each dance having a style of its own. Dancing can be fun and a great way to keep fit and socialize. With the advent of cruises or perhaps the need to attend more formal functions dancing is a great social asset If you would like to learn to dance either for fun or to exam standard - contact John Birtle of Langport who is fully qualified and with many years of experience - will soon have you proficient.

Barton Studio Gallery

Barton Studio Gallery, in Barton St. David, showcases the artistic talents of brother and sister team Vic and Lois Blackburn. Vic combines painting, photography and computer graphics to produce representational, visionary and abstract images. Lois, who came to glass via fine art and screenprinting, has worked in this medium for thirty years, mainly in CA. USA. Her experience covers architectural, leaded, painted and fused glass. She also creates dichroic glass and gemstone jewellery and gives regular glass classes. On September 14th and 15th


Paintings and Prints Leaded, Painted and Fused Glass Dichroic Glass & Gemstone Jewellery

01458 851563 8 High Jarmany Rural Workshops Jarmany Hill, Barton St. David TA11 6DA

A selection of jewellery and decorative antiques from Jenny Martin, including various clocks, fireplace accessories, oil lamps, light fittings and domestic metalware, will be available at the Shepton Mallet Antiques & Collectors Fair, the Royal Bath & West Showground (Showering Pavilion, Stand 94 - a regular spot for over 25 years) on Friday, Saturday & Sunday 20th - 22nd September.

they are getting their new exhibition underway with an open weekend, when both will be available to talk about and demonstrate their work. The exhibition, entitled Of Darkness and Light, runs until October 7th 10am-6pm except Thursdays. Also at hand on 14th will be Neals yard Remedies Organic representative Janet, who can help you to sample and select products

tapestry kits, embroidery and cross stitch kits. stockists: DMC, Anchor, Appletons. Full stretching, making up and framing service. knitting Wools including: Stylecraft, Bergere De France, and Wendy. soon stocking Sirdar. design commissions undertaken. Postal services available. 1 Cheap Street, Sherborne Dorset DT9 3PT 01935 815361 

BALLROOM DANCING • Private lessons • Modern Ballroom • latin American • Party Dances

Langport Dance Centre Members Latin & Ballroom

John Birtles Professional Dancing Teacher

P.T.D. Members Latin & Ballroom

Telephone: Langport (01458) 250322

from the award winning luxury beauty and aromatherapy range.

Sherborne Tapestry Centre

Autumn is coming, with colder weather and longer nights, so now is the time to try out a new craft or treat yourself to a new project from Sherborne Tapestry Centre, 1 Cheap Street. Christmas is just around the corner and it's time to start making those gifts that

Beaminster Antiques, Vintage & Collectables Fair saturday 14th september Public Hall Beaminster Dorset

your loved ones will really enjoy and treasure. From card and beginner kits to amazing new wools and patterns there is truly something for everyone to have a go at. Come in and check out our new quilting section.

Antiques Collecting

The Antiques Roadshow is a popular television programme instilling in viewers the desire to search their attics for that longforgotten family treasure. Collecting antiques appeals to all ages because of the diversity, from buttons to jewellery, toys to porcelain, furniture to books, there is something for everyone in choice and budget.

gold & Silver Jewellery Wanted

9.30am – 4.00pm

✱ next fair ✱ saturday 5th October

Best prices paid for wedding rings, pendants, chains, bracelets, and broken items, etc.

Bookings & Enquiries Meadow Fairs 01297 24446

Phone Jenny Martin Castle Cary

01963 350733

PASTIMES of Sherborne We pay top prices for old toys - any condition Trains • Cars • Lorries • Soldiers • Etc. Britains * Dinky * Corgi * Hornby Meccano * Tri-ang * Etc. shop open mornings 9.30am - 1.00pm monday to saturday

tel: 01935 816072 Mob: 07527 074343 Home VIsIts bY arrangement

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3 Westbury, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3EH

Hobbies & Pastimes Yandles Woodworking Show

yandles Autumn Show is being held on the 6th & 7th September and is now one of the longest running Woodworking Shows in the Country. It is the highlight of many a woodworkers calendar, attracting thousands of visitors from around the Country and Europe, many booking their annual holidays to coincide with it. Part of its popularity is down to the fact that it is a very friendly, informal show, where visitors can catch up with old friends and meet up with new ones. It is also the natural home for a woodworking show – a traditional working sawmill whose history dates back to the 1860’s. The whole site is transformed into a showground with marquees hosting an array of leading craftspeople, from Rachel Huggett, the chainsaw sculptor and Terry Heard with his traditional caravan making brooms and pegs as well as respected Woodturners and Carvers such as David Appleby, Colin Simpson and Rod Page. Live demonstrations will keep visitors entertained with new techniques to learn, useful advice

on tools and crafts and plenty of handy tips. The Sawmill is converted in to a massive shopping area packed full of leading manufacturers such as Record Power, Brimarc, Sorby and Mafell, all displaying and demonstrating the latest equipment and offering special deals. The show also has the best selection of planking and blanks to be found at any similar event in the UK all discounted during the two days. The shows are one of the few remaining free events in the Country and not only do they have amazing demonstrations in wood working, carving and stick making to name a few, but also hobby demonstrations in paper craft, jewellery making etc., plus a 303 Gallery and a food marquee. There is something for everyone to make it an enjoyable day out for family and friend which has free entry and parking and is held in a traditional working sawmill, something of a rare event these days. For further information contact 01935 822207, information sheets available now, e-mail or visit


wooDwoRKING SHow & SaLe wITH CRaFTS Friday 6th September, 10am – 5pm Saturday 7th September, 10am – 4pm wHY VISIT a YaNDLeS SHow ?  It is FREE both to enter and park  It has one of the largest numbers of woodworking related trade stands to be found at a UK woodworking show  It caters for both amateur and professional users  It offers the best selection of planks and blanks to be found at such events  There is a great line up of top demonstrators THe wooDwoRKING & HobbY SHoPS wILL be HoLDING a SaLe  Arts and crafts demonstrations and sale to entertain non-woodworkers !!!  Craft gallery and refreshment marquee FRee eNTRY • FRee PaRKING aa SIGNPoSTeD “A fantastic day out at one of the truly great woodworking shows”

Crewkerne Antiques Centre, run by Eddie & Rae Blewdon, is an Aladdin’s Cave of wonderful antiques.

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With 50 dealers and 30 display Cabinets Jewellery, Silver, Glass, Rocking Horses, China and an extensive Range of Furniture ✿ GaRden nOW OPen ✿ Statues – Patio Sets – Benches – and More! anTiQUeS BOUGHT & SOld Open: Monday – Saturday 9.30am - 4.30pm

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Norris Body Repairs

Norris Body Repairs is a familyrun business near the town centre which carries out car body repairs paint work, restoration and MOT welding work. Large and small jobs welcome. If you have an insurance claim you can choose where your car is repaired and Norris Body Repairs offer a friendly alternative to the larger body shops. Richard Norris has over 20 years experience in the industry and will ensure you receive individual attention – together with a free estimate and highly skilled repair. Norris Body Repairs carry out welding work on vehicles that may have failed their MOT. Call Mary Norris to book your car in for repair today or call in for a free estimate.

Yeovil Auto Tuning

yeovil Auto Tuning celebrated 30 years of business in 2012 and this year has acquired Victoria Road Motor Services of yeovil, taking over both their client base and their telephone number 01935 471328. yeovil Auto Tuning is a family business run by Colin Frost, his wife Anita who deals with the reception and office work, plus mechanics Jamie and Ross. This small friendly team offer general servicing specialising in VW T4 and T5 vans, MOT’s and repairs. They also offer tyres and tracking and are stockists of


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Phillips Tyres, Castle Cary, renowned for their efficient service of fuel sales, replacement tyres, batteries and exhausts.

Winns specialists products. For a professional service at competitive prices visit yeovil Auto Tuning.

One to One

If you are having problems with your car or just need a routine service, pop down to One to One motor services in Torbay Road, Castle Cary. Run by husband and wife team Jon and Marie - Jon has over 30 years experience and is ably assisted by qualified mechanic Richard who has been with them for 16 years. Exhausts and tyres can be supplied and fitted and MOT’s undertaken. Number plates can be made and

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fitted. Having a fully equipped workshop with diagnostic equipment - servicing is available for all makes and model of car. A courtesy car is available if required. For a service you can rely on contact One to One of Castle Cary. Open Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm and Saturdays by appointment.

VINTAGE Motor Cycling I START THIS MONTH with the picture opposite which shows Bryan and Ruth Pope from Somerset preparing for the off on their splendid 1922 Royal Enfield sidecar outfit. The picture was

taken at the recent Wessex Veteran and Vintage Sections Beaded Edge Run which started and finished at the Shillingstone Railway Station. Ruth Pope is the current chairperson of the Somerset Section and always ably assisted by Bryan. The Beaded Edge Run is specially for pre 1931 machines and this year attracted 30 entrants, which included five visitors from Holland. The weather was kind (no rain) and not too hot thereby allowing these old bikes to perform well. It was a super event enjoyed by all, and our thanks go to the organiser Peter Hallowes. The Shillingstone Railway Station project is also worthy of mention. Volunteers are working extremely hard to revive the station with its period fitments, and an old carriage is being restored as a restaurant car. Give t hi s p l a ce a v i si t t o se e f o r yourselves, it changes every time you go, and give it what support you can as every penny raised is a bit more towards the restoration. The club diary continues as busy as ever. During September The Wessex V and V Section has a Bring and Buy on its club night on the 9th, and on the 29th they have another Pre 31 Run, this time starting at Ibsley Village Hall near Ringwood. The Somerset Section has a guest speaker at its club night on the 5th. On the 7th (Saturday) is the Codgers & Dodgers Run (I think that is a lovely name for what we do) from Watchfield and this is followed on the 15th by the West Somerset

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Run from Norton Fitzwarren. The Cornish Weekend is probably fully booked by now but takes place from the 27th to the 30th. The Dorset Section are similarly busy with its AGM at the club night on the 11th. The 15th will see the Last of the Summer Wine Run from Hinton St Mary (another nice name for a Run) and on the 25th there will be a Mid Week Run starting from the Sportsman Centre at Warden Hill. In addition the Dorset Section will have its usual Lunch Meet on the 4th and their Breakfast Meet on the 28th, both held at West Stour. As always details of any of these events can be obtained by ringing 01935-872528. Johannes Gutgemann was a German who based himself in the Birmingham area. In 1913 he started producing motorcycles under the name of Veloce Ltd, the company later changed its name to Velocette and the owner changed his name to Goodman. From the start this company made good quality and innovative machines and nearly all were finished in the traditional black and gold livery. This year sees the centenary for this company. Velocette always made machines of a sporting nature and for a relatively small company they enjoyed much racing success. For many years the overhead camshaft KSS and KTT models were at the forefront for racing and sports road use. Later in the company’s life they, along with many other manufacturers, tried to produce the machine for everyman. Their version ended up as the LE model (LE standing for little engine). This had a 150cc engine which was water cooled and very quiet, and was equipped with legshields for weather protection. Later


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increased to 192cc this model never enjoyed great commercial success with the motorcycling public but did became popular and better known as the police ‘Noddy’ bike. Velocette ceased production in the early 1970’s and another famous marque was lost. Many machines are still in regular use and have always engendered a devoted band of owners with an owners club specifically for this make. I wonder how many Velocettes will still be in use in another 100 years? When my old bikes are on display many people are fascinated by the gas lamps and wonder how they work. Gas lamps were used from the earliest days of motorcycling until the late twenties when they were superseded by electric lighting. Gas lamps and the earlier electric lighting were then only fitted as optional extras and seldom fitted as standard equipment. These lamps are powered by acetylene which had earlier been used in the mining industry, and is still

used by cavers today. Gas lamps consist of a headlamp and a tail lamp connected by rubber tube to a gas generator. The generator has a chamber at the top in which you put water, and a chamber at the base in which you put a lump of carbide (which looks like a piece of pumice stone). To operate you allow a drip of water to fall upon the carbide. The rate of water drip is regulated by an adjuster. The resultant chemical reaction gives off a gas which then passes along the rubber tube to each light. After a moment or two the front of the lamp is opened and a match applied to the gas burner and if you are at all lucky a flame will appear. With a mirror behind it the actual light is a pure white light which gives a good beam of light. The light is a flat light and not directed and concentrated as with modern headlamps. Providing the gas keeps flowing

the light continues until a short while after the water drip has been stopped. Frequently of course the wind would extinguish the flame and another match was needed. There are many riders even today who enjoy using these lamps, there is even a special event (called the Gas Lamp Run) at which they can be seen in use. The machines fitted with these lamps no longer need an MOT Test but for many years these lights were deemed to be ornamental and not functional and therefore did not need to be in working order. The only downside with these lamps, apart from the constantly going out, is that the wet carbide which is left in the container can be quite corrosive and spoil the delicate brass and nickel, which is why they are used infrequently. Rod Hann.

Haynes International Motor Museum 

Whether you are looking to get your car serviced, MOT’d or fully restored by their highly skilled technicians, Haynes is a one stop shop for all things motoring. They specialise in Jaguar and Land Rover cars, but work on all makes and models of any age. They employ factory trained technicians so you know you are being looked after by the best, and their work does not invalidate your manufacturers’ warranty. They can cope with diagnostic work on all models up to the present day with their diagnostic equipment, coupled with their experience there’s nothing they can’t do. If you would like to know more give them a call on 01963 442790.

GLIDeRoL GaRaGe DooRS All garage doors are different, so as a roller door specialist, (I don’t replace windows, etc.) I can survey, quote and install to your requirements and make the most of your garage opening, as generally no frame is necessary. With the option of automated operation with remote control, a top quality garage door need only be a phone call away.

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House & Home Choosing the Right Flooring for Your Home

Shopping for flooring can be daunting with so many materials, styles and colours to choose from. Distinguishing between the pros and cons of each one can be difficult and this is where your carpet retailer can help with professional advice. Choosing the right flooring is important in terms of comfort, appearance, warmth, and function. To make decision making easier, here is a general look at the most common types of flooring options. Carpet - Carpet is one of the best flooring options for bedrooms, and low-traffic areas. It's soft underfoot,

available in a wide range of colours and textures, and helps keep a room warm. Because bedrooms don't receive a lot of foot traffic, there is a low risk of staining. If using carpet in a high traffic area, such as a hallway or living area, consider purchasing a natural floor covering. While not as plush underfoot, these types of flooring are more durable and not as likely to wear or stain. Tile - Tile flooring is a must in a kitchen, bathroom, or entryway. Tiles are washable, durable, and easy to maintain. They won't be damaged by small amounts of

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Striped carpeting by Roger Oates is very popular, particularly in entrance halls, on landings and on stairs. To see the full range visit S.J.H. Carpets of Wincanton.

House & Home water, drinks or food spills, or tracked-in dirt, mud, or other debris. Tiles are a smart choice in high traffic areas of the home, or areas that are frequented by small children or pets. Wood - Wood flooring is a versatile choice which will look great in any room of the house. Wood flooring is available in a wide range of colours, thickness, and styles, so regardless of your decorating style, there is a wood floor that will look great in your home. Vinyl - Vinyl is an economical flooring option. It is water resistant making it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. The designs and colours of vinyl flooring are endless. It can easily be cleaned although harsh or abrasive cleaners are not recommended.

D R Carpets

In addition to a wide choice of carpets and flooring D R Carpets of Evercreech Junction are pleased to offer a rug service. Perhaps you have a extra piece of carpet left over? Why not have it bound into a rug? It is ideal for in front of the hearth or in the hallway where there is extra wear and tear.

season brings new and surprising additions to their ranges.

A & R Tiles

Anyone with experience of changing their flooring will know that there are a vast number of options to consider before setting your heart on one. A & R Tiles play cupid in the match between you and floor tiles. A & R Tiles have built up a reputation over 25 years for offering 'above and beyond' customer service, extensive product knowledge and good value tiles. They know that floor tiles should be at the top of your list in decision making, and they want to show you why: 1. Affordable prices make the decision easier. 2. Resistant to stains, and heat/moisture damage. Tiles are the perfect option in fighting allergies and asthma as they oppose mould, mildew, dust mites and other allergens. 3. Tough and durable. And not just that, they are fade, frost resistant and suitable for external use. 4. Individuality can be expressed by the limitless palette of colours, textures and sizes. Ceramic and Porcelain tiles

Needful Things

In their soft furnishings shop, Needful Things of Castle Cary are experiencing a great deal of interest in their bespoke curtain and blind making service and upholstery service. Fitted carpets and Persian rugs are also proving very popular. As the autumn approaches, Needful Things will once again fill from floor to ceiling with unusual an intriguing gifts and home accessories to delight and tempt you. Be sure to visit this delightful store, where every

Cary Tiles Ltd

Persian rugs add elegance and style to any home. Needful Things Interiors - Castle Cary.

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present the opportunity to express your personal tastes through your design

children or pets decide it would look much better decorated with mud.

5. Life expectancy of a tile is best explained by an archaeologist.

7. Suitable for any area. Whether it be an outdoor patio, swimming pool or kitchen, A & R Tiles will find you your perfect match.

6. Easy to clean with purely warm water, when the

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House & Home Heat your home with help from your local council!

Even though we’ve recently been enjoying a heat wave it is prudent to be thinking ahead especially when it comes to bulk buying fuel for the winter as prices can be cheaper when the weather is fine. The Somerset West Private Sector Housing Partnership have recently re-launched a 0% finance scheme enabling homeowners and tenants to bulk buy up to £500 of fuel for their household. Wessex Resolutions CIC, a not for profit Community Interest Company, administers the scheme on behalf of the local authority partnership. Mel Richards, Development & Delivery Manager at Wessex Resolutions said ‘Many households in Somerset rely on oil, Calor gas, coal or wood to heat their homes and may struggle to afford large payments up front. Borrowing £200 means repayments of £33.33 per month over 6 months with no interest added and no other fees or charges. The scheme also covers Thermostatic Radiator Valves and room thermostats, including installation. Councillor Shane Pledger, portfolio holder for Housing said,

‘The 0% finance scheme from Wessex Resolutions enables our residents in South Somerset to bulk buy fuel for their homes and also make adjustments to their heating systems. The scheme has been re-launched after missing the opportunity last year with the cold weather and our advice is to act now and be prepared for winter.’ Anyone interested in the scheme should call Wessex Resolutions on 01823 461099 to make an appointment for an adviser to make a home visit to discuss the scheme. There is no requirement to be in receipt of benefits and households, whether owned or rented, with less than £35,000 total income are eligible to apply for interest free finance.

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House & Home Does your property suffer from hard water?

Scum, a blocked shower head, rock in your kettle - are all signs that you have hard water. As naturally soft rain water flows underground it picks up magnesium and calcium - these are the minerals that make the water hard. Living in a hard water area will put you at a disadvantage because: 1. Your boiler and kettle will clog up with fur and limescale. 2 . Showerheads and spraynozzles become blocked reducing their efficiency. 3. Shower trays, baths and sinks show visible soap scum buildup, making them look dull and discoloured, often requiring specialist (expensive) cleaners to remove the build-up. 4. Scale can clog pipes and can decrease the life of toilet flushing units. 5. Bathing with soap in hard water leaves a film of sticky soap curd on the skin. The film may prevent removal of

This attractive fitted bedroom is by Chameleon in Somerton. Here you can see interesting details incorporated into the design, such as a window seat and a corner cupboard. Fitted bedroom furniture makes the best use of available space - including sloping ceilings.


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House & Home soil and bacteria. Soap curd interferes with the return of skin to its normal, slightly acid condition, and may lead to irritation. Soap curd on hair

may make it dull, lifeless and difficult to manage. Similarly, the insoluble salts that get left behind from using regular shampoo in hard water tend

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to leave hair rougher and harder to detangle. 6. Clothes washed in hard water often look dingy and feel harsh and scratchy. The hardness minerals combine with some soils to form insoluble salts, making them difficult to remove. Soil on clothes can introduce even more hardness minerals into the wash water. Continuous laundering in hard water can damage fibres and shorten the life of clothes by up to 40 percent. 7. When washing dishes, especially in a dishwasher, hard water may cause spotting and filming on your crockery. The minerals from hard water are released faster when it comes into contact with heat, causing an increase in the amount of spotting and filming that occurs. This problem is not a health risk, but it can be a nuisance to clean and reduce the quality of your crockery. 8. Hard water also contributes to inefficient and costly operation of water-using appliances. Heated hard water forms a scale of calcium and magnesium minerals (limescale deposits) that can contribute to the inefficient operation or failure of waterusing appliances. Pipes can become clogged with scale that reduces water flow and ultimately requires pipe replacement. Limescale has been known to increase energy bills by up to 25%. Your local water supplier has no obligation to soften your water, so fitting a water softener is a


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House & Home very simple solution to hard water problems. Installing a water softener means that not only will you be saving money by using less soap, shampoo, washing powder etc., you will be protecting your

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Elegance Beauty Therapy Clinic, Wincanton Prize Draw Winners

The 30 year anniversary Prize Draw for a luxury facial and manicure was won by ‘Trina’ Prior of Wincanton. The Forever Living prize draw winners were:Sue Holman of Bourton Mandy Lafferty of Wincanton Sandie Barrett of Elegance would like to thank all those who attended her Open Day and thank them for the many cards, gifts and good wishes she received.

The Dress Circle

LOOKING GOOD Needful Things

At Needful Things of Castle Cary their Summer Clothing Sale is drawing to a close as new, exciting Autumn Fashions start to arrive. With summer clothes now at half price on many items there are still some stunning bargains to be enjoyed but do hurry! Autumn clothing from Pomodoro, Intown, Pachamama and many new suppliers are starting to fill the rails; striking cashmeres and merino wool cardigans, stylish separates and cuddly woollies!

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Jenna evans Cystitis

URINARY TRACT INFECTION (UTI) or cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder and/or urethra, often caused by the bacteria E. Coli. More common in women than men this deeply uncomfortable disorder most often presents as frequent and painful urination, swelling of the area and a

'heavy' feeling in the abdomen. There may also be blood in the urine, lower back pain and a fever - all signs that the kidneys may be involved and warranting a trip to your GP. I see a lot of (mostly) ladies who suffer recurrent bouts of cystitis and more often than not there is a yeast overgrowth present in these cases. Sometimes this can even be the result of frequent antibiotic treatments for the UTI's and if you happen to fall into that category it is worth bearing in mind an holistic approach working on both the tendency for bladder infection and what may be an underlying yeast/candida problem. So this month we'll be taking a look at a few of the options in holistic healthcare for preventing and treating this painful condition. Lifestyle - First of all there are a few simple tips that can make a big difference if you're prone to getting

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CANDIDA ALBICANS candida albicanS is one of the bad organisms that make up our intestinal flora. If this balance of good and bad bacteria is damaged in any way, and this can happen from the indiscriminate use of drugs, working with toxic materials, poor diet, stress and other factors, then candida albicans could now begin to pierce holes through the bowel wall and enter the blood stream. If this is allowed to happen, many illnesses could now begin to develop, ranging from bowel disorders (chrohn’s disease, colitis, bowel cancer), nervous illnesses (multiple sclerosis), mental problems and many other complaints, including fibromyalgia, hypo-thyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis and a host of other problems. A book has been written by a woman who, with her husband’s help brought herself back to life without drugs or medical intervention after having been blind, deaf and totally crippled. She learnt about candida albicans and realized that this was the condition that she had been suffering from for several years. The book contains her story, what she did to regain her health and over 100 gluten free recipes. THe BOOK CAN Be puRCHASeD AS A DOWNLOAD, from the website for £10.00 via Pay Pal only. a bound copy can also be purchased for £20.00 which includes postage & packing. Send a cheque payable to S. Morrinson with your postal details to: S. Morrinson, The rockeries, BuCkNELL, SY7 OBa. For further details contact 0845-257-1207. 26 THE VISITOR September 2013

UTI's. It is important to avoid potentially irritating perfumed products such as soaps around the vagina and urethra. Wearing cotton underwear and loose fitting clothing (no tight jeans for instance) can make a difference too. Also its good to get girls in the habit from a young age to wipe from front to back after urination, helping minimise bacterial infection. Supplements - UvaUrsi is a common herbal remedy for UTI's. It contains compounds such as arbutin and tannins and acts as a urinary anti-septic and anti-bacterial, and can help soothe the inflamed tissues. UvaUrsi can be taken long term to help prevent infections or short term as a treatment. Bicarbonate of soda is another popular choice with those who find that alkalising the urine makes all the difference. A teaspoon in a glass of water up to three times a day can be a useful short term remedy. Probiotics are important too, especially for those who have been on (sometimes multiple) courses of antibiotics or suffer from yeast infections / thrush. Aromatherapy supplies us with a few helpers too. Hip/Sitz baths and douches with antiinflammatory and anti-bacterial oils such as lavender, chamomile, sandalwood and bergamot can be helpful. The Homeopathic remedy Cantharis is also a popular choice. Nutrition - Cutting out the usual

AND FEELING FINE suspects such as sugar, alcohol, coffee and processed foods is a useful thing to do, especially with recurrent infections. Again for those who may have a yeast / thrush element, fermented foods, yeasts and dried fruits could be eliminated. Dropping high sugar fruits such as grapes and

bananas and well as fruit juices is a wise move as these can often aggravate the bladder. Foods that may help include probiotic rich live yoghurts, alkalising green vegetables & salads and anti-bacterial & antiinflammatory foods such as onions and garlic. It is important to drink

plenty of fluids, especially during an attack. Include herbal teas such as urinary supportive nettles & horsetail and anti-microbial thyme or oregano. Cranberry juice is probably one of the most well known remedies. Cranberries have compounds that help prevent bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall, thus limiting their capacity for infection. It is very important to get a good quality pure cranberry juice - not those sugary juice drinks. I recommend watering

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(or free spare pair) ... with any frame from our £75 range or above

LOOKING GOOD this down as it's potent stuff, and sipping continually all day during an infection or having a glass a day as prevention. For those who find the juice unpalatable there are plenty of supplements available in your health food store. Simple UTI's are painful but often pretty self limiting, however there are many people who have repeated bouts and chronic inflammation (interstitial cystitis). Treating chronic recurrent UTI's can take some time and dedication but for those who have suffered with this condition, it is well worth it in the long run! Jenna Evans©2013 Ceres Natural Foods in Yeovil can help provide you with any of the products mentioned in this article and Jenna is available instore to advise by appointment, please pop in or call 01935 428791 for details. Always check with a health professional before making any dramatic changes to your diet and lifestyle or starting a new supplement, especially with any existing health conditions.

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3 Market Place Sturminster Newton

Tel: 01258 473992 LOW PRICES AND QuALITY SERVICE *30% OFF spectacles applies when choosing any frame from our £75 range or above. Excludes “free spare pair / prescription sunglasses” offer. Pick up a leaflet or ask our staff for full offer details. 28 THE VISITOR September 2013

Hundreds of studies over the last 20 years have shown that stress contributes to a significant percentage of all illness and disease, whether it is a headache or common cold, occurring when we are rushing around with our hectic lives or a more serious illness such as heart disease and cancer resulting from prolonged chronic stress. With ever increasing levels of stress in everyday life, it is important for people to take more responsibility for their own healthcare needs. Reflexology may be one of the ways to mitigate the stresses of modern life. Reflexology is a non-intrusive health therapy, based on the theory that specific reflex points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears are connected through energy channels to different areas of the body. These channels can easily become blocked through stress, emotions, trauma or illness, causing the body to function less effectively and efficiently, draining the body's vital energy and immunity, thus making it more likely for disease to occur. Through the application of pressure to the reflex points using specific thumb and finger techniques, reflexology aims to naturally release tension and direct the free flow of energy throughout the body to normalise the functions of the body, boost the immune system and support

the body's natural ability to heal itself. After a treatment, tension may be reduced and you may feel deeply relaxed. You might also notice yourself sleeping better and find your mood and sense of wellbeing improving. You may also find that other aspects improve too; however, this happens on an individual basis. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients, the holistic health concept being one that treats the whole person rather than a specific illness, disease or condition. Reflexology is a complementary therapy which can work well alongside traditional allopathic healthcare to promote better health. It is a therapy which can be received by anyone at any age, from new born babies to those receiving end of life care, and everyone in between. However, there may occasionally be times when it is not suitable to provide a treatment, so a professionally trained Reflexologist will always undertake a healthcare consultation with you before the first treatment. A treatment usually takes place on a therapy couch or reclining chair, with footwear and socks removed. It is also advisable to wear loose fitting clothing for comfort. Reflexology is usually carried out on the feet with the hands being used if a particular area of the foot cannot be treated. It is not painful, nor is it ticklish, but some areas of the feet may feel more tender than others depending on the area being worked. Sensitivity varies from person to person. Well trained reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Reflexology is a very individual treatment which is tailored to you as a whole person, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting your wellbeing. To find a well-trained, professional Reflexologist in your area you can contact the Association of Reflexologists by telephoning 01823 351010 or using the ‘Find a Reflexologist’ page on their website The Association of Reflexologists is the foremost aspirational and independent Professional Reflexology Association in the UK and only allows membership to those who have gained certification at a high level of training and who are committed to continued professional development as well as agreeing to abide by its Code of Practice and Ethics. Julia Stevens HDipCT, Certificate of Excellence (VTCT), MAR Reflexologist at Heal and Sole Holistics, 01963 350639,

Autumn Weddings Wedding Daze Directory

Wedding Daze is a directory of professional wedding suppliers, free to all brides. They also organise wedding exhibitions covering, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire. For a list of forthcoming exhibitions visit or email for your free admission voucher to any of their exhibitions. Here is a list of forthcoming Wedding Exhibitions hosted by Wedding Daze Directory: Sunday 1st September 2013 Lighthouse Poole, Dorset 11am - 3pm Sunday 8th September 2013 Eastpoint Centre, Southampton, Hampshire 11am - 3pm Sunday 15th September 2013 Somerset Cricket Ground, Taunton, Somerset 11am - 3pm

Sunday 22nd September 2013 Salisbury Racecourse, Salisbury, Wiltshire 11am - 3pm Thursday 26th September 2013 Southampton Guildhall, Southampton, Hampshire 5pm - 9pm Sunday 29th September 2013 Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset 11am - 3pm Sunday 13th October 2013 Littledown Centre, Bournemouth, Dorset 11am - 3pm Sunday 20th October 2013 Holiday Inn, Taunton, Somerset 11am - 3pm

Preview, Wincanton for exciting new collections ...

Emerald Green, Turquoise, Dusky Pink and Grey - are just a few of the wonderful colours in this years autumn palette

There is always a tempting collection of separates, dresses and accessories from leading fashion houses at Preview. New collections for this season includes a range of contemporary knitwear from Marble with beautiful detailing and flattering colours - and sensibly priced. Gardeur, a firm favourite with many, is once again stocked at Preview - classic skirts and trousers including a very smart Prince of Wales check. Skirts this season are slim and flatter the figure and the classic Chanel-style cardigan/jacket is once more a favourite. New stock is arriving regularly so do call in and see the complete collection for yourself. Pictured right is just one of the stunning new designs by Joseph Ribkoff. The new collection is now available at Preview of Wincanton.

fashion boutique & designer room

Stunning autumn collection now in

For more information about all our exhibitions

visit us at t: 01202 741650 │

Market Place Wincanton 01963 31676

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Autumn Weddings Wedding Bells, Bunting & Beautiful Cupcakes

Living Pretty is the perfect place to host a hen party, gather friends and family to treat the bride-to-be to a champagne afternoon cream tea. We have lots of ideas and little touches to make your big day a beautiful vintage dream. From jumbleberry jam favours to vintage

china rental, cake stand hire, bespoke table name signs, rustic wicker hearts, wedding gift list, personalised wedding hamper and Mr & Mrs Heart Sign. We can look after all of your catering from the elegant wedding cake to creative cupcakes, to a rustic wedding buffet or perhaps an afternoon cream tea for a garden party.

Pop in and speak to Kate who would be delighted to assist you with all your wedding needs to make it a day to remember forever. or telephone 01458 253357 or visit

Weddings at the Coppleridge Country Inn & Restaurant

The magnificent 18th Century Barn at the Coppleridge has been carefully restored, retaining the beautiful Oak beams, to provide a function room full of atmosphere

This beautiful wedding cake - complete with fresh strawberries was created by Living Pretty of Curry Rivel.

The Old Bakery, High Street, CURRY RIVEL, TA10 0ES

Join us in our relaxed & friendly surroundings Morning Breakfast Monday – Friday 7.30am – 11am Saturday 8am – 12noon Lunches Dishes of the Day - Open Sandwiches Salads - Soups - Jacket Potatoes and so much more! Somerset Afternoon Cream tea for two: £18 Delicious Finger Sandwiches - Homemade Cakes - Scones and Clotted Cream - all served on a Vintage Style Cake Stand with China Tea Cups and Saucers Fully Licensed: Enjoy a Glass of Wine / Beer / Cider with your Lunch Buy Your Fresh Bread Daily • Cakes Made to Order

Supper CLuB eVeninG tHurSDAY 24th OCtOBer to reserve a table please contact 01458 253357 •

Weddings & Special Occasions Outside Catering Wonderful Celebration Cakes & Hand-Crafted Cup Cakes - To Order Beautiful Vintage China - To Hire Plus ... Home Furnishings ✶ Fabrics ✶ Cushions ✶ Lamps ✶ Gifts GiFt VOuCHerS AVAiLABLe

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An ideal venue for a wedding ceremony and reception, The Coppleridge Country Inn & Restaurant, Motcombe.

Autumn Weddings and character. They hold a Civil License and have two different rooms for conducting civil ceremonies which they have been doing since 1994. The courtyard outside with ponds and fountains is the perfect back drop for photographs and pre-reception drinks. 15 acres and stunning views make this an enviable venue for Civil Weddings and Receptions. The great advantage of having your wedding reception at the Coppleridge is their flexibility. Rather than offer couples fixed menus they prefer to tailor menus to your requirements, always trying to include your personal favourites. They can seat 80 in the barn for a seated meal and up to 120 for a fork buffet. For larger numbers up to 400 they can erect a marquee which covers the ponds and lawn outside the Barn. They also have the garden terrace which is perfect for pre-reception drinks, or can be used to seat 80 people for the Wedding Breakfast.

Ward & Sibley The Jewellers of Yeovil

Ward & Sibley Jewellers offer good old fashioned service based on the 67 years it has served the people of Yeovil and the surrounding area, along with a customer base all over the UK and abroad. Their staff, with many years experience in the trade, can offer expert advice on all matters connected to Sales and Repairs. If you are looking for that special ring visit Ward & Sibley - the Jewellers of Yeovil.

The Vintage Wedding Car Company

Ward & Sibley The Jewellers of Yeovil where quality and service count ✴ Commissions Undertaken ✴ The CaskeT, 103 Middle sTreeT YeOVil Tel: 01935 474065 Car Park at Rear for customers while visiting the shop

Several Vintage Cars available including Saloons and Open Tourers Ring Nick Baker for details on

01747 822745

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● Leather and Suede – cleaning & repairs also replacement zips ● Wax Garments – cleaning & rewaxing ● Curtains – cleaning & repairs also shortening and relining ● Repairs & Alterations to most garments

The Visitor can now be read online …

Summer Bridal Promotion

20% OFF

Wedding Dress Cleaning Maximum discount, cannot to be used in conjunction with any other offer, or discount cards.

Direct sale only - not available through Agencies.

● Large Agency Network – contact us to find your nearest agent

17 / 18 Bond Street, Yeovil

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Autumn Weddings Oomph and Lift for a perfect figure ...

Correct fitting underwear can enhance your figure dramatically, so make sure you are professionally measured for the correct sized bra! Many of us big or small have a problem area whether it is a spare tyre or a not so perfect bottom! With the invention of Miracle Suits and Magic Knickers any unsightly lumps or bumps can be smoothed away. The Miracle Suit can make you look 10lbs lighter in 10

minutes, made from lightweight materials it is extremely comfortable to wear. Elaine at Oomph and Lift of Street says, ‘We offer a free fitting service and encourage ladies to bring their special outfit to the shop so they can see just what a difference the correct underwear can make.’ Oomph and Lift have a delightful selection of bras to suit all shapes and sizes including sports bras, girl’s first bras and mastectomy bras. For friendly and helpful advice call in today.

Professional wedding photography by Graham Cox LMPA of Keinton Mandeville.

Imaginative - Individual - Professional Capture those special moments ...

PhOTOgraPhY by graham Cox LMPA Weddings – Studio – Locations albums ✽ canvas wraps

The studio, high street, keinton Mandeville, Ta11 6ed (Opposite The Quarry Inn)

Tel: 01458 223769


Lingerie Professional Fitting Service Hosiery * Swimwear

Beautiful Lingerie to enhance your figure

Elegant slipper satin gown with pleated front and jewel encrusted cowl neckline - by Ronald Joyce, at ABC Weddings of Yeovil.


Panache: 28 – 46, D – K New In ‘Sculptresse’ Range: 36 – 46, D – K ... also Sports Bras Charnos: 30 – 38, A – H Lepel: 30 – 38, A – G Tutti R uge (arriving soon) Royce Non-wired Bras * Girls First Bras Mastectomy Bras * Nursing Bras Miraclesuits: 10lbs lighter in 10 seconds

Vestry Court, Vestry Road, STREET

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Visit our online sale shop and click link to Beautiful Brides Proms & Bridesmaid Ground Floor Bridal Gowns First Floor

Weddings Jane’s of Somerton

Have you found Jane’s Dress Agency of Somerton yet? The stock at Jane’s is constantly changing. If you are attending a wedding, a special occasion or perhaps going on a cruise, there is always a good choice of occasionwear available plus hats, jewellery, shoes and bags. Jane and her helpful staff will be pleased to advise on putting an outfit together. If you are looking for something in particular please ask, and they will try and source it for you. Do call in, the showrooms are over two floors with an excellent range of sizes to suit everyone.

Cupid’s Corner Bridal Design

Although wedding dress shopping can be daunting, at Cupid’s Corner, you will find plenty of friendly, helpful advice to put you at ease, and enable you to look and feel like a princess on your Wedding Day. Brides will find fabulous designers such as Amanda Wyatt, Stella York, and Essense of Australia who are renowned for the highest quality and styling, and most recently added is Venus Bridals who offer great dresses starting at just £299! Brides can expect plenty of lace, detachable straps

A Stella York gown in soft organza with diamante trim. In white or ivory, lace up or zip - available in plus sizes. Just one of many stunning gowns available from Cupid’s Corner of Gillingham.

Searching for the perfect wedding ring? A collection of shaped wedding rings designed to fit alongside your engagement ring are available at Ayerst & Graces of Street. British made in gold, platinum and palladium.

Cupids Corner Bridal Design

Wedding Gowns

Where jewellery meets design British innovative jewellery for every occasion 54 High Street, Street, Somerset, BA16 0EQ Tel: 01458 898242 Email:


for every occasion

Bridesmaids Dresses Flower Girls Dresses Accessories Jewellery Shoes

01747 825525 Dress Agency Jane Lazenbury

For a superb choice of quality ladies wear (sizes 8 – 26) at a fraction of their original price new

Bespoke • Corporate • Events Parties • Weddings • Sympathy

MAny Designer LAbeLs HAts & Accessories

Local & Nationwide Deliveries

01963 32367

The Triangle • Somerton 30 yards From the post oFFice

Tel: 01458 273711

11 Church Street, Wincanton, BA9 9AA

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Autumn Weddings and sleeves, wonderful fabrics such as French Tulle, Satin and Chiffon and styles to suit all tastes. The Bridesmaids collection has increased this year and now

offers more than 40 styles in an array of gorgeous colours and fabrics, there are matching Flowergirl’s dresses too. Outfits for the Mother of the Bride/Groom are available

along with new coloured readyto-wear shoes from Rainbow Club to give Mums the complete look. (Shoes can also be dyed to match any outfit with a 2 inch piece of fabric for colour.)

Cupid’s Corner also has an extensive collection of beautiful accessories and jewellery to complement their gowns. Call today to arrange an appointment!

From garters and photo-frames to luxurious wedding cars ... visit The Wedding Warehouse at Martock for all your wedding requirements.

The Wedding Warehouse

For all your special occasions ... all these proFessional suppliers under one rooF photographers ✴ venue decorators ✴ cakes ✴ Flowers Jewellery ✴ entertainment ✴ cars ✴ bridal dresses mens suit hire ✴ stationery and gifts

The stress free way to organise your dream day the wedding warehouse, 2 great western road martock, somerset, ta12 6hF  01935 823477 •

Imagine a place where you can meet and discuss your wedding ideas and plans with dozens of professional wedding suppliers in comfortable surroundings all under one roof. Welcome to The Wedding Warehouse in Martock! Since 2010 over 15,000 visitors have experienced the 'Wow factor' that is the Wedding Warehouse experience. 100's of bridal couples have taken advantage of the 'one stop shop' service provided by over 40 wedding suppliers who make up the Wedding Warehouse to plan their 'Special Day'. The 'Stars' of the Wedding

Warehouse are undoubtedly the Wedding Cars. A dozen or so gleaming examples of traditional and modern cars all adapted especially for the Wedding market. Combine these with an award winning cake specialist, venue decorators, stationery experts, photographers,

Graham Baker and Karen Baker 3 & 20 Bond Street, YEoVil, Somerset, BA20 1PE Tel / Fax: 01935 423257 GRAhAm & KAREn invite you to view their extensive range of bridal and grooms wear. In all styles, sizes, colours ... and shoes dyed to match!

Bridal wear

Extensive range of dresses. Accessories such as veils, tiaras and jewellery. Prom dresses, evening wear, ball gowns, complementary footwear and bags.

Grooms wear

Extensive ranges of mens and boys formal wear. Waistcoat range second to none. Cravats and ruched neck wear to complement your bridesmaid choices. 34 THE VISITOR September 2013

Zanita - an elegant handmade 'hatinator' in flamingo pink sinamay edged in black satin, trimmed with hand-crafted fabric flowers with black crystal stamens and black coq feathers. Just one of a delightful range of hat wear from Emelle, to hire or buy.

HATS by EMELLE Handmade / Bespoke BUY or HIRE Castle Cary 01963 351423

Autumn Weddings flexible approach. The Pines can cater for up to 200 guests, and gives you complete flexibility to design your own reception theme, choose your own caterer, entertainment and decor. The Pines holds a full bar and entertainment licence, and will run the bar during the day and evening and can supply wine packages to suit. Friendly, professional staff will work with you in the run up to the day to give advice and support and will be on site on the day to ensure that everything runs to plan. For more information, call 01963 370752 or visit the website at

One World

If you are looking for an unusual wedding gift, a visit to One World in South Petherton is a must. Here you will find six individual showrooms over two floors displaying a beautiful range of gift items from around the world, and many of them Fair Trade. Ceramic pots, wooden figures, rugs and hand made glass vases make unique gifts - you will also find within One World unusual greetings cards and stationery items to wrap your gift. There is a stunning range of silver jewellery - ideal as a gift for older bridesmaids. For the younger bridesmaids and page boys visit the toy department with its wonderful selection of traditional toys.

17 St. James Street South Petherton Somerset TA13 5BS 01460 241166

Stunning Flowers for Every Occasion beautiful bridal accessories inc. wellies & brollies unusual and imaginative gifts Unusual Cards – Vintage Clothing ✶ painted Furniture ✶

This clematis vine heart, painted white with a cluster of peony and gypsophila, is a hanging decoration suitable for a wedding venue. Something different, from Just Maria of Ilchester.

entertainment specialists, florist, videographer, flower girl and pageboy outfits, menswear and wedding dress studios and you start to get some idea of what's on offer at the Wedding Warehouse in Martock. Heck, we even have a stag and hen party shop! Open six days a week, The Wedding Warehouse really does offer Bridal parties an excellent opportunity to discuss their plans, pick up tips and even plan their whole wedding in a friendly, comfortable environment without the added pressure of a 'one off' Wedding Fayre.

The Pines

A small, family run business priding themselves on their

Just Maria - NOW AT The old Chapel, Church Street, ilChESTER Tel: 01935 706121 • mobile: 07837 385734

Function Venue For all occasions at the Gartell Light Railway Yenston, Templecombe

 function Room catering for up to 200 Guests  Ample Parking and two Outside Reception Areas  Picturesque views across the Blackmore Vale  full Alcohol and Entertainment Licence  family Run Business priding ourselves on our flexible approach to any requirement  Available for Wedding Receptions / Parties Corporate Seminars / Auctions contact us on 01963 370752 for more details or visit THE VISITOR September 2013 35

Autumn Weddings Holbrook Wedding Showcase Sunday 28 th September 12.30pm – 3pm

VisiTOr reader Offer

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iS OffERiNG A fREE PhOTOGRAPh-TOCANVAS to any new Wedding Photography booking made from now until the end of October 2013. Just mention The Visitor at the time of booking. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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Wedding and Portrait Photography Shirley Allum Fashions in Shaftesbury is stockist of many designer labels, including outfits by Joseph Ribkoff, pictured.

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Weddings Country Weddings

Country Weddings provide beautiful bespoke flowers for weddings. As well as the bridal

flowers, they can decorate the church and reception venue. They take on board your aspirations and ideas and work with you to create the perfect flowers for your perfect day. All consultations are free.

The Montague Inn

An attractive hand tied posy by Country Weddings photographed by Graham Hiscock.

The Montague Inn is the perfect venue for the intimate wedding experience. The airy terrace room seats 70 most comfortably and the terrace itself is a great place to meet and greet your guests, whilst enjoying the panoramic views with Alfred's Tower on the horizon. Sean and Suzy are always available to discuss and choreograph your very special day.

Beautiful Flowers for Weddings ...

Country Weddings as featured in brides Magazine

Tel: 01747 860611

Sean & Suzy welcome you to the ...

Montague Inn Shepton Montague nr. Bruton Tel: 01749 813213

hAm hill HAM HILL COUNTRY is an area to be explored at a leisurely pace, by car and on foot, stopping for half an hour here, fifteen minutes there, when something takes your fancy – a village church or country pub perhaps, or a flower-bedecked cottage or handsome country house, or the spectacular views in all directions from the top of Ham Hill itself. If you want to delight in the sight of hamstone buildings in beautiful countryside you need go no further than the villages surrounding the Country Park. Stoke-sub-Hamdon, Norton-subHamdon, Chiselborough, West Chinnock, Odcombe and Montacute are all well worth a visit for they contain so much to delight the eye and the imagination – picturesque cottages, fine old churches, and intriguing nooks and crannies to explore. And delightful pubs to visit for refreshment. Ham Hill must surely be the only Iron Age hill fort crowned by a pub! In the days when large quantities of stone were still being extracted from the hill, the Prince of Wales was a popular haunt of the quarrymen and masons. It’s still popular, but nowadays as a destination for thirsty – and hungry – visitors. In Stoke-sub-Hamdon the historic Fleur de Lis contains some fine stonework, and opposite, outside

the memorial hall, you will find an excellent signboard providing a guide to Stoke and its footpaths, facilities and features of interest. The Lord Nelson in Norton-subHamdon is an attractive 17th century inn which, despite extensive renovations, is still full of character, and the Cat Head Inn at Chiselborough, also dating from the 17th century, has recently reopened and seems set to regain its reputation as a very popular pub and restaurant. West Chinnock has the Muddled Man, bedecked with colourful hanging baskets and window boxes and a suitably quirky inn sign, with a beer garden overlooking the quiet village street. On the other side of Ham Hill the King’s Arms opposite the church in Montacute originally belonged to the Cluniac monastery – the Priory of St Peter and St Paul – and its name reputedly refers to the confiscation of the property by the monarch at the dissolution of the monasteries. And in Odcombe the Masons Arms contains some telltale signs of probably having a timber cruck framework from the 16th century if not earlier. If you’re exploring the area by car, take a friend along as driver – I can’t remember when I last saw so many inviting pubs in such a small area, and if their food is as good as it sounds from the menus


Bespoke parties large or small are our speciality Montacute Service Station for fuel sales and provisions.

7 Op DA En (p. l. warry & sons) montacute. tel (01935) 822271 YS

MOnTACUTE SERVICE STATIOn MURCO Fuels Quality Used car sales

Call to discuss your personal requirements

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In and around hAm hill then lunch or dinner should certainly find its way into your itinerary. As the area is ideal walking country you might want to leave the car for longer and take a stroll across the fields and through the woods. Ordnance Survey ‘Explorer’ map 129 (Yeovil and Sherborne) reveals that these parishes together are crisscrossed by no less than 35 miles of public footpaths, providing countless opportunities for walks of different lengths. For short walks of between one and five miles the district council has produced leaflets of circular walks in the Country Park itself which can be obtained from the ranger’s office and local tourist information centres, and several other publishers have produced books of local walks which can be bought from good bookshops. For a pleasant three-mile walk involving no steep hills, try this circular route from Norton-subHamdon to Chiselborough and back. Park in Norton’s village hall car park (on New Road, the road from Stoke). Turn left towards the village centre and after 50 yards turn left through a kissing gate. Some of the paths around Norton are fitted with broad kissing gates instead of stiles, making them accessible to the physically less-able. Proceed with the fence and then the churchyard wall on your right, cross the stile, go through the next gate, then cross the stream at the bridge. Turn right up the lane to the Lord Nelson. Turn left and immediately take the steps up to the footpath on the right. Cross the field keeping the wall on your right, cross the stile and bear left to the far corner of the field and through the gate. Turn left along the lane and after 400 yards turn right into an enclosed

junction. Follow this road into the centre of Norton and turn right on to New Road to get back to your car. Roger Richards.

The Prince of Wales

One of Visitorland’s best-known landmarks must surely be the war memorial standing proudly on the skyline at Ham Hill.

track which takes you through the woods, then follow the path across a field and along the track to a lane. Turn left along this lane and after 300 yards take the short track on your right which takes you down to another lane. Turn right along the lane, pass the turning on the right, and after 500 yards cross the stile on your right into the field. Proceed with the fence and hedge on your left, crossing stiles and gates, till you reach the road. Turn left and follow the road into Chiselborough. This village repays a browse to catch glimpses of the traditional image of rural England that survives in much

Prince of Wales Ham Hill

R tRiP aDViSO Recommended

Stoke Sub Hamdon, TA14 6RW  01935 822848 Open all day ... everyday 8.30am – 11.00pm Food Served from 12.00 noon all week ★ Mini Breakfast Monday – Friday, 9am – 11am ★ full Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, 9.30am – 11am Skittle Alley • Garden Function Area with Stage and Bar Licensed for Marriages & Civil Ceremonies • Wood-fired Pizza Oven & BBQ Sunday 25th August: flatland Boogie Band 3pm – 6pm cHRiStMaS bookings no Bank Holiday Monday 26th August: Jazz punk 3pm – 6pm w being taken Sunday 1st September: powercut 3pm – 6pm email: •

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of South Somerset, so take the time to explore it. In the centre the village hall stands on the right at the Tjunction and beyond it, just round the bend, is the Cat Head on the left. Footpaths from Chiselborough to Norton-subHamdon are clearly signposted so you should have no difficulty in finding your way. Take the lane on the right opposite the pub, walk through the churchyard and exit over the stile. Proceed with the hedge on your left, cross the double stile and sleeper bridge, then the next bridge. Bear halfright to the far corner of the field, cross the bridge and turn right into the field. Proceed with the stream on your right till you reach a bridge over it. Cross and continue with the stream on your left, turn right when you reach a lane and turn left at the road

The Prince of Wales is situated at the top of Ham Hill with stunning views. The Inn is open all day every day and is extremely popular with walkers and dog owners. It is a dog friendly pub. As a freehouse they offer a good choice of cask ales and local ciders to accompany their tasty menu. They are now licenced to hold marriage ceremonies and civil partnerships. The attractive hamstone chapel with its vaulted ceiling can hold up to 40 guests and for those who prefer the outdoors – Amy’s Garden Stage is also available for ceremonies. Wedding Menus are tailored to suit customers’ personal requirements. From breakfast to own-baked pizzas, through to traditional Sunday lunches and BBQs, the Prince of Wales has something to suit everyone. There will be a Ham Hill Country Open Day on the 7th September – fun for all the family. There is also a very interesting archaeological dig underway of this Iron Age Fortress until mid September. Site tours are given Sunday to Thursday at 2.30pm.

Rob Margetts

Rob Margetts Carpet & Flooring in Stoke Sub Hamdon has been established since 1986. Rob offers a full range of carpets, vinyls, laminates and Karndean flooring, plus solid wood floors and ceramics on request. Carpets start from just £7.99 sq metre. Currently in vogue is the striped carpet but best seller by far is the hardwearing 80/20 twist. Also proving popular is a specially impervious-backed carpet which can be used successfully in kitchens and bathrooms.

RoB MARGeTTS Carpet & Flooring Ltd

For All Your Flooring Requirements ... Carpets - Vinyls - Wood - Laminate - Prompt & Friendly Service 2 high Street, Stoke-Sub-hamdon, TA14 6PP

Tel: 01935 825505 • Fax: 01935 829390 •

In and around hAm hill A free ‘at home’ library service is available where the customer can choose their carpet in the comfort of their own home from a wide range of samples. This is particularly useful if you are trying to match the carpet with existing colourways. Rob Margetts Carpet & Flooring undertake both domestic and commercial premises including residential homes. A family run business, Rob is assisted by his nephew Dave. For a friendly and efficient service give them a call, or visit the shop in person.

Isle Valley Vets

Isle Valley Vets have been caring for your pets for more than 35 years. With up to date facilities Isle Valley provide the very best in veterinary care for dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other exotic pets including reptiles and birds. Their highly qualified team of vets and nurses are all small animal specialists and between them have over 80 years experience of treating sick and injured pets. All aspects of veterinary treatments are undertaken, from preventative healthcare treatments such as vaccinations and worming programmes through to cardiac ultra-sound, cruciate repairs and emergency Caesareans. The new larger premises at Stoke Sub Hamdon offers more consulting rooms, larger X-ray and scanning facilities that accommodate a new state-of-theart digital X-ray, full laboratory and operating theatres, plus much more! They offer small animal clinics at Stoke Sub Hamdon and Creech St. Michael and a purpose-built equine clinic at Chard. See website for full details.

The Lord Nelson in Norton Sub Hamdon is an attractive 17th century inn which, despite extensive renovations, is still full of character.

menu. The skittle alley/function room is available for private parties and celebrations. With good weather the patio areas both front and back are popular. There is always a good pint and an excellent choice of wines – plus seasonal treats such as Pimms and Prosecco. Why not pop in and enjoy a ‘squashed frog cocktail’ – a colourful mix of advocate, melon liqueur and grenadine!


Lord Nelson

Rectory Lane Norton Sub Hamdon

Mark, Helen and staff welcome you to ‘The Nelson’


Sunday 25th August: Charity Bike Ride

In aid of Somerset & Dorset Air Ambulance and Flying Colours Appeal

Sunday 1st September: Quiz Night returns Saturday 7th September: ‘US’ acoustic duo Saturday 21st September: ‘PoweRCUt’ Monday to Friday: two Course Lunch ... only £8 Tuesday and Wednesday: Steak Night 2 Steaks & Bottle of wine £25 cOuRtyaRD H BeeR GaRDen at ReaR aMPLe PaRkinG OPen aLL Day FRiDay, SatuRDay & SunDay

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The Lord Nelson

Helen and Mark have successfully run The Lord Nelson at Norton Sub Hamdon for the past 5 years. The Nelson plays a key role in the community with a full programme of events including regular live music, fund raising events such as the forthcoming annual charity bike ride, quizzes and Movie Nites. They have an excellent reputation for food with an ever changing menu – including gluten free dishes and a popular tapas THE VISITOR September 2013 39

HAm Hill The Muddled Man at West Chinnock, bedecked with colourful hanging baskets and window boxes, has a beer garden overlooking the quiet village street.

The Muddled Man

The Muddled Man at West Chinnock is a traditional, family run country pub. A free house they offer three traditional West Country ales including Teignworthy and Yeovil Ales which change regularly. Draught ciders include Burrow Hill and Thatchers Gold. They offer traditional pub food which includes delicious steaks, homemade curries and fresh fish on a Friday from West Bay. Traditional Sunday roasts with a choice of meats are popular and booking is advised. The local cricket team and football team meet after matches at the inn and regularly hold fund raising nights. There are two ensuite letting bedrooms (twins) and a pretty beer garden. Skittles are played

regularly and the skittle alley is available for functions, catering up to 100 for a buffet or 70 sit down (menu to suit). Food is served daily and they are open all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. BT Sports is now showing. Mick, Jean and Garry look forward to welcoming you.


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AFTeR A SPell of weather which saw me in shorts for a very long time, it came as a shock to realize that the summer is

heading towards its close and winter will be upon us again. This came to me as I set off to pick up the skittle books with the dates for the next season! Still, at least we have been able to enjoy some outdoor summer games, which for the Baxter crew seemed to involve a few of boule and quite a lot of Bat and Trap. Those of you still not versed in the latter fine summer activity can check out the web-sites and ‘Youtube’ which have a considerable amount of information about this great game, and those of us who like something to get hold must purchase a copy of the book Played at the Pub by Arthur Ta y lor. Ot her b ooks on t he subject are probably available, although I have never managed to find one! We haven’t strayed far from our local watering hole of late, and it has not gone unnoticed by

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us that trade seems to be steady, although we were reminded by a local of old that there was a time when ‘if you weren’t here by 8.30 on a Friday, you wouldn’t get through the door’. I can certainly remember that time as well, and it was not long after that the landlord and landlady decided to quit. Why you may ask? Well the brewery that owned the pub (this is pre-beer orders of 1989 and the monstrous pubcos coming into being) decided to double the rent as clearly they were doing so well! Various studies by those in the know have come to the conclusion over the years that even now the landlords and landladies of this fair land are generally being charged about double what is deemed ‘a reasonable rent’. It makes me wonder however, why anyone would want to take on a pub when the hours are horrendous, the hassle can be equally so and on top of that, the rewards can be so small. I have asked many a landlord and landlady and they all seem to feel the same thing, in that they are ‘people, people’ (essential in my opinion) they treat it as a way of life and certainly don’t seem to bother too much about the financial rewards. We all know what the Campaign for Real Ale stands for

and over the years it has had its share of controversy. The latest thing to adorn the letters page in some numbers seems to be the difference between ‘real’ and ‘craft’ ales. The point being that ‘real’ as defined by CAMRA entails the beers being delivered to the pub in casks when the beer is still in its natural state, i.e. ‘live’, and undergoing a secondary fermentation, and, only when it is ready, being served in a cool glass, at the right temperature, with no cloudiness or dodgy lumps floating in it! The alternative is for the product to come in a keg, and ‘keg’ is a dirty word to CAMRA, although this is what ‘craft’ ales all seem to be served in, as they are ‘dead’ and served under pressure. In fact keg beer was the very stuff that was the reason behind CAMRA being formed in the first place, as ales more difficult to look after and serve were replaced by a pressurized fizzy highlyadvertized product that was easy to look after. Add lots of that advertising particularly to the younger generation with a disposable income who believed they should swagger in to a pub and demand Watneys Red Barrel or similar and Bingo! You’re made! I must admit to having started my drinking career on

brown ale (after a nasty cider experience that even now, forty plus years later, I have not recovered from) I was one of those wooed to keg lager by a combination of advertising and peer pressure. It wasn’t until a fellow work colleague and I headed to the Fleur de lys in Yeovil after a game of badminton one night as he had found something called ‘Draught Bass’. This was around the time that CAMRA was formed, although we didn’t know it, and furthermore we didn’t know at the time that in the future it was going to be referred to as ‘real

ale’. I do know it was an amazing taste experience after many pints of fizzy freezing cold st uff. Incidentally, this was served up with great pride by the late Richard Stallard, who was to make the Fleur de lys the only pub I have ever been thrown out of twice. That, as they say, is another story … Those of us who have made the foray to Belgium and sampled some of the wonderful beers served there (and America too, if one is lucky) will quite likely fall into the category of a ‘craft’ ale. Does this matter? Well it would be if one is a dyed-in-the-wool

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They Say That good luck wishes for a long and happy life together go to Steve Putt and lucy Nash of Weymouth. That Ken Porter of Yeovil’s 94 Club (and Danny la Rue Fan Club) has formed a duo with Kernel Brown, called The Neverly Brothers. That Sally and Steve send good wishes to Phillip and Biddy Martin of Crewkerne who are celebrating their diamond anniversary (60) - and who are still twinkling. That a certain Chiselborough gentleman has discovered that after a backward somersault, thorny encounters and a wasp attack, gardening is not as relaxing as it is cracked up to be and will now probably leave it to his wife. That an incredible 85 concerts have been organised by the Guardians of Martock Church since the year 2002 - quite an achievement. That in Yeovil, wheeled shopping trolleys, particularly in tartan, are becoming all the rage for hairdressers. That Ben Small at Hurst Manor, Martock has received the Arctic Star. That a certain Chaz leeks (Sonny Jim!), needs his SatNav to get home from the pub - on foot of course. That Terry White from the Zoo’s Flight Shed is jumping the broomstick on 30th August good luck to Terry and Hazel for a happy marriage. That Mark Shatomski of Wincanton was most surprised to see tree hugging fairies at the bottom of his garden. That Graham - the sideways walking crab - has straightened himself up and was spotted wearing shoes for the first time. That ‘warden’ Ken Porter is off to Folsom Prison for his summer holidays - as chief cook and head chef. Don’t forget your hat Ken! That due to the heat, lin Penn of Shepton Mallet found that her birthday Champagne by Thorntons had gone a little bit flat. That anyone following the diversions signs to Curry Rivel should pack sandwiches. That when it comes to organising Hen Weekends - Carol limer and Maria Brayshaw are in a league of their own. That ellie Feakins of Stalham will be celebrating her birthday with two breakfasts this year. 42 THe VISITOR September 2013

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168 Hendford Hill YEoViL “The eastern world, it is exploding Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’ You’re old enough to kill, but not for votin’ You don’t believe in war, but what’s that gun you’re totin” FirST perSon to tell me the above song gets a free drink  . Last month John Martin of Queen Camel correctly guessed that it was ‘Summer in the City’ by The Lovin Spoonful. Had a nice month here at the top of the hill. We had a lovely double birthday celebration when Chris Frowde (80) and his much younger wife Sandra (60) ... yes both of Skippers fame ... had a bash here. A few old friends turned up, a hell of a band played all of Sandra’s favourites, and a splendid time was had by all. A young lady by the name of Imogen Kelly celebrated her 18th birthday here in style with a disco, a buffet, and loads of family and friends who all danced the night away. Congratulations imogen. Shaun and Wendy became Mr and Mrs Pitt Kerby on the 17th. Yours truly and all the staff agreed that the function room had never looked so fantastic. oK, it took Wendy and her friends 6 hours to do, but it really did look the business. Well done and congratulations to you both. on the first Friday of September we have Karaoke - so get your face in the place and show us how it’s done. on the 13th we have John Ramon live in the bar. on the 20th we have a fantastic double bill: in the bar Mr d’arcy will be doing his thing and in the function room we have the fabulous Ben Waters Band. Tickets are available from the pub. on the 27th Black Magic Woman will be here. And a little bit of advance notice about Barry Paull doing his elVIS SHOW here on the 4th of october. our Christmas Menus are available now … I know its August, but everyone keeps asking! Go to our website and check ‘em out. See you next month.  TOOT TOOT!!!


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CAMRA person, but not if one likes tasty and enjoyable beer, irrespective of its source or even definition. Judging by the number of people calling for a ‘redefinition’ of the word ‘real’ and those opposing anything other than the 40 year old definition, I can say with a certain surety that this one will run and run. Me? Well I am sure that all those Brits who we see sat outside the Belgian Café Bars enjoying a ‘Kwak’ in its huge long and unmistakable glass can’t possibly all be wrong! I was fortunate enough to be able to cast my eyes on the cask ale report from Marston’s , which own several brands and several

breweries, amongst them the Cumbrian brewer of Jennings and also, several hundred miles in a Southerly direction, they own Ringwood - taking in several other brewers on the way. One of these is Wychwood, which own the Hobgoblin range of beers – also available in bottles seen on the supermarket shelf. This, it is claimed, is the fastest growing cask brand in the country, with 35% growth in the last twelve months. Well all power to them although I do feel the ones I see in the pubs tend to be of the higher gravity which of course limits ones intake somewhat. I can see that the lover of any statistics would find this whole report fascinating, and although I enjoyed reading it all, just going through it in detail one can soon become bogged down in those very stats that are supposed to help those in the trade. There could well be a tendency to end up with the paralysis of analysis. However, some stats I did pick out seem very obvious. 1 in 5 drinkers who get a poor pint of real ale probably wouldn’t go back to the same pub again. Real ale drinkers are the most loyal customers. They

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tend to drink out more often, are prepared to pay more for their pint if it is of a decent quality and they also drink more as well. Best of all, the overall trend of real consumption over the last seven years is upwards. So there it is landlords and landladies of england. Serve decent beer all the time and your customer base is guaranteed for life. Do you believe that? No; neither do I!


H o U S E S IN WellS ... activity weekends will be held in the autumn to include walking and art at The Best Western Swan Hotel - visit their website for details ... The Natterjack at evercreech Junction are shortly to be filmed for Canadian TV ... the fixed price lunch menu is very popular at Truffles Restaurant, Bruton, 2 courses for £9.95 .... learn about Italian Wines at The Montague Inn, Shepton Montague ... why not have a go on ‘open mic night’ at The Nog Inn, Wincanton on 12th September ... at The Dolphin Hotel Sarah Yeo will be live on the 7th September ... check out the choice of exercise classes at The Holbrook House Hotel and Spa, Holbrook ... and in Mere don’t miss the fun-filled Bank Holiday Weekend at The Walnut Tree, where the annual Beer & Cider Festival has over twenty brews to choose from. Bumbling on to Bradford Abbas we know Back Gammon players

are welcome the first Tuesday of every month at The Rose & Crown ... book your Christmas party at The Queens Arms, Corton Denham before 1st September to receive an ‘early booking discount’ of 10% per person ... tasty Sunday carvery at The Catash, North Cadbury ... in-house coffee shop at The Mildmay Arms, Queen Camel ... Summer Garden Party at The Red Lion, Babcary, Bank Holiday Sunday ... and in Somerton the newly refurbished White Hart has a tasty menu including sharing platters - meat, fish and veg - something for everyone! Dashing off to Dorchester The George Albert Hotel is having a wedding fayre on 1st September ... the function room at The Quicksilver Mail is proving popular for training days with local firms ... and there’s a charity quiz night at The Lime Tree, Thornford on 31st August. Onwards to Over Stratton where The Royal Oak is open Bank Holiday Monday for lunches - booking strongly advised ... Portugal is the September destination at The New Farm Restaurant for their Gourmet Travellers Night ... BT Sport now showing at The Muddled Man, West Chinnock ... delicious lamb rump at The Cat Head Inn, Chiselborough ... Pimms and Prosecco at The Lord Nelson Norton Sub Hamdon, where winter additions are being added to the Tapas menu ... Weddings and Civil partnerships can now be held at The Prince of Wales, Ham Hill ... and Jenny Foley is welcomed at The Barrington Boar, Barrington as chef.

GARDENING GaRdenInG MOnTHlY by Richard Cumming Orchard Park I AM ReAllY a summer person but there are so many good things about the late part of the season and the start of autumn that I can never complain. As the days shorten noticeably and the lawns become laden with dew, the lovely bulbous perennial, Nerine bowdenii shows its flowers. It is a native of South Africa but is as regular as clockwork if its happy where its growing. The sudden burst of pink takes the border by surprise and then lasts well into November if there’s no early frost to spoil it. I

must confess that we have never managed to get them established at home but the house next door had a patch growing in a hot dry border with very poor soil and looked so good. Isn’t that always the way? The bulbs, often thought to be on the verge of hardiness, thrive best when planted at the base of a south or west facing wall. In the open border soil must be free draining. At planting set the top of the truncated bulb above soil level. The leaves are pushed out during

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and after flowering, growing through the winter months. They then rely on a good summer baking during their resting period for the bulbs to mature and the flower buds to form. As a group of plants become

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GARDENING colourful and distinctive they are recognisable in the landscape from a distance! Usually planted in the autumn or early winter if possible, or alternatively, especially on clay soils, in spring. The important thing is to choose the right spot and improve the soil’s drainage usually by adding coarse sand or grit.

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Meanwhile, perennial Asters, Sedums and Japanese Anemones are all on full song. All are easy to grow and have a good long flowering season. They can be planted almost anytime of the year but inevitably you will notice them more in the garden centre when they are actually in flower. local soils range from sandy acid, to heavy alkaline clay and shallow chalk. Any of them can be improved with some good organic matter to grow this collection of autumn beauties. Asters [Michaelmas Daisies] include a

large range of hybrids and it is worth checking labels to see that you have what you want in terms of height and colour. The other factor with Asters is that they can be prone to disease, especially if they are growing in poor conditions and getting stressed. Aster novaeangliae, the New england Asters are generally taller and may need staking but produce lots of flowers that are very suitable for cutting. The Aster novi-belgii are usually shorter and have tough woody stems to keep them upright. Generally the species asters such as A. laterifolius and A. amellus are less prone to infection and are worthy garden plants. Sedums with their thick waxy

leaves are very tolerant of dry conditions and many have lovely late summer flowers that especially attract the late feeding bees. Japanese Anemones, with their flowers held in above the foliage will do well in sun or part shade providing the soil is reasonable.

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sections; these should be removed complete with the leaves to prevent further spread over winter. Diseased material should not go on the compost heap, burning is best and I feel that the benefits of removing diseased material from productive plants out weighs the environmental problems of burning. But that’s just my view. Runner beans will keep cropping if they are picked over regularly. If you leave beans on for seed at this

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stage then they will stop producing. Same goes for courgettes. Tomatoes seem to have taken a long while to ripen this year and now we are looking at a glut! late sown salads crops should be alright for a while, but brassicas will need attention to prevent damage from caterpillars, aphid and pigeons; close-woven netting covers are ideal . Why do so many things like brassicas when children don’t?

GARDENING Main crop potatoes should be lifted and stored dry and frost free to prevent any late slug or wire worm damage. Go over the crop before bagging them up as a rotten potato will affect others. Same with onions and there are few things

that smell worse than a rotting onion! If you are thinking of planting overwintering onion sets and garlic, then the ground should be prepared now. Not a bad time to plant or replant alpine beds – incorporate lots of coarse grit for drainage and plants will establish well over winter to give a good display in spring before the bedding gets going. Most alpines are low maintenance and have that charming quality that makes you want to stop and investigate their low growing world. The other useful task is sorting

out the herbaceous plants – these do get overgrown and September is the ideal month to lift split and replant. That also allows you to pull out any perennial weeds that have established themselves amongst your plants. For the lawn, we are looking at applying autumn lawn feeds. These are low in nitrogen but high in phosphate and potash to strengthen the plant cells and produce strong roots. You’ll notice the difference come spring! A final thought, we take a lot out of our soils so mustn’t be mean in returning goodness to help the next crop. Green manures to dig in this winter or next spring are good, even better well rotted manure, mushroom compost, spent hops and of course the contents of your own,

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THIS YeAR I remembered to cancel the newspapers before setting off for a fortnight’s holiday so there wasn’t the customary pile of papers waiting to be scanned when I returned. So I missed the endless local coverage of the royal birth and Yeovil Town’s preparations for the Championship league – and no doubt missed several items that would warrant a mention in this column. But here are a couple of items I spotted before the holiday. Several times in recent months

GARDENING biscuits.) All warmly welcomed. On Tuesday September 10th, Selection and Care of Ornamental Trees. As Autumn approaches, local tree specialist John lewis, shares his extensive knowledge and experience of ornamental trees. I’ve commented on the strange promotional activities of some advertisers. The latest to catch my eye promised ‘live entertainment and variety at the Old Digby Memorial Hall, Sherborne. First Friday every month. Next event 6th September’, which appeared in the 11th July issue of the Western Gazette. Seemingly in Sherborne there are no Fridays in August. The property supplement in the 25th July issue of the Western Gazette contained yet another supplement, this one entitled ‘living in Yeovil’. Across the front page was printed the instruction ‘Please pull out this special 12 page supplement’ which I dutifully did, only to find that it ran to just eight pages – and more than six of these were covered in advertisements for products as diverse as pasties and pies, eye tests, jewellery and mobility aids. It should more correctly have been entitled ‘Spending in Yeovil’. And this one that I saw when I



got back from holiday. I was intrigued by a news story that appeared at the top of page 12 of the 9th August issue of the Western Daily Press, reproduced below. The headline promises somewhat more than the story delivers, I feel. Chronicler.

Julie Holley, wife of former Yeovil Lions President, and other Ladies of Yeovil Lions Club presented a cheque for £1,660 to Toby Fielder of Macmillan Cancer Care. The money was raised by the ladies at their Annual Plant Sale, held in Queen Camel Village Hall.

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‘Dancer’ Freddie Mercury ‘Stop’ ‘Baccara’ richard Marx ‘Kung Fu’ rod Stewart ‘Get it on’ 1972, 1975, 1987 ‘Love Train’

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Garden Open for NGS on 7th & 8th September, 2pm until 5pm. Admission £3. Teas and Plant Sales. Owl Cottage, Coker Marsh, east Coker BA22 9JZ.


Martock Guardians' Charity Concert, Thursday 12th September at 7.30pm in Martock Church, TA12 6Jl. The 34-strong Yeovil Concert Band and Scrumpy Saxes playing classical, show and jazzy items. Tickets £7 on the door or £6 from 01935 822706.


Paddy Ashdown ‘A Brilliant Little Operation’ - a talk, slides, Q&As and book signing at The Gryphon School, Sherborne Thursday 3rd October 6 for 6.30pm. Tickets £12.50 from 01963 251255 or Sherborne TIC 01935 815341.


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pHOne - a - firm Your Guide to Local Services Oven Cleaning

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Monday 16th September  01963 351256

Prize Crossword No. 323 Set by Frank Butler

Tel (01935) 477582



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10. SEND COMPLETED ENTRIES TO: The Visitor Crossword, P.O. Box 1, Castle Cary, Somerset BA7 7BG to arrive by Monday 16th September.

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Correct entries are placed in a hat and the winner is the first name drawn. The prize is a £10 voucher to spend with any one advertiser in this issue of The Visitor - please do not forget to state your choice of advertiser and your name and address. 3




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Mashed mash is fake. [4] Some seekers manage with difficulty. [3] Customs of America with long times. [6] Mostly fly, before relative show-off. [6] Chalk a line, leaving church with a high pH value. [8] When to take medicine? retiring and rising. [5.3,7] Aluminium following string i find friendly. [7] Broken nut, hurt, may lie here. [7] Supremely happy, but even then have sin arranged. [2,7,6] in part, “Hang eli” call is sweet and decorative. [8] Simpleton pasta. [6] Snapper shows river time. [6] Fuel can sag back. [3] Thanks, one pupil finally. [4]

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All three-quarters gone about! About 4550 ml. [6] run into fen with plant having no flowers. [4] Bolt’s companion is six faced. [3] To possess brown not British. [3] After study, chooses and nominates again. [8] Street assortment: That’s unusual. [7] Dancing ladies number. [6] City hiding-place is sweet. [6] Tidy Cattle. [4]

Solution to Crossword 322




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Interior / Exterior


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Exterior and interior decorating Gutters cleared and cleaned High level painting and cleaning Conservatories washed down Removal of disused sky dishes and cabling Repointing of stone and brickwork Patios cleaned Many other jobs undertaken no v.A.T. competitive rates for seniors

Contact JAMES CADE on 01963 34272 or 07967 307179


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pepper Hill in the Channel islands. [6] Morning: Mentally disturbed and waylaid. [8] Cancel train, more arranged for panamanian perhaps. [7,8] Sailor, surrounded by communists, slows down. [7] unwelcome intruder, as copper finds muddled cook with hen in test. [6,2,3,4]

The winner of our August Crossword 322 was Mr. K. H. Callow of South petherton, who chose to spend the £10 voucher at ... Ceres in Yeovil.

The Visitor Magazine Issue 358 September 2013  
The Visitor Magazine Issue 358 September 2013  

The Visitor Magazine Issue 358 September 2013