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Contents 6

Local Focus

News and Events from the local community

42 Gift Guides Mother's Day


48 Spring Food

We visit some North Wiltshire Food producers

48 Spring Clean

Some tips on how to de-clutter your house

52 Recipe

Bolied Fruit Cake

62 Running

Art & Science

68 Gardening Fertiliser

78 Jo Deacon

Full of the Joys of Spring

80 A Good Read The Island

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Local Focus MARCH 2018

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

Chippenham Pancake Race 2018 The Chippenham Pancake Race 2018, organised by Chippenham Connected in partnership with Chippenham Town Council, was a huge success this year and it really was flippin’ good fun! With the pancakes kindly donated by Sarah-Jayne’s Café and with the superb compering skills of Chippenham FM, Chippenham High Street was brought to life by laughing, cheering, running, waddling and flipping on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. 30 children entered the children’s race, from age 2 to age 11, and they competed to win their heat against 5 competitors before the final to find the winner’s winner. Joshua, age 8, raced to success to many cheers from the supporters watching on. Some impressive pancake flipping could be seen, with Robert, age 8, scoring highest amongst the children with a superb score of 23 flips and the adults did themselves proud with the winning score of 60! However, Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s own Wilber needed a helping hand when it came to his turn to flip…his paws were just a little too big! Local businesses and organisations did themselves proud, with 9 teams entered including Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Hughes and Hughes Estate Agents, The Angel Hotel, Rivo Lounge, Chippenham Town Council, Chippenham Museum, The Rotary Club of Chippenham and Chippenham Street Pastors and they were joined by Chippenham MP Michelle Donelan and her team. With much hilarity, the teams relayed up and down Chippenham High Street flipping (and dropping) their pancakes as they went, with The Angel Hotel and Chippenham Street Pastors winning but Chippenham Street Pastors taking the victory overall. Kathryn Crosweller of Chippenham Connected said, “This was a true community event, and it brought smiles to the faces of everyone that took part. It was the sort of thing that makes us proud to be part of this town.” Councillor Sandie Webb, Leader of Chippenham Town Council said, “It is a great tradition to enjoy Pancake Day in the centre of Chippenham with a huge variety of people getting together for the races demonstrating the great community spirt that exists in our town.” 6

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Carlton Business Centre The Carlton Business Centre, in Porte Marsh Industrial Estate in Calne, offers a wide range of contemporary office space for rent. The building has been recently modernised to provide fully serviced office space with hot-desking, professional business addresses (mailboxes) and virtual offices for businesses of all sizes and sectors. The building is security and fire alarmed with each office being individually secured and having 24 hour access. There are kitchen facilities on both floors, al fresco seating, CCTV, two meeting rooms are available and the location benefits from a large parking area.

Sainsbury’s food donation milestone Sainsbury’s kicked off the year by celebrating a key milestone in its food donation by announcing its 1,000th donation point for customers. The retailer’s announcement means that 80% of Sainsbury’s stores now have a collection point where customers can drop off donations of canned and packaged food for charity.

Facilities include: Free super-fast fibre broadband, twice weekly cleaning, Kitchen facilities, Parking and a Meeting Room. The Carlton Business Centre team is on hand to provide help and support whenever it’s required. Carlton Business Centre offer an easy in, easy out policy. They are currently offering office space starting at £50 per week. There is no VAT and no legal or set up costs. For more information visit www. Maundrell Road, Calne, SN11 9PU Tel: 01249 816222

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Customers at Sainsbury’s Chippenham can donate products to support Corsham Food Bank at the dedicated food donation point, which is located at the front of the store. Products are then collected by volunteers at the charity and redistributed to people in the local area. Val Atwill, Store Manager at Sainsbury’s Chippenham said “We’re thrilled to have reached such an impressive milestone in our food donation programme. Our customers are very generous all year round and this year, we hope to see even more food donated to help people in the local community who may be at risk of going hungry.” Steve Drew from Corsham Food Bank said: “Having a food collection box in the Chippenham store has made a vital difference to our work in the local community by helping us to provide a balanced supply of food to those referred to us for help, and we are really grateful to Sainsbury’s customers for their generosity.” The charity collects a variety of products including pasta, tinned goods and cereals. As well as customer food donation points, Sainsbury’s has committed to redistributing its surplus food to charities through a network of charity partners with over 1,000 partnerships in place. 8

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Abbey Skate For the tenth year running, the 12th century former Benedictine Abbey in Malmesbury was transformed from a working church to a skatepark, welcoming hundreds of young people over the February half term. Since it began in 2009, Abbey Skate has become one of the premier youth events in the West Country. Top right: Skateboarders team from left to right: Sam Vogts, Dave Reed, Chris Coombes, Brandon Thomas, Luke Cooper, Haydon Maynard Photos by Paul Stallard of


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An Introduction to Buildit Malmesbury Quality, experienced staff ensure that as a company we continue to deliver the high standards we set ourselves, with customer service at the heart of our success. Local man Mark Pemberton is our store manager and with his team they are focused on delivering the service and products you need for all your projects large or small, advice is always on hand along with good stocks of leading brand products.

Many people may not have heard of Buildit, we as a company have been trading in the Wiltshire area for 18 months and have been trading in Gloucestershire exclusively for over 8 years, until May 2016 when we opened our third store near Malmesbury.

Buildit is a private, locally owned builder’s merchants. We pride ourselves on offering a more personal service to our customers compared to larger, national merchants. We offer a comprehensive range of products for construction, maintenance and DIY projects at competitive prices.

We offer a daily delivery service and the store is conveniently situated between the M4 and Malmesbury near Corston. Whatever your project is, a new bathroom, or perhaps a new patio, some decorating, or a fencing repair, give Mark and the team at Buildit a call 01666 848 410 or email:

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WIN a copy of ‘Silence in the Desert’ A new book by local author, David Longridge Following the success of Malmesbury author David Longridge’s first novel In Youth, in Fear, in War, the eagerly anticipated follow up Silence in the Desert is set to hit book shops in April 2018. Silence in the Desert is a psychological thriller set against the backdrop of the Second World War, which follows the lives of four young people forced conflicting Minto atad or ® allegiances incompatible with the morality of their backgrounds.

Take the plunge and raise vital funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance! IF you’ve ever wanted to do a skydive, then Wiltshire Air Ambulance has places available. The skydive will be taking place on Sunday 20 May 2018 at Old Sarum airfield and sponsorship raised by those taking part will help to keep the charity’s helicopter and crew flying and saving lives. Kenresa Stratford, Fundraising Coordinator at Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said: “We’re really excited to offer this skydive. Participants will jump in tandem with an experienced professional skydiver from 10,000 feet and experience the dramatic scenery of Salisbury Plain. “We held a skydive at Old Sarum airfield last June which was hugely popular and raised over £8,700 for our Airbase Appeal. Myself and some colleagues braved the 10,000 feet jump and it was truly exhilarating. You really get a sense of how beautiful Wiltshire is when you see it from above!


David Longridge’s travel and finance career in France and Germany enabled him to illustrate how the suspension of the moral law in wartime conflicts with the conscience of young people in those countries and the ethics of their upbringing.

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RAF100: A History of RAF Lyneham The REME Museum at MoD Lyneham is honouring the history of the site with a special exhibition celebrating 100 years since the formation of RAF Lyneham. With memorabilia and personal stories, this exhibition is a must see for anyone previously based at the RAF station or those in the local community and region who feel a connection to the base. The exhibition runs until June 16th 2018. For more information visit: Top left: Wing Commander Paul Hewson of Malmesbury who left RAF Lyneham in May 2000. Top right: Cpl. Gus Turney of Calne who was in the Air Movements Squadron UK MAMS between the years of 1979 and 2001. Above right: Sgt. Mark Lishman of Lower Compton near Calne beside his own RAF uniform. Mark was in the UK MAMS at Lyneham between 83-89 and 90-94 Left: Squadron Leader Tony Evans of Sutton Benger beside his flying suit which he has loaned to the exhibition. Tony took part in Operation Bushel in Ethiopia in 1984 - 86. Photos by Paul Stallard of


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Chippenham Museum Saturday Exhibition Tours of Creative Wiltshire

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

Left to right: Chippenham Town Council Chief Executive Mark Smith, Leader of the Council Councillor Sandie Webb, Wilkins Contracts Manager Craig Hicks and Chippenham Museum Curator Melissa Barnett. Chippenham Museum is pleased to announce the start of building works for its new entrance and retail space. Over the next two months, what was once an exhibition gallery will be transformed into a larger and brighter visitor entrance. This will enable the museum to offer a greater selection of gifts and souvenirs including items produced by local craftspeople. The museum will remain open to visitors whilst the work is taking place, including during the half term and Easter holidays, but will close for one week commencing Monday 19 March. Leader of the Council Sandie Webb said “This is a major project for Chippenham Town Council. It will enhance Chippenham’s retail offer, increase the museum’s visibility and encourage more people to visit the town.” The new entrance will open out onto the Market Place and enhance the building’s Georgian frontage. The existing entrance will remain as a level entry to the museum. Chippenham Museum Curator Melissa Barnett said “Alongside this work the majority of the museum’s displays are currently being refreshed with more items on display than ever before, making now the perfect time to discover or re-visit Chippenham Museum.” This project follows the recent completion of a new temporary exhibition gallery at the museum. Current exhibition Creative Wiltshire is open until 17 March and features the work of many influential artists who moved to North Wiltshire during the 20th century. Chippenham Museum is run by Chippenham Town Council and tells the story of the people and history of Chippenham and the surrounding villages from prehistoric times up until the present day. The museum, located in the Market Place, is free to explore and open Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm.


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Bowood Spring & Summer Classic Car & Motorcycle Shows New for 2018, we are delighted to announce two new events at Bowood House and Gardens: the Bowood Spring Classic Car & Motorcycle Show on Sunday 6th May 2018, and the Bowood Summer Classic Car & Motorcycle Show on Sunday 12th August 2018. Offering a spectacular day of motoring heritage ideal for enthusiasts, day trippers and families, the classic vehicle shows will feature an exciting display of vintage, classic and modern vehicles all located beside Bowood lake. The display will also include a variety of club stands, sports and convertibles, kit, custom and replica and American vehicles.



Both events will feature a full vehicle concours overseen by leading commentator and vehicle expert Les Clayton who brings over 19 years’ experience as an MC and commentator at classic vehicle events. Awards will be presented for a range of categories and culminating in the Pride of Ownership, Club of the Show and Car of the Show awards. Each participating vehicle exhibitor will also receive a complementary commemorative plaque. Admission to the event is priced at the standard Bowood admission price and also includes full access to the Bowood grounds, gardens, and inside Bowood House More information at:

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Spring is in the air and Chippenham’s town centre is the perfect place to celebrate Easter with your friends and family. This special day full of FREE activities and family fun on Saturday 31st March 10am-4pm is brought to you in partnership by Chippenham Connected and Chippenham Town Council with support from Emery Gate Shopping Centre. Hop on over to Emery Gate to meet the Easter Bunny himself between 10am-4pm and receive a free Easter Egg and take a photo! (While stocks last.)

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An Easter Farm featuring lambs, miniature donkey, giant rabbit and chicks will take place in Borough Parade from 11am-3pm. The Market Place will be brimming with Easter activities from 11am including characters, face painting, live music and dance, a picnic zone and traditional family games with Farmer Barley - be sure to wear your best Easter costumes as he will be on the look out for the best dressed! Join Borough Parade for their mini soft play area for children, craft station including rabbit mask making, flower pot decorating and balloon modeling 11-3pm. Kathryn Crosweller of Chippenham Connected said: “We’re excited about our first major weekend event of the year. There will be lots to see and do in Chippenham on 31st March, and we look forward to seeing the town full of people enjoying what Chippenham has to offer.” From 3:30pm the Mayor of Chippenham will join Farmer Barley to announce the winners of the Fancy Dress and Easter Bonnet Competitions and present prizes. Councillor Sandie Webb, Leader of Chippenham Town Council said; “Chippenham Town Council are delighted to be working with Chippenham BID to put on this fun family event with lots of free activities to take part in.” And there’s more! Head along to Chippenham Town Council before 3pm to guess the number of eggs in the Easter display and be in with a chance of winning some yummy prizes! There’s something for all the family in Chippenham this Easter. Come along and enjoy the free activities and entertainment, get involved, do some shopping and support your local town centre. For more information please visit Telephone (01249) 665929 email:


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Malmesbury Abbey Music Society presents


Saturday 17th March, 7:30pm Malmesbury Abbey She’Koyokh is a virtuosic, versatile and prize-winning band comprising seven expert musicians playing klezmer and traditional music from the Balkans and Turkey.

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Rural Arts Wiltshire with Grittleton Village Hall presents this fun-filled cabaret on Saturday 14 April 2018 at 8.00pm (doors open 7.30pm). ‘A scrapbook of real-life love stories collected from across the country…ultimate heart throbs, full-on obsessions and awkward mixed up emotions combine in a heart-warming…cabaret reminding us of the lengths we will go to for love…’

With four globally acclaimed albums, She’Koyokh has performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and festivals in Germany, Hungary, Cyprus, the Canary Islands, Norway and Poland. They have also played WOMAD, Glastonbury, London’s Southbank Centre, Aldeburgh’s Snape Proms and live sessions on BBC Radio. Tickets £18 (£5 students) Abbey bookshop, 01666 824924

Tickets: Adults £8, Concessions £7, Children (under 16) £5, Family (2 adults/2 children £21) from Jan on 01249 782798. Age recommendation 12+. Bring your own refreshments

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Calne Rotary 3rd Annual Classic Car Run Sunday 13th May 2018

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Between 8am and 9.30am on Sunday 13th May one hundred Classic Cars will gather in Calne Leisure Centre Car park for a bacon butty provided by Calne Lions before setting off for a fascinating 65 mile run through the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. Stopping for refreshments at Wadswick Country Store and Café near Corsham and then onto Devizes to finish with a wonderful lunch provided by the Marden Belles WI in the fantastic grounds of Devizes School. With further support on the day being provided by Rotarians and a great team of volunteers, the event will be a true community effort. The car run also features VIP Teddy Bears and dogs in some of the cars.

Shotgun start: Teams of 4: Texas Scramble over 18 holes. Entry: £70 per player; incl. bacon roll & coffee, use of driving range, golf (incl. buggy), charity auction and two-course dinner.

Half the proceeds will go to Julia’s House Children’s Hospice and half to other local charities. Liz Froud, Community Fundraiser at Julia’s House said ‘We are delighted to be a chosen charity by Calne Rotarians. Julia’s House provides practical and emotional support for families caring for a child with a life-limiting condition and earlier this year we opened the first children’s hospice in Wiltshire. We rely on local community support to fund our hospice, so we are very grateful for all support. We would like to thank everyone involved and wish them a safe journey’.

Closing date for entries Thursday 19th April For further information and an entry form, please contact Bob Nation on 01249 463789 or via email nation.

The event is still looking for more drivers and Kate Tompkins of the Rotary Club of Calne said “If you have a pre-1990 classic car come and join us for a great day out and to raise money for some great causes”

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An evening with Martin Kemp Monday 26th March | 8pm | £20 Judge on BBC1’s recent Let It Shine series, Martin Kemp is best known for being one of the founding members of Spandau Ballet, Steve Owen in EastEnders and appearing in the film The Krays with his brother Gary. Join us for an intimate evening where Martin talks about his career and answers questions from the audience. I’m Still Standing: The Elton John Story Friday 6th April | 7:30pm | £18 Journey through Elton’s illustrious, unparalleled career with an amazing live band recreating the authentic sound of a live Elton concert. The 8 piece band are stunning to watch and play the tracks with great energy and all 100% live. Finished off with beautiful projections, replica costumes and a baby grand to boot, this is an electrifying evening of classic hits not to be missed. Georgie Fame Monday 16th April | 7:30pm | £22.50 With his much loved blend of Jazz and Rhythm & Blues, Georgie Fame has consistently worked in the highest musical circles and has become a true icon of the British music scene. In this very special and intimate evening, audiences will be treated to Georgie’s hits, alongside music from the Artists that have influenced him – all interspersed with personal stories and anecdotes from his incredible career. Feast of Fiddles Monday 23rd April | 7:30pm | £21 Feast of Fiddles embarks on its 25th annual spring tour in 2018 and will be returning to the Neeld Community and Arts Centre after a sell-out show in 2017! Featuring members of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and Battlefield Band, they are live music entertainment like no other which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by event the most doubting of friends dragged along! Martin Hughes-Games and Iolo Williams: Wildlife Roadtrip Tuesday 1st May | 7:30pm | £16.50 Natural history broadcasters and Springwatch presenters Martin Hughes-Games and Iolo Williams team up to perform this informative and amusing wildlife show packed with fascinating facts and fun. Their exciting journey is filled with real life stories and takes the audience behind the scenes of the wonderful world of wildlife and TV presenting. Tel: 01249 446699 Book online at

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The Euston Road School Swindon Museum & Art Gallery. Runs until 14 April 2018

The Euston Road School exhibition bring together paintings by the artist Basil Rooke, displayed alongside work by Lawrence Gowing and Duncan Grant, from Swindon’s own collection. The Euston Road School artists’ group, named after their premises in Euston Road, was active between 1937-39, with its members favouring realism instead of the contemporary trend of Avant Garde abstraction. The artists, staff & students, used their modernist approach to make naturalistic imagery of everyday life, which they hoped would make art more accessible to the general public again. Their left-leaning political views were at odds with those of the Avant Garde artists who sought to isolate themselves and art from the people. The school closed in 1939 with the outbreak of WWII, as many of the members were called to the armed forces. There were, however, exhibitions of the group’s work in 1942 and 1948. By 1949, William Coldstream, one of the Duncan Grant, 1885-1978 Seated Model c.1915-16

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Marden House Concerts 2018 PROGRAMME The Fletcher Quartet

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Diary Dates MARCH 2018 CALNE FLOWER CLUB Thursday 8th March, 7.30pm. £5 Marden House, Calne “Out of the Attic” with Margaret Walker and her lovely flower arrangements. Everyone iwelcome. THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF ROYAL WOOTTON BASSETT March 8th 2018 The Battle of Bedwyn and the rise of Wessex. Speaker: Nick Baxter A battle was fought between Aescwin of Wessex and Wulfhere of Mercia at Crofton near Great Bedwyn in the year 675 AD. It was the start a bloody war between the rival kingdoms, lasting for 150 years. At Ellendune (Wroughton, near Swindon) in the year 823, king Ecberht defeated the Mercian king Beornwulf: Within a few years Ecberht became king of both Wessex and Mercia. HistoricalWoottonBassett THE WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE Thursday 8 March 2018 Bowood Hotel and Spa Resort. Tickets cost just £37 per person which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Further details and tickets at www. LAMBING IN LACKHAM 10th & 11th March and 17th & 18th March 2018 10am - 5pm - Last Entry 4pm Visit to book tickets. Don't forget your wellies. MALMESBURY AND DISTRICT GARDEN CLUB Monday 12th March 7.30pm An Illustrated Talk by Paul Green on “Plants of the Season” at Charlton

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Mother’s Day

11th March

Here in Wiltshire, there are plenty of great gift ideas and things to do to make sure Mum has an extra special day. PREVIOUS HOMEWARES If you’re looking for something a little bit different as a gift, Previous Homewares in Corsham’s High Street is the place to visit. Here you’ll find various vintage and quirky items as well as jewellery and homeware. The team specialise in mixing contemporary items with pieces from various eras, to create a stylish blend of old and new so if your mum likes to receive something unique, you can’t go wrong here. Owner Nicola White says: “We sell a wide range of unusual, even unique, keenly priced goodies, including cashmere, toiletries, accessories, jewellery, homewares and vintage. We also have a great range of cards and wrap - perfect for Mother’s Day!”



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LUXURY AT WHATLEY MANOR If you’re in the mood to treat your mother to a truly luxurious experience, look no further than Whatley Manor at Easton Grey, near Malmesbury. The hotel is hosting a special Mother’s Day lunch for £45 a head, including a three-course a la carte menu. The lunch will be held in the recently-refurbished Grey’s Brasseries, where music will be performed by Gilmore n Jaz (CORR). If afternoon tea is more your thing, it doesn’t get better than this. For £29 per person, you can enjoy finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream, a selection of pastries and a tea or coffee. If you really want to splash out you can indulge in a glass of Champagne Deutz (total cost £40 per person) or a Bellini (£39.50). Marketing manager Eloise Gordon says the afternoon teas are always extremely popular for Mother’s Day. The hotel is also planning a special Mother’s Day half-day spa experience with afternoon tea included, which will be available from March 5 to 18. To find out more and for bookings, visit or call 01666 822888.

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PINK BOX BOUTIQUE At Pink Box Boutique in Devizes, the staff are brimming with ideas for Mother’s Day. Owner Kerry Gover suggests picking a few small items and presenting them in a beautiful gift box. She says: “We’ve got plenty on offer for mums. We do little hampers in pink - or whatever colour you want - from £4.95, plus the cost of the contents. We’ve got natural skincare from Bath House, a small independent business, with everything from lip balms all the way up to beautiful bath soaks. That’s from £5. “We do clean burning candles – we don’t do paraffin wax, we use beeswax and soya wax, so it’s all natural, and they start at £2.25. “We also do locally produced chocolate from Coco Chemistry, so you can get a nice chocolate slab from £5.50. “And we have bamboo socks, which are naturally anti-bacterial, keep your skin nice and let your feet breathe and they’re £4.95. “One of the things we’re quite famous for is our artisan food range so we have lovely jams and chutneys so if you know your mum likes them you can buy a couple of those to pop in a box.” With colourful purses, retro aprons and eye-catching jewellery among the other items on offer, you’d be hard pushed to come away empty-handed. You can also feel good about spending your money, because the shop has a strong ethical focus. “We like to work with smaller, artisan businesses, so they’re all people we know and we like our products to be clean, so free from artificial colours, preservatives and nasty chemicals. Everything we’ve got here, we’ve chosen and we’re proud of the people we work with – they’ve all got lovely stories behind them.” Visit the shop in The Ginnel in Devizes or browse online at

The Bluestone Gallery in Old Swan Yard, Devizes, is a veritable treasure trove of delights awaiting the gift hunter. Established in May 2000, it is considered one of the best craft galleries in the South West. Run by potter Guy Perkins, it features handmade jewellery from dozens of British makers and a variety of ceramics, glass and bronze. He says: “Would you rather wear a piece of jewellery made in a foreign factory, or something imagined, designed, and handmade locally? One is mass produced, and the other is a unique piece that means so much more and will give far more delight. The same goes for the mug you have your coffee out of, the vase you put flowers in, and of course the picture you hang on your wall. “In the Bluestone Gallery we celebrate British art and craft, not just because of all that wonderful creativity, but because that handmade item will appeal to you day in and day out – so it ends up very good value. The gallery has the work of over 50 jewellers in all price ranges, plus a huge range of scarves, as well as ceramics, handblown glass, hand-turned wood and paintings and prints.” Prices start from as little as £10. Pop along to the shop or browse the items available at

PRIVATE WALLED GARDEN TOURS Looking for the perfect gift for Mother’s Day? Book onto a tour around Lord and Lady Lansdowne’s Private Walled Garden and gain an intimate insight into the history and beauty of the award winning gardens at Bowood. The tour will take you around the beautiful formal borders, the picking garden, glass houses and the kitchen garden that provides fresh fruit and vegetables for the Bowood House Restaurant. Wednesday 4th April and Friday 20th April. Must be pre-booked in advance. £34.00 per person. To book please call 01249 810961 or email

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Easter Gifts

1st April

Check out some of our great ideas below to make the whole family has a very happy Easter. LEARN TO MAKE YOUR OWN CHOCOLATE GIFTS Why not surprise the family with a selection of chocolate treats you have made yourself? At Lucknam Park Hotel, in Colerne, you can join head pastry chef Matthew Peters who will teach you to create scrumptious handmade truffles and tempered chocolate shells. The half-day course includes tea or coffee on arrival, pastries, lunch, a recipe folder, all the ingredients and use of a chef’s uniform! It costs £95 and runs from 9.30am on Tuesday, March 20. To book call 01225 742777 or go to

CHAMPING Want to treat the family to something way out of the ordinary? Then why not take them champing over the Easter holiday? Yes, you heard right. Champing – church camping - is new to Wiltshire and would give you and Mum the chance to spend the night somewhere truly unique. The stunning medieval St Andrew’s Church in Rollestone will be opening its doors to guests thanks to the Churches Conservation Trust, which invented champing in a bid to raise money to protect churches at risk. This tiny church was owned for centuries by the religious crusading order of the Knights Hospitaller. It overlooks the River Till and is a hop and a skip from Stonehenge. Camp beds are set up inside the church, with a cosy sitting area, complete with rugs and cushions. All guests need to bring is bedding and maybe a bottle of wine! The church is for the exclusive use of each group to make the experience truly special. Peter Aiers, chief executive for The Churches Conservation Trust, says: “This is a unique opportunity to sleep somewhere truly extraordinary, an experience like no other.” Rates are from £49 per person and there are group discounts for eight or more. Dogs are welcome too! Bookings can be made at


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ELEMENTS FOR LIFE The award-winning Elements for Life in Woolley Green, Bradford on Avon, make chocolate with a difference. Their raw chocolate products are free from dairy, gluten, soya and refined sugars. There is nothing artificial in them and they are suitable for vegans, diabetics, lactose intolerance and coeliacs. Chocolate brownies, hot chocolate and taster packs for the real enthusiast are just some of the treats on offer. Owners Dan and Paula Knowlson were inspired by their own personal food and health journeys to create the fabulous, guilt-free chocolate. Watch out for their short-run limited edition Easter version of the raw chocolate kit for £17. It includes premium quality Peruvian Criollo raw cacao powder and butter, Low GI, diabetic friendly Sweet Freedom and reusable silicone chocolate moulds and recipes. If that’s made your mouth water, visit


GLAMOROSE If your sweet tooth veers towards cake rather than chocolate, be sure to head along to GlamoRose in High Street in Swindon’s Old Town. Founded five years ago by baker Jessie Dennis, GlamoRose provides a beautiful selection of stunning cakes to suit all occasions. They’re highly decorated style is thanks to Jessie’s background in model making, which she studied at university. Cupcakes come in all sorts of themes from spring flowers to chicks and lambs – perfect for Easter! Pop in and say hello or visit

If more traditional chocolate is your guilty pleasure, Lick The Spoon needs to be on your shopping list. Based in Corsham, the award-winning company was founded by husband and wife team Diana and Matthew Short – and they’re all geared up for Easter 2018. Master chocolatier Diana has produced beautiful handpainted designs and delicious flavour combinations such as the Cherry Blossom milk chocolate Easter Egg, inspired by spring. It comes with a hand-painted cherry blossom design and is made with single origin 45% cacao milk chocolate and contains Lick The Spoon’s spring chocolates collection. It is also available in dark chocolate, made with 75% cacao house blend Madagascan Raisetrade dark chocolate, roasted and conched on the island of Madagascar. Luxury doesn’t come cheap at £85 but this is chocolate like you’ve never tasted before. Other items especially created for this Easter include the Bronde Easter egg, with a unique caramelised flavour, hand-painted with a paisley design and packed with soft salted caramel pearl chocolates for £24.95. Diana says: “We’re really pleased with our 2018 collection and we hope you like it too.” For the full range, visit

SPRING BULB CONTAINERS LACOCK CADBURY EASTER EGG HUNT Give the kids a chance to let off some steam at Lacock Abbey as they follow the clues and search the beautiful grounds for Easter eggs. Youngsters are challenged to figure out the Bunny’s clues and work out which animals have laid the eggs. All their hard work will be rewarded with a tasty Cadbury chocolate treat. It costs £2 per trail on top of the normal admission charges. The event is suitable for children of all ages – just head along to the visitor reception to get started. Visit for more information.

Thursday 29th March, 11am to 3.30pm at Bowood House & Gardens. Spring Bulb Containers – Masterclass with Rachel Wilson. Rachel will demonstrate how to create a beautiful spring bulb container, which can be given as a gift this Easter or to decorate your home. After a two course lunch in the Stables Restaurant, you will be ready to put what you have learnt into practice and take your spring bulb container home at the end of the day. £75.00 per person, includes refreshments during the day, a two course lunch, with all equipment and materials provided. Following the workshop you are welcome to enjoy the House & Gardens at leisure. To book, call Rachel on 07866 866670 or email The Town Crier Magazine | MARCH 2018



The Shelburne Restaurant Contemporary all day dining at Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort


Surf & Turf, Butternut & Sage Risotto, Pappardelle with Beef and Red Wine Ragu and Catch of the Day.

The talented Bowood chefs have created a selection of delicious meals to enjoy whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, looking for an informal lunch with friends or family, or an intimate romantic dinner. Popular lunch dishes include such classics as Brixham Battered Fish & Chips, Chicken Caesar Salad and a variety of Sharing Platters. Dinner dishes include

Afternoon Tea can be served either in the hotel’s cosy Library or the Shelburne Bar & Restaurant, the choice is yours. You’ll enjoy home-made cakes, scones and patisserie together with delicious finger sandwiches; served with your choice of tea or coffee. 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 onto the expansive landscape, as you dine, you may even spot passing deer!

PEN seven days a week to non-residents as well as guests, Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort’s elegant and stylish Shelburne Restaurant is now serving a relaxed and contemporary all day dining menu from brunch and lunch, to afternoon tea and dinner.

Afternoon Tea in The Library

There are a host of special occasions to celebrate at Bowood including a Mother’s Day Lunch on Sunday 11th March. Or why not enjoy a delicious lunch on Easter Sunday with Easter Eggs for the children or a traditional Sunday Lunch for Father’s Day on Sunday 17th June. Reservations are now being taken and pre-booking is recommended. Bowood have also recently introduced a number of popular evening Wine Dinners in the Shelburne Restaurant. Diners will enjoy three courses of delicious food plus a course of French cheese, each course perfectly paired with wines from around the world and you’ll enjoy friendly conversation with a guest speaker. For further details and to make a reservation in The Shelburne Restaurant, please contact Hotel Reception on 01249 822 228, or email Sample menus can be found online at


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Spring Food Wiltshire is ripe with producers making the best of the fantastic local ingredients on offer here. Here are just some of the local people creating gorgeous goodies to make your mouth water. FOODALICIOUS Seasonality is important to Solance Fleur and her partner Craig, who run Foodalicious in Church Street, Calne, and a café at Coate Water country park in Swindon. Their independent ‘good food shop’, which they opened in August last year, stocks whole foods, cheeses, breads and specialist products. The couple pride themselves on using local suppliers and seasonal, organic products wherever possible. Solace says she notices a shift in customers’ buying habits once the weather gets warmer.


“The main thing we notice is people are looking for lighter foods after the heaviness of Christmas. Sales of cheeses tend to go a bit quieter and people are looking more for fresh peas and mint, lamb to go with the seasons, and they start to look forward to all the picnic things. So as the weather gets nicer, we sell fresh pies and fresh deli items as people might be sitting in the garden or going out for the day.

Based near Melksham, the farm is run by a small group whose aim is to create sauces and seasonings to put fire in the belly of adventurous diners.

“People will come in and say, ‘we’re off to Bowood for the day’ and load up with picnic pies, fresh bread, cheese and patés, some olives and off they go for the day. Last year Easter was gorgeous – let’s hope it’s the same this year!” To see what spring has to offer here visit

If the spring weather isn’t hot enough for you, you can always turn up the temperature with products from Wiltshire Chilli Farm.

There are thousands of varieties of chilli peppers and the fine folk at the chilli farm are experimenting with different combinations to create unique flavours. The farm cares for tens of thousands of plants, with heat levels ranging from mild to military grade – and spring is one of the busiest times of year. Martin Bond, who is in charge of marketing and sauce production, says: “There’s quite a lot going on at this time of year. We’re busy planting the young plants into the ground as soon as we’re confident the last of the frost has come and gone. “We starting to get into a busier market season as well – it’s much quieter post-Christmas, people don’t want to spend so much. Once we get into later March that’s when the shows begin again and we start to travel further afield. “Early spring we’re replenishing our stocks after the Christmas period, which is our busiest time for sales. It’s a whole new beginning, gearing up for the summer to come.” As well as growing chillis, the team produce a variety of jams, sauces and salts and wherever possible, they use local ingredients to complement the flavours of the peppers. Visit for more information.


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TRACKLEMENTS If you’re looking for something delicious to go with that spring lamb, Tracklements could have the answer. Based in Easton Grey, near Malmesbury, the family-run firm makes award-winning condiments and boasts more than 60 products in its range, from a tangy cucumber and sweet pepper relish to British beer mustard, made with local Wiltshire beer, to apple and cider brandy sauce, guaranteed to liven up your roast pork or even a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Marketing manager Liz Cuff says: “People always eat with the seasons, not just in terms of vegetables and fruit, but the way in which we eat, in wanting warming hot pots in the winter and salads in the summer. “As we head into spring we start to see people eating more things like roast lamb and roast beef, thinking about Easter, family occasions and getting together. “We launch three special editions each year, and one of those always launches in the spring, and this spring it’s our hot mustard ketchup, which will be in the shops around mid-March. “It’s amazing with steaks or you can use it as a marinade on sausages and if you have any left over in your cupboard come the summer, it’s ideal for barbecues.” Tracklements, headed by Guy Tullberg, began in 1970 when Guy’s father, William found a recipe for wholegrain mustard in a 17th century diary by John Evelyn and decided to give it a go. To this day, the mustard is grown by a local farmer just down the road from Tracklements.

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But what about that spring lamb? “We do an amazing rosemary jelly which you can melt over your vegetables when you’re having roast lamb,” says Liz. “We also do a traditional mint sauce – there’s always a place for the classics. “None of Tracklements’ products is newfangled – you won’t find kumquats and stuff – it’s all traditional British condiments which have been forgotten over time. We’ve just brought them back.” Tracklements supplies its goods to more than 20 countries around the world and its condiments can be found in shops around the county. They can also be ordered online at The Town Crier Magazine | MARCH 2018



BRINKWORTH DAIRY ‘Seasonal’ is a buzz word at Brinkworth Dairy, home to a pedigree Friesian herd which produces the milk for an array of award-winning cheeses. Ceri Cryer is the fifth generation of her family to have farmed at Hill End Farm, which has been going since 1910. She loves spring. “The first thing I get excited about, because our cows are free range, is that we are coming to the spring turn-out of the cows,” she says. “They can’t be put on the grass in winter because it’s too wet, they have to be on concrete or straw. In spring you can start letting them out. People think of cows as big lumbering creatures but they kick for joy and they’re just so happy to be out on the grass again. “The noise they make when they go out after milking is incredible – the noise of the grass being ripped up by the cows’ tongues. It’s a scrunching noise. It’s a magical thing about spring.” Ceri also believes seasonal eating is important for a sustainable, healthy and vibrant local economy. “We’ve a good relationship with a local orchard and we provide them with our honey bees to pollenate their crop and they give us fruit for our yoghurts. “I think seasonality is exciting too,” she adds. “For instance, come the first of November I can’t wait for mince pies - but my husband bought five packs after Christmas and they’re still in the cupboard. I don’t want them now. “At the moment we can’t get gooseberries because they’re not in season but customers are already asking about them. Seasonality keeps us excited about food.”

The dairy now produces five cheeses, including two blues - the Royal Bassett and the Brinkworth Blue – as well as the Wiltshire Loaf and a creamy garlic and pepper cheese. It also produces cream and butter and - perfect once the spring weather starts to warm up - ice cream in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and caramel. For more information and to order, visit


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Ceri started making cheese in 2005 when she revived the Wiltshire Loaf, which was named Best Territorial Cheese at the British Cheese Awards.

ALLINGTON FARM SHOP Another family-run, award-winning business looking forward to spring is Allington Farm Shop, near Chippenham. For three generations, the family has been farming at Allington Bar Farm, where they produce cereal crops, potatoes and grass and rear traditional British breeds of cattle, pigs and sheep using extensive farming methods. Naomi Reynolds, who runs the farm shop, says: “Spring is an exciting time of year at Allington - we have new life arriving on the farm with new lambs and calves being born and we have lots of new ideas and products arriving in the farm shop. “Look out for our new sausage flavours in the butchery, lots of new products on our shop shelves, delicious hot cross buns fresh from the bakery and hand-made local chocolates ready for Mother’s Day and Easter.” The farm shop has something to suit every palate, from sweets and chocolates to locally distilled gins and fruit liqueurs to wedding cakes made entirely from cheese. The in-house butchers offer a wide range of meats and cuts and use traditional methods, carefully hanging the meat to ensure maximum flavour.

Very popular with locals is the café serving up homemade treats made with quality, fresh ingredients direct from the farm. For more information, visit

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Boiled Fruit Cake Fruit cakes don't have to be tricky – this one is simple. Use a teacup for measuring. Ingredients 1 cup of water butter 225g / 8oz unsalted gar su wn bro ft so 1 cup of like peel, use n't do u yo (if el pe ½ cup ied apricots) dr t chopped ready-to-ea 1 ½ cups raisins 1 ½ cups sultanas cherries ¼ cup chopped glace ice sp d 1 tsp mixe 2 cups plain flour carbonate of soda) 1 tsp baking soda (bi 2 eggs


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METHOD Place the first eight ingredients into a large saucepan and bring it to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes, then set aside to cool. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line a deep 20cm/8inch circular cake tin with greaseproof paper. Mix the beaten eggs well into the fruit mix. It's important that the mixture has cooled because if it's too warm the eggs will cook! Then sieve the flour and baking soda into the mixture and mix well. Pour into the cake tin and bake for 1- 1 ½ hours until cooked through (when a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean). If the cake is browning too quickly reduce the temperature a little. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for fifteen minutes, then turn out on to a rack. The cake keeps really well if it's stored in an airtight tin.


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Spring Clean Spring-cleaning is the traditional way to dust away the cobwebs of winter and get set for summer. In recent years, the trend has been to go a step further and declutter your home, getting rid of all those unworn clothes and neglected items. Here are some suggestions for de-cluttering, downsizing or decorating using local talent. SELF-STORAGE Ian Powell, of self-storage firms All Boxed in Chippenham and Calne Self Store, says: “Research in the self-storage industry shows people are unaware what it can be used for. It can be useful for anyone, from a small business storing stock to decluttering the house, to storage for students while they are on holiday. “A lot of people imagine you have to tie up for so long however that’s not the case with us. Our minimum contract is one week. You have 24-hour, seven day a week access. It’s really simple - you come and go as you please, there’s CCTV and you can do it on the spot – you can do it online, you can come in and book one straight away. You can book anything from a small cupboard size up to a single garage size. “It can be used for anything - when the kids come back from university and you’ve got nowhere to put their trunk or they’re taking up the garage with all their stuff. A lot of people’s homes are full of their kids’ stuff because they’ve gone off travelling. “If you’re at home and think ‘I could do with some extra space’ or you’re clearing out the loft, perhaps it’s time to think of self-storage.”

All Boxed and Self Store offers an online space calculator to work out your requirements. Storage starts at £16 a week (plus VAT) for a 25 sq ft unit, to a 20ft long container for £40 per week (plus VAT). Ian says: “We have increased our self-storage to 146 internal units, 400 internal long-term storage crates and 52 external containers. “With our busy lives, creating extra space can be essential. Why not take advantage of self-storage to declutter the home or office and just drop in when you would like to use those golf clubs, lawn mowers or vinyl LP collections.” Simply visit or 

HEAVY LIFTING If you’re planning to take advantage of the brighter days to renovate your home, you may find you don’t know what to do with your belongings in the interim. Ian also runs Britannia Quickmove in Calne, a business which can help solve those problems. “If you are renovating your home and you need to clear a few rooms, we can come along with the wooden containers and the truck and your stuff can be loaded straight into the containers. We then bring it to our place and store it for you and when the renovation has finished we will deliver your items back to your home. “People look at hiring a van but you might pay £60 a day to do that and take up your own time – we can go in with the containers ready to do it all for you. The next time you see your stuff is when the house is refurbished.” Britannia is the UK’s largest moving group and has operated across the UK for more than 30 years. Anyone interested can even book a smartphone survey via the website to assess their needs. Visit

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DON’T WANT TO THROW IT AWAY? If you are decluttering or downsizing your home, it may not just be a case of getting rid of all that ‘junk’. Tim Weeks is an auctioneer and director of Wessex Auction Rooms, located just off J17 of the M4, and a familiar face to many from BBC1’s day-time antiques and collectibles show Bargain Hunt. He says one person’s rubbish could well be another’s treasure. “You need to open your mind to stop thinking things are rubbish. We’re located on the same road as a recycling centre and we get people pull in and say, ‘I just saw you here as I was driving to the tip – do you want to have a look in the back of my car first?’. I’ve found thousands and thousands of pounds in those cars which were moments away from the tip. “My advice when you’re decluttering or downsizing is just because it’s ‘nothing’ to you now, it doesn’t mean it’s not ‘something’ to someone else. You need to think, ‘how can I monetise this?’ because the likelihood is you probably can.” So what kind of things should we be looking out for? “I’ve had unwanted toys, which are play-worn – batter, bruised and broken,” says Tim. “I’ve seen a box of about 100 models and people think they’re broken, they’re useless - and I sold that box for £1,200. “Just because it was Granny’s porcelain collection and you hate it, it may turn out to be a collection of Dresden – who knows? “Something may look appalling in one house, however in the next house, it’s a perfect match. “Furniture styles and tastes are always changing – we’ve been selling Ercol tables for £1,600 in the past month and people were taking those to the tip five years ago.” If you think you have some hidden treasure, you can pop along to the auction rooms without making an appointment. Valuers are on hand to offer free noobligation advice, or you can request a home visit via the website at

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PAINTING or DECORATING You know what happens, you’ve created extra space, you’ve done one room and suddenly everything else looks tired and dated or a bit grubby? Simply decorating can re-energise and brighten up a home. One company which may be able to inspire you is Digger & Mojo in Woodborough, near Pewsey. The company has a showroom at Nursery Farm at Woodborough Garden Centre for an eclectic mix of antiques, vintage and contemporary furniture. If you have an old beloved piece which needs a bit of TLC, take it along and the team will give you a quote for repairs or reupholstering at their workshop. For more information visit According to Ideal Homes, bold, rich colours, dark woods such as walnut and metallic highlights are among the key trends for 2018.

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Perfect Rooms in Gastard, near Corsham, can do the whole job for you working with you to create the look you want. The team makes bespoke curtains and blinds in their own workroom and can source carpets, wallpaper, lighting and furniture. Started by Sue Coleman in 1992, Perfect Rooms offers an initial free consultation where a member of the team will visit you at home to discuss you needs. After that meeting, they are able to bring a wide range of books of fabric, wallpaper, carpet and lighting so you can see the possibilities within the space that you’re revamping. To arrange a home visit call 01249 716445 or use the form at

NEW KITCHEN AND BATHROOM? If revamping your home rather than decluttering it is more your style, now is the perfect time of year to remodel tired-looking rooms, especially those which add real value such as the kitchen or bathroom. Home Inspirations boasts a collection of stunning collection of kitchens and bathrooms at its showroom in Devizes. With 20 years’ experience in design and installation, the firm can design, renovate or install bespoke new furnishings to suit your exact requirements. Visit the website at and treat yourself to a whole new room.

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Do You Know What To Eat?


UTRITIONIST Helen Adams has published her first book to help those with allergies, food intolerances and sensitivities to make healthy food choices. “I Don’t Know What to Eat? – the Definitive Guide to Food Allergies, Intolerances and Sensitivities” has just been published in paperback and e-book. Helen said: “I wrote the book because I like to recommend more resources for my clients to help them develop good eating habits and I just couldn’t find something suitable - so I wrote it myself. “There are so many myths around foods, allergies and intolerances and I wanted to shed some light on various things which I’ve come across during my time as a nutritionist. One of the big ones is that people can take food tests and it comes up with as many as 40 foods where there is a reaction – so they cut out all of those foods. It’s not healthy to exclude that number of foods from your diet in one go. “Often people don’t take the time to heal their gut so problems keep on recurring. The book shares information to help with making better choices. “My top tip if you have that kind of test is to cut out the two main culprits – wheat and dairy – exclude them first. Increase your vegetables – remember ten vegetable portions and two fruit are ideal.” The book has tools to help readers monitor their food intake – as with food intolerance it can take up to three days for a reaction to occur. Helen said: “How many of us can remember what we ate three days ago instantly? We have to really think about it. The tracker helps you start to make links between symptoms such as headaches, bloating, constipation or diarrhoea with particular foods. It also helps if you are re-introducing foods so you can start to see connections between foods and symptoms.” Helen, who runs Oakmead Clinic in Chippenham, does not shy away from controversial issues in her first book. She challenges some traditional thinking around food. “Many GPs say food intolerances don’t exist,” she said. “I’m telling you they do.”


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“I also talk a lot about milk. I drink very little milk in my own diet because I don’t think it’s good for you. In normal every day milk there is a chemical which is an opioid – it works on your brain. People can get a craving for milk, so it’s addictive. “If you buy A2 milk that comes from a particular type of cow which doesn’t produce that chemical – it’s not addictive. You can sometimes find the milk in supermarkets but it’s not mainstream. In the book I talk about my frank views on milk and dairy.” The book starts with Helen’s personal story around her career in nutrition – and what ultimately led to her retraining to become a nutritionist herself. “I’ve had 11 surgical operations and had a very busy corporate job involving international travel managing teams around the world. I then had a family and my first child had food issues since birth. “Aged ten, Tom had chronic fatigue syndrome and nothing seemed to help. He was off sugar, gluten, yeast and dairy and there was no ‘free-from’ aisle at that time. It was very distressing for us all. Imagine as a mother thinking every day “how am I going to feed this child, I know he’s sick and ill, I’m denying him foods the rest of us are eating and I don’t know what to do?”. Helen eventually met a nutritionist who suggested eating red peppers might be helpful for Tom and they quickly became his superfood. “Things started to change. As Tom’s body began to heal, many other problems just drifted away. Today he eats anything except gluten and he still eats red peppers. He’s now at university, plays table tennis, has normal energy levels and all because of red peppers and finding out how food can help. Food is medicine.” Helen’s book can be ordered from Amazon online or via Helen’s website. Anyone interested in talking to Helen about possible food intolerance or sensitivity can book a 30-minute free discovery consultation– or email

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Gabriela Slater, founder of NuReflexology, a reflexology practice based in Chippenham and Marlborough is raising money for the Royal United Hospital (RUH). She is going to take part the in the Walk of Life event, a 10 mile walk along the Kennet and Avon canal on the 12th of May 2018. “It’s so important to give back to the community and this year I am planning to raise money for the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care (NICU) at RUH. In the past I have fundraised for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and last year I walked 26 miles at night in London for Cancer Research” said Gabriela. The Walk of Life was created in memory of Venessa Kyte, who passed away from cancer in 2007. Since then the event grows every year and hundreds of people walk the canal towpath to support patients and families cared for by the Royal United Hospital. One of the departments that the money is raised for is The Dyson Centre of Neonatal Care. It provides care to 1 in 10 babies that are born too small or too sick; it can care for around 300 babies each year. “I decided to fundraise for this cause as I work with so many pregnant clients in my reflexology practice. Some of them had to use the service of the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care and their experience of the care and help was fantastic. “ Gabriela believes in giving back to the community she will be offering reflexology sessions to her clients between March and May and from the proceeds will make a donation to the Royal United Hospital NICU. Gabriela is practicing reflexology in Chippenham and Marlborough.

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will no longer be able to convert lactate back into energy and expel the waste products. This point is commonly referred to as your lactate threshold. The lactic acid then floods into system, muscle power is diminished and you begin to slow down (I refer to this as the bear jumping on you as it feels as though you can’t move!) Symptoms may include a burning feeling in your muscles, including cramp, feeling nauseous, weak and exhausted. It's your body's way to tell you to stop what you're doing.

S a coach I am constantly telling my runners to slow down and they look at me in a puzzled sort of way. I say “Anyone, and I mean anyone, can run the first mile of a race at a fast pace, we can all boast that we were on for a sub 30min 5k, 60min 10k, 2-hour half or 4-hour marathon in that first mile but it's how you finish the last mile that counts”. Getting the pacing right for any race is an art and a science and it can take many races to perfect it. There is a fine line between running a PB (Personal Best) success or a PW (Personal Worst) disaster and sometimes this fine line can be the difference between whether you hang your trainers up for good or whether you dust yourself down and put it down to experience enabling you to try again. Sometimes we can put too much pressure on ourselves on the lead up to a big event. It could be your first parkrun or your first marathon but getting caught up in the excitement and atmosphere as you wait on the start line can cause you to run a race just a little bit faster than norm. This change in the energy system that our body isn’t used to can sometimes result in disaster.

Ultimately, lactic acid is one of the largest contributors to why you slow down as the race goes on and what makes the race hard work. The idea is, then, that if you run at a slightly slower than usual pace then you can hold this threshold for as long as possible as you prevent waste products from building up and causing the exhaustion. The aim is to get to the last quarter of the race with enough energy to kick those last miles and finish strong. Try running without a watch so that you can feel your pace, run a little bit faster between lamp posts so that you learn where the difference is between feeling comfortable and uncomfortable. Remember running is a journey; an art and a science, a bit like a recipe, see what works, what doesn't, you can take a bit of training out or add a bit more in until you find what works for you and that is part of the fun.

When you exercise, your body uses oxygen to break down glucose for energy and a by-product of this process is lactate. During easy running, your body converts and recycles this lactic acid back into energy Verity Wright is an England Athletics Qualified Coach and efficiently expels the waste products. Therefore, in Running Fitness and runs a the production of lactate will remain relatively Running & Fitness successful Coach Athletics Coaching constant while running at an easy aerobic (talking) business in the South of England. pace, which doesn’t require a huge demand for energy. How to Breathe Properly She competes as an endurance However, if you set off too quickly in any run and athlete in events from 10k to 42k Verity Wright, continue to run faster you demand Bymore energy from over country, roads, fells and your body and the production of lactic willquestions slowly I am askedmountains. One ofacid the first from new runners If youis want to know how toto breathe properly If you are one of the increase. At some point if you continue run too fastwhilst running. more, you can many people who have this problem, don’t worry it canvisit be her website the production of lactic acid will soar and fixed quiteyour easily.body The most common cause of being out of breath when


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Guide Dog Puppy Walkers Needed Could you make a difference to people living with sight loss and help train a puppy? We are looking for volunteer Puppy Walkers who can look after a puppy in their own home for a year in and around the Chippenham, Royal Wootton Bassett & Marlborough areas. Puppy walking is a crucial volunteering role which prepares guide dog puppies for their working life by familiarising them with different environments including the home, towns and public transport. Volunteer Puppy Walkers provide the full-time care and education of a puppy from seven weeks of age until they are between 12 and 14 months old.

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Puppy Walking volunteers meet regularly with a supervisor where they look at the progress of the puppy. There are also requirements and procedures that need to be followed. After completing their time with their Puppy Walkers, our puppies move on to a training school where they begin their formal guide dog training.

It’s thought that only around 4,000 Desertas wolf spiders survive in the wild within a small valley on the uninhabited Desertas Grande island, part of an archipelago off the south east coast of Madeira.

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Longleat has joined an international rescue programme to try and save a Critically Endangered species of wolf spider.

Longleat is one of seven collections, including Bristol Zoo, which is working with the Portuguese government on the conservation programme.

Keeper James Gotts, who is overseeing the spider project, said: “As well as being one of the rarest wolf spider species, Desertas wolf spiders are also among the largest with a legspan of up to 13cms. “Historically there have been no native mammals on the island so the spiders are effectively one of the top predators. “However, the recent expansion of an invasive grass species into the valley the spiders live in has prevented the spiders from being able to live in their normal rocky environment, putting them increasingly under threat. Since 2005 the spiders’ range has declined abruptly. “As well as setting up our own breeding colony we hope the new spider laboratory in our Animal Adventure area will aid with research on this little known species and also raise awareness of their plight,” he added. The spiders are being looked after in a carefully-controlled environment which mimics conditions in the wild and staff are even monitoring temperatures on the island.

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HIS month the days get longer and the sun gets stronger...we hope! However March is famously temperamental and if the soil where you are is still wet and cold then it’s wise to delay planting and sowing until the temperature rises.

Plant nutrient reserves are low at this time of year so, as the soil warms up, it’s time to think about fertiliser. Many gardeners are a bit frightened of fertiliser. All those chemical symbols on the side of the packet are rather reminiscent of school chemistry lessons. In fact the basics are quite simple. NPK - This can be observed on the side of most fertiliser packages. The letters stand for: N - Nitrogen P - Phosphorous K - Potassium Together these are known as the macro-nutrients and each of them has its own use. Nitrogen primarily feeds the leafy above-theground parts of the plants. Phosphorous promotes strong roots. Potassium makes grass hardier, promotes germination and improves vegetable and fruit yields. The proportions of each macro-nutrient will be printed on the packet. Equal amounts of each nutrient make for a good general purpose fertiliser.


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A lawn will need a good balance of nitrogen and phosphorus to guarantee lush green grass with a healthy root system capable of withstanding dry spells. Fruiting plants need higher proportions of potassium. There are other macro-nutrients: Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen, which plants obtain freely from the air and water; and calcium, magnesium and sulphur, which should be present in any good general purpose fertiliser. Plants also need micro-nutrients: Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Boron and Molybdenum. Plants take all these nutrients and build everything they need from scratch, including vitamins. What plants cannot do is absorb vitamins directly from things such as pet food, milk or so-called fertilisers which contain vitamins, proteins and fats. So don’t be intimidated by fertiliser. Decide what your plants need then read the label. It’s easy as ABC..or rather NPK!

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he origin of the word ‘Easter’ is very uncertain. The eighth century monk and scholar, Saint Bede, suggested that the word may have come from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘Eeostre’ or ‘Eastre’ - a goddess of spring and fertility. Another possibility is from the Norse ‘eostur’, ‘eastur’, or ‘ostara’, which meant ‘the season of the growing sun’ or ‘the season of new birth.’ The word east comes from the same roots. If this is true then,‘Easter’ is linked to the changing of the season. There are more recent and complex explanations but no one really knows. I often take primary school assemblies and often when I ask the children what Easter is about they nearly always say it is about chocolate eggs, chicks and bunnies. Perhaps for many today that is what the festival has become. But for followers of Jesus Easter is the highlight of the Christian calendar. It’s the time when the Church celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. What happened on the cross that first Good Friday was a moment in history when Jesus’ act of love said to the world, “I love you. I have never stopped loving you. I want this relationship to continue. I will absorb all the pain and hurt so that we can be reconciled again.” The cross was the symbol of the worst form of human suffering, and on it Jesus entered into our pain so that we might have a restored relationship with God. Victory over evil was absorbed in that one moment. However, without Easter Day Jesus’ death would be meaningless. This year Easter Day falls on April Fool’s Day. There were many at the time of Jesus death who thought he was a fool. His three years of ministry had come to an end in such a brutal way, but his


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rising from the dead was a sign that it was not the end but the beginning of something wonderful. In so many ways Jesus looked like a fool when on earth, and not least on the cross. That was because God’s ways are counter-cultural, opposite to the dominant values and behaviours of our society. God’s way turns the world’s values upside down, or I would say ‘the right way up’. The way that God intended them to be. In today’s world, followers of Jesus might appear to be fools because of their commitment to Jesus’ values. It isn’t always popular to believe that Jesus is the Son of God sent into the world to rescue us. And many might think the good news of a crucified and risen Jesus makes no sense whatsoever. Those who try to be faithful to Jesus and his teaching might very well end up looking like “fools for Christ.” One way to respond to this uncomfortable situation is to downplay or even deny those things that make followers of Jesus counter-cultural. But we are called to live differently. Called to live in a way that the world sometimes regards as foolish. However, if we live out this calling with integrity, if we are truly people of love and grace, if we live sacrificially in service to others, many people will be drawn to all that Jesus stands for. I have seen it happen so many times. Jesus was no fool and neither are those who seek to follow his life and teaching, for they are the ones seeking to turn the world’s values the-right-way-up. Wishing you every blessing this Easter time. Revd. Sam King ( Design & Computer Graphics by Alexander S. Grenfell, Calne.



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I set to with a will, and got a lot done by lunch time, but after I’d had my meal, guess what – I lost the urge to clean. (O come on! Haven’t you ever felt like that?) I looked at my list and couldn’t decide which chore to attend to next – so I didn’t do any of them. While the washing blew gently on the clothes line, I sat in the sun and relaxed. This was the first lovely day so far, and I was going to enjoy it. I refused to feel guilty. We get all kinds of birds in our garden, but out of all the different species, the ringed doves amuse me the most. About as aerodynamic as a wheelie bin, they heave themselves into the air by way of a great deal of wingflapping, and most haven’t quite sorted out their landing technique, stopping only when they hit something! They aren’t too fussy where they poop either. I should’ve been grateful “it” missed my cup, but as the bird scored a direct hit on the top of my head,

grateful was the last thing I felt. Leaping to my feet, I yelled to the retreating dove, “Right! That’s it! You can go somewhere else to be fed from now on!” I had to go indoors to wash my hair! I decided to sit outside again and let my hair dry in the sun. I was happily reading a magazine when (I’ll swear it was the same bird) a dove came clumsily flapping across the garden, right over my head, and – I couldn’t believe it, pooped on my head AGAIN! I washed my hair again, and wisely decided that unless I was going to sit holding a brolly, I’d be safer staying indoors! So I switched on the TV to see if there was anything I fancied watching. There wasn’t. Cookery! Cookery, and more cookery! Why do the programme planners imagine afternoon viewers are besotted with making different dishes? And the fuss! Three or four cooks all flapping about while taking the odd swig from the wine bottle, sweating with the heat from the hob and studio lights, and talking rubbish to each other with the occasional cooking instruction thrown in. And the end result – do you frame it or what? It certainly isn’t what I would call a meal. There’s a round blob in the centre of the plate which resembles solidified frog spawn. To top the culinary triumph (!) off is a sprig of something I last saw when I weeded the garden! Oh well, mustn’t grumble I guess. The year is heading towards the lighter, warmer months, and after a few weeks, we’ll have Easter eggs to look forward to. I’m getting one of me ‘eads, so I think I’ll go indoors and brew up again. Happy Springtime everybody. ............... Jo Deacon..@..2018 ..................


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More crucially she learns of the sad past of the now deserted island, just 1km from Plaka. And how her family’s past is forever linked to this place where the shunned inhabitants tried to maintain some level of normalcy amidst their pain and isolation. In a culture where family is everything, how can a family continue when it is ripped apart?

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......................................................................................... Ah, a summer holiday by the beach! Hot days playing in the sand. Days full of digging and snorkelling. Sounds like bliss! At least it DID. Stan is fed up. For the last four years his family have holidayed with his best friend, Rory’s, family. And this year was supposed to be the same until Rory’s parents both got new jobs and moved away. Now he is stuck in a cottage by the sea with Magnus, his four-year-old brother who is insistent that he is going to spend the whole holiday searching for fairies. Of course, Stan knows that this is nonsense and that fairies don’t even exist. One night he decides he has had enough. Magnus will not stop talking about the fairy he caught and has called Harry. In a moment of anger, he agrees with Magnus that this may be a hot spot for fairies and elves, but that means it is also a hot spot for monsters! Magnus is terrified but of course he has no real need to be. Everyone knows that monsters aren’t real. Or are they?

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS AUCTIONEERS Dominic Winter...................................... 20 Wessex Auction Rooms ......................... 92 BEDS Elite Beds .............................................. 19 BOOKEEPING/ACCOUNTANTS AMS Accounting..................................... 33 Duncan Joyce......................................... 31 Ledgibility.............................................. 77 VFL......................................................... 31 BUILDERS/BUILDING SUPPLIES AM Chivers Building............................... 83 All Home Improvements........................ 82 Buildit Malmesbury............................... 11 Chalford Building Supplies..................... 81 Corsham Landscapes and Building......... 69 Dearing Construction............................. 83 Downland Construction......................... 82 Ged Byrne.............................................. 83 Prior & Company Building...................... 82 SCS......................................................... 23 Tiger Plant Hire...................................... 68 Tim Lee Building.................................... 83 Ron Welch.............................................. 83 CAR REPAIR/VEHICLE SERVICES AM Autocare.......................................... 91 Cross Country Tyres................................. 75 MW Services.......................................... 75 CARE/CARE HOMES Prestige Nursing..................................... 27 Hill House............................................... 27 Kingston House...................................... 27 CARPENTER/JOINER Contours Carpentry................................ 83 CHIMNEY SWEEP Cleansweep............................................ 89 CHURCHES Calne Evangelical Church ...................... 38 CLEANING/DOMESTIC SERVICES Cleanstart.............................................. 83 Houseproud........................................... 77 iKlean..................................................... 37 Ovenclean ............................................ 68 Prune and Broom................................... 77 COACH HOLIDAYS Barnes Coaches........................................ 7 COINS/COLLECTIONS Daluka.................................................... 31 COMPUTER/IT/GRAPHICS/WEB Calne Computer Services ...................... 77 PC Hospital............................................. 29 CONSERVATORY Greenspace UK......................................... 9 Weatherguard........................................ 25 CURTAINS/BLINDS Goldmans Interiors................................. 55 DAMP Eaton Electrical...................................... 84 DANCING Eaton Electrical...................................... 84 DISCO Quicksteps.............................................. 32 DOMESTIC APPLIANCES/REPAIRS Calne Appliances.................................... 39 Steves Appliances.................................. 86 Tony Parsons.......................................... 86 90

EDUCATION/CHILDCARE Little Foxes............................................. 29 Rub A Dub.............................................. 29 St Margarets........................................... 28 Tumbletots............................................. 29 ELECTRICIANS/ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES Calne Appliances.................................... 39 Eaton Electrical...................................... 84 Electrical Man........................................ 85 Electrical and General Maintaining........ 85 Grants Electrical..................................... 84 Nick Pocock Electrical............................. 84 O and J Electrical.................................... 85 WEC......................................................... 5 ESTATE AGENTS Alan Hawkins......................................... 13 FITNESS/RUNNING Calne Smartt.......................................... 22 FLOORING/CARPET SERVICES BSB Flooring ......................................... 77 Cleanstart.............................................. 83 George Taylor Carpet Fitter ................... 77 iKlean..................................................... 37 Jason Elms............................................. 31 Total Carpets & Flooring......................... 27 FLORISTS Shirley’s Florists .................................... 41 FOOD & DRINK Allington Farm Shop.............................. 51 Bowood - Shelburne Restaurant............ 46 Calne Tandoori....................................... 39 FUNERAL DIRECTORS Johnson & Daltrey.................................. 33 Matthews of Malmesbury...................... 35 Odette.................................................... 39 Tony Warren ......................................... 37 E Wootten & Son.................................... 15 GARDENING/FENCING/LANDSCAPING Acres Ahead........................................... 73 AD Paving & Walling.............................. 73 Corsham Landscapes and Building......... 69 Crapper Compost.................................... 71 ES Earthmoving Services........................ 73 Garden Room......................................... 71 Graham Fox............................................ 71 Ian Marsh............................................... 71 Jon Burton............................................. 69 MH Tree Services.................................... 71 MR Fencing............................................ 73 Prune and Broom................................... 77 Quemerford Landscaping....................... 72 Tiger Plant Hire...................................... 68 Turners Landscapes................................ 69 Under the Ivy......................................... 71 Whitehall Garden Centre........................ 24 GATES Compass Security................................... 53 GIFTS/JEWELLERY Bazaar Gifts & Cards .............................. 41 GUTTERING Cleanstart.............................................. 83 HAIR/BEAUTY/NAILS Hair By Solo............................................ 61 LA Barber............................................... 59 Mill Beauty Studio.................................. 61 Pamplemouse........................................ 63 HANDY MAN Cleanstart.............................................. 83

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Ged Byrne.............................................. 83 Odd Jobs................................................ 88 HEALTH CARE/FOOT CARE Calne Acupuncture................................. 61 Fiona Stubbs.......................................... 57 Foot Health Care..................................... 59 Harmony Holistics Reflexology............... 59 Malmesbury Osteopathy........................ 63 Nureflexology......................................... 59 HEATING H&G Sims............................................... 87 Skyline................................................... 88 HOME & INTERIORS Goldmans Interiors................................. 55 Sarah’s Soft Furnishings ........................ 25 SIT Upholstery........................................ 25 HOUSE CLEARANCE Crapper House Clearance........................ 77 HYPNOTHERAPY Hypnotherapy of Calne........................... 59 KITCHENS/BATHROOMS Accent Kitchens...................................... 37 Active Kitchens & Bathrooms................. 55 AFK Tiling............................................... 79 Aquarius Plumbing & Heating................ 79 Dream Doors ........................................... 2 Home Inspirations.................................. 57 Kitchen Makeover.................................. 25 Premier Kitchen Doors............................ 35 Total Bedrooms/Kitchens/Bathrooms..... 53 INSURANCE Allied Wessex......................................... 75 LEGAL SERVICES / WILL WRITING Awdry Bailey Douglas............................ 14 Batt Broadbent Solicitors....................... 13 Goodwills............................................... 33 LIGHTING Lightways.............................................. 25 LOCKS & ALARMS Alan Key Locks ....................................... 85

PLUMBING/HEATING/SUPPLIES ABC Plumbing........................................ 87 Ace Property.......................................... 87 Active Plumbing Supplies...................... 86 Aquarius Plumbing & Heating................ 87 Max Colbourne Oil & Gas........................ 87 F.S. Plumbing & Heating........................ 86 Graham Gas & Plumbing Services.......... 86 H&G Sims............................................... 87 Plumbing 4U.......................................... 86 RTC Plastering & Plumbing..................... 85 Steve Cowley.......................................... 87 Skyline................................................... 88 PHOTOGRAPHY Candid Pictures...................................... 18 ROOFING/TILING/THATCHING David Beal Thatcher............................... 89 Daylan Gleed Roofing............................. 89 Marden Roofing..................................... 89 White Horse Roofing.............................. 89 TAI CHI Riddlersend............................................ 26 TAXI Calne's Half Price Taxi............................. 41 TILING AFK Tiling............................................... 87 TRAVEL/HOLIDAYS Barnes Coaches........................................ 7 Pebbles Travel........................................ 40 TV/SATELLITE Aerial Services ...................................... 39 VETS George Veterinary Hospital.................... 64 Hale Veterinary Group............................ 68 Thameswood........................................... 3 UPHOLSTERY SIT Upholstery........................................ 25 WATER SOFTENERS Wiltshire Wet Rooms.............................. 79

MOBILITY Mobility Store........................................ 23

WEIGHT LOSS Oakmead Clinic...................................... 58 Slimming World .................................... 63

MODELS/TOYS Modelmaniacs....................................... 41

WET ROOMS Wiltshire Wet Rooms.............................. 79

MICROLIGHT FLIGHTS Wiltshire Microlight Centre ................... 34

WILL WRITING Goodwills............................................... 33

NUTRITION Oakmead Clinic...................................... 58

WINDOW CLEANERS Elmers Window Cleaning Servs. ............ 77

OFFICE SPACE Carlton Business Centre............................ 8

WINDOWS & DOORS Greenspace UK......................................... 9 Weatherguard........................................ 25

PAINTERS/DECORATORS/PLASTERERS ACM Decorating..................................... 85 Alan Clifford Painter & Decorator............ 85 AS Plastering.......................................... 85 RTC Plastering & Plumbing..................... 85 Sassy Chic............................................... 31 PETS/CATS/DOGS Animals at Home.................................... 65 Corton Kennels....................................... 65 Fern Farm Kennels.................................. 67 Grittenham Grooming............................ 67 George Veterinary Hospital.................... 64 Hale Veterinary Group............................ 67 Hobsons Regal Hounds........................... 65 Shirleys Pet Shop................................... 65 Thameswood Vets.................................... 3


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