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Editor’s Letter


A Happy New Year to you all!

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52 MAGAZINE SECTIONS Community News & What’s On


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Ring out the Old, Ring in the New! On New Year’s Eve about 11.30 at night, if you were watching St Mary’s Church in Church Street, Calne you would have noticed shadowy figures walking towards the base of the tower and entering through a small door. These are the bell ringers. Up a spiral flight of 50 steps, then they emerge into the Ringing Chamber; the place where the bells are rung. 8 ropes hang down through holes in the ceiling and each one of these is attached to a bell. The bells are still further up, at the top of the tower. When the team has assembled they each stand by a rope and catch hold of the end, then grasp the fluffy, blue ‘sally’. ‘Look to, treble’s going, she’s gone’ is the traditional command, given by the ringer of the smallest bell to start the process of ringing the bells. The bells sound one at a time as the rope causes them to move on their wheels. The rope wraps around the wheel, the bell ringers pull the rope to draw the rope off the wheel and then to move the wheel in the opposite direction so that the rope wraps around the wheel again. Catch hold, pull, stretch, pull is the rhythm and each time a bell sounds the rope has been pulled again by the person holding it. In the time up until midnight the bells ring slowly, with one bell stopping every minute or so until the only sound left is that of the sonorous tenor (the largest and heaviest bell). The tenor bell tolls to announce the death of the old year and then . . . silence. The clock chimes cannot work when the bells are being rung so, at midnight it is the responsibility of the ringer of the tenor bell to sound the bell 12 times to mark the hour. Then all the other bells come in to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. Through the tower windows the 6

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fireworks can be seen cascading and all around is the sound of bells and explosions. The bells are quiet by 12.15am and the bell ringers go to their own parties or homes. In 2018 there will be some very special occasions celebrated by the ringing of bells –weddings, including a royal wedding, and the centenary of the end of World War One. Two of our bells have been ringing out for Sundays and occasions of all sorts since 1707 and we hope that they will continue to do so for many more years, but give a thought to the bell ringers when you hear the bells and envisage them working away to bring the traditional sound to our town. If you would like to find out more you can e-mail


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School children bury time capsule Churchill Retirement Living has marked the opening of its William Lodge development in Malmesbury by inviting local school children to help bury a time capsule on site. Pupils from Malmesbury CofE Primary School joined Owners from the Lodge to bury the time capsule, which they filled with a special handmade card signed by every pupil, music sheets from the school choir, as well as a collage of the school’s badge created by Year 5 pupils.

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Village welcomes new Vicar The weather may have been wet and blustery, but a very warm welcome was waiting for Rev Linda Carter and her friends, as she was licensed by the Bishop of Ramsbury to her new ministry within the Marden Vale team, at Christchurch Derry Hill. Linda’s Curacy was in Broadstone near Poole, where she was involved with many aspects of community life including raising awareness of dementia, a school governor, safeguarding but her heart is in rural ministry. Rev Bob Kenway, Team Rector of the Calne Deanery said “I thank God that we have been able to find a new priest to join the Marden Vale team only six months after Ann Massey’s retirement at the end of June. I look forward to our working together within the benefice and creating opportunities for realising the great potential there is in our various congregations, for working as a team to support each other in reaching out to our different parish communities in the love of Christ.” Bob also said “For a recent Clergy conference, we were asked to bring a bottle of water from our parish. When we got there, we put all the bottles on a table. At the end of the day we grabbed a random bottle of water from about 250 – 300 to take home but it wasn’t until later that day that I read the label which said “water from the Broadstone Vicarage.” I got in contact with Linda to tell her that I’d picked up her bottle but imagine my surprise when she said that her bottle of water was from Calne! God’s work is certainly amazing.” 8

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Jo Ridehalgh, regional marketing executive at Churchill Retirement Living, said: “We were delighted to host the children from Malmesbury CofE Primary School and were grateful for their help in making our time capsule extra special with their fantastic work. Our Owners enjoyed talking with the pupils, and we hope that some of the same children can return with their own families one day to see the capsule dug up.” Located on Gloucester Road, William Lodge is a collection of 26 one and two bedroom privately owned retirement apartments and shared facilities, designed exclusively for the over 60s. Apartments boast spacious rooms throughout and an ideal combination of design and functionality. The fully fitted, stylish kitchens include a built in fridge and freezer, hob and an oven, which is located at an easy-reach height. All of the properties benefit from illuminated light switches for added convenience. Owners also enjoy ultimate peace of mind from a fitted camera entry system for the highest level of security and a 24 hour emergency call system. For more information on the apartments available at William Lodge, visit the show complex open daily from 10am to 5pm, call 01666 718 270 or visit Jo Ridehalgh from Churchill Retirement Living, Tony Andrews, Lodge Manager at William Lodge, and pupils from Malmesbury CofE Primary School with the time capsule

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Having a ball to aid Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s new Airbase! SUPPORTERS of Wiltshire Air Ambulance raised an amazing amount - over £16,000 - at a ball for the charity’s new airbase at Semington. The sell-out Air Aid Ball, held at Wellington Barn, Calstone, on 11 November, had celebrity backing and entertainment included an auction, raffle and live band. The Master of Ceremonies was broadcaster Alan Dedicoat, an Ambassador for Wiltshire Air Ambulance and who is known as the ‘Voice of the Balls’ on the National Lottery draw TV programme. He was joined by Paul Martin, the presenter of BBC TV’s antiques programme Flog It!, who hosted the grand auction. Paul is also an Ambassador for Wiltshire Air Ambulance. There was eager bidding during the auction for lots including a trip on the Belmond British Pullman train, matchball sponsorship at Swindon Town Football Club, a VIP visit to the Royal Air Force aerobatic team The Red Arrows and for prizes provided by Wiltshire Air Ambulance Ambassadors - Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and sports stars Olympian Shelley Rudman, Champion Para-cyclist Lauren Booth and Paralympian Stephanie Millward.

Above: At Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Air Aid Ball are (l-r) Chris Lear, Chairman of Trustees at Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Alan Dedicoat, Paul Martin and David Philpott, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Photo: A number of businesses, who are members of the charity’s 100 Club, attended the ball. Chris Lear, Chairman of Trustees at Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who attended our Air Aid Ball or donated prizes for the auction and raffle. Thanks to their generosity the ball raised £16,495.50 for our Airbase Appeal, towards completing the building and equipping of our new airbase at Semington. Building work on the new airbase is progressing well, but we still need to raise a significant amount to complete this innovative project.” To donate to the Airbase Appeal and find out how to get involved go to, text BASE17 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070, email or call the charity team on 01380 739453.

Nick, who attended the ball, donated signed memorabilia including drumsticks, while Shelley donated a personal training session. Lauren donated the opportunity for four people to ride with her at the Wales National Velodrome, where she is training in her bid to be selected for the Great Britain team to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Stephanie, who attended the ball, donated a swimming coaching session as well her signed autobiography. During the auction she gave an inspirational speech about how having Multiple Sclerosis did not stop her achieving Paralympic success. The guests gave a standing ovation to Tom Lonergan, who spoke about how Wiltshire Air Ambulance helped to save his life after he suffered a cardiac arrest at home in Marlborough last year. 10

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Good Energy partners with the Eden Project One of the UK’s leading 100% renewable energy providers, Good Energy, announces a partnership with the Eden Project to deliver its first bespoke battery service solution. The battery will help the Eden Project to match their energy demand with supply and will deliver cost savings. This is the first venture by Good Energy into the battery storage market and marks a new strategic direction for the company, taking it one step closer to its purpose of powering a cleaner, greener future. Good Energy is uniquely positioned to help businesses achieve their sustainability goals as their own purpose led business was set up to combat the challenge of climate change. Good Energy’s model puts business at the heart of the solution, working closely with organizations to develop the right solution to meet their needs. Eden’s new battery, due to be installed in summer 2018, will be a combination of five x 50kW 'fridge-sized' battery units and a control centre. Eden plans to create a new exhibit to show its visitors how the battery works and the environmental and economic benefits it will provide. “We’re delighted to partner with our friends at the Eden Project to help them become the first commercial site of its kind, to harness renewables through battery storage. Our unique proposition makes battery storage commercially viable for the first time at this scale, and is a major breakthrough in reducing reliance on the National Grid and reaching our shared goal of a 100% renewable UK.” Dr. Randall Bowen, Director of Business Services at Good Energy. Peter Wroe, Finance Director at Eden Project, said: "Eden and Good Energy have developed a strong and mutually beneficial partnership and we're proud of the work we have done together. Eden is an educational charity so we are pleased to be showcasing this battery storage technology, building on our work with Good Energy on the groundbreaking Selectricity project. This is part of Eden’s ongoing efforts to demonstrate innovative and sustainable solutions to energy issues." Eden is already powered by local renewable energy via the Selectricity scheme, in which Good Energy is a partner. Selectricity enables businesses to choose the renewable generators who provide their energy.

Dr Andrew Murrison MP to be patron for local Wiltshire charity Local charity, Carer Support Wiltshire (CSW) are delighted to announce that Dr Andrew Murrison, Member of Parliament for South West Wiltshire will be their new patron. The charity supports unpaid carers in the county, offering advice, information and help for those looking after a family member, loved one or neighbour. It is estimated there are over 47,500 carers here in Wiltshire. Dr Murrison has a background in health and the armed services, retiring as a surgeon commander from the Navy in 2000 after 18 years of service. He was recalled to serve in 2003 in Iraq. A qualified doctor he has worked locally in Warminster as a GP and held posts for health in Government. He is the author of influential reports on healthcare for members of the Service community: ‘Fighting Fit’ and ‘A Better Deal for Military Amputees’ and has written on The Military Covenant. In 2011 he was appointed special representative for the First World War Centenary Commemorations. Earlier this year CSW set up the Armed Forces Family Support Project with funding from Royal British Legion. The project aims to help those carers with military connections to access services, funding and training. In his role of patron, Dr Murrison will work with CSW to help raise awareness of carers and the valuable contribution they make to the local community and economy. He said: “I am very pleased to be asked to help as Patron and delighted to do so. Carers make a huge, largely unsung and under-appreciated, contribution to society”. “We, and the carers we support welcome Dr Murrison as our patron,” said CSW Chief Executive, Catharine Hurford. “With his assistance we will be able to raise the profile of carers and caring and extend our reach as an organisation committed to ensuring the county’s carers are well supported. Carer Support Wiltshire is a local charity supporting carers in Wiltshire.


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Make a Will and help Wiltshire Air Ambulance This new year, readers of the Town Crier Magazine have the opportunity of making or updating their Will with Goodwills and helping Wiltshire Air Ambulance, at no additional cost. Goodwills Legal Services Ltd is a well established regulated law firm that has been assisting local families for many years. Goodwills offers a helpful and professional home visit service that assists people with Wills, Home Protection Trusts, Lasting Powers of Attorney, prepaid funeral plans and a range of other related services. Goodwills will make a substantial donation to Wiltshire Air Ambulance when people mention the Town Crier when booking their appointment. A donation will also be made for other work such as Lasting Powers of Attorney and prepaid funeral plans.

Souper Douper Kitchen We are excited to announce a new Soup Kitchen will be opening in the new year at Calne Free Church in the centre of town. A safe place to warm up, be fed and enjoy company. The Kitchen will be held on the 1st Thursday of every month from 12 pm to 1.30pm. A team of volunteers from Calne Parish Nursing will provide a free, freshly homemade soup and a roll

There is no additional cost to customers who will still benefit from low prices such as only £88 for a standard Single Will or only £148 for two standard Mirror Wills for a couple. Prices include VAT, a home visit and Wills being professionally produced by Goodwills Legal Services Ltd. Michael Rhodes, (right) Goodwills Senior Consultant for Wiltshire and the neighbouring areas, said: “We offer an individual, caring and professional service to local people and I am delighted that we will also be able to support Wiltshire Air Ambulance in this way.” “I am sure local people will be pleased to know they are helping this vital charity whilst also gaining the peace of mind and protection of a professionally drawn up Will, Trust, Lasting Power of Attorney or prepaid funeral plan.” Appointments can be booked by calling Michael Rhodes on 01225 683062 or contacting him by email at or via the website to anyone who would like to come out of the cold to gather and forget the worries and concerns of the world for a little while. Calne Parish Nursing started in January 2017 and the Parish Nurse Emma Colgrave has seen over 240 people, offered 56 sessions to the community of Calne, not including meetings with other groups and organisations within the town. It certainly has been a very busy and rewarding year. Additionally, we have managed to secure two grants and receive full accreditation for the service from Parish Nursing Ministries UK. Emma and team have held a weekly drop in clinic at the Methodist church, along with monthly arm chair exercises at Penn Court and in parallel; run a Life Matters group at The Free Church. Emma has also supported the parents at Tots and Dots with sound advice on all aspects of parenting and baby or child care. Often being an active listener and encouragement, the parents can feel happier in the new challenges they face. If you are a local business and would like to help the team or participate in any way to this regular event, your generosity, time and interest will be warmly welcomed. Please contact us at:


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Citadel Hall celebrates 5th Anniversary

Business owner Rachel Terry is celebrating the fifth year of running The Citadel Hall, Chippenham’s most centrally located community venue.  

Rachel chose to take on the former Salvation Army meeting place after failing to find a space for her belly-dancing group the Sahara Sisters in 2012.

Since then the Chippenham local has gone on to welcome a variety of exercise classes, conferences and exhibitions in the main hall as well as offering the space for family occasions and parties.  

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Saturday 12th May 2018 Join The Forever Friends Appeal’s walking marathon, or 10 mile afternoon route, along the Kennet & Avon Canal and support patients and their families at the Royal United Hospitals Bath. Legendary Glastonbury festival founder Michael Eavis (CBE), will once again be opening the start of the walk’s epic 26.2 mile route at The Crown Inn in Bishops Cannings (near Devizes). The walk then heads along the canal through Bradford on Avon and finishes at the beautiful Holburne Museum in Bath. There is also a 10 mile route in the afternoon departing from Bradford on Avon. Open to both men and women, registration costs £20 and you can walk for a ward or department close to your heart or a major campaign – RUH Cancer Care or RNHRD & Therapies Centre. In return walkers will receive a t-shirt, medal, refreshments, lots of support along the way and hopefully some sunshine! Last year, the event sold out months in advance we recommend that you sign up early!. To book your place, visit or call the Events Office on 01225 821535.

Rachel said: “At the time I’d found myself virtually unemployable because I suffer from fibromyalgia and ME. This meant some days I found it difficult to leave the house. The Citadel Hall offered an opportunity to run a business and cope with my condition. “That’s why my family have been amazed I’ve gone from being someone who found it difficult to hold down a job to setting up something new from scratch. I’m really rather proud of myself.  

‘I started out with Roz Chandler who runs the Pilates Tuesday morning class. I’m really chuffed she’s still with me five years later. People know where we are now and are contacting me about classes too. It’s great that things have snowballed and we’re now becoming a venue which is recognised and visible in the town and beyond. The Hall has given Chippenham residents a wide range of classes and business opportunities. It’s equipped with everything an event planner, conference organiser or fitness teacher could need.”  

New classes at the Citadel Hall currently include Thai Chi every Tuesday afternoon and from January 2018 The Rock Choir will be running from the hall for ages 14 and above.  The Citadel Hall is situated next to the town centre’s Bath Road pay and display car park, where the hall has a loading bay. It is a ten-minute walk from the train station and most local bus services stop outside. Town centre amenities are in walking distance.    

The exposed beam hall can hold between 80-100 people. There is also ‘The Snug’ which is a smaller alternative for informal meetings or can be used as a break-out space. A kitchen is available with fridge, microwave, kettle and crockery. The venue is available to hire as a flexible space for a variety of functions including exhibitions, coffee mornings, baby showers, christenings and funeral wakes. 24

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You may have encountered this talented pair as they often appear as guests on The One Show and the popular BBC programmes Autumnwatch and Springwatch. It is not unusual to spot Lloyd on screen with one of his majestic eagles or falcons whilst Rose has gained much recognition for appearing with Sir David Attenborough while her Geese followed their speedboat for the Sky TV series ‘Conquests of the Sky’.

Our Life with Birds Leading Bird Experts Lloyd and Rose Buck embark on a UK Theatre Tour accompanied by some of their extraordinary feathered friends

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.

’The Bucks are remarkable people because when they do imprint, they form a bond they can’t break and it means those swans are with them for life’ Sir David Attenborough It’s not often you see birds flying in theatres but in 2018 audiences all over the country will get the chance! Leading bird experts Lloyd and Rose Buck will embark on their first theatre tour accompanied by some extraordinary feathered friends. 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. It’s an event not to be missed. Lloyd and Rose are passionate about birds. They have devoted over twenty-five years of their lives to rearing and nurturing a wide variety 26

Looking after our birds is a not just our career and job, it is a lifestyle, as you have to be there for them seven days a week, but we love it". We describe ourselves as bird behaviorists and handlers, specialising in working with our birds for many TV and film sequences and because we always make sure the birds enjoy themselves we can get the best out of them without compromising their welfare" Lloyd Buck Our Life with Birds is at the Salisbury Arts Centre on February 2nd 2018 Tickets: 01722 321744 or visit: and Swindon Arts Centre on February 26th 2018. Tickets call 01793 524481 or visit For more information visit: Tickets from £12 to £17

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, RTE in Ireland 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. The Bucks have also worked on a number of TV commercials and music videos and even a new film for Disney.

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'I have been arranging talks for over 20 years and Lloyd and Rose’s talks was one of the most appreciated by the audience I can remember in all that time' Ray Barnet, Bristol Museum

WIN TICKETS TO OUR LIFE WITH BIRDS We have one pair of tickets to Our Life with Birds at the Swindon Arts Centre on 26th February 2018 which you could win by sending your name and a contact telephone number by email to: production@towncriermagazine. com by 31st January 2018. The Editor’s decision is final. Top photo of Rose Buck and David Attenborough by Jon Aitchinson. Inset photo of Lloyd and Rose Buck by John Waters

Residents of Hill House say that it is their ... ‘Home from Home’

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Hill House is a Country House set in open countryside once owned by the Chamberlain family. We offer nursing, residential, respite, day care and end of life care. Please give us a call if you would like more information on our lovely Home.

‘Person centred care sees residents as equal partners in planning, developing and assessing care to make sure it is the most appropriate for their needs. It involves putting residents and their families at the heart of all decisions.’ Norma & Chad Doveton (Owners of Hill House)

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We continue to drive our Homes forward to achieve ever higher standards. We recognise training our staff is the key to providing the best care possible. Training also helps staff to achieve their personal goals, career development and to be happy and fulfilled in their work. We are looking for highly motivated caring individuals to work in our new Home and have several vacancies including Registered Nurses and Care Assistants. If you would like to be part of our team please call us on: 01666 822363

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One of Strictly Come Dancing’s most popular professional couples return to the stage with a bang! Kristina Rihanoff is once again teaming up with Robin Windsor, in a show created by Kristina herself, called ‘DANCE TO THE MUSIC’. The shows starts in the 1920s and takes the audience through over 20 different dance styles - in two action packed hours! Showcasing favourites like the Charleston and the Quickstep, before paying homage to the delightful Fred and Ginger, with the American Smooth. The story also leads us through a touching dedication to World War Two, with the music of Glen Miller and The Andrews Sisters, before a trip Stateside with a brilliant Rock-n-Roll section influenced by the one and only Elvis Presley! The second half of the show is guaranteed to get your feet moving, visiting the funky Motown and Disco eras. If that wasn’t enough for you, the show includes some ingenious routines, with music by the legends Michael Jackson and Prince, including a spellbinding Rumba, performed by former ‘Strictly’ professional Oksana and Jonathan Platero, to the epic ‘Purple Rain’. The two phenomenal couples will be joined by four more professionals from the dance world, along with the vocal talents of X-Factor finalist Christopher Maloney and singer/songwriter Beth Sherburn. Expect other dance styles like the Viennese Waltz, the Salsa, the Paso Doble, the Argentine Tango, Tap, Breakdancing, Hip-Hop, Lindy Hop, plus loads more!

Ed returns to the road this year after a total sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run with his biggest ever tour to date and his brand new show called Spoiler Alert. He says; “I originally intended to call the show “I’ll Millennial You in a Minute”, but my promoter considered the title “off-puttingly baffling”. In the show, Ed explores the thin line between righteous complaining and brat-like whining and asks, ‘are we right to be fed up, or are we spoiled?’ Come and watch as Byrne takes this question, turns it upside down and shakes it until the funny falls out. Go on, spoil yourself. Recognised as one of the finest observational comics in the industry, Ed’s television credits are countless (provided you’re really bad at counting); Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, The Graham Norton Show, Live At The Apollo, The One Show, Comic Relief Bake Off 2015, The World’s Most Dangerous Roads and, most recently, he and Dara O Briain filmed the follow up to their Big Adventure show for BBC2 entitled Dara and Ed’s Road to Mandalay. Thurs 25th January 2018 TROWBRIDGE, Civic Box Office: 01225 765072 Tues 6th March 2018 SWINDON, Wyvern Box Office: 01793 524481

The show is coming to The Wyvern, Swindon on 22 January at 7:30pm Tickets can be purchased direct from: or 01793 524481 or online at Most venues also have VIP Meet and Greet tickets available, so audience members can meet the cast after the show for photos and autographs! Photos: Left: Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor. Right: Oksana and Jonathan Platero. Credit: Strictly Theatre Co. 28

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Sunday 25 February 2018 11.00am

The Forever Friends Appeal are looking for adventurous fundraisers to join their Canyons trekking team ... where every step taken will support patients and their families cared for by the Royal United Hospitals Bath, when they need it most. Departing on 8th September 2018, this eight day trekking challenge explores the Grand Canyon as well as Zion Canyon and Bryce Canyon three of South-West USA's most majestic National Parks.

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Sunday 28th January 2018 at 3.00pm The Jacquin Trio are widely known for their dynamic and spirited performances. Jessie Grimes was resident artist at the 2016 Clandeboye Festival where she provided master classes and gave solo and chamber performances. She has presented a BBC Ten Pieces programme live and teaches the clarinet at the Royal College of Music Junior school. Kay Stephen is currently violinist with the Gildas Quartet with whom she is also an award winner. She has given performances in many major venues and also on BBC3. Charis Hanning has won many accolades as a solo pianist since she graduated from the Royal College of Music. She enjoys performing with singers and musicians in London, Madrid and Vancouver. The Trio have had several works specially composed for them including a piece that they will perform at Marden House, They will also be playing from works by Mozart, Bartok and Beethoven.

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Diary Dates JANUARY 2018 Friends of St Marys cordially invite you to an evening of MAKING SENSE OF 1000 GINS Saturday 6th January 2018 7-7.30pm Marden House. Calne Entry by ticket, £15 per person Discover the world of Gin with David from the New Wine Shop in Calne and local gin expert. from The New Wine Shop or Church House 01249 816522 MALMESBURY AND DISTRICT GARDEN CLUB January 8th 2018 Christina Stapley “Herbs to aid the gardener” Christina is the author of three books about herbs. 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, Wilts. Tel. 01666 510490 THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF ROYAL WOOTTON BASSETT January 11th 2018 The Merchant's House, Marlborough Speaker: Clyde Nancarrow Built in 1653 after the great fire of Marlborough, the Merchant’s House is something of a time capsule. The story of this historically important 17th century building will be revealed to us tonight, including its restoration both inside and out. Clyde Nancarrow is Chair of the Trustees of the Merchant’s House. HistoricalWoottonBassett


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CALNE FLOWER CLUB Marden House, Calne Thurs January 11th, 7.30pm. £5 An Interesting Evening with Dorothy Baker with her story of “The Tulip Trail”. Everybody Welcome. TOWN HALL MOVIOLA Weds 17th January at 7.30p.m. Our film to start off the New Year in January will be. ‘My Cousin Rachael’ (12a). From the novel By Daphne du Marier. A new production starring Rachael Wiesz who is mean, minxy and manipulative. Showing in the Town Hall. Doors open at 7.00pm.Refreshments provided. Tickets £6.00 Available from the information centre or on the door. CALNE MODEL RAILWAY SHOW 20th Jan 10.00am - 5.00pm 21st Jan 10.00am - 4.30pm at Calne Leisure Centre Adults: £5.00 Child: £3.00 Family Group: (2+3) :£12.00 19 Layouts and Trade Support Further information: Telephone: 01249 706110 Email: LOCKSIDE WI - PEWSHAM 23rd January 2018 Our first meeting of 2018 will be on 23 January - a talk and slideshow featuring Lacock. As usual we will be pleased to welcome any visitors, 10.00am - Noon, Pewsham Community Centre, Lodge Road, Chippenham, SN15 3SY with any enquiries to Truda on 01249 445922 or email : On 28 November we held our last meeting of the year when we were pleased to welcome Jonathan Billet who kept us well entertained with his magic tricks. With volunteers picked at random we were amazed and delighted by the skill of his tricks. Members then enjoyed a delicious shared lunch. continued overleaf

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Calne Evangelical Church New Sunday Service times from 1st January 2018: Family Service 10.30am (crèche available) Evening Service 6.00pm Weekly activities: House Groups Tots 'n' Dots - toddler group Tuesday Club - primary school age Glow - 9-12 years Lazer - senior school age See church notice board or website, or contact us via email or ring 821754 for more information. .

Movies@Malmesbury JANUARY 2018 SCHEDULE Tuesday, 2 at 2pm The Lego Ninjago Movie Wed, 3 at 2pm Breathe Thursday, 4 at 2pm Film Stars don't die in Liverpool Friday, 5 at 2pm Murder on the Orient Express Friday, 5 at 5.30pm The Son of Bigfoot Friday, 5 at 8pm Murder on the Orient Express Monday, 8 at 8pm Breathe Monday, 15 at 8pm Film Stars don't die in Liverpool Friday, 19 at 2pm Paddington 2 Fri, 19 at 5.30pm Paddington 2 Friday, 19 at 8pm The Battle of the Sexes Tuesday, 23 at 2pm Paddington 2 Tues, 23 at 7.30pm Exhibition on Screen: Cezanne * Friday, 26 at 2pm The Battle of the Sexes Tickets: 2pm and 5.30pm £5 & £4 8pm £6 Except *Cezanne £10 Tickets from: Town Hall or on the Door. Facebook: MoviesatMalmesbury

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MOVIOLA@ GRITTLETON VILLAGE HALL Wednesday January 31st Victoria and Abdul [PG] Abdul Karim [Ali Fazal] arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's [Judi Dench] golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favour with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity. Also features appearances from Tim Pigott-Smith, Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams, Eddie Izzard and Simon Callow. Tickets £6 adults from Lesley on 01249 783157 or email Doors open 7pm, programme starts at 7.30pm Future dates for 2018 All Wednesdays February 28th Goodbye Christopher Robin March 21st Breathe April 25th Murder on the Orient Express ABBEY SKATE 14th – 16th February 2018 Skateboard*Scooter*Roller Blade Book online at: NEW YOGA CLASSES Chris Hewett Wednesday 14th February Every Wednesday 6pm-7.25pm at Malmesbury Town Hall Please book in advance with Chris 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 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 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 & ex-serving RAF from Malmesbury & surrounding Parishes. For ticket information and any other enquiries please email Matt on or call 07976 407139 NEW GARDENING CAFÉ Alzheimer’s Support is launching a new Gardening Café at Malmesbury Garden Centre for people living with dementia and their carers. The group will feature tea, coffee and cake and a short talk that will include gardening themed tips, tricks and techniques. The Group will be held at 2pm on the first Monday of every month beginning in the new year. Contact Pam Ollis to find out more details on 01380 739055 or pamo@

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New Year, New Look!

Thinking of a new look for 2018? Here are some suggestions which could act as inspiration: John Williams Heating Services If you are thinking you want a less visible but important change in your home – which might involve a new heating system or boiler then look no further than John Williams Heating Services, which has a showroom on the Bumpers Farm Industrial Estate in Chippenham. The team can walk you through any project including a new bathroom, kitchen, or simply fitting a woodburning stove or a new fire. Debbie said: “We will do everything we can to ensure your project runs smoothly and safely when it comes to any aspect of heating or your boiler. We will do our best to fit around your needs and anyone can visit our showroom so we can walk you through any options with no obligation.” For more information visit or call 01249 709024.

Joanna May If you are looking for something different for your home what about investing in one of Wiltshire’s successful artists and their work? We have some amazingly creative people in our county who sell their work commercially with some being known globally for their art. One of those is contemporary artist Joanna May who is famous for her wildlife works including hares and leopards. Currently she is working on a new book and art project called The Hare In The Moon from her studio near Trowbridge but she’s also had studios in Marlborough and Devizes at different times in her career. The Hare In The Moon is based around Wiltshire which has the second largest population of hares in the UK. To browse her work visit or call on 07813 124120.


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Alan Hawkins How about moving home altogether? There are a number of independent estate agencies in North Wiltshire with really deep local knowledge who may be able to help you find your next home in the county. One is family run Alan Hawkins of Royal Wootton Bassett. Director Paul Hawkins said: “If you are thinking of moving in 2018 but are unsure of where in Wiltshire you’d like to live or what your budget can buy at the moment, why not drop in for an informal chat. We’ve got a wealth of experience to help and guide you in making the right choice and hold your hand right up to completion.” Paul’s top tip if you are thinking of making a move is – ‘Don’t always be tempted by the highest valuation – they may just be telling you what you want to hear in order to win your instruction’. For more information visit or call 01793 840222.

McCarron & Co. If you are in the market for extreme luxury for your kitchen in particular – don’t go running off to London or Bristol – head to Bromham and visit the showroom of Wiltshirebased company McCarron & Co. There you can see an array of different furniture as well as visit the workshop to see the artisans creating beautiful furniture for every room in the home.

Andy McCarron, MD, ‘As we are totally bespoke this means our design team and craftsman can bring your dreams to life, creating that beautiful kitchen you have always wanted.” For more information visit mccarronandco. com or call 01380 859299.

Perfect Rooms If you fancy a new look in your home but have no clue where to start and need some help, you could contact Sue Coleman of Perfect Rooms, of Gastard. Sue has run her interior design business for 15 years and can offer a complete interior design service through to just some simple advice around soft furnishings. Sue said: “We can invite a guest into our showroom to take a look around or, if you want a complete interior design, we can visit in your own home and take it from there. It feels wonderful to help anyone achieve their ideal look and be thrilled with the outcome.” For more information visit or call 01249 716445.

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Upcycling your old furniture by Linda Baker, Sassy Chic

Done well, upcycling allows a preloved piece of furniture to have a new lease of life for years to come. In the UK we produce about 31 million tonnes of waste and if we have the opportunity to upcycle to reduce the amount we send to landfill, then it makes sense to do what we can to reduce it, because fundamentally, there is nothing wrong with old furniture. Indeed, most of it is of excellent quality. Maybe you have a piece of furniture that belonged to grandparents/parents and holds fond memories but does not fit in with modern styling. Then why not consider painting it and bringing it into the 21st Century?

We, at Sassy Chic, can help you upcycle a piece of furniture. We stock Frenchic Furniture Paint, a chalk based paint, environmentally friendly and safe to use around children and animals. It can be used inside or outside, with no odour or need to stir, just open the tin and start painting. If you lack confidence then consider coming along to a workshop, designed to show you how to get the best out of the paint and create your own unique piece of furniture. Or you can contact us about taking on a commission to paint your own furniture for you! The dresser pictured is an old Ercol piece, which was a shiny brown finish. The top has been stripped back to reveal the beautiful elm wood and then finished in our amazing white wax. The rest of the dresser has been painted in Grey Pebble, one of the 45 gorgeous colours that we offer. Find us on Facebook or Instagram or pop into the shop and take a look at our range of Frenchic products. We also stock a range of lovely interior items and gift selection. Gift vouchers are also available.

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New Year, New Fitness! If you have made a New Year's Resolution to get fit in 2018 here are some ideas to help you:

Hakuba Karate Hakuba is the name of a well-established karate group which meets at The Citadel Hall in Chippenham on Mondays & Wednesdays 7.30pm to 9pm for anyone aged 16 plus. Run by Ruth McGrady, participants practice Shotakai karate which is designed to ensure the body, mind and spirit work together and can be adapted for all abilities. It helps people reach individual goals. Ruth said: “It is about self defence should you ever be attacked by another person but it’s also very much about building self awareness, defending yourself mentally from your own negative beliefs and thoughts and it also builds resilience and rapport with others.” To find out more visit or call Ruth on 07779 709793.


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Wessex Nordic Walking Nordic Walking has gained in popularity over recent years and is an activity which has its roots in cross country skiing. The walking was used as a training method by athletes out of season to keep their levels of fitness maintained. Ashley Sandy, runs her business Wessex Nordic Walking (partnered with Nordic Walks UK) in the North Wiltshire area within a 15 mile radius of Marlborough towards Swindon and Barbury Castle. She lived in Switzerland where she learned the technique 12 years ago setting up her own Wiltshire business as an instructor in 2015. Ashley, said: “Nordic Walking is not trekking where poles are used to rest or to stop someone from falling over. This is an activity which exercises 90 per cent of your body and helps you become fitter while maintaining good posture when walking. The poles are always behind the body while propelling you forward. It’s also a very social activity and you should always be able to talk to those exercising around you.” To find out more visit or call Ashley on 07540 784959.

Ben Jackson Ben Jackson is a qualified personal trainer who has been working around the Malmesbury, Hullavington, Oaksey, areas for the last 14 years. He’s based in Cirencester but travels to clients within a 30mile radius. He works with individual clients Monday to Friday from 9am until early evening and conducts up to six sessions a day, adapting a training programme to the client’s needs, goals and level of fitness. Ben said: “My objective is that I want to support my clients to get the best possible results, and I really enjoy my job. It’s not a quick fix for me, I train with my clients at the same time, I don’t shout instructions from the sidelines, we do it together. At the moment my youngest client is 16 and my oldest is 75 and I work with both men and women.” To find out more visit www.exceedpersonaltraining. or call 07595 525844

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St Mary’s School Sports Centre Taking your first steps outdoors in January can be tough. You’re feeling well and truly stuffed from turkey and minced pies, the weather is bitter cold and you simply can’t bear the thought of venturing out for a brisk walk or jog. Here are 5 tips from the team at St Mary’s School Sports Centre to help you this January: 1) Set yourself a goal – whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, have a goal in mind. Maybe a distance or event, no matter how small this is ideal motivation. 2) Make a playlist –energetic, upbeat tracks will help you take on those extra miles. 3) Find a great location – Wiltshire has an abundance of beautiful scenery. Research new areas and mix up your routes regularly. 4) Stay safe – dark mornings/ evenings can be intimidating. Go with a friend or take a torch. 5) Join a Club – St Mary’s School Sports Centre are re-launching their beginner and intermediate running clubs on the 10th January. Call 01249 857335 or visit for more club information.

Have you thought about trying yoga? You could consider visiting the White Horse Business Centre at Roundway Hill in Devizes. It’s a purpose built centre created six years ago by Debby Wilkinson who has been teaching yoga in Wiltshire for 18 years. She couldn’t find suitable space for rent in and around the town so created her own. The centre offers a range of classes from beginners, to gentle and more advanced. There are a team of trainers who are qualified and established with a minimum of 500 hours’ training experience. Debby said: “Yoga is really a life style choice though it often starts with fitness. It’s about feeling better in your body and mind. Visualisation is a huge part of yoga which helps people access areas of their body that they haven’t met yet. We work with our breath, we work to keep our bodies strong and flexible but it’s done in a mindful way where the breath is not taken for granted.” More information from: or call 01380 816844. The Town Crier Magazine | JANUARY 2018



Courtyard Clinic moves to Malmesbury Courtyard Clinic are moving to Malmesbury this winter, armed to motivate, strengthen and tackle injuries. Residents from the town and nearby can now look forward to specialised Physiotherapy services combined with Pilates. Providing a tailored and fascinating approach that focuses entirely on your lifestyle. And just in time … As we enter winter and tuck into festive food in front of the television – we’re reminded from World Osteoporosis Day which took place recently that our bone health is greatly affected from an inactive lifestyle. Core strengthening, a balanced lifestyle and physical exercise are key components to steer clear of these injuries. As Jo Roberts – Clinic Director at Courtyard Clinic states: ‘We’re really seeing a huge increase in physical complaints from the results of an inactive lifestyle - leading to injury, physical pain, and reduced mobility. This only gets worse in the winter months. As the colder weather approaches it’s now more vital that simple, effective lifestyle changes are adopted to reduce the likelihood of injury and improve quality of life. We can’t wait to move to Malmesbury and continue our journey. Your treatment isn’t defined from your first visit, we work with you to provide a bespoke program to alleviate physical pain, injuries and more.’

Welcome to Wellness An Introduction 3 February 2018 £50

Come and explore how to achieve and maintain your optimum health in mind and body. Give yourself a New Year re-boot and allow us to share some easy to implement tools for everyday living. Join husband and wife team, Jeff and Sue Allen, renowned international life coaches with Patricia Campbell-Parker, an informed and experienced professional within the juicing and health world. Schedule 09.45 – Arrival 10.00 – Welcome ginger shot and introductions 10.30 – Yummy juice and interactive session on the body and mind connection 11.30 – Yoga, stretching and relaxation 12.30 – Lunch – delicious nurturing soup 13.00 – Hand massage and meditation 13.45 – The World of microbes and Microbz 14.00 – Interactive session on the body and mind connection 15.00 – Final thoughts and free gift

A journey to fitness The Courtyard Clinic’s journey to combining Pilates and !! Physiotherapy started twenty years ago from a small !! Physiotherapy business in Dursley. The enhancement ! in recovery seen in clients who took part in Pilates soon became apparent, with improvement in strength, core and mobility from sessions - key defences in warding off injury. By combining these health services, the Courtyard Clinic has grown from strength to strength, and is now one of the largest providers of healthcare and well-being services in the South-West! Their!!clinicians are fully qualified in physiotherapy and !! sessions – services range from tailored exercise Pilates plans! to prenatal care and even strength improvement from the wear and tear of an office environment. They work with you to understand and set your goals – and make them achievable. 46

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This event will be in the comfortable and peaceful surroundings of the South Barn, a family-run retreat at Naish House, Spirthill, Wiltshire SN11 9HW. Contact Alex on 01249 409001.

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When to give your body a break from running by Verity Wright,


UNNING can be uncomfortable, especially when you are just getting started, but it should never hurt. Aches and pains in the feet, ankles and shins are common among runners and, to be honest, most running injuries will go away in time. The best predictors of an injury are previous injuries so sometimes you need to think back, maybe you broke a leg or sprained an ankle as a child, this trauma can rear its head later in life, especially if you have just taken up running and have not exercised for a long time. We tend to lose our flexibility the older we get so it is so important to look after yourself once you start to take up running, especially as you increase your mileage. An important part of running is learning to recognise the warning signs of an injury early. Mild stiffness or tenderness that does not go away after a day or two’s rest or after the first few minutes of a run is one of the first signals. Ask yourself the following questions to see if you can determine the cause, it may be something very simple. Have you done anything different since you noticed your niggle? Are you doing too much too soon? Are you overtraining? Are you having enough rest? Are you warming up and cooling down every time you run? Do you need new trainers?

Unfortunately, no one is injuryproof but before you panic, wait to see if the pain resolves itself within ing & Fitness Coach 24 to 36 hours. If it does, and you Breathe Properly feel OK after your next run, that probably means you are good to ight, go, however if you limp or notice first questions I am asked from new runners is a change in your running style, athe properly whilst running. If you are one of the need toworry stopit can and le who have thisyou problem, don’t be address the easily. issue as this can lead to long term

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1. Don't deny that you are injured, you must deal with it and accept your injury, but you may also experience some anger and depression and refuse to stop running. However, you will reach a point where the pain forces you to stop. You will be able to return to your training plan if you allow the healing process the time that it needs. 2. Stick to a routine, walk when you would have run, by sticking to your normal training routines you will still gain the psychological benefits of regular exercise.

damage that may mean you should stop running permanently. Running is hard as you don't see the results over night, it takes time, commitment and consistency but one of the things that running does teach you is to have patience. You have to be extra patient when you are injured and being injured forces this patience upon you. You may have to create a Plan B if you experience setbacks and that can be hard...especially if it seems that everyone else is doing so well. A week can seem like a lifetime...

4. Cross train so that you don't end up feeling lethargic and fat, go swimming, do yoga or Pilates, strength training to build up muscle strength, go biking, it will really help fill the void. 5. Most importantly return to running with realistic expectations, start slowly and build gradually, set goals and don't do too much, too soon with too little recovery.

Verity Wright is an England Athletics Qualified Coach in Running Fitness and runs a successful Athletics Coaching business in the South of England. She competes as an endurance athlete in events from 10k to 42k over country, roads, fells and mountains. If you want to know more, you can visit her website

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3. Keep up running friendships and support others in races, supporting is a great way to experience the race without the stress and it is appreciated by runners so much.

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santosha studio Santosha Studio, based in the heart of Chippenham, is the only dedicated Yoga and Pilates studio in North Wiltshire. We have a varied timetable teaching 7 days a week with a class, course or 1:1 session to suit the needs of everyone. We offer special events and workshops on specific topics to allow our students to deepen their understanding and knowledge to meet them wherever they are in life. Santosha Studio is also a Yoga Alliance Registered Training School offering a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training starting June 2018. Our teachers are passionate and experienced which allows our students to practice in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. 40 Foghamshire, Chippenham SN15 1HB Tel: 01249 444244 email:

Ruth McGrady Open Path Coaching

On a ‘ Belief- Vision-Action’ day with Ruth McGrady, you’ll get the heart of what your purpose is. You’ll achieve clarity on what you want and how to get it, so you can set about realising the things that are important to you in your life. You’ll come away from the day feeling more confident to tackle anything life throws at you, and more confident to go for all those things you thought you wouldn’t be able to achieve (or even thought you didn’t deserve!). You’ll take the first big step to finding your Voice, your Power and your Why!

Ruth works with personal and business clients to help them regain clarity of what they want and how to get it. What their life purpose is, and of how important they not only to themselves but to other people. Ruth’s clients build on what they already have, to enhance the essence which is them, so that they can project themselves with confidence and an unshakeable belief in them, their skills and abilities. So whether in business or for personal circumstance, they have the mental resources to achieve whatever they want, be whatever they want and to influence and inspire those around them. The Town Crier Magazine | JANUARY 2018


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New Year, New Food! Some ideas from North Wiltshire to try in the kitchen in the New Year

Vaughan’s Cookery School Do you want to spend more time cooking or learning new skills around food during 2018? There are many options to do so this in North Wiltshire. One might be to visit Vaughan’s Cookery School based on the Hopton Industrial Estate in Devizes which offers a range of classes and is an approved teaching centre for the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality. The teaching team is led by Peter Vaughan who had training in classical cuisine but also has an interest in food as fuel for the body, as well as pleasing the senses.

Rutts Lane Cider It’s not all about food in Wiltshire though – there are plenty of examples of local craft producer of drinks. One quite new business, based in West Lavington, is

He said: “Naturally balanced is our fundamental philosophy. Whether it’s catering for a special event or a cookery school class our passion for using good ingredients in the right balance is paramount.” Classes include ‘Beginners in the Kitchen’ and ‘Basic Bread Making’ through to competent cooks with ‘Cooking to Impress’ and ‘Dinner Party Desserts’. There are also sessions covering world cuisine including Moroccan, Indian, Thai and Spanish. For more information visit or call 01380 530203.

Rutts Lane Cider set up by Vince Wakefield about 18 months ago. Vince has been making his own cider for a decade after years of being annoyed by how many apples were just rotting away. One year he made 600 litres and his wife pointed out he may not be able to consume that much. Vince, an electrician by trade, decided to go through the necessary steps to become a certified craft supplier of drink products and is now a member of the Wiltshire Farmers Markets and Artisans Association. He said: “I make real cider as opposed to industrial cider where as little as 25 per cent of the drink is real apple juice. Mine is 100 per cent real apple juice and I use a traditional way of making that cider.” Vince regularly attends farmers markets in Devizes, Royal Wootton Bassett and Bradford on Avon and will deliver free of charge on orders of £20 or more in the Devizes area. For more information visit


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Rosie’s Relish & Pickle If you love pickles and chutneys you might want to consider the products created by Rosie Humphrey from Chippenham. Rosie’s Relish & Pickle was created in 2013 after Rosie took voluntary redundancy from her former role in leadership and management training. Rosie said: “I’d been making chutneys for many years from my allotment produce and giving it away to friends and family. Someone suggested turning it into a business and I did that using my skills from my former role.” Rosie is also a committee member on the Wiltshire Farmers Markets and Artisans Association and regularly takes stands at local shows. She is a regular in Devizes, supplies Allington Farm Shop in Chippenham and will also be taking part in the market over the lambing weekends at Wiltshire College Lackham in March. Her products can also be bought online by visiting or email

Elements for Life Anyone fancy chocolate? Have you heard of the Wiltshirebased company Elements for Life founded by Dan and Paula Knowlson which specialises in raw chocolate products. The business was created in 2010 after a chance remark by Paula about creating a raw chocolate kit – raw chocolate had been important in their lives as both of them believe in good nutrition. These products are free from dairy, gluten, soya and refined sugars. Within a few years the business had outgrown their home and they moved into a purpose-built facility just outside Bradford on Avon. Their products are available to order online and through wholesale stockists in the UK and they now export overseas. These products include raw chocolate kits and gifts; raw chocolate snacks and drinks; chocolate moulds and super food ingredients. This company has a strong ethos of sustainability and makes great efforts to use sustainable packaging and employs green practices within its processes. For more information visit

LoveFood.UK You may want to eat more healthily but haven’t got the inclination – or the time – to produce healthier food yourself. There are alternatives locally if you care to do some research. Wiltshire cook and nutritional therapist Lucinda Bevan, based in Marlborough, runs LoveFood.UK and as well as classes – you can order some of her dishes to go. These include granola bars, brownies as well as salads, seasonal soups, dips, beetroot and lamb meatballs, veggie burgers and winter slaw. Lucinda said: “I’ve worked with food all of my life. Healthy does NOT mean tasteless or boring! Eat well to get well, stay well, lose or maintain weight and increase energy.” For more information visit and if you wish to place an order email Lucinda@ The Town Crier Magazine | JANUARY 2018



All-day dining comes to the Shelburne Restaurant and Bar with Smoked Bone Marrow Butter (£14.50) and Surf & Turf featuring 4oz Fillet Steak with King Prawns and Garlic Butter (£23) appear among the ‘From The Grill’ choices.

Special offers running through to the end of February add to the flow of choices at stylish Bowood Hotel, surrounded by Bowood’s Capability Brown parkland.


fresh outlook for The Shelburne Restaurant & Bar is to be discovered as Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort (near Calne, Wiltshire). Opening up throughout the day, the appointment of new Head Chef, Alex Gibson, an easygoing menu that plays to the mood of the particular time of day and a sprucing up of its interiors all bring added energy to The Shelburne. Previously having only been open for Sunday (and Christmas) lunch, The Shelburne is now open all day seven days a week, all year round. Indeed, restaurant goers can visit from morning right through to the evening: from breakfast (from 7am) to brunch to lunch and from afternoon tea to cocktails and on to dinner (with last orders at 9.30pm). As The Shelburne Restaurant flows into its cocktail bar area - with additional smaller table seating and on into The Library, as well as offering further spots in which to eat or drink, the various sections 54

have their own particular character and mood. The fire will be lit in The Library when it’s chilly while in the warmer weather French windows open out to a wide terrace for outdoor eating and drinking along the whole expanse of The Shelburne Restaurant, Bar and Library. Looking out on to an expansive landscape, you may well spot passing deer! A visit to The Shelburne Restaurant & Bar is certainly a heightened experience with its complete sense of escape on the Bowood Estate. Having recently arrived at Bowood, Alex Gibson has put together menus that pull quick bites, classic dishes, sharing platters and finer dining choices comfortably alongside each other. Its ‘Main Meals’ section brings particular flair with dishes such as Butternut & Sage Risotto with Apple & Toasted Hazelnuts (£12.50); Pappardelle served either with Beef & Red Wine Ragu, Parmesan & Truffle or with Mushroom, Courgette & Tarragon Cream (both at £13); Turbot with Bacon & Clams, Parsley Pomme Purée (£23.50) and Catch of the Day (according to the Market Price). Onglet of Beef

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Inspired by Robert Adam’s 18th century Orangery that fronts Bowood House - just a mile from the 43-bedroom Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort - the curved sweep and French windows of The Shelburne captures a similar ‘indoors-outdoors‘ sense. Named after the 1st Earl of Shelburne (who purchased Bowood in 1754), the restaurant and its outdoor terrace look out towards a ha-ha and beyond to its captivating landscape of tree-lined, rolling green slopes within the western corner of Bowood’s Capability Brown Grade 1 listed parkland, spanning 2,000 acres. Having designed The Shelburne’s interiors and used fresh greens and smudgy blues to mirror this picturesque scene, Lady Lansdowne’s updates will reflect the more relaxed mood of the new menu. With The Shelburne Bar linking the restaurant and The Library, this open-plan layout adds to the informal nature of a Shelburne Restaurant visit. The Shelburne Restaurant now looks forward to welcoming locals and guests with lunchtime/daytime and dinner for two offers: A lunch/ daytime (until 7pm) menu will extend a 25% saving on food while a two-course dinner (food only) for two will be priced at £39. Subject to availability, table reservations must be made in advance, quoting SHELB25 and SHELB39 respectively, valid Monday-Friday until 28th February 2018 (excluding 12th - 16th February 2018). For further details and to download samples menus visit To book a table in the Shelburne Restaurant – please call Bowood Hotel on 01249 822 228.


Boost your Microbes and stay well Are you feeling bloated and tired after the fun of Christmas? Could you do with a nutrition boost? A helping hand to start the new year as you mean to go on?

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Your helping hand could come from a brewing facility in Spirthill near Calne – but it’s not creating a new beer; it’s bubbling a popular fermented probiotic crammed with beneficial bacteria that are hugely valuable to our digestion and to our immune systems. They are also powerful antioxidants.

Microbz makes Bio-Live, a range of fermented liquid probiotics which are designed to help you maintain a healthy gut. Microbes are easier to absorb in a liquid because they are active and live bacteria. Bio-Live is 100% natural with unique combinations of friendly microbial cultures plus herbs and minerals. All gluten free, dairy free and sugar free and packed full of antioxidants – they are formulated for your wellbeing.

We usually think of bacteria and alarm bells go off – Germs! Disease! Danger! But we are full of bacteria, both good and bad, and most of them are our friends. They help digestion and strengthen the immune system. They protect us from the effects of our polluted environment. And according to emerging research, they even affect our mood and mental health. We all have a microbiome – our own community of trillions of single cell living organisms – and as we look after it, it looks after us. If our microbiome gets out of balance through overindulgence, poor diet, infections, overuse of antibiotics or stress, then our health suffers. Good digestive health helps us fight off allergies and disease and that’s where a good liquid fermented probiotic can help.

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You can make up a hefty batch of this in one go and add it to soups, casseroles or simply drink it from a mug for perfect gut-healing health. This recipe is not your regular stock - it’s packed with minerals and healing properties that will kick start your new year diet. Method 1. Preheat oven to 200c and line a baking sheet with foil. Place the bones on the sheet and roast for 40 minutes. Flip them halfway through. 2. Once they’re cooked, break them down and place in a large stockpot. Cover with the water and vinegar and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. 3. Add the chopped vegetables and add to the stockpot. Bring to a rolling boil and then lower to a simmer. 4. For the first 2-3 hours make sure you skim off any foamy layer that develops on the top and discard.

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After the excesses of Christmas and the New Year Cheer, a good dose of bone broth is the perfect antidote.


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6. Allow to cool slightly and strain. 7. Transfer the broth to an airtight container and refrigerate for 4-6 hours or overnight. This will allow the fat to rise to the top and solidify. 8. Scrape the fat off the top with a spoon. This will leave you with a gelatinous bone broth when cold. 9. Store in an airtight mason jar or freeze until ready to use then slowly warm the broth over a low heat or drop straight into soups and casseroles.

Overnight Oats

Have you made healthier eating a part of your New Year plan? If so you should definitely try this healthy, hearty breakfast. A friend introduced me to overnight oats and I have to say I’m hooked. First, it’s the easiest breakfast ever. There’s nothing to cook; you make it the night before in under 5 minutes, and when you wake up, it’s there waiting. All you have to do is eat it! The basic recipe is very adaptable; you can do so many different things with it. I tend to eat mine cold but if you like things hot, heat them up in the microwave Oats help to reduce cholesterol and are a whole, unprocessed source of carbohydrates, which release energy slowly so are a great start to the day.




Fruit: apples, banana, nectarines, blueberries, strawberries, figs, redcurrants (most fruits taste great).

1/2 cup dry oats (the actual cup size doesn’t really matter. It’s about proportions… just use a bigger cup if you have a bigger appetite) 1 cup of unsweetened milk (I like almond milk but cows’ milk, soya milk, plain yoghurt or a mix of yoghurt and milk is all good) Fruit of choice (fresh, frozen or even tinned) 1 tbsp chia seeds or flax seeds (optional but good for healthy omega 3 fats) Nuts (optional)

Sweeteners: If you have a sweet tooth you can add maple syrup, honey or jam. My kids experimented with chocolate milk too – lovely with bananas. Healthy fats: flax, nuts, nut butters

Method 1. Combine everything into an airtight bowl or jar (I leave nuts out as I like them crunchy) 2. Leave in the fridge overnight

Flavourings: flaked or desiccated coconut, ground almonds.

Toppings to add in the morning: granola, nuts, raisins, sour cherries, additional fruit, chocolate chunks

3. Eat in the morning! You can heat them if you like.

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Ditch the Detox and Diet in 2018 It’s that time of year when we’ve all had a lot to eat, drink and we’ve been merry and the detox and diet advertisements pop up on tv and social media in their thousands. We’re bombarded with messages about losing weight, getting slimmer and in shape. Nutritional therapist Helen Adams, of Oakmead Clinic, has some strong advice though – just ditch the detox and the diet and remember it should be about feeling good, not feeling deprived. “Having this green juice or that ready-made meal and basically starving yourself silly is not the answer. You will lose weight initially but you probably cannot wait for your ‘diet’ to end and then you’ll pile the weight all back on over time, sometimes very quickly,” Helen said. Christmas and New Year cover a period of time, Helen said, when we can load up on alcohol and carbohydrates and this puts a heavy load on the liver. “Think of the liver like passport control in an airport. You have to stand in the right queue and there are a finite number of booths and staff and the staff have to sort out the food into the right queues and the more work it has to do, the longer it takes to sort out. The more passengers there are, the longer the queue, the longer the wait. This means you can feel sluggish and slow.” Another reason, she explains, is that the lymph system which runs alongside the blood system is the body’s ‘super highway’ for getting rid of the rubbish – whether that’s toxins from our food or bits of broken blood cells. However, it only works via gravity and the movement of our muscles next to it and if we’re sitting down a lot, the movement of that rubbish is slow. Signs we’ve eaten too much and given our livers and lymph systems a lot of work to do include: • fatigue • headaches • brain fog, not being able to think straight

Tips to deal with this over the new year and in the few weeks after include: Tip One: Move – this helps the system work properly. A gentle walk after a heavy meal helps get the systems moving or, if you have a mini trampoline, bounce for about five minutes even while watching television. Tip Two: Eat some foods which help the liver including: • garlic & onions • broccoli & cauliflower • sprouts • some fruits such as apricots & kiwi • some vegetables such as peppers, beetroot, carrots and pumpkin. • leafy greens such as spinach. Tip Three: Drink regularly – but choose wisely. Good drinks are water and herbal teas. Tip Four: Brush your skin – the skin is the body’s biggest organ but gets forgotten. Using a dry skin brush (available from many outlets) before a shower and brush it in strokes towards the heart. This brings fluid to the surface which brings toxins with it.

You know when your body is recovering when the brain fog lifts and you start to feel more energised. Anyone interested in talking to Helen about adopting a healthier eating strategy to feel good and lose weight naturally, can book a 30-minute free discovery consultation via the website – or email

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New Year, New You!

Improving yourself can be among the promises we make for ourselves at the turn of the year. Kerry McKenna Are you looking for a hobby – are you wanting to try something different? Why not consider slate painting with professional painter and slate artist Kerry McKenna. Originally from Wales, Kerry moved to Wiltshire over 20 years ago. Today she lives with her husband Tom in Avebury and as well as being a professional artist, she runs mobile slate painting workshops for groups, individuals or parties – where she can come to you. Kerry said: “This type of painting is very social, it’s great fun and I run workshops for groups including the WI, for parties or groups of individuals who want to try their hand at painting with a new medium. I got into painting on slate when I saw a slate which had patterning on it which looked just like Stonehenge. As the roof was being replaced, I asked if I could have it and paint over it. That’s where it all began.” To find out more about her workshops and her art at or call Kerry on 01672 539190.

Hazelwood Perhaps you want to pamper yourself a little more this year? Take more care of your skin, your nails or your body? For many people as they get older they can feel their outside appearance no longer reflects how they feel. Why not visit the new bespoke Hazelwood Treatment centre at Sutton Benger. The team – run by founder Sam Francome – can offer a range of treatments and therapies from facials, to nail and make-up sessions, through to massage and hot stone therapies. The centre can also offer some aesthetic procedures including skin boosters, dermal fillers and Botox – all administered by qualified medical practitioner Dr Jennifer Boone. For further information visit www.hazelwoodbeauty. or call 01249 720964.


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Oakmead Clinic Are you looking to do something positive about your weight? Have you tried every diet under the sun but still can’t keep the pounds off? Why not try something different and visit a qualified nutritional therapist? Helen Adams, of Oakmead Clinic, based in Chippenham does not believe in the word diet, she believes in feeling good about food and not feeling deprived. She also works with people who are morbidly obese to take the small steps with food towards a new way of eating you can keep for life. She said: “It’s not about calorie counting, it’s about understanding how to eat delicious food, and then best way to balance your blood sugar so you don’t have cravings, you don’t feel bloated and horrible and the weight will gradually come off.” For further information visit www.oakmeadclinic. or call Helen on 07799 431612.

Highway Hill Perhaps you need to literally get away from it all – somewhere peaceful and quiet, even if it’s in your own backyard? Why not book a stay in a shepherds’ hut or bell tent at Highway Hill near Calne? Available from March, you get a cosy getaway with all the earthy and natural qualities of camping, but without any of the fuss of setting up a tent or thinking through all the kit you need. With woodland to explore, cross-country walks to take, and lots of friendly farm animals to meet, the rural environment on your doorstep might be just what you need in order to reset your body’s relationship with nature. Anna Addington, managing director said: “Our shepherds huts and bell tents have been created with love and are great spaces to relax in – with woodburning stoves and self-catering facilities, you won’t need anything else. They are named after famous shepherds from literature and decorated with their own individual style and colour schemes, and the colourful and quirky bell tents are fun, cosy, and surprisingly spacious.” For more information visit www.highwayhill. or call 01249 760488.

Kathryn Ronyon Are you fed up with your job? Does the thought of going back to work after the festive break fill you with dread? You can consider getting professional support to make a move to a new career. Kathryn Roynon is an HR professional who helps helps individuals by reviewing and re-writing their CV and she also offers interview coaching. Her top tips for making a change in 2018 are: Do your homework: think about what you love doing to help focus on your next steps. Check out job profiles on the National Careers Service website to find out about qualifications or other requirements. Focus on your skills: for your CV identify your transferrable skills and achievements rather than just listing previous roles. Don’t forget about skills gained outside of work. Build your experience: you may not be able to make an immediate leap. You can take some actions such as contacting organisations about job shadowing, volunteering or internships. For more information visit or call 01249 701486.

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Hypnotherapy and Weight Loss If you have never tried hypnotherapy before then you may be wondering what it is and how it can help you lose weight?

I have helped many people gain control of their eating behaviour, pushing away their negative learnt behaviour and concentrating on the positive.

Hypnotherapy is a trance like state that can alter the way the subconscious mind reacts to certain situations. Enabling the individual to change a learnt behaviour in this case either eating the wrong foods or eating too much or both. I invite you to come for a free 30-minute initial consultation; you sit in a comfy chair and allow yourself to relax listening to my voice. You are not asleep and you are in control in a safe environment.

For example if you love chocolate and no matter how much you try you just can’t resist picking or buying another bar (conscious awareness).

Hypnotherapy can reach your subconscious mind and make you more aware of your actions.


So you reach for the chocolate bar (conscious behaviour) and after hypnotherapy after I have planted positive suggestions into your subconscious mind you will start to question your reason for reaching for that chocolate bar

Are you really hungry?

How will you feel if you eat the chocolate?

Is it worth the feelings of guilt after eating the chocolate?

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Will you feel low because yet again you have given in to your greed?

Just imagine how you will feel when you have achieved your goal?

Is it worth eating the chocolate when it will take two minutes to eat but you know you will spend the next day beating yourself up because yet again you have failed in your attempt to lose weight?

Of course hypnotherapy will only work if you really want to lose weight and be healthier. Sometimes other people can sabotage your efforts by buying you cake or treats after all they don’t want you to change they like you as you are. Will you be more attractive to someone else if you lose weight? or you can sabotage your own efforts by continuing to comfort eat for other reasons which will only change when you have found the root cause of the problem. Clients can come along to therapy to lose weight but then they realise that there is a deeper issue to be resolved.

My therapy room is at The Stables, Fishers Brook Calne Wiltshire SN11 9HB. I offer a Free 30 minute initial consultation and for January 2018 you can have 10% off your first session if you mention my ad in the Town Crier. Each session is for 50 minutes at a charge of £60 after the initial 30-minute free initial consultation. Appointments by prior arrangement.

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Support your Wellbeing with Reflexology


Yvette Baker MAR, MFHT, owner of Harmony Holistics, says “after the excesses of Christmas and New Year it seems timely to purge our bodies, eat healthily, exercise like mad to lose a few pounds and generally punish ourselves for our over indulgence. Whilst these are noble ideas our bodies also need nurturing support. Reflexology offers this in a noninvasive, relaxing and therapeutic way. It promotes good health and wellbeing and is ideal to add to your New Year’s health intentions. Tiredness, irritability, feeling cold, fed-up and facing a difficult commute to work can all heighten our stress levels. Stress in itself isn’t bad for us, but too much over too long can lead to chronic health problems. Reflexology facilitates healing within your body, boosts your immune system, relieves pain, and generally helps when you’re feeling out of sorts.

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Making Travel Accessible My name is Marc Fitchett, a Personal Travel Counsellor. Who do you know that loves travel but feels restricted because they have additional requirements? I offer a bespoke, caring and genuinely personal travel planning and booking service, which means that wherever you want to go in the world and whatever your requirements might be, realising your travel dreams is now just a phone call away. And you will always speak with me in person! Having 15 years of travel industry experience, the last twelve running my own Travel Counsellors business, means that I am able to provide clients with a one to one concierge service that simply cannot be replicated by high street or online travel providers. And with 100% financial protection assured and round-the-clock support wherever you are in the world, you could not be in better or safer hands. My many valued, loyal and returning clients agree. Of course to create wonderful journeys for others, having a personal passion for travel is crucial. And I do! I love to experience different countries and cultures and get so excited about planning my own trips and then the countdown begins. I am sure it is normal to start the holiday countdown at over 100 days! I love every aspect of planning and preparing for a holiday - well nearly everything, I don’t know about you, but I hate packing! The travel bug took a bite at an early age and have I been very lucky to visit and experience so many different places and cultures. And I love sharing my knowledge with customers, treasuring the fact that my job allows me to create the same excitement for others. Indeed, for everyone! I am passionate about creating holiday and travel opportunities for all. I am passionate about equality and inclusivity and making what might seem impossible journey, a reality. The most ambitious travel dreams, come true. So, this means that whatever a customer’s access, mobility sensory, respiratory, dietary or cognitive requirements might be, there is a whole new world of


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accessible journeys by air, sea and land, close to home or on a distant shore, adventurous or relaxed, just waiting to be discovered – and I can help you or someone you know, make them! Of course, planning and preparing for travel can be daunting for anyone. Even more so when critical additional requirements cannot be met through online or high street travel agencies. And in many cases they can’t. So, my personal, tailored holiday and travel arranging service is the perfect port of call for everything you might ever need, including flights, cruise ships, trains, insurance, vehicle rentals, accessible hotels, apartments and villas, mobility equipment, adapted transport and more. Your one-stop travel expert ready and waiting help plan, arrange and book holidays and travels that are truly memorable and unique. And from the first moment we speak - a pleasant and stress free journey. So how to achieve this? Well a good starting point would be to create a checklist to ensure you are being asked the right questions by your travel organiser and you should also be armed with a list of important questions that you should be asking them. Questions your travel organiser should be asking you · Where would you like to go? · When would you like to go and for how long? · Best UK departure airport or cruise port for you? · Who will be travelling (Adults/children and their ages) · Details of party member/s with additional requirements to include: - Nature of condition (e.g. amputee) - Details of any mobility aids to include - Prosthetics and how they may be carried if not worn during journey - Wheelchair make and model/height/length/width/ weight - For powered wheelchairs – battery type and if Lithium-ion, its wattage per hour - Type of assistance you may require at the airport/ cruise port/station. E.g. wheelchair, airport buggy, use of ambulift to aircraft door (to avoid steps), carry-on to seat using special chair designed to access aircraft aisle - Boarding and in-flight requirements – aisle chair/ cabin class - Accommodation requirements – villa/hotel/ apartment/cruise cabin - Bathroom requirements – wet-room/grab rails/bath with seat etc. - Mobility aids? Hoist/profiling bed/shower chair? - Any additional requirements that I should know about?

Questions you should be asking: · Am I always able to speak with the same person during the planning and booking process? · Are all of my monies 100% financially protected (if not they should be!)? · Can you provide 24/7 support whilst I am away? And understanding your responsibilities: · Inoculations - Check with your GP · Acquiring relevant visas and travel authorisations · Ensuring your passport is valid for chosen destination There is lots to do and consider but with a world of exciting travel opportunities just waiting for you to explore, your planning and preparation will ensure you have the holiday you deserve. As your own personal Travel Counsellor I can provide you with the perfect holiday that meets your travel dreams and of course you specific access and mobility requirements, please do not hesitate to contact me on 01249 848510 or drop me an email marc. and lets together make holiday memories which will last a life time.

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Are you looking for holiday ideas for 2018? Pebbles Travel can offer the following; • Family Holidays • UK Breaks • Single’s Holidays • Northern Lights Experience • Weddings Abroad • Honeymoons • City Breaks • Rail Adventures • Cruises • River Cruises • Adventure Holidays • Escorted Touring • Tailor Made Itineraries • Safaris Pebbles Travel are a member of ABTA and an Accredited Body Member of Hays Travel Limited, so you can book their services with confidence. Please feel free to contact us for any quotations required, or if you are just looking for guidance, we will be more than happy to point you in the right direction. Opening hours : Mon to Fri 09:30 - 17:00 Sat 09:30 - 13:00 After hour appointments can be made.

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Weight Control in Dogs Dr Oliver Taylor BVM BVS MRCVS The George Veterinary Hospital, Malmesbury 01666 823165 The George Veterinary Group, Royal Wootton Bassett 01793 852458 As we recover from the excesses of Christmas, many of us will have considered weight loss and dieting as part of our New Year resolutions. As more than 60% of the UK dog population is overweight (British Veterinary Association), it’s a timely opportunity to discuss obesity and weight management of our furry friends too. As with humans, obesity in dogs has been proven to have severe health implications which can reduce their quality of life. Not only can it exacerbate joint disease, heart issues and cause diabetes, but it can also make more difficult what we, as vets, would consider otherwise routine general anaesthetics and surgeries, and therefore more risky. In the veterinary profession, we use a scale from 1-5 to judge a dog’s body condition. A common misconception is that a dog’s condition can be judged simply by its weight. However, dogs can be many shapes and sizes depending on the breed and so a more accurate judgement of body condition score has been created to measure a number of factors including prominence of ribs, waistline and tummy tuck.

Judging correct body condition score Score from 1-5 Very thin – Ribs very prominent and easily felt with no fat cover Underweight – Ribs can be visualised and are raised to the touch with backbone and hip bones just visible Ideal weight – Ribs are visible and easily felt with a noticeable tummy tuck. Overweight – Ribs are not visible but can be felt. Minor tummy tuck Obese – Ribs are impossible to feel, no waistline and tummy bulges outwards/downwards There is some breed variation with what body condition score is ideal - for example, a Greyhound or Lurcher would preferably be between 2 and 3, whereas a Labrador would ideally be BCS 3.

Tips for weight loss A strategy to lower your dog’s body condition score can be split into three approaches: diet, exercise and regular monitoring.

Diet When trying to regulate the diet, it is very important to maintain consistency. Ideally, your dog will be fed the same amount at similar times by the same person each day. This will help reduce the variability in the amount of food given and reduce the chance of feeding twice! Weighing food helps to guarantee consistency whilst allowing for fine adjustments to the daily food intake to ensure that you can safely and consistently reduce feed intake (it is advisable not to reduce quantity of diet by more than 20% a month). 72

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Grittenham Grooming is a small, friendly Dog Groomery based in a home environment, just outside Royal Wootton Bassett. We provide a personal, one-to-one service and style the dog to client preference. • Certificated, licensed for Dog Care, fully insured Dog Grooming specialist.

Dogs are our passion at Grittenham Grooming and our main concern is the dogs’ welfare at all times. Airedales • Bischons • Westies • Scotties Spaniels • Retrievers • Labradors • Poodles to name but a few . . . For bookings, further information and prices, please contact Sally. If you would like to know more about us and our free range doggy boarding see the website:

• Established 1994 • Wash and Dry for a ‘bit of a freshen up’ • Complete groom out and de-matt. • Ears cleaned, nails trimmed and gland cleared • Pick up before you leave for work and drop off after you‘re home from work available. Little Ivy House, Grittenham SN15 4JU t: 01666 510298 m: 07747 077783 email:

Try to cut out leftovers and unhealthy “treats” from your dog’s diet. Instead, introduce crunchy vegetables, such as carrots or cucumber as a healthier treat. If feeding a dry diet, you can set aside a small portion of their daily allowance to use as treats throughout the day.

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The greater the duration of your dog’s daily exercise, the lower risk of it suffering from obesity. While it is perhaps less tempting to take your pet out for a walk during these cold, short nights the exercise will make a huge difference to your dog.

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Regular Monitoring When putting your dog on a diet, it is always a good idea to keep an accurate and up-to date record of its weight. This ensures you have an accurate record of weight loss and you are tracking any progress to that end. Please feel free to call in and use the weighing scales at any of our surgeries. If you would like any further advice please do not hesitate to contact us or, alternatively, arrange a clinic appointment with one of our Registered Veterinary Nurses.

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The Big Garden Birdwatch


HE Big Garden Birdwatch is world’s largest garden wildlife survey, and 2018 will mark its 39th year. It is run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and will take place on 27th, 28th and 29th January 2018. All we have to do is spend just one hour watching and recording the birds in our garden or a local green space. Then we send our results to the RSPB. Close to half-a- million people joined in last year counting more than eight million birds and providing valuable information about the wildlife using our gardens in winter. We’re all familiar with the sight of bluetits on a bird feeder or a cheery robin hunting for grubs but it might come as a shock to know that some of our most-loved species are in desperate need of our help because their numbers have dropped dramatically. Species such as starlings and greenfinches have seen their numbers decline by 79 and 59 per cent respectively since the first Birdwatch in 1979. 40 years worth of data allows the RSPB to monitor trends and helps us understand how birds are

Blue Tit The blue tit is a colourful bird seen in the midst of winter and they are perhaps the most recognisable garden visitor. Families join up to find food during the cold spell – one garden feeder with four or five blue tits at any one time may actually be feeding 20 birds or more. In the summer time watch out for the youngsters who have yellow instead of white cheeks.

faring, and what potential issues they might be facing. With results from so many gardens, they are able to create a snapshot of the visiting birds at this time of year across the UK. So even if you see nothing at all during your Big Garden Birdwatch hour, that’s important information too! The RSPB also asks participants to log some of the other wildlife they have seen throughout the year. In 2018 people are being asked to look out for badgers, foxes, grey squirrels, red squirrels, muntjac deer, roe deer, frogs and toads. To take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch 2018, participants should watch the birds in the garden or local park for one hour at some point over the three allocated days. Only the birds that land in the garden or local park should be counted, don’t count those just flying over. There is also a parallel event; Big Schools’ Birdwatch takes place which takes place during the period 2nd January-23rd February 2018. Further information about this can be found at schoolswatch Both the Big Garden Birdwatch and the Big Schools’ Birdwatch are part of the RSPB Giving Nature a Home campaign. This is aimed at tackling the habitat-crisis facing the UK’s wildlife. The charity is asking people to provide a place for wildlife in their gardens or outdoor spaces: this could involve putting up a nest box for birds, creating a pond for frogs, or building a home for hedgehogs. There is a free Big Garden Birdwatch pack, which includes a bird identification chart, plus advice to help you attract wildlife to your garden. Text BIRD to 70030 or visit

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London to Brighton The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run takes place in November. We take a look at the world’s longest running motoring event. In these days of motorway mayhem and congestion charges it’s difficult to imagine a time when owning a car was considered daring, a little eccentric and beyond the wildest dreams of most British people. When Jean-Joseph Etienne Lenoir patented the internal combustion engine in 1860 he paved the way for the development of the modern motor car. Initially progress was slow ... literally. The Government passed The Red Flag Act in 1865. Section 3 of this act required that one person had to walk 60 yards ahead of the vehicle and that he should wave a small red flag to warn others that a car was approaching. This meant that the speed of the new motor cars was reduced to 4mph in the countryside and just 2mph in town. Unsurprisingly this legislation stifled the progress of the motor industry for many years. In 1896 after much discussion The Locomotives on Highways Act was passed which did away with the need for the flag waver. It is estimated that at the time of the first Rally there were only around a hundred cars in Britain. 33 cars took part in the original run but only fourteen made it to Brighton. Part of the problem was the weather which was dreadful. Rain poured down and the roads became sodden and muddy. The rally has run every year since with the exception of the war years when petrol was rationed. It is one of Britain’s biggest motoring spectacles and attracts entrants from all over the world. Only cars built before January 1st 1905 are eligible to enter and last year 490 of them were registered for the run, 85 of them from countries as far away as China, the USA and Australia. More at:

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Plant hire company welcomes new team member The appointment comes at a time when the company are continuing to grow. MD Stuart Morgan said: “We’ve been incredibly busy this year. It became clear to us there was a full time position for someone with experience in driving and delivering machinery. We also needed someone happy to maintain the plant. “We’re delighted to welcome Chris, he has fitted in. He is a problem solver and just gets on with it. He really can turn his hand to anything.” Chris was born in Oxfordshire and moved to Swindon four years ago. The father of four who lives with his partner, said: “When I saw the position advertised, I knew it was the job for me. I researched the company and really liked what they’re doing and where they are going. It’s not just driving, but also maintenance of the machinery. I love getting stuck in and prefer working outdoors.”


XPERIENCED driver Chris Bricknell has become the latest member of the team at Tiger Plant, one of the leading plant hire companies in Wiltshire. Chris, 29, who previously worked for a road traffic collision recovery company, has been hired as a driver and plant fitter for the business which has its HQ at the Clearwater Business Park, Swindon. Tiger Plant has grown rapidly during its first year of trading. Owners Stuart Morgan and Andy Rohrer, who already work together as property developers and builders, created Tiger Plant when they realised one of the recurring issues on their building sites was getting the right plant to the right place at the right time.

The team at Tiger plant 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. Also available for hire are telescopic and masted forklifts, dumper trucks, fuel bowsers and compaction machines. The machines can be hired by a homeowner with smaller building works right through to those who are managing or running large commercial projects. Plant can be hired out across Wiltshire and the surrounding counties and, for larger projects, trained drivers can also be supplied. To discuss any job – large or small, domestic or commercial, feel free to get in touch by calling 01793 886444 or emailing For more information visit

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Winter-Flowering Shrubs by Rachael Leverton


NIFF! SNIFF! No I don’t have a cold but this month I will be sniffing a lot. Mainly because of my winter-flowering shrubs.

Every garden should have a couple of plants which bravely open their petals while winter is doing its worst. Viburnum farreri or Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ or ‘Deben’ are upright shrubs which bear pretty clusters of pink-buds on their bare branches, that open into honey-scented white flowers. They are incredibly tough, withstanding all but the harshest of frost. It’s lovely to cut a few sprigs to stand in a jam jar indoors. My favourite winter flowering shrub is the witch hazel plant Hamamelis mollis. It’s a delightful shuttlecockshaped bush that explodes with citrus-scented spidery flowers right about now. I have the orange ‘Jelena’ in my garden but the pale yellow ‘Pallida’ and the deep red ‘Ruby Glow’ are equally lovely. My dad had a wonderful winter-flowering honeysuckle in his garden: Lonicera fragrantissima, which I adored. A few years ago I discovered Lonicera x purpussi and fell in love. It has creamy white flowers and a really strong scent. 80

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Even if you have a tiny garden you’ll have room for a Christmas Box Sarcococca confusa. It produces white whiskery flowers from among its dark shiny evergreen foliage. I have two in pots on either side of my path and I’ve had people stop in their tracks and return back towards the house sniffing, in search of the source of the amazing sweet, heady scent. And don’t forget that there are scented snowdrops and tiny Iris reticulata which are deliciously perfumed too. Time to get sniffing. Happy gardening.

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Watering and Wellies JANUARY JOBS • Plant a bare root tree. These are often cheaper than trees in a pot and this is a good time of year to plant an ornamental or fruit tree. • Plan your crops for the year. Look back on your notes to see what you planted where and what worked well.


• Sew lettuces indoors. • Try growing a winter flowering clematis if you think your garden is looking a little bare. • Plant Amaryllis bulbs in pots ready for a stunning spring display. • Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch. • Keep putting out food and water for the birds.

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y father is 88 years old. Out of the blue last year he decided to have new flooring put down throughout his three bedroom house. I’m not sure that he had thought the idea through very well. It meant that everything at some point would need to be moved. Every cupboard and wardrobe emptied, every drawer sorted through. After the men had laid all the flooring my father said that he was worn out, to which I responded, “Well, it was a bit like moving house wasn’t it?” In the sorting out there were lots of things that he no longer needed. Some of the stuff was thrown away and some was taken to the charity shop in the hope that someone else might find it useful. I bet there were things that were of importance to him that he decided to keep. Like objects his children made at school many years ago, or old photographs and letters and cards. All this made me think about the mountain of stuff in my house that I don’t need and all that’s of value to me. I wonder whether as a nation most of us have reached peak stuff. So there is more of a challenge and more status to be gained in the decluttering than in the acquiring. There’s a word in Swedish for decluttering. Döstädning is a combination of the Swedish words for death and cleaning. The first time I heard the term, I thought it meant some kind of hardcore Scandinavian house cleaning routine, where you scour your home from top to bottom to the point of physical collapse, as in “working yourself to the bone.” Döstädning actually refers to the act of slowly and steadily decluttering as the years go by, ideally beginning in your fifties (or at any point in life) and going until the day you die. The ultimate purpose of death cleaning is to minimize the amount of stuff, especially meaningless clutter, that you leave behind for others


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to deal with. Margareta Magnusson has written a book about it, titled “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning” She says that is isn't really about death but rather about the story of life, your life, the good memories and the bad. The good ones you keep, the bad you wipe out. At the beginning of the year we are all decluttering as we take down the Christmas decorations and pack them up in boxes for another year. I like to use the beginning of the year to declutter. Not my house, (although that could do with some döstädning), but my mind. It’s a time to look back and reflect on last year; the highs and the lows. Most importantly for me as I reflect I take note of where I can see that God was at work in my life and also when he wasn’t and why. One clutters up ones life with so many competing priorities. Where I cannot perceive God at work is usually because he wasn’t my first priority but way down my list. We have just celebrated one of the major Christian festivals, remembering when Jesus was born for us so that we might know of God’s rescue and love. When Jesus becomes my number one priority it changes everything; the way I look at the past, the present, and the future. You start to see the world differently. Like döstädning it's a lifetimes work. It helps one to declutter one’s mind and focus on what’s really important; living out Jesus’ priorities of making a better world, respecting one another, forgiving each other, and living with hearts full of thankfulness, hope and love. Wishing you God’s blessings for 2018 Rev Sam King ( Design & Computer Graphics by Alexander S. Grenfell, Calne.


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A Good Read


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The book consists entirely of illustrations, in Blake’s well loved and instantly recognisable style. Our hero, Clown, finds himself thrown into the dustbin, along with a number of other toys. He escapes, dusts himself off, and sets out to find someone who can help him to rescue his friends. Along the way he finds himself in a fancy dress competition, entertaining a rather fierce looking dog, and possibly finding himself a home – all without words.


The beauty of the story is that while Blake’s illustrations carry the narrative forward, the reader can choose their own way of telling it. No two versions are ever the same, as each child brings to the book their own language and rhythms. Clown himself is wonderfully expressive, and the pictures are enough to have you laughing out loud in several places. An absolutely marvellous book, which every child should read – and which every adult will enjoy too. This first novel (and first in a trilogy) is a fascinating read. Spread throughout the book are authentic photos collected by the author which are weaved into

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by Mari Strachan

Gwenni Morgan is twelve, and every night she flies in her sleep – over the town and the countryside around, looking down on familiar and not so familiar scenes. She thinks she remembers flying while awake as a small child, but somehow she has lost the ability to do so, no matter how hard she tries. And she daren’t try too hard, because Mam doesn’t like any reminders that Gwenni might not be the same as everyone else. Set in rural Wales in the 1950s, Strachan’s debut novel follows Gwenni as the disappearance of a local man begins a chain of events, which reveal some of the secrets that lie under the surface of everyday life. The novel works in a number of ways. On the one hand, it is at times a darkly comic portrayal of small town Wales. On the other, it is a story about families, their secrets and the after effects of war. What holds these strands together is Gwenni herself as narrator, who sees more than she understands, and whose innocence is captured perfectly in Strachan’s often understated prose style. The supporting characters are equally well drawn – from highly strung Mam, to kind, patient Tada, from the mysterious Aunty Lol, to Alwenna, Gwenni’s best friend, old beyond her years and ‘with no shame!’ Although the solution to the main mystery of the story is clear to the reader from the outset, Strachan holds back just enough to keep us guessing at the other strands which she brings together for the conclusion – I guarantee she will keep you reading until the end.



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HEATING/LOGS H&G Sims............................................... 93 Skyline................................................... 96 HOME & INTERIORS Goldmans Interiors................................. 38 Sarah’s Soft Furnishings ........................ 43 Sassy Chic............................................... 43

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HYPNOTHERAPY Hypnotherapy of Calne........................... 62

ROOFING/TILING/THATCHING David Beal Thatcher............................... 97 Daylan Gleed Roofing............................. 97 Marden Roofing..................................... 97 White Horse Roofing.............................. 97

KITCHENS/BATHROOMS Accent Kitchens...................................... 25 Active Kitchens & Bathrooms................. 43 AFK Tiling............................................... 93 Aquarius Plumbing & Heating................ 93 Dream Doors ......................................... 99 Home Inspirations.................................. 17 Kitchen Makeover.................................. 35 Premier Kitchen Doors............................ 33 Total Bedrooms/Kitchens/Bathrooms..... 27 INSURANCE Allied Wessex......................................... 85 LEGAL SERVICES / WILL WRITING Batt Broadbent Solicitors....................... 15 Bevirs....................................................... 3 Goodwills............................................... 23 LIGHTING Lightways.............................................. 25 LOCKS & ALARMS Alan Key Locks ....................................... 90 MOBILITY Mobility Store........................................ 29 MODELS/TOYS Modelmaniacs....................................... 21 MORTGAGES Aspirations............................................. 15 MICROLIGHT FLIGHTS Wiltshire Microlight Centre ................... 31 MICROLIGHT FLIGHTS Wiltshire Microlight Centre ................... 31 NUTRITION Microbz.................................................. 55 Oakmead Clinic...................................... 58 PAINTERS/DECORATORS/PLASTERERS ACM Decorating..................................... 93 Alan Clifford Painter & Decorator............ 93 AS Plastering.......................................... 93 RTC Plastering & Plumbing..................... 93 Sassy Chic............................................... 43 PETS/CATS/DOGS Animals at Home.................................... 73 Corton Kennels....................................... 75 Fern Farm Kennels.................................. 75 Grittenham Grooming............................ 73 George Veterinary Hospital.................... 72 Hobsons Regal Hounds........................... 75 Shirleys Pet Shop................................... 75 Thameswood Vets.................................. 71 PEST CONTROL Wiltshire Pest Control ........................... 70 PLUMBING/HEATING/SUPPLIES ABC Plumbing........................................ 95 Ace Property.......................................... 95 Active Plumbing Supplies...................... 94 Aquarius Plumbing & Heating................ 95 Max Colbourne Oil & Gas........................ 94 DPS Plumbing & Heating....................... 94 F.S. Plumbing & Heating........................ 94 Graham Gas & Plumbing Services.......... 94

SWIMMING Water Babies............................................ 5 TAXI Calne's Half Price Taxi............................. 21 TILING AFK Tiling............................................... 95 TRAVEL/HOLIDAYS Barnes Coaches........................................ 9 Marc Fitchett.......................................... 66 Pebbles Travel........................................ 68 TV/SATELLITE Aerial Services ...................................... 31 VETS George Veterinary Hospital.................... 72 Hale Veterinary Group............................ 45 Thameswood......................................... 71 WATER SOFTENERS Wiltshire Wet Rooms.............................. 69 WEIGHT LOSS Oakmead Clinic...................................... 58 Slimming World .................................... 63 WET ROOMS Wiltshire Wet Rooms.............................. 69 WILL WRITING Bevirs....................................................... 3 Goodwills............................................... 23 WINDOW CLEANERS Elmers Window Cleaning Servs. ............ 25 WINDOWS & DOORS Greenspace UK......................................... 7 Weatherguard........................................ 35 YOGA Santosha Studio..................................... 49


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