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What’s happening locally • News • Events • Charities • Clubs

New Tea Room at the Hullavington Arms The Hullavington Arms (formerly The Star Inn) was saved from closure by residents and then recently taken over and given a complete restoration by Matthew and Jo Lumb. The WW2 aviation theme to the pub reflects the bygone days of nearby RAF Hullavington. Launching in the spring of this year is the new Bagless Tea Room which will be located in the building next to the pub.

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The pub menus include healthier options, lighter bites and super food options. If you are planning a romantic meal, family dinner, business lunch, or just a relaxing drink why not visit the Hullavington Arms - their friendly staff will always give you a warm welcome. Contact the Hullavington Arms on 01666 837770 or visit

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The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust Home Security & Stay Safe Online Scheme The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust, is an Independent charity who work closely with Wiltshire Police, to provide an invaluable home security service. The Trust has been operating this scheme for the past 20yrs helping to secure homes for the elderly, vulnerable & disadvantaged throughout Wiltshire. The Trust has launched an impressive potent new scheme to offer free advice about keeping safe whilst online.

that cybercrime and fraud can have a devastating impact, both financially and emotionally, on victim’s lives. Through raising awareness about computer fraud and what to do if you have concerns about your online safety the Trust, aims to help prevent the risk of this type of crime which has the capacity to touch all our daily lives. If your are aged over 60, or 18+ registered disabled & have concerns about your Online Safety you can request a home visit or to arrange a group talk. To enquire about a Home Security check for your home Call: 01380 861155 or email: For all enquiries regarding the Stay Safe Online Scheme Call: 01380 861191 or email: DO YOU FEELbvonlinesafety@wiltshire. SAFE ONLINE? police.ukAnyone or complete theoronline form by visiting over 60, 18+ registered disabled is eligible for online safety advice

The Stay Safe Online service is unique in offering advice and assistance across Swindon & Wiltshire for those over 60 or 18+ with a registered disability. The Trust fully understands that raising awareness about computer fraud and what to do if you have concerns over your online safety will help prevent and reduce this type of crime. Unfortunately, in this day and age we can no longer live in a world that is built on trust alone. The digital age come with pitfalls. Computer fraud is the fastest growing crime targeting the over 60’s. We know

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BBC One’s StreetDigital/Cyber Auctionsecurity which aired in December. This  Improved awareness. is a very exciting time for Wessex Auction Rooms and Cyber and Scam prevention advice. owner Tim Weeks says ‘I was fortunate enough to see Izzie  Signposting to future advice and resources. auctioneering while I was filming Bargain Hunt early last  Basic practical skills to check and understand privacy settings. year and she instantly became my favourite auctioneer  The teamI’m are also available toto givebe talksworking at community events. in the country. thrilled with her and can’t wait to see her take to the rostrum at To make an appointment: Wessex’. Izzie tell us ‘Having met Tim and hear him talk so passionately Email: Auctions about Wessex Rooms plans I was really eager to join their team and help over the world…plus Call:them 01380take 861191 I don’t think Tim would’ve taken no for an answer to be honest!’. While Izzie’s passion for antiques and auctioneering has seen her grow an excellent all-round knowledge across many subjects, she has Gemmology and Diamond Diploma’s both gained from The Gemmological Association of Great Britain making jewellery her specialism. Izzie explains ‘I love to imagine who an item might have belonged to and how that person might have lived their life, sometimes we will never know, but it is sometimes that person’s story that can sell an item’. She goes on to add that ‘There is no better feeling for an auctioneer than watching the item you found in the bottom of a box going up and up and up on auction day. Perhaps it is only beaten by the look on the seller’s face!’

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Izzie is available for valuations at Wessex Auction Rooms based just off junction 17 of the M4 and is looking forward to getting to know her new surroundings in Wiltshire with many valuation days around the region.

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Conservatory transformation in less than one day! Are you a homeowner? Does your home have a conservatory? Is your conservatory only pleasant to sit in for a couple of weeks at the beginning of the summer and a couple of weeks at the start of Autumn? Is your conservatory more like a fridge in the winter? If you’ve answered yes to any of the above four questions then read on!! For many conservatory owners, enjoying your conservatory is a bit of a skill. During the summer, even here, in England with the unpredictable British weather, our conservatories become too hot and uncomfortable to sit in. Fast forward to mid October when the nights start to draw in and the mornings are colder, suddenly, your conservatory that was too hot to sit in a couple of weeks before, becomes too drafty and chilly to enjoy without the aid of a hot water bottle or extra layers. If you are really lucky, you may get a couple of weeks at the end of September, start of October when the ultimate temperature for conservatory enjoyment is upon us but be warned, blink and you may miss it!


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So what’s the solution? Many of us will have tried blinds (they are great for reducing glare but offer limited insulation properties), some of us will have replaced polycarbonate roofs with glass, but still face the same issues. Some of us will have looked to replace our roofs with a solid roof - which using traditional methods is a very messy and time consuming and could even result in having structural changes to your existing conservatory structure. In short, it becomes a MASSIVE UPHEAVAL. So this is where GreenSpace come in. We specialise in lightweight insulated roofing panels. Now we know this doesn’t sound overly exciting, but they work! Our panels are strong and offer 8 times more insulation than a polycarbonate roof. What’s more, because they are lightweight, there is no need to strengthen your existing conservatory structure, plus for extra peace of mind, they come with a ten year guarantee. For most of our customers, the benefits of having a Green Space roof put on to their conservatory, means that they can stop using the space as a dumping ground for old toys and furniture or a glorified fridge or greenhouse and actually start using the space as a proper room. A once uninhabitable space can become a gorgeous dining area or a second lounge - perfect for relaxing all year round and ideal when the extended family are over for lunch. With fitting taking place in less than a day, it’s easy to see what a difference a day makes!


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Calne Model Railway Show It was full steam ahead for the 25th annual Calne Model Railway Show which took place in Calne Leisure Centre on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st January. The event was organised by the Bentley Model Railway Group. which meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Harris Road, Calne. For details: contact Chairman, Chris Young on 01249 659270, or for more information visit: Top right: John Stephens and Ian Powell. from Swindon Model Railway Club. Top left: Chris White and Martin Axford of the Bentley Model Railway Group. Left: Hugh Norwood. Below: Alan Forsyth and Dave Spencer. Below right: Graham Bean. Photos by Paul Stallard of


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Will the New Year bring a solution to the frightening cost of Elderly care? We asked Andrew Douglas, Partner at Awdry Bailey & Douglas Solicitors who specialises in elderly care, for his views on this issue. The status quo is frightening? True. Understanding the system is complicated. The rules provide that bar £14,250, 100% of a person’s assets including their house can be used to fund the cost. This position is much worse than Inheritance Tax where only 40% is taken by the Government when your assets exceed current nil rate band thresholds. The cost of long term care is so frightening that people may escape having to pay inheritance tax if they get involved in the system of long term care without having made appropriate preparations. Do the Politicians help? Unfortunately there does not appear to be any clear vision, or joined up thinking. At the time of the last election the Tories policy was that people should fund their own costs save for their final £100,000, including their house. The Labour party proposed the creation of a National Care Service combined with £8bn being put into social care over the next 5 years whilst the Lib Dems wanted a 1p rise in income tax.


Is there a future road map for sorting the crisis in long term elderly care? The answer subject to Brexit not proving to be too time consuming and the subject of long term care reform proving to be too difficult is yes. This is because the Cabinet Office has announced that the Government will publish a green paper on the subject by summer 2018. That said the announcement was by Damien Green who has since resigned from office. Jeremy Hunt now heads up a new styled department for health and social care meaning that he may or may not be in charge of reform on a different basis namely joining up healthcare with social care. So yes there is a road map but will it lead anywhere remains the big question! What is best to do? Understand the existing rules under “The Care Act 2014” and proceed accordingly. Waiting or doing nothing in relation to social care is not the best option. This approach only results in people not being organised and paying more.

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To know more and for a free appointment to find out answers to the questions that need answering email Andrew Douglas or his team on ajd@ or call on 0800 072 8636. The firm has offices In Marlborough, Royal Wootton Basset, Devizes & Chippenham. Alternatively visit our website: www.

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WIN a copy of ‘The Gin Sat Nav’ A new book by local author, David Hitchens

Calne New Wine Shop owner, David Hitchens has written a new book The Gin Sat Nav. He stocks up to 90 gins, one of the largest private stockists in the country, many of them local, Dauntless Gin, from Royal Wootton Bassett, Ramsbury Gin, Bristol Gin, Cotswold Gin, Bath Gin to name but a few. David recently gave a talk for Friends of St Marys “Making Sense of 1000 Gins” and tasting at Marden House in Calne in January to launch the new book and demonstrate his great knowledge of all things to do with gin. Currently there are over 1000 different Gins available and each may require at least seven different styles of tonics to ensure the perfect G & T. The book will help to guide you to identify your Gin preference style. David can be contacted on 01249 812381 at the New Wine Shop in Calne.


David has kindly donated one signed copy of The Gin Sat Nav which you could win by sending your name and a contact telephone number by email to: by 28th February 2018. The Editor’s decision is final. 16

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Calne Rotary 3rd Annual Classic Car Run

Sunday 13th May 2018

Between 8am and 9.30am on Sunday 13th May one hundred Classic Cars will gather in Calne Leisure Centre Car park for a bacon butty provided by Calne Lions before setting off for a fascinating 65 mile run through the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. Stopping for refreshments at Wadswick Country Store and Café near Corsham and then onto Devizes to finish with a wonderful lunch provided by the Marden Belles WI in the fantastic grounds of Devizes School. With further support on the day being provided by Rotarians and a great team of volunteers, the event will be a true community effort. The car run also features VIP Teddy Bears and dogs in some of the cars. Half the proceeds will go to Julia’s House Children’s Hospice and half to other local charities. Liz Froud, Community Fundraiser at Julia’s House said ‘We are delighted to be a chosen charity by Calne Rotarians. Julia’s House provides practical and emotional support for families caring for a child with a lifelimiting condition and earlier this year we opened the first children’s hospice in Wiltshire. We rely on local community support to fund our hospice, so we are very grateful for all support. We would like to thank everyone involved and wish them a safe journey’. The event is still looking for more drivers and Kate Tompkins of the Rotary Club of Calne said “If you have a pre-1990 classic car come and join us for a great day out and to raise money for some great causes” For further details and entry forms please visit: or contact Kate by email



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For many residents across North Wiltshire going shopping with a ‘bag for life’ and separating household waste ready for collection each week are no longer ‘odd’ or ‘weird’ daily tasks. Thanks to the popularity of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II programme, however, public awareness of the plight of the world’s oceans – caused by plastic pollution - has reached new heights. This is translating into new government plans and more public discussion about the impact of plastic on our world. It may interest you to know a number of companies across North Wiltshire are already doing their bit to reduce waste through the products and services they sell and how they run their businesses.

MJ Church Around a third of the non-domestic waste MJ Church handles each year is recycled into products that go back into construction. As one of the most successful civil engineering, earthworks and waste management contractors in the South West, waste is taken seriously by the team. Waste which cannot be recycled is sent to ‘wasteto-energy’ plants – an important and growing part of the business - where it becomes fuel for generating power. Carol Heneghan, marketing manager of MJ Church, said: “Waste-to-energy plants are now being constructed all over the UK with a typical plant producing enough electricity for 15,000 households. The logistics behind keeping these plants running is huge but the pay-off is reduced landfill by up to 90% in some cases.” During December of 2017 MJ Church achieved 99.8% recycling figures as almost all waste taken into the company through its five transfer stations was either recycled back into the supply chain or sent to waste-to-energy plants.


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Good Energy As a renewable energy company, Chippenham-based Good Energy’s core purpose is to reduce waste and carbon output. None of its main sources for generating electricity - solar, wind and hydro - create waste and it also uses biofuel. “What we do individually and locally has a knock-on effect nationally and globally,” says Juliet Davenport, CEO and Founder. “I like to think our growth to over 200,000 customers has made a real dent in the carbon output of energy in the UK.” Good Energy also monitors and offsets its own carbon footprint by having internal practices in place to reduce day-to-day waste. Juliet says: “Our offices have motion sensor lights fitted which automatically switch off when no one’s around, we encourage our people to recycle in our kitchens and we give every new starter a branded reusable coffee cup which grants them a discount at some of the local coffee shops. This Christmas we also gave everyone their festive treat in a bag-for-life.”

Join Wiltshire Wildlife Trust for Waste Free February The Waste Education Team at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is encouraging local residents to join them for the Waste Free February initiative. The aim of the scheme is to ensure that every piece of waste we produce is either recyclable, reusable or compostable, meaning little to no waste should end up in black bins and subsequently landfill. In 2017, Gemma Annan, from the team encouraged her colleagues to take on this challenge and Gemma managed to fill only a small jam jar with waste. Gemma says “Waste Free February is challenging, but a challenge very worthwhile committing to. I found myself shopping at several different stores and markets to achieve my goal; this really proved what a wasteful society we live in. However, by being a conscientious shopper it opened my eyes and helped me adopt some everyday waste-reducing changes which I have continued through the year. I encourage everyone to take part this February, if only for a day or a week. By sharing your journey you can play a role in changing the amount of waste we as a society are producing.” If you would like to join in with the initiative, or are simply looking for ways you can reduce your waste, keep an eye on Facebook www.facebook. com/WiltsWasteWatch, Twitter @SlimBinsWilts using #WasteFreeFeb and via Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s website

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s vision is to create a sustainable future for wildlife and people. We are unique in the county in combining the management of 38 nature reserves and working with local communities to promote sustainable living. The Trust is supported by 18,000 members and over 1,000 volunteers. For more information about the Trust please Wiltshire Council funds the Waste Team at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to deliver ‘Recycle for Wiltshire Joint Venture’ an education and engagement project in communities across Wiltshire encouraging residents to reduce, reuse and recycle more of their household rubbish.

The Waste Education Team: Jessica Thimbleby, Chelsie Phillips and Gemma Annan. Photo: Ralph Harvey, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.

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Sassy Chic When it comes to helping consumers reduce waste, Sassy Chic in Devizes stocks environmentallyfriendly products and runs upcycling workshops. Joint owner Linda Baker says: “We sell rugs, throws and cushions made from 100% recycled plastic bottles from a company called Weaver Green based in Devon, recycled glass and are the official stockists for chalk paint Frenchic Paint.”

V12 Footwear “Nothing has changed the public mood like Blue Planet II,” says Ben Turner, Director and Co-Founder of V12 Footwear, which designs and produces safety footwear. “The images of a giant whale trying to eat a plastic bucket and an albatross chick dying after eating a toothpick are burnt into the public consciousness.” In 2016 Chippenham-based V12 Footwear identified single-use plastic overshoes as an area where it could make a difference. The company found utility engineers going in and out of customers’ houses get through as many as ten pairs of plastic overshoes every day.

Sassy Chic, which is in Sidmouth Street, deals with its own waste as a retailer by upcycling the pallets stock arrives on. At Christmas it turned these into decorative trees and in future it will use these to create wine glass shelves. “As a business in the 21st century, we like to think we make a small contribution to waste reduction,” Linda said.

V12 developed reusable overshoe MukGuard in response. This is growing in popularity in the relevant industries where V12 finds it customers. Currently they supply high quality strong and safe footwear to the oil and gas sectors, utilities, farming and rail industries. “We think of it as a ‘bag for life’ for the overshoe world,” said Ben. The company’s innovation was awarded in November 2017 with a ‘Green Apple Award’ for environmental best practice.

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Love your Retirement Fiona Scott offers five tips on having a happy and healthy retirement in North Wiltshire

Retirement is a big step which can be as daunting as it is pleasurable and in Wiltshire it’s a time of life more and more people are navigating. According to the ONS, 20% of the county’s population is aged over 65, higher than the national average, and set to grow to 30% within two decades. When it comes to making retired life a happy and healthy one, eating well and taking regular exercise are important. So, too, is finding a new routine and rhythm that suits – but not forgetting the odd adventure along the way.

Create a new circle of friends Devizes U3A is a thriving example of the global University of the Third Age movement. The branch is one of several in North Wiltshire and has 662 semiretired and retired members who take part in an extensive range of activities, from learning new skills, to visiting gardens and museums to socialising on a group walk. Chairperson Sue Tovey says the U3A helps create a framework for people who might be at a bit of a loss after working full-time. “The benefits are definitely social. It’s a chance to spend time with like-minded people and create a new circle of friends when you retire.” For more information go to or to find another branch nearer you.


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Enlist support to do what you enjoy Maintaining a busy routine becomes challenging as you become less mobile but Nick Yeatman, joint owner of Corham-based Home Instead, advises: “Try to do what you enjoy even if you have to scale it down.” The business provides domestic support that can help with household chores but also the fun stuff. “We can get you out of the house to eat out, visit the pub, an art gallery, a museum or just go for a short walk wherever you want to go,” he says. For more information go to

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RETIREMENT Release hard-earned capital tied up in your home If you’re of retirement age now, the chances are you’ll recall poorly designed equity release products from the 1980s and 90s. That’s no longer the case, says Chippenham-based financial adviser Steve Eddolls. “Today’s ‘lifetime mortgage’ products are more like traditional mortgage products, meaning people retain ownership of their property but still take advantage of their assets to do things in retirement.” It seems retirees in North Wiltshire are using the cash for any number of reasons, from going on adventurous holidays (such as a bucket-list trip to the Rugby World Cup), topping up a pension pot that hasn’t performed as well as expected, and helping children or grandchildren with house deposits and university fees. For more information contact Steve on 07803 708 855 or 0333 456 0468 or

Take up a high-impact exercise Many people are rightly cautious about the risk of injury associated with high-impact activity but if you’re already into walking and jogging, running can have real benefits during retirement. “It is proven that higher impact activities increase your life span,” says Dimitrij Zavgorodnij, a personal trainer at Corsham retirement village Wadswick Green. “You also feel better about yourself, burn unneeded calories and can increase your muscle strength for better balance and mobility.” Non-residents can use the on-site gym at Wadswick Green when visiting the adjacent spa. Failing that, just put on some running shoes and go – but make sure you pick the right ones and listen to your body. For more information visit www. or call 0800 092 9030.


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Volunteer If you’ve already planned your week with socialising and exercise and still have plenty of spare time then how about volunteering? “Volunteering has been shown to improve physical and mental activity in older people,” says John Truss, Area Manager at Age UK Wiltshire. “Every individual gets something different from volunteering, but we find many gain confidence as they overcome new challenges.” Age UK already has hundreds of volunteers across Wiltshire but it always needs more. For more information drop Age UK Wiltshire a line at or call 01380 727767.

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Chippenham Museum Saturday Exhibition Tours of Creative Wiltshire

17 February, 3 & 17 March, 1.00pm Chippenham Museum, 9 – 10 Market Place, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 3HF Free, just drop in Join the curator to discover some of the fascinating stories behind the objects in Chippenham Museum’s Creative Wiltshire exhibition. These fortnightly Saturday tours are free to enjoy with no booking necessary. Creative Wiltshire, Chippenham Museum’s first exhibition in its newly opened gallery space, features the work of many influential artists who moved to North Wiltshire during the 20th century. Open until 17 March and free to visit, the exhibition features works by well-known artists such as Howard Hodgkin and Robin Tanner displayed alongside examples of pottery and silver produced in the local area.

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Tuesday 13 and Thursday 15 February Drop-in 10.30am - 12pm & 1pm - 2.30pm Free entry, no booking necessary Chippenham Museum, 9 – 10 Market Place, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 3HF Meet the volunteers of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust at Chippenham Museum and have a go at lots of fun free activities celebrating Chippenham’s local canal. This activity is suitable for ages 5 – 11 and under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. Families can drop-in 10.30am – 12pm and 1pm – 2.30pm to enjoy these free workshops. For further details please call Chippenham Museum on 01249 705020 or email heritage@chippenham. .

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Friday 23 February, 7pm Yelde Hall, Market Place, Chippenham, £5 per person, book in advance on 01249 705020 Antiques Roadshow specialist Marc Allum takes a look at 20th century art movements and the innovative enthusiasm of the post-war effect. This talk is the perfect accompaniment to Chippenham Museum’s latest exhibition Creative Wiltshire. Open until 17 March and free to visit; the exhibition features the work of many influential artists who moved to North Wiltshire during the 20th century. 26

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Leading Bird Experts Lloyd and Rose Buck embark on a UK Theatre Tour with some of their extraordinary feathered friends It’s not often you see birds flying in theatres but in 2018 audiences all over the country will get the chance! This is a truly unique interactive experience not just for bird loving enthusiasts but also for anyone who relishes the opportunity to see birds rarely seen outside of their wild habitats. These special evenings will be lead by the Bucks and supported by their film footage as they share their insights, stories and experiences of their world with birds. Lloyd and Rose are passionate about birds. They have devoted over twenty-five years of their lives to rearing and nurturing a wide variety of breeds at their farmstead near Bristol. They train their birds specially for filming on location and in studios and they are without a doubt the foremost experts at tracking birds and in-flight filming. Their magnificent avian family includes Lady & Moses the Peregrin Falcons, Ashley the Kestrel, Lily the Barn Owl, Ellie the Northern Goshawk, Tilly the Golden Eagle, Poppy the Pigeon and a large number of Starlings, Geese and Swans. Between them Lloyd and Rose have been involved with over 100 different documentaries, drama productions and feature films such as the BBC’s Poldark, Top Gear, The Hollow Crown, and The Flying Engineer. Their birds have appeared in numerous productions for ITV, the National Geographic Channel, and CBS in America. They have worked with virtually every wildlife and natural history television star including Sir David Attenborough, Steve Backshall, Michaela Strachan, Chris Packham, and Kate Humble. They often appear as guests on The One Show and the BBC programmes Autumnwatch and Springwatch. Our Life with Birds is at Swindon Arts Centre on February 26th 2018. Tickets call 01793 524481 or visit For more information visit: Tickets from £12 to £17

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The award winning social enterprise The Curly Hair Project is holding a relaxed and informative event about Autism in Chippenham on Tuesday 13th February 2018. This day aims to help families, school staff and professionals learn more about Autism, what it feels like to be Autistic, and how to best work together to improve relationships and understanding. The day starts with a one hour talk, which is ideal for anyone who would like to know more about what life is like for Autistic adults and children, and it provides lots of really practical support strategies. There are two further talks focusing on Emotions in Autistic people and Ten strategies for Managing Anxiety. The day ends with a workshop discussing how to best support Autistic pupils in primary & secondary education. North Wiltshire based trainer Helen Eaton makes everything easy to understand, presenting in a warm and accessible way. Alis Rowe’s work brings the challenges of Autism to life through her cartoons and images, and her sensible support strategies are widely recognised and implemented. It’s easy to book tickets online and people can attend any of the sessions, or save money with an all-day ticket. Older children are welcome to attend with an adult, and the children’s tickets are free (minimum age is 10 years). As it’s in the half-term break it would be lovely to see whole families attend to learn together. There’s lots of space for everyone to feel comfortable, and drinks and snacks will be provided throughout the day. We don’t ask for personal introductions and so school staff and professionals can attend the sessions with a degree of anonymity if required. More information and tickets are available here : and Our regular workshops continue in Corsham during the Spring, and we also run webinars for those unable to attend the workshops – 28

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The 30th Annual Calne Rotary 10km Charity Fun Run at Bowood Park is on Sunday 18th March 2018. Organised by Calne Rotary Club, the charity fun run boasts some fantastic scenery around the beautiful Bowood estate grounds. This friendly Fun Run and Walk caters for a wide range of participants, including serious club runners, joggers, keep-fit enthusiasts and walkers who would like to enjoy a few hours in the fresh air in picturesque Bowood Park. Estate owner, Lord Lansdowne will start the race and Mayor of Calne, Tony Trotman will be presenting the winners trophies following the results after the event. For more information, including entry form please visit our new and click Bowood Fun Run on the events page of the new Calne Rotary Club website. Our grateful thanks go to: LPS Events, for providing Chip Timing and Events Management Services and Bowood House and Gardens for letting us use their Estate.


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GEORGIE FAME The 1960s hit maker Georgie Fame will appear in concert at the Neeld Community and Arts Centre, Chippenham on 16 April 2018 - one of only a few shows on his new UK tour. The concert marks Georgie’s return to Wiltshire after he performed as the opening act at Marlborough Jazz Festival in 2013.

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Rural Arts Wiltshire with Grittleton Village Hall presents this fun-filled cabaret on Saturday 14 April 2018 at 8.00pm (doors open 7.30pm). ‘A scrapbook of real-life love stories collected from across the country…ultimate heart throbs, full-on obsessions and awkward mixed up emotions combine in a heart-warming…cabaret reminding us of the lengths we will go to for love…’ Tickets: Adults £8, Concessions £7, Children (under 16) £5, Family (2 adults/2 children £21) from Jan 01249 782798 Age recommendation 12+ Bring your own refreshments

With his much loved blend of jazz and rhythm & blues, Georgie Fame has consistently worked in the highest musical circles and has become a true icon of the British music scene. So far there have been more than twenty albums and fourteen hit singles, including the Number 1s: Yeh Yeh, Get Away and The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde. Add to this a long list of collaborations with some of music’s most famous names, including Muddy Waters, Gene Vincent, Bill Wyman, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison, amongst many others, and in Georgie Fame you have bona fide music legend. In this very special and intimate evening, audiences will be treated to Georgie’s hits, alongside music from the artists that have influenced him - all interspersed with personal stories and anecdotes from his incredible career. Leader of the Council Sandie Webb said of the event; “Way back in the 60s when the Neeld featured top acts at its regular Top 20 nights, the idea of Sweet Georgie Fame coming to Chippenham would have seen the high street filled with screaming hordes. Those youngsters are much older now but will, no doubt, still be delighted to know that he is coming to town and his amazing talent will also be appreciated by the new generation of Chippenham music lovers.” Chairman of the Amenities, Culture and Leisure Committee at Chippenham Town Council, Desna Allen, said; “I am delighted to acknowledge that I was a fan of Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames in the 1960s - my very favourite song was Sitting in the Park. This is a marvellous opportunity for fans, old and not so old to experience the iconic music that is so evocative of an exciting period. A great coup for the Neeld and for Chippenham.” Tickets are available now from, by phone on 01249 446699 or in person at the Chippenham Town Council foyer.


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Wiltshire Women in Business embrace creativity 2018 is the year that business women from around Swindon and Wiltshire come together to celebrate innovation and creativity in their businesses. Local business support organisation The Enterprise Network (TEN) has announced the theme for this year’s Swindon and Wiltshire Women in Business Conference, focusing on business success, innovation and creativity. Taking place on International Women’s Day – Thursday 8 March – at Bowood Hotel and Spa Resort, the conference will bring together business leaders and entrepreneurs from across the county to take part in a day of inspiration and information. Early Bird tickets for the event – including guest speakers, workshops, business advice sessions and plenty of networking opportunities - have just gone on sale through the Eventbrite online booking platform. Opening the day will be Chuck Berry, cabinet member for economic development and housing, who will set the scene, emphasising the importance of women in business to Wiltshire’s thriving small business landscape. He said: “Small businesses across Wiltshire are a cornerstone of the county’s economy - the energy and creativity of our business women is something we can all be proud of.” Throughout the day there will be workshops on a wide range of business themes including social media and online marketing, successful business finance, creative

Guest speakers from some of Wiltshire’s most successful and creative small businesses will be sharing their insights and top tips for business growth. “The conference is a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded people, develop new ideas and get inspired” says Wiltshire-based mindset and wellness Coach Claire Doré. Now in its fourth year, the event will offer advice, information and support on every aspect of starting and growing a small business, from the very first step, to taking on employees and exporting abroad. Jol Rose, development officer at The Enterprise Network said: “We are excited to be hosting this unique business event once more, offering a springboard for business owners to move their businesses ahead. It’s a chance to share and to be inspired, with a fantastic lineup of speakers and specialist advisors. It really is a onestop shop for small, start-up and growing businesses in Swindon, Wiltshire and beyond.” The Women in Business Conference takes place on Thursday 8 March 2018 at the Bowood Hotel and Spa Resort. Tickets cost just £37 per person which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Further details and ticket reservation online at For more information please email:


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Marden House Concerts 2018 PROGRAMME Sara Trickey – Violin and Daniel Tong – Piano

Sunday 25th February 2018 at 3.00pm Sara enjoys a busy, exciting and diverse career as a solo artist and chamber musician. Noted for her vibrant and fiery performances she plays at major UK festivals and noted venues. Whilst leading the Bronte String Quartet they won the Royal Overseas League competition. She is a founder member of the Odysseus Piano Trio and currently plays with the mixed ensemble – Sound collective. Sara plays regularly with Daniel Tong, artistic director for The Marden House recitals, with whom she has recorded works by Schubert and Fauré. She has also made a world premiere recording of Mathias’ Violin Sonatas with Iwan Llewelyn-Jones.

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Diary Dates FEBRUARY 2018 QUARTET AMABILE Saturday 10th February 2018 Malmesbury Abbey, 7:30pm Helen Kucharek (Vocal); Robin Baggs (Piano and Organ) Justine Tomlinson (Violin); Juliet Tomlinson (Cello) Malmesbury Abbey Music Society is delighted to welcome back local soprano Helen Kucharek to team up with her talented friends for an evening of well loved classics. MALMESBURY AND DISTRICT GARDEN CLUB February 12th 2018 Jenny Tidman “Talks on conifers” Jenny has given Malmesbury Garden Club some interesting talks in the past. Affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society Hon. Secretary. Mrs. Eleanor D Church, Redlands, West End, Brinkworth, Chippenham Tel. 01666 510490 ABBEY SKATE 14th – 16th February 2018 Malmesbury Abbey Skateboard * Scooter * Roller Blade Book online at: NEW YOGA CLASSES Wednesday 14th February Every Wednesday 6pm-7.25pm at Malmesbury Town Hall Please book in advance with Chris Hewett on 01453 834304 or 07815 181361 CALNE WEDDING FAIR 17-18 February 2018 Calne Town Hall, SN11 0EN 11am-3pm Free Entry. We invite you to the Town Hall & Corn Exchange to see an array of local businesses offering their services to make your day a special one.

MALMESBURY POETRY EVENT Malmesbury’s regular Poetry Slam Event with local poets Tone Rudall & Andrew Carnegie 21st February/21st March/18th April/16th May/20th June 7.30pm – 9.30pm The Old Bell, Malmesbury BIG SCREEN BEVERSBROOK Friday 23rd February The Mountain Between Us Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realise help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness. Tickets: Adults £4, Children (under 16) £2.50, Family (2A+2C) £12.50 (Ticket prices may vary). Available on the door and in advance from Calne Visitor & Community Information Centre and Beversbrook Sports & Community Facility. SMARTT SMASHER RACE Sunday 25 February 2018 11.00am The course is a flat multi-terrain 10k along the picturesque national cycle network. Starts and finishes at Calne Town Hall. Main Start 11.00am £11.00 affiliated £13.00 non-affiliated. All 10K finishers will receive a medal. Ample car parking. 1 Mile Fun Run for Under 15s 10.15am start £4 entry. All fun runners will receive a medal. Online Entries at or MARDEN HOUSE CONCERTS Sunday 25th February 2018 at 3.00pm, Marden House, Calne Sara Trickey – Violin and Daniel Tong – Piano Tickets: £12 Adults, £1 Full-time Students Available from: Calne Information Centre, www.marlboroughboxoffice. or at the door. More at


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MOVIOLA@ GRITTLETON VILLAGE HALL Wednesday February 28th Goodbye Christopher Robin A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston, Alex Lawther), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family? Fox Searchlight Pictures. Despite the PG classification, this is not a children’s film. Rather in the manner of Saving Mr Banks, it explores some quite dark themes. Tickets £6 adults from Lesley on 01249 783157 or email Doors open 7pm, programme starts at 7.30pm Future dates for your 2018 diary All Wednesdays March 21st Breathe April 25th Murder on the Orient Express THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF ROYAL WOOTTON BASSETT March 8th 2018 The Battle of Bedwyn and the rise of Wessex. Speaker: Nick Baxter A battle was fought between Aescwin of Wessex and Wulfhere of Mercia at Crofton near Great Bedwyn in the year 675 AD. It was the start a bloody war between the rival kingdoms, lasting for 150 years. At Ellendune (Wroughton, near Swindon) in the year 823, king Ecberht defeated the Mercian king Beornwulf: “Ellendune’s stream was tinged with blood,

and choked with the slain, and become foul with the carnage”. Within a few years Ecberht became king of both Wessex and Mercia. This talk chronicles those events. HistoricalWoottonBassett THE WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE Thursday 8 March 2018 Bowood Hotel and Spa Resort. Tickets cost just £37 per person which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Further details and ticket reservation online at www. CALNE ROTARY CLUB 10KM FUN RUN Bowood Park is on Sunday 18th March 2018. Organised by Calne Rotary Club, the charity fun run boasts some fantastic scenery around the beautiful Bowood estate. This friendly Fun Run and Walk caters for a wide range of participants, including serious club runners, joggers, keep-fit enthusiasts and walkers who would like to enjoy a few hours in the fresh air in picturesque Bowood Park. Lord Lansdowne will start the race and Mayor of Calne, Tony Trotman will be presenting the trophies. For more information, and entry form go to uk and click Bowood Fun Run on the events page of the new Calne Rotary Club website. RAF MALMESBURY & PARISHES Saturday 31st March 2018 at the Town Hall, pre-dinner drinks from 6.30pm, 3 course dinner at 7.20pm. Royal Air Force Centenary 1918-2018. An invite to all current & exserving RAF from Malmesbury & surrounding Parishes. For ticket information and any other enquiries please email Matt on or call 07976 407139

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Vegetable Lasagne

A variant on the usual meat based lasagne, packed with healthy vegetables for a filling and satisfying meal at lunch or dinner time. Serve with a fresh green salad and bread of your choice. rvings Ingredients for 4 se d pe op ch , 1 onion 75g carrots, sliced 75g courgette 3 tbsp. vegetable oil 75g aubergine ms 50g button mushroo rn tco 50g swee crushed 1 small garlic clove, d tomatoes 225g can of choppe s rb pinch of mixed he se ee 8 tbsp. grated ch 3 tbsp. butter 3 tbsp. plain flour ½ pint milk lasagna pasta 4-5 sheets pre-cooked Salt & pepper


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Method Oven: Pre-heat to 180C/350f/Gas 4 Finely chop the onion and carroty and dice the courgette and aubergine. Thinly slice the mushrooms. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the vegetables until softened. Add the garlic, tomatoes, herbs, and sweetcorn and bring to the boil. Then cover and simmer for about five minutes. Melt the butter in a pan and then stir in the flour, add the milk slowly, stirring until the mixture thickens and boils. Stir in half of the grated cheese and some salt and pepper for taste. Spoon about a third of the vegetable mix into a shallow oven proof dish, add a little white sauce, the add a lasagna sheet and continue to layer in this way until the last layer is white sauce. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and cook for around 50 minutes until browned on top. Serve with fresh herbs on top.

Don't fo rget Pancake Da on Febru y ary 13th

How do you like your pancakes? February 13th is Shrove Tuesday and I will be tossing pancakes with the best of them. Usually I am a traditionalist and favour lemon and sugar topping but this year in the interests of research I canvassed my friends for their favourite sweet and savoury pancake fillings, and tried them out. Here are my top seven. Nutty chocolate spread and banana - This tasty filling bulks the pancakes out, and makes the batter go further. Perfect if there are lots of people at your pancake supper. Fresh mango and Greek yoghurt with a splash of Cointreau - Very sophisticated and utterly delicious Fruits of the forest with vanilla ice cream and a splash of Amaretto liqueur - This one was a revelation. The liqueur works brilliantly with the fruit, and the hot pancakes with cold ice cream is a sublime combination. Clearly I have classy friends!

Blueberries and maple syrup – This contribution from an American friend goes well with thick or thin pancakes. She tops hers with bacon, but you can leave that out. If you like. Mushrooms, tomatoes and bacon - for a British brunch-style pancake, or maybe a savoury supper. Wilted spinach and Ricotta cheese - Sprinkle with a little fresh nutmeg and this makes a very tasty vegetarian supper. Stewed rhubarb and crème fraîche - You can prepare your rhubarb as tart or sweet as you like. I liked mine tart. The creme fraiche works really well with it. I scraped some vanilla seeds into mine and beat them in before serving. This is officially my new favourite way to eat pancakes.

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Lemon Meringue Pie A delicious and tangy lemon filled pie topped with crispy, chewy meringue – a perfect after dinner indulgence that’s sure to satisfy the sweetest tooth! Ingredients for 8 ser


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Method Oven: Pre-heat to fan 170C/190C/Gas 5 Prepare the pastry following conventional method and use to line a 20cm greased flan dish. Bake blind, remove from oven then reduce the oven temperature to fan 130c, conventional 150c, gas 2. To make the filling, first blend the cornflour with a little water to make a smooth paste. In a small pan, heat the remaining water, lemon zest and juice, stir in the cornflour paste and stir until you bring to the boil. Cook the lemony mixture for 2 minutes then remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly before adding the sugar and egg yolks. When cool, tip into the partly cooked pastry case. Whisk the egg whites until very stiff then gradually add in half of the sugar. Then gently fold the rest of the sugar. Spread the meringue mix over the lemon and swirl and bake for a further 35 minutes to crisp the meringue. Allow to cool before serving. The Town Crier Magazine | FEBRUARY 2018




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Love your Wedding! by Fiona Scott

Weddings are going to be especially big news this year with the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Wedding fever will overtake the country now as it did when Prince William and Kate got married back in 2011. During the month of their April wedding, 350,000 more overseas tourists came to the UK than the same month the previous year, according to the Office of National Statistics.

Here are just a few suggestions to get you thinking about your 2018 – or more likely for the real planners among you – 2019 wedding.

Planning for a wedding is exciting, stressful and it’s a time full of decisions, budgeting and planning. Choosing the right suppliers can be difficult and there is a growing trend to do more yourself from designing invitations to creating your own ‘favours’. According to a survey done by Confetti Celebrations the most popular 2017 wedding theme was ‘rustic,woodland’, the brides’ favourite colours for dresses were white or ivory (74 per cent) with four per cent of brides choosing black. The average cost of a wedding in the UK was £15,000.

Barbara Leatham

Here in Wiltshire we are spoiled for choice when it comes to services from venues, to florists, to dress and suit makers and suppliers, through to photographers, videographers, hair and make-up artists and, if you really want a one-to-one hand-holding service, wedding planners. Please be aware most of these businesses require non-refundable deposits or booking fees.


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Grittleton House

For anyone, their wedding is a very special day, it’s the day when the couple become the celebrities and step into the spotlight to celebrate with their families and friends as they make that amazing commitment.

The Venue How about Grittleton House, Grittleton near Chippenham? Run by the Shipp family, the Victorian manor house – which is the family home is set in 35 acres of private parkland and formal gardens. The house is brimming with history and the team offer a wedding planning service with a choice of seven ceremony rooms. The venue can cater for a maximum of 126 guests for a wedding breakfast, up to 350 for an evening reception and from 2019, up to 180 guests in the new Orangery for a wedding breakfast. The Shipps can cater for larger numbers in a marquee. For more details visit or call 01249 782434.

Another option might be Owl Lodge in Lacock Historically, this building was once part of a large farmstead, Selves Farm, where the original farm house was a replica of The Red Lion Inn found in nearby Lacock. The farm was abandoned and the house along with other farm buildings left derelict or pulled down. The land and buildings were acquired by the present farming family, Christopher and Anthony Doel. They now offer wedding hire from £2,000, visit or call 01249 730388. If you are on a budget and want to DIY for your wedding you can always source a village hall or a hall with some staff support, however you may provide many of the food, drink or entertainment yourself. One option for this might be The Citadel Hall in central Chippenham run by Rachel Terry. A town centre venue, with parking, train station and accommodation nearby this could be an alternative. or call Rachel on 07811 809216.

The Photographer

Find out more by visiting or call 01249 824747.

One local provider is Paul Stallard of Candid Pictures. Paul, who lives in Calne, has 30 years’ experience working for local newspapers, recording wedding memories for clients and running his own business.

You could also consider Barbara Leatham of Barbara Leatham Photography. Barbara, who lives near Devizes, was a photographer with the Royal Air Force before moving to Wiltshire with her family and setting up her own photography business. Her images are stunning and her wedding packages average out at about £2,000. She only works with a small number of brides every year. For more details visit or call 07548 219047.

He said: “Many of my wedding clients look for ‘reportage’ images and that’s why Candid Pictures, which has been established since 1982 comes into its own, complete with a photography service built around the customer’s requirements.”

Another Wiltshire photographer Lis McDermott, of Royal Wootton Bassett has done a guide for brides for wedding photography. She’s kindly donated this to the Town Crier so if you’d like a pdf copy of it – please let us know!

If you do have a budget, the key thing is to choose a photographer and/or videographer you get along with. A wedding day can often be more about herding the crowd – and it’s vital you and your guests can take direction from an empathetic provider of that service. It’s also vital you get your guests to avoid taking loads of photographs or videos when the professional is working – otherwise you’ll get images of people taking pictures of you.

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Barbara Leatham

One tip for this is to work out what part of your wedding you really wish to have professional images or video and then plan accordingly. Most professionals will offer different price points for all day, some of the day or even just one part of the day.

Candid Pictures

One of the most important services at a wedding can be those which leave a legacy to reflect on in the years ahead. If you are on a very lean budget, you can always do it yourself. However in the cut and thrust of the day this can be time-consuming, erratic with no real guarantee you’ll get the images you were hoping for. If there is ever a part of a wedding which you can have regrets over – this will be it.



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The Flowers

You can of course go into a local florist or wedding fair to find out about flowers for your wedding and you may be a bride who wants to match flower colours to your chosen colour scheme. It’s all about choice.

Sara can offer a full wedding floral service or a partial service where she makes up the bouquet and buttonholes and the bride gets a DIY flower bucket for their own table decoration. Brides can visit the garden by appointment by calling 07894 792162. For more details visit

One established and experienced provider is Hedge Rose, of London Road, Marlborough where florists Charlotte Phipps and Kate Howard work together. Between them they have many decades of experience and work with brides all across the South West. Charlotte said: “We specialise in a country look using luxury flowers and we tailor our skills to offer bespoke floral solutions to the needs of the couple. These can be simple or extremely technical. This year we already have weddings booked in Wiltshire, the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire and Devon.”

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A basic package with Hedge Rose for a bridal bouquet, two bridesmaids’ flowers, a flower girl and five button holes starts at about £300. For more information visit or call 01672 814718. Have you ever considered doing something different – like opting for a flexible flower colour scheme, where it’s more about the flowers than the colour? Sara Wilman who runs My Flower Patch based in Upavon, offers this. She specialises in growing British flowers from her large Wiltshire commercial garden and works with brides who want a natural approach to their floral scheme and who are not trying to match a flower to the colour of a serviette. “I work with brides who want a rustic or just picked look and are genuinely interested in seasonal British flowers which are grown locally, are characterful and grown as nature intended.”

The Dress

For a bride and for many women at a family wedding what to wear is a really big decision and part of the joy of being a bride, bridesmaid or mother of the bride/s or bridegroom/s. No one wants to look and feel uncomfortable or ridiculous on their big day or the big day of their child or close relative. One fairly new business in the Wiltshire wedding scene is Elements of Serenity Boutique based in West Swindon which is the only UK supplier of the brand Millanova. The business was set up by entrepreneur Clair Wood almost two years ago and is growing rapidly.

My Flower Patch

Clair said: “The Millanova brand is beautiful, offering fairytale and sensual design and we are so proud to be the exclusive outlet for their designs in the UK. Dresses start from £1,200 and people come from all over the country to try them on.”


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Millanova offer many designs but most only go up to a UK size 14. However in the 2018 collections some are now going up to a UK size 18. For more information visit or call 01793 422024.

DB Wedding Cars

If you are really struggling with this you may wish to consult one of Wiltshire’s many personal stylists who can help you find and shop for a dress or outfit to suit your body shape and your personality. One such stylist is Reshma Field who runs Ishbel’s Wardrobe.

The Car

Arriving at the church or venue on time and in style is a must for many brides and their families. Again there are many suppliers to choose from including family run DB Wedding Cars based out of Royal Wootton Bassett. Reshma Field

Reshma said: “A wedding dress is possibly the most important and expensive dress purchase a bride will make and she will want to look beautiful and feel confident. I can also tell the bride whether white, ivory, cream (or whatever colours she wants to wear) will suit her so she know which one to look out for when dress shopping.

“Bridesmaids all come in different shapes and sizes, thank goodness! Whilst one colour and style may not suit them all, brides, these days tend to allow a bit of flexibility.  They may choose one colour, for example blue, but the style of dress for each bridesmaid could be chosen so that it suits their particular body shape. For Mothers of the Bride the pressure is on! Their outfit is likely to be expensive and will have to stand the test of time when they look at wedding photos in the future. I can help them shop for their wedding outfits and I even carry the bags.” For more information visit or call 01793 264644.

Run by Dave Barnes, the company offers luxury Jaguars for a wedding and all drivers are trained and insured to the highest standard. Dave said: “Our aim is to make sure journeys are smooth and the whole experience is relaxed and calm, having already performed a trial run of the planned itinerary shortly before the big day. Both Jaguars are prepared to the highest detailing standards illustrated by reflections in the body work and inside, the leathers are meticulously cleaned and conditioned at all times. We drive to the highest standards of chauffeur etiquette and both cars are fully automatic ensuring the smoothest of rides and are driven slowly and calmly approaching your venue” For more information visit or call 07850 100859. Another local wedding car service is run by husband and wife team Annette and Peter Brownrigg, of Purton. They’ve run Function Cars for eight years and offer a range of vehicles including a Beauford convertible, a Morris Minor and a London cab (painted white).

Function Cars

Annette said: “We do try to cater for all tastes of cars and we pride ourselves on our customer service. Our communication with couples and families prior to their big day and on the day is second to none.” For more information visit or call 01793 770323.

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The Honeymoon There are so many choices when it comes to honeymoons or – more popular now – so-called ‘minimoons’ for couples who cannot take a long holiday immediately. High street travel agencies still offer many options as do online providers, though be aware if you DIY you can find you are not always insured or protected if, for example, an airline goes bust. Sorting out travel insurance is an important investment for your honeymoon. Increasingly there are small travel consultants popping up in our county offering to create a personal – and protected – deal to suit your needs. Marc Fitchett

One of those is Marc Fitchett, who is a member of Travel Counsellors which operates nationwide with local representatives. His top tips this year for honeymoons are Italy, The Maldives and The Caribbean. He can be contacted on 01249 848410. If you want to do something completely different and you are prepared to join a group you could consider an ethical, community holiday organised by a new Wiltshire company Younique Travel Adventures run by businesswoman Fiona Simpson. The company offers group trips to communities in India and Kenya which mix volunteering in a deprived community with normal tourist activities. Fiona’s aim in creating the company is to ‘create ethical travel which enriches the lives of those who travel with us.” For more information visit or email Fiona on

... and finally How about a flashmob at a wedding? These ‘spontaneous’ dances are becoming increasingly popular. Many dance studios in Wiltshire will offer this type of service. One which you could try is The Dancing Academy in Chippenham where they will run a short course for a group of guests who wish to show off their dancing skills on the big day. To find out more email or call 07427 832996. 50

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Calne Wedding Fair Situated in the historic market town of Calne, you are invited to attend the Town Hall to see an array of local businesses offering their services, to make your day a special one. The event will be held over 2 days - 17th & 18th of Feb (Saturday & Sunday) & will commence at 11am until 3pm on each day - perfect for all those busy brides and grooms to give an insight into ideas for their perfect day.


From Caterers to Photographers, table decorations to Venues. .. you’ll not want to miss out on this great event. Guided tours of the Town Hall and picturesque places for pictures along Castle fields will also take place throughout the day. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be served. There will also be free goodie bags for each bride &/or groom attending. Free parking in the Heritage/Church street car park. We hope to see you there!

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Is it detox time? by Kelly Shaw


HE calm of February has finally arrived. The bustle and busyness of Christmas and New Year is behind us for another year, and this is typically when everyone starts talking about eating well. It’s always all about the “Detox” but it can’t be the same thing every year. Yes, there are many benefits to helping your body to detoxify and recover. However, it can’t all be non-stop juice detoxing, lets allow some skindulgence too! I’m a huge fan of dry body brushing as it has multiple benefits. It will stimulate the body’s lymphatic system to drain toxins away, exfoliate the skin to remove dead cells and the stimulation to the sebaceous cells will help the skin to hydrate itself. Mud wraps are a fabulous way to trigger the body to detox, and some people swear by them to help shift stubborn cellulite and fat on thighs and bottoms. At a time when we are trying not to touch the champagne there is no reason why we can’t indulge in a little vinotherapy! There are some exquisite treatments available that utilise this within indulgent body scrubs and wraps. There is an added bonus that they are warm and relaxing too, so perhaps a wonderful way to unwind after the festive whirlwind. We are now well into winter, a time which is tough on skin both on your face and on your body. This is a good time to revisit the products you are using at home and targeting dry, flaky or itchy skin so that it is back in tip top condition before


spring. If you think your skin needs something a little more advanced then get yourself booked in for a facial, your therapist should be able to create the perfect treatment to help with any dryness or sensitivity that become apparent at this time of year. New year resolutions about looking your best are not just for women – in my experience men are now pretty clued up about treatments and we see more and more of them dropping into the salon. Men’s skin can suffer just as much as women’s with shaving, central heating and cold winter wind so make sure you invest in a good moisturiser and cleanse your face well too. Make sure you include some ‘me time’ in your plans. After all, you can’t look after everyone else if you don’t take care of yourself too.

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Do you have a hidden food intolerance?


CCORDING to Allergy UK, only 2% of people suffer from food allergy but an enormous 45 per cent of people are actually suffering from food intolerance. Allergy and food intolerance are two issues about which the public needs to be more informed. What’s the difference between food intolerance and allergy – and why does it matter? Nutritional Therapist Helen Adams, of Oakmead Clinic in Chippenham works with clients who have both and she can identify food intolerance quickly.

“The main difference between food intolerance and allergy is that an allergy is a very strong and often immediate reaction to food (or something else related to food, such as latex or grasses), sometimes within seconds or minutes or up to half an hour. “The most well-known are peanuts or shellfish – and action must be taken immediately as this can become life-threatening very quickly. Many sufferers will carry an anti-allergy pen which must be used very quickly. This is a dose of adrenalin which can reverse dramatic symptoms.” “Food intolerance however can produce symptoms up to three days after eating foods and it can be hard for someone to remember or work out what they ate three days ago. Therefore, they may not always associate recurring symptoms with a particular food or food group.” Food intolerance occurs where the body needs to produce a substance to break down or deal with certain foods – and it either doesn’t produce that substance or not enough of that substance. Examples might include intolerance of lactose (in milk) which is a type of sugar and the body needs to produce lactase to break it down. If your body cannot do this, you can get symptoms including pain, bloating, cramps and diarrhoea.


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Another food issue might be food sensitivities. This is where food particles leak into the blood stream through gaps in the walls of the intestine. Foods like gluten or alcohol can create the gaps. Then the particles travel around the body triggering an attack response by the immune system to what seem to be foreign particles. “The symptoms are wide and varied as they can occur in any part of the body. This is because once the food particles are in the bloodstream, they can travel anywhere. Symptoms could be any of these: • weight changes – up or down for no good reason • fatigue – always feeling tired • hyperactivity • digestive issues • nausea • excessive sweating • rashes • bladder problems • irregular heartbeat

Sometimes people think a severe sensitivity to gluten will end up as coeliac disease, but the two are quite different. Coeliac Disease is an autoimmune condition where the body starts attacking its own tissues. There must be certain genetic traits as well as gluten sensitivity for it to occur, and the disease needs extremely careful dietary management – even to the extent of households using a separate toaster, chopping boards and utensils in the kitchen for anyone who is a coeliac. “Gluten and dairy are the two main culprits when it comes to food intolerance,” Helen said. “Often people with intolerance or sensitivity will cut out whole food groups and sometimes they need to do that – but not always. Once your sensitivity or intolerance has been identified, you have to give the body time to heal and then you can start re-introducing some of those food groups in a careful and planned way.” Helen’s clients can be tested for food intolerance very quickly if she spots there may be a problem or they believe they have symptoms which could be related to sensitivity to particular foods or food groups. From there she can create a plan around good, nutritious food or supplements to help them eliminate symptoms and enjoy eating again in a way that works for their body.

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Her top tip for a dish which helps heal the body is Organic Slow Cooked Chicken Stew: “Two important elements here are using an organic chicken and cooking this stew very slowly – for 24 hours. “Put the chicken into a slow cooker with loads of vegetables and a table spoon and a half of apple cider vinegar. The best you can buy is ‘apple cider vinegar with the mother’ which has sediment in it. This is the magic ingredient because it is the vinegar in its most natural state and it will take all the goodness out of the whole chicken, including the bones. “Cook very slowly and this means all of the goodness from the chicken and the bones comes into the stock and absolutely nothing goes to waste. This supplies collagen to heal the gut in a natural way without any artificial intervention. “You cannot do this with a non-organic chicken as your stew will include the pesticides that may be in the chicken feed and antibiotics and any other medications given to the chicken so it’s vital to have an organic chicken for this.” Helen is currently writing a book on this subject which should be published in the Spring and she’s also the guest speaker on an online global summit into food intolerance and auto-immunity which is taking place later this year. Anyone interested in talking to Helen about possible food intolerance or sensitivity can book a 30-minute free discovery consultation via her website – or email

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by Verity Wright,

UNNING is a great way to burn calories and lose weight but at times it can be difficult to find a balance between satisfying your hunger due to an increase in activity and eating enough to keep you fueled. You may start thinking that because you have run you can eat what you want, or you may be so keen to lose weight that you don't eat enough to keep you going. If you skip meals or don’t eat enough of the right food before you run, you may feel like you are running through treacle and your legs become like lead; lack of fuel prior to running can cause mental tiredness as well as physical tiredness which can make the difference between a great run and a bad one. The area of sports nutrition is huge and quite complex so here are some very basic tips for getting your food intake right now that you are a runner. As a runner your body needs carbohydrates (carbs) and these are stored as energy in the muscles and liver as glycogen. They are then quickly and efficiently released when you are running. You also need good fats and protein. Fats are also an essential source of fuel and these are released more slowly, and protein is essential as this helps repair the muscles after running. That’s all the basic food groups sorted and to make sure that your body works more efficiently you need to drink plenty of water to store the glycogen (energy) in the muscles until you need it. If you don’t drink enough water throughout the day again you may struggle when you run. The following foods which are classed as carbs are rich in nutrients and should form the base of your diet:

All sugars (e.g. dextrose, sucrose, honey) soft drinks, energy drinks, sweets, carb gels, sports drinks and cordials and any type of white bread. These shouldn’t be a major part of your everyday diet. High-fat carbohydrates Foods that contain carbs as well as being high in fat. Pastries, chips, cakes, chocolate and crisps. These can be occasional foods but are best not consumed before running. My advice is not to reward yourself with “treats” after every run, yes you are burning calories but not as many as you think; optimise how much nutrition you have in one day, make sure you have foods that are high in nutrients like fruit, nuts, porridge, whole meal pitta, hummus, cooked meats and vary what you eat day by day. You could have stewed fruit for breakfast with some Greek yoghurt and a bit of honey or black pudding or ham and eggs. Try to have porridge or a smoothie for breakfast as this will release energy slowly and snack on fruit and nuts, banana nut butter sandwiches and try to cut down on your sugar content in your food. Try different things and see what works for you, keep a food diary but don’t become too hard on yourself if you don’t get it right all the time. Eat at least 2 hours before you run but if you are really hungry have a banana to keep you going. It’s all about balance so a treat like the odd piece of cake or a burger at the weekend won’t do you any harm.

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Some homeowners seek to reduce costs on home projects like these by doing a lot of the work themselves – or they call in a professional to help them visualise a new look for their outside space.

The team offers over a dozen different types of plant machinery. The range of plant on offer includes micro diggers, a selection of midi diggers and larger diggers up to 20 tonnes.

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The Joy of a Greenhouse by Rachael Leverton


AM an impatient gardener. By February I am always eager to get started and my greenhouse means that I can do just that.

A greenhouse means that I don’t fear the weather, I can potter in my garden all year round and I can grow a range of plants that would not survive without protection. Most gardens have room for at least a tiny greenhouse and its well worth trying to incorporate one into your space. Before choosing a greenhouse, check whether your local planning authority places any restrictions in terms of size or position. Usually there are no problems. Ideally a greenhouse should be placed in a bright spot because poor light and heavy shade will mean sickly spindly plants. Buy as big a greenhouse as you can accommodate because I guarantee that no matter how big it seems at first you will fill it. You can make a greenhouse from poles and polythene but it won’t last more than a couple of years and won’t be pretty to look at. Fully glazed aluminium greenhouses are good value, and if you like wood then go for western red cedar, which ages well and lasts a long time. It’s important to have level foundations 64

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You don’t have to heat a greenhouse but I like to because it lets me get an early start in spring, and keeps my tender pot plants alive through the winter. When I had an unheated greenhouse my frost-tender plants rarely survived. I prefer electric heating, which doesn’t smell and doesn’t produce the excessive amounts of water vapour associated with paraffin. Make sure you use a qualified electrician and that all the sockets are rated for outdoor use. Fit a thermostat and the heat will only come on when necessary, making it very economical. At the other end of the year make sure you have ventilation, or your plants will cook. If you can afford it go for the automatic arms which open ventilators if the greenhouse reaches a certain temperature. Also consider blinds to help prevent sun-scorch. I arrange my greenhouse with staging on one side and a soil bed on the other for my tomatoes to grow in, and I’ve attached some guttering and a downpipe to a water butt so I can collect rainwater. It’s my little haven in February; where I plant seeds and imagine what my garden will look like in a three months’ time.

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ACROSS 1 Place where you can stargaze indoors (11) 9 Member of the clergy (abbr) (3) 10 Seductive woman (9) 11 Rigidly, inflexibly (8) 12 Ban, prohibit (4) 14 Regional style of speech (6) 16 Oat-based breakfast food (6) 18 Alone (4) 19 Loosest fitting (8) 22 Came together again (9) 23 Sense of self-esteem / self importance (3) 24 No hearing at all (slang) (4,2,1,4)

DOWN 2 Crowbar (5) 3 Observing, seeing (8) 4 Eastern place of worship (6) 5 Appraise, estimate (4) 6 Rubbish, no good (7) 7 Intruders, infiltrators (11) 8 League, club (11) 13 Congested (6,2) 15 Light perfume (7) 17 University grounds (6) 20 A bet with equal stakes on both sides (5) 21 Dog’s bark (4) Solutions to the crossword and sudoku on page 72


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are also about love, and self-knowledge, and what is and is not possible.

......................................................................................... Jill Paton Walsh is an extraordinarily versatile writer. Many will know her for her numerous works for children, and more recently for her work continuing the legacy of Dorothy L Sayers’ Peter Wimsey novels. In addition to this, she has written a number of intriguing and thought provoking novels for adults, and ‘Knowledge of Angels’ is an excellent example of these two characteristics.

Yet the book is written in such a way, that these weighty questions are explored at the same time as creating a page-turning thoroughly engrossing story, in which the reader is drawn in turn into the lives of Amara and Palinor. Disturbing, sensitive and deeply affecting, this is a book that will keep you thinking for a very long time.

The story is set on a Mediterranean island in the fifteenth century, described in almost cinematic detail in the opening pages, as Paton Walsh invites us to contemplate the nature of fiction and storytelling. To this closed community come two strangers – one from the outside, a castaway found by local fishermen, and one from within, a girl seemingly raised by wolves in the forests of the island. One is as eloquent as the other is savage, but their fates become irretrievably tied together as their stories progress.

......................................................................................... The first novel in Horowitz’s phenomenally successful Alex Rider series, this is a must for fans of action, adventure and James Bond style one liners.

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At the heart of the book lie a number of questions of belief. Palinor, the castaway, professes to have no religion, which poses a challenge to the authority of the Inquisition on the island. Amara, the wolf child, seems unredeemably animal in her behaviour, but begins to grow under the care of the nuns of Sant Clara, raising the issue of nature and nurture. Both of their stories

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Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Alex Rider is a seemingly ordinary 14 year old boy. However, when his uncle is killed in a car accident, his world begins to unravel. An orphan, Alex finds that without the protection of his guardian he is in the hands of his uncle’s employers – and they are not a bank, but MI6! Horowitz keeps the reader moving quickly from action sequence to action sequence, with a liberal amount of humour and contemporary references along the way. The structure is familiar to Bond fans, and once you have suspended your disbelief at the idea of a teenage spy, it all becomes gripping and plausible. In particular, the gadgets Alex uses and the villainous Herod Sayle will appeal to teenage readers – while the intriguingly sinister character of Yassen Gregorovitch is introduced here, ready to be developed further through the rest of the series. Ideal for fans of ripping yarns and reluctant readers alike, you will find that one chapter is never enough, as Horowitz is the master of the cliffhanger ending. A 12 year old of my acquaintance told me recently that this book is ‘even better than the film’ – if you know any 12 year olds, then you will know that I need not say any more than that!

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS AUCTIONEERS Wessex Auction Rooms ......................... 84 BEDS Elite Beds .............................................. 37 BOOKEEPING/ACCOUNTANTS AMS Accounting..................................... 31 Duncan Joyce......................................... 29 BUILDERS/BUILDING SUPPLIES AM Chivers Building............................... 75 All Home Improvements........................ 74 Chalford Building Supplies..................... 73 Corsham Landscapes and Building......... 65 Dearing Construction............................. 75 Downland Construction......................... 74 Ged Byrne.............................................. 75 Prior & Company Building...................... 74 Tiger Plant Hire...................................... 62 Tim Lee Building.................................... 75 CAR REPAIR/VEHICLE SERVICES AM Autocare.......................................... 71 Cross Country Tyres................................. 70 MW Services.......................................... 70 CARE/CARE HOMES Prestige Nursing..................................... 31 Hill House............................................... 23 Kingston House...................................... 33 CARPENTER/JOINER Contours Carpentry................................ 75 COINS/COLLECTIONS Daluka.................................................... 29 CHIMNEY SWEEP Cleansweep............................................ 80 Hubands................................................ 81 CHURCHES Calne Evangelical Church ...................... 85 CLEANING/DOMESTIC SERVICES Cleanstart.............................................. 75 Houseproud........................................... 69 iKlean..................................................... 27 Ovenclean ............................................ 68 Prune and Broom................................... 69 COACH HOLIDAYS Barnes Coaches........................................ 7 COMPUTER/IT/GRAPHICS/WEB Calne Computer Services ...................... 69 PC Hospital............................................. 29 CONSERVATORY Greenspace UK....................................... 10 Weatherguard........................................ 21 CURTAINS/BLINDS Goldmans Interiors................................. 37 DAMP Eaton Electrical...................................... 92 DANCING Quicksteps.............................................. 32 DISCO Disco Mania .......................................... 55 DOMESTIC APPLIANCES/REPAIRS Calne Appliances.................................... 68 Steves Appliances.................................. 80 EDUCATION/CHILDCARE Little Foxes............................................. 68 ELECTRICIANS/ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES Calne Appliances.................................... 68 82

Eaton Electrical...................................... 76 Electrical Man........................................ 77 Electrical and General Maintaining........ 77 Grants Electrical..................................... 76 Nick Pocock Electrical............................. 76 O and J Electrical.................................... 77 WEC....................................................... 21 ESTATE AGENTS Alan Hawkins........................................... 9 Atwell Martin........................................... 3 FITNESS/RUNNING Calne Smartt.......................................... 34 FLOORING/CARPET SERVICES BSB Flooring ......................................... 69 Cleanstart.............................................. 75 George Taylor Carpet Fitter ................... 69 iKlean..................................................... 27 Total Carpets & Flooring......................... 27 FLORISTS Shirley’s Florists .................................... 13 FOOD & DRINK Calne Tandoori....................................... 45 Lansdowne Arms................................... 45 FUNERAL DIRECTORS Johnson & Daltrey.................................. 29 Matthews of Malmesbury...................... 39 Odette.................................................... 35 Tony Warren ......................................... 37 E Wootten & Son.................................... 33 GARDENING/FENCING/LANDSCAPING Acres Ahead........................................... 67 AD Paving & Walling.............................. 67 Corsham Landscapes and Building......... 65 Crapper Compost.................................... 63 ES Earthmoving Services........................ 67 Garden Room......................................... 65 Graham Fox............................................ 63 Ian Marsh............................................... 63 Jon Burton............................................. 63 MH Tree Services.................................... 63 MR Fencing............................................ 67 Prune and Broom................................... 69 Quemerford Landscaping....................... 66 Tiger Plant Hire...................................... 62 Turners Landscapes................................ 63 GATES Compass Security................................... 41 GOLF COURSE Woodbridge Park Golf Club.................... 23 GIFTS/JEWELLERY 11th Hour Escape Rooms........................ 32 Bazaar Gifts & Cards .............................. 13 GUTTERING Cleanstart.............................................. 75 HAIR/BEAUTY/NAILS LA Barber............................................... 53 Pamplemouse........................................ 59 HANDY MAN Cleanstart.............................................. 75 Ged Byrne.............................................. 75 Odd Jobs................................................ 75 HEALTH CARE/FOOT CARE Calne Acupuncture................................. 55 Fiona Stubbs.......................................... 57 Foot Health Care..................................... 59 Harmony Holistics Reflexology............... 57 Malmesbury Osteopathy........................ 57 Nureflexology......................................... 55

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HEATING H&G Sims............................................... 79 Skyline................................................... 80 HOME & INTERIORS Goldmans Interiors................................. 37 Sarah’s Soft Furnishings ........................ 29 Sassy Chic............................................... 20 HOUSE CLEARANCE Crapper.................................................. 69 HYPNOTHERAPY Hypnotherapy of Calne........................... 55 KITCHENS/BATHROOMS Accent Kitchens...................................... 39 Active Kitchens & Bathrooms................. 33 AFK Tiling............................................... 79 Aquarius Plumbing & Heating................ 79 Dream Doors ........................................... 2 Home Inspirations.................................. 17 Kitchen Makeover.................................. 45 Premier Kitchen Doors............................ 35 Total Bedrooms/Kitchens/Bathrooms..... 27 INSURANCE Allied Wessex......................................... 41 LEGAL SERVICES / WILL WRITING Awdry Bailey Douglas............................ 14 Batt Broadbent Solicitors......................... 9 Goodwills............................................... 31 LIGHTING Lightways.............................................. 21 LOCKS & ALARMS Alan Key Locks ....................................... 76 MOBILITY Mobility Store........................................ 23 MODELS/TOYS Modelmaniacs....................................... 13 MICROLIGHT FLIGHTS Wiltshire Microlight Centre ................... 36 NUTRITION Microbz.................................................. 17 Oakmead Clinic...................................... 56 PAINTERS/DECORATORS/PLASTERERS ACM Decorating..................................... 77 Alan Clifford Painter & Decorator............ 77 AS Plastering.......................................... 77 Cliff Laney.............................................. 77 RTC Plastering & Plumbing..................... 77 Sassy Chic............................................... 20 PETS/CATS/DOGS Animals at Home.................................... 60 Corton Kennels....................................... 60 Fern Farm Kennels.................................. 60 Grittenham Grooming............................ 61 George Veterinary Hospital.................... 61 Hale Veterinary Group............................ 68 Hobsons Regal Hounds........................... 60 Shirleys Pet Shop................................... 60 Thameswood Vets.................................. 83 PEST CONTROL Wiltshire Pest Control ........................... 69 PLUMBING/HEATING/SUPPLIES ABC Plumbing........................................ 79 Ace Property.......................................... 79 Active Plumbing Supplies...................... 78 Aquarius Plumbing & Heating................ 79 Max Colbourne Oil & Gas........................ 78 DPS Plumbing & Heating....................... 78 F.S. Plumbing & Heating........................ 78

Graham Gas & Plumbing Services.......... 78 H&G Sims............................................... 79 Plumbing 4U.......................................... 78 RTC Plastering & Plumbing..................... 77 Steve Cowley.......................................... 79 Skyline................................................... 80 PHOTOGRAPHY Candid Pictures...................................... 52 REFLEXOLOGY Harmony Holistics Reflexology............... 64 RETIREMENT LIVING Abbeyfield ............................................. 23 ROOFING/TILING/THATCHING David Beal Thatcher............................... 81 Daylan Gleed Roofing............................. 81 Marden Roofing..................................... 81 White Horse Roofing.............................. 81 TAXI Calne's Half Price Taxi............................. 13 TILING AFK Tiling............................................... 79 TRAVEL/HOLIDAYS Barnes Coaches........................................ 7 Marc Fitchett.......................................... 50 Pebbles Travel........................................ 51 TV/SATELLITE Aerial Services ...................................... 68 VETS George Veterinary Hospital.................... 61 Hale Veterinary Group............................ 68 Thameswood......................................... 83 WATER SOFTENERS Wiltshire Wet Rooms................................ 5 WEIGHT LOSS Oakmead Clinic...................................... 58 Slimming World .................................... 63 WET ROOMS Wiltshire Wet Rooms................................ 5 WILL WRITING Goodwills............................................... 23 WINDOW CLEANERS Elmers Window Cleaning Servs. ............ 69 WINDOWS & DOORS Greenspace UK....................................... 10 Weatherguard........................................ 21


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