Town Crier Magazine June 2019

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A 4 Ball At Chippenham Golf Club

Sizzling! BBQs & All things Al Fresco!


A Pair of Tickets to see a Live Tribute Band

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Editor’s Letter

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Local News - From Boules to the Wessex vintage show

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Food Glorious Food - Simply Sizzlin' BBQ Season Recipe - Perfect Homemade Burgers , Yum!

What's on at the Melksham Assembly Hall

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BBQ Recipes with a twist! BBQs - Great for the kids too!

Hello to the month of June and hopefully some lovely warm weather for 'Al fresco dining'! My favourite pastime in the summer!

Have a look at our 'Simply Sizzling BBQ feature'. We give you some ideas on where some of the best places to have a BBQ are, along with delicious recipes. Who doesn't love outdoor eating? If your feeling crafty, visit our new crafts corner. Each month we will feature a different craft for you to enjoy with your family - something to involve the children over the summer holidays. Not forgetting our male audience, Tim Barnes-Clay tests the new Mercedes Benz with the impressive voice control. Read about in our Motoring section.

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Safe & Sound - Tips to protect your home Health & Beauty tips


Home From Home - a few of our top picks for the home

When your job is a pain! Music on the move! Crafty Corner - Origami Alicia Hawker Badminton winner Dates for your diary The latest book reviews

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We have two competitions this month. If your feeling sporty check out our Golf Competition, courtesy of Chippenham Golf Club, on page 9. Or if you fancy an evening out, The Beatelles, a Beatles all girl tribute band will be playing at The Calne Town Hall in July so there is a pair of tickets up for grabs. See page 67 for details. Lots of events going on this month including 'The South' formerly known as 'The Beautiful South' are playing at The Corn Exchange in Devizes in June. Enjoy!


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Dad of two wins award for his innovative app for childminders and parents A father of two from Wiltshire has won a major award for his childcare app Kids Covered

The app allows childminders to: •

auto invite parents to the app

Paul Harding (42) who lives with his wife Samantha and their two children in Lechlade, became frustrated with the amount of paperwork required to book their children into childcare.

set up booking periods that can be funded, mandatory and with sibling discounts.

take bookings for day care, breakfast or after school clubs.

“I watched my wife filling out pdf forms just to book childcare and became aware of the amount of paperwork childminders have to fill in just to function in their day to day lives – as well as parents. It felt to me like there had to be a better, more efficient yet safe solution.”

keep registers of attendance within the app.

provide information on EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)

view safeguarding, daily diary, likes and dislikes, dietary needs in the app.

Paul, who is a software consultant and coding expert, spent months researching his app - Kids Covered. Recently it was declared the Most Innovative Tech Solution in the Wiltshire Techies Awards 2019. “It’s a one stop shop for childminding businesses. Each childminder creates a secure profile and invites parents of the children they are caring for to link to it – for safeguarding reasons this is the best way to approach this. Once linked, parents can book their time with their own registered childminder and flowing from that parents can see live updates on their phones.”

Parents once they’ve downloaded the app can: •

book their children into childcare and view their history.

pay with vouchers or a credit card

complete and update safeguarding, likes and dislikes and dietary information.

see EYFS live alerts.

get daily diary live alerts in app.

Paul’s app generates income from taking £1.20 from each booking made with no hidden other fees and no monthly fee.


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Boules to Pétanque New Year New Name! The Upper Thames Boules Club moved to the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground in 2018 and this year we have changed our name after obtaining permission from the Cabinet Office to the Royal Wootton Bassett Pétanque Club. A new club strip is being arranged and will have our new logo. Our membership has grown through the year since our move to Royal Wootton Bassett but we have plenty of space to accommodate new members so please come along and have a go at one of our club sessions on Tuesday evening 7 to 9 pm or Friday mornings from 10 to 12 am. We have a short social after each club session. All abilities are welcome and we provide all equipment to get you started so if you don’t like it there is no cost. We have a range of abilities among our members, from social play to those who play at regional and national level. Last year we won the Cotswold Pétanque League and this year we have entered 2 teams in the competition so we are hoping for 1st and 2nd. We are members of the Great Western Region and host a number of regional events in addition to our own club competitions. This year we have a doubles ladder and melee planned so far with other events to come. There are planned visits by individual youth organisations during May and June. To facilitate this we have very kindly been awarded part funding by the town council to purchase boules for use by the towns youths.



2019, will see the eleventh year that the Wessex Midsummer Vintage Show has been staged at the village of Semington on 15th & 16th June attracting around three hundred plus vintage exhibits. The main aim of this event is to raise funds for the Children's Hospice South West. The exhibits cover all types of vintage vehicles, tractors, commercial, military vehicles, cares & motorcycles along with steam powered exhibits. Our model boat pond is a must for the children as they can try sailing a radio controlled model, and each day we will be giving away free sweets to our young visitors. Also, why not come along and hold a bird of prey and take your own photographs. The Craft marque has a selection of jewellery and the trade section will have all manner of 'wares' from old tools right through to footwear. Full facilities are on site, a variety of food outlets, a beer tent, live music and a hog roast to tempt you. Some lucky dads may go home with a surprise gift what with the event being held over Father's Day!

With lots to do and see, we look forward to seeing you there!


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Time to think made in Lacock Exploring the stone vaulted cloister at Lacock Abbey this summer, you'll find a cool tranquil pause from those balmy days. These are the places that make us.


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Haven Timber, just off the A36 sits tucked away on Farleigh Rd in Norton St Philip. At first glance the building is unassuming yet impressive. It is immediately apparent why their customer base is increasing year on year in epic proportions, particularly amongst trade people. Carrying a gargantuan stock of timber and fencing products, along with competitive pricing and unrivalled quality, Haven Timber has become one of the most successful timber yards in the South West. Step around to the rear of the busy shop and workshop ... a garden furniture and building wonderland awaits. Quite possibly one of the largest show sites in the South West, Haven Timber have the ultimate display of sheds, summerhouses and garden furniture. The knowledgeable and helpful staff are on hand when you need them and have a ‘no hard sell’ policy, allowing customers to browse uninterrupted.


Haven Timber’s innovative BaseFeat system offers a cost effective alternative to the expensive groundworks typically required to provide a level base for a garden building. After hearing stories of people paying more for groundworks than the building that would sit upon it, the BaseFeat concept was the brainchild of Matthew Bryant, Haven Timber’s Managing Director.


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BEST BBQ's of the

Best Places for a BBQ in Wiltshire

With warmer weather on the way, the smell of sizzling sausages is just around the corner as people across Wiltshire prepare for their summer barbeques. Whether you’re planning a family day out, party for friends or a larger corporate event, these local places are great choices for your upcoming BBQ

Lydiard Park (Swindon) With the season running until October 31st, the spacious picnic area at Lydiard Park is a top place to hire a BBQ. Prices range from £25 to £60, with allday and half-day options for up to 40 people. Bookings must be made in advance.

Savernake Forest (Marlborough) With just ten BBQ spots in this picturesque forest, you’d do well to head there early as places can’t be reserved in advance. Check the Forestry England website for regulations regarding BBQs in the forest.

Kington St Michael (Chippenham) This little BBQ area in the playing field is provided mostly for the local community, but if you enjoy looking around quaint villages it could be worth the trip. With a population of around 700 people, this village also has a lovely church and traditional architecture if you’re looking for a quiet day out.

Coate Water Park (Swindon) A great choice for large family gathering or community groups wanting to hire an outdoor space for a BBQ. For use of the horse field and the large static BBQ, the cost is £52.50, or bring your own for £13.65. Options are also available for corporate groups of over 100 people. 18

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Bibury Trout Farm (Cirencester) Just outside of Wiltshire, Bibury Trout Farm has BBQ spots for hire, perfect to combine with a trip to one of England’s oldest working trout farms, where you can even ‘catch your own’.

Cotswolds Water Park (Cirencester) Also just over the border, the Cotswolds Water Park and Beach has activities from swimming and playgrounds to volleyball and AquaVenture. BBQ hire from £25, and a range of bookable activities to choose from – a great choice for families with young children.

Summary While those of us with our own gardens like nothing better than inviting the neighbours over for a friendly gathering, these options are great for those without their own outside space or if your event is bigger than your back garden. Always remember to check local regulations before lighting a BBQ in a public place, and dispose of all rubbish correctly.

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HOMEmade MADE BURGERS Home burgers! Equipment: Large mixing bowl, small mixing bowl, non-stick frying pan. Method: Ensure the mince is at room temperature before you start as it will help to keep your burger tender. Put it into a large bowl and break it up with a fork. Add the salt and massage it in with your hands until the salt is well blended and the mixture is soft. Leave to stand for 25 minutes with a cover over the top. Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl for the sauce and set aside.

Heat a non-stick frying pan over a high heat. Add the burgers and cook for a minute on each side or until they are browned and cooked through. Cut the brioche bun in half and add one burger. Top with the sauce and the toppings of your choice, then place the final burger on the top before adding the remainder of the bun. You can serve this burger with sweet potato fries, salad or simply enjoy it just on its own.

Divide the mince mixture into two equal portions to create two thinner burgers of approximately 12cm in diameter. Use a small bowl or a saucer as a guide if you are keen to get a neat shape.


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225g beef mince 1 level tsp salt Ground black pepper Brioche burger buns For the burger sauce 1 tbsp tomato ketchup 2 tbsp mayonnaise 1 finely chopped gherkin 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped 2 tbsp freshly chopped dill To serve (optional) 2 slices smoked streaky bacon 1 slice mature cheddar cheese Little gem lettuce 1 slice beef tomato

The White Bear Devizes’ premiere craft beer pub

Nestled in the heart of Devizes, the home of Wadworth brewery, is the White Bear. The leading craft beer pub in Devizes, the White Bear offers a range of craft ales and beers that sets the pub apart from the others in the town. Newly refurbished, the decor, service and drinks all match the high standard of food. OUR FOOD Our menu is locally sourced and dishes created from scratch, under the watchful eye of chef-landlord Marc. Seasonal, traditional pub fayre with a modern twist, served in our tastefully-refurbished restaurant and bar area. Our philosophy on food is simple – low impact and low wastage, resulting in delicious meals that literally don’t cost the earth. Vegetarians, vegans, coeliacs and other dietary requirements are all catered for. Whether popping in for a drink, a light-bite for lunch or a cosy and romantic dinner, we look forward to welcoming you soon. OUR ROOMS We have 6 rooms upstairs, all recently refurbished to marry traditional features with modern comforts you expect. Of the 6 rooms, we have 2 twin rooms, 2 double rooms, 1 family room and 1 single room. Our rates include breakfast, and our best prices are only available when you book direct with us.

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Japanese Teriyaki Marinade While teriyaki sauce works best with a nice piece of salmon, it also goes well with pork and chicken. Try this quick marinade to add some excitement to your bbq!


2 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp Japanese sake 1 tbsp sugar ¼ tsp grated ginger ½ tsp sesame oil sprinkle of sesame seeds

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Combine all ingredients apart from the sesame oil and sesame seeds Coat your meat/fish and marinate for at least 30 minutes, up to two hours Just before cooking, add the sesame oil and sesame seeds to the mix Keep the meat on the grill until thoroughly cooked and piping hot.


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Everyone thinks that a barbeque is all about the meat, but really, it’s about what goes with it – the sides, marinades and salads. Take a look at our unusual recipes for an out of the ordinary spread.

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After a plate filled with heavy meats, cleanse your palate with this fresh, zesty salad. Make it vegan by switching the feta for marinated tofu.


100g frozen edamame beans 100g frozen broad beans 100g frozen green garden peas 200g feta cheese drizzle of virgin olive oil zest and juice of one lemon/lime sprig of fresh mint salt and pepper to taste

Method 1. Cook the frozen ingredients according to their instructions. Allow to cool. 2. Roughly cube the feta cheese, and mix with the peas and beans. 3. Zest and squeeze your citrus fruit and mix in, along with a generous drizzle of olive oil. 24

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4. Chop the mint, and add along with the salt and pepper according to your tastes. (Note, this can be made in advance and kept overnight in the fridge – just add a little more olive oil and stir to make it look glossy again)

Pork & Pineapple

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400g Pork fillet 4 tbsp Light muscovado sugar 60ml Cider vinegar 1 tsp Asian fish sauce ½ Small pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks (or use ready prepped fresh pineapple, drained well) 1 Pepper (any colour), deseeded and cut into squares Spanish onion, chopped into chunks Small bunch coriander, chopped (optional) To serve - Boiled rice or pitta pockets


Cut the pork into cubes. Heat the sugar and vinegar in a pan over a low heat until the sugar melts. Add the fish sauce and cool. Tip in the pork and mix well so that all the cubes are covered in sauce.

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Heat the barbecue, or a griddle pan or grill. Thread the pork and pineapple onto skewers, alternating pieces with the pepper and Spanish onion. You can use whatever onions you have but Spanish are more delicate in flavour and sweeten nicely when grilled. Barbecue or griddle the skewers for 3-4 mins each side (you may need to cook them for longer if griddling). Serve with rice or slide into pitta pockets. Delicious!

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Food & Wellbeing

...and I don’t mean just healthy body. At this time when there’s so many questions asked about the explosion of mental health issues I can’t help but compare my experiences in different cultures. There is no one cause or a solution to mental health but we certainly can manage it with few simple changes to our daily routines Food: Time spent preparing dishes for family and friends is a known fact to be therapeutic, mainly because it touches on our primitive needs. Also, it is time when we are in control of what we are doing, so present at the moment. We chop, dice, squeeze & stir producing sounds and scents that tickle our senses. And at the end there is a sense of creation of something so beautiful that we consume and enjoy. Food is at the heart of every gathering. It opens the channels of communication between people gathered around it - be it family, friends or colleagues. Preparing food together and sharing it softens our inhibitions and helps us connect better. Sharing food enforces our sense


of belonging and we all need to belong. Then it is easy to manage our hopes, joy, worries and struggles because we are not alone. I invite you all to open your door and invite a family member, a friend, a neighbour or someone you know in your area or at a group you attend. Share with them biscuits, fruits or a salad and see what difference it makes to your day. I’m a great believer in honest food using fresh ingredients, local when possible, put together in a simple way to prepare tasty and healthy recipes to share and enjoy. The benefits of that are for the body and soul. It is unheard of to visit a Lebanese home and not be offered food, fruits or nuts. If you’d like to experience the Lebanese hospitality, which is always based around food, book my Lebanese Pop Up Restaurant Under The Sky on the 13th July at Owl Lodge, SN15 2PN, 7.30-10.30pm. You can book it on Eventbrite or send me an email.

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save a lot of distress. 60 percent of burglars gain entrance through rear or side windows and doors so make securing these a priority. Fences and hedges are the first line of defence against uninvited guests so should act as an effective barrier, rather than just being attractive borders. The Metropolitan Police recommend ‘hostile plants’; plants that are spiky, prickly or very dense. Don’t let them grow too high though, your home should be visible from the street and to your neighbours. The idea is not to provide a hiding place for intruders! Protect the entrance to your property too. If a gate isn’t practical, consider covering pathways with gravel. Thieves don’t like to announce their presence and the sound of footsteps on gravel is often enough to put them off entering.

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Ragweed Pollen – mid September to mid October – these fruits could be connected: Banana, cantaloupe melon, honeydew melon and water melon.

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Mugwort pollen – July to September – these fruits could be connected: Apple, apricot, cherry, kiwi, nectarine, peach, pear, plum, prune and quince.

Helen said: “Sufferers don’t react to any of these foods when they are cooked as cooking breaks down the allergen’s protein structure, and protein is what causes an immune reaction.” Helen Adams sees hay fever and allergy symptoms in her clinic every week. She has even published a book to help those with allergies, food intolerance and sensitivities: “I Don’t Know What to Eat? – the Definitive Guide to Food Allergies, Intolerance and Sensitivities” which can be ordered from her website.

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Also, although the battery life can be irritatingly short with true wireless headphones if you use them as your main set, it’s more than long enough Research has shown what most of us for even the most enthusiastic runner. instinctively knew - that listening to the right type and tempo of music while you run keeps you ‘in the zone’ Wireless and ‘true wireless’ headphones are different. ‘True for longer. wireless’ headphones completely So what factors are important when lack a cable or connector between the earpieces. Wireless headphones choosing headphones for running? are still connected in some way, either over the head or round the back of the neck, even if they no If you run outside this is obviously longer need to be connected to a important, but many of us forget that phone jack. sweat is water and if you’re running, indoors or out you will sweat, and eventually this will kill your This is possibly the least important headphones. feature for sports use. Mostly runners want to feel the beat and There are headphones which be motivated by their pumpedwrap tightly around your head, or up playlist, while blocking out over and around your ears. But the external noise. Sports headphones best types of running headphones are not about being able to pick are probably true wireless, or out the subtle nuances in a Chopin lightweight Bluetooth. They are ‘inpiano concerto. They need to be ear’ designs with tips that fit into the reasonable sound quality and be able ear and additional, curved, tapered to cope with a bit of bass. 'hooks' that sit under the crater of cartilage just above the earhole, known as the anti-helix. Some headphones are designed When you’re running to let in ambient sound with good little things like a reason: situational awareness is cable rubbing important if you run on your own the back of and you want to be aware of traffic your neck can or of someone approaching you. This feel irritating. feature is less important if you prefer to run in a gym and want to block out the world.




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Running is such a great activity, and the right music will add to the experience, so pick up some headphones today and in the words of the classic from Spencer Davis Group which features on my own playlist. Keep on running! By Tom Hancock

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Chippenham Carnival will be Out of This World for 2019! Escape the ordinary and experience Chippenham Carnival: Lost in Space, brought to you by Chippenham Connected in partnership with Chippenham Town Council and supported by Faresaver from 12-8pm on Saturday 13th July. The much-loved Chippenham Carnival was revived back in 2017 and attracts almost 18,000 visitors across the day offering over 8 hours of free entertainment for all the family. Kathryn Crosweller of Chippenham Connected said, “This year marks 50 years since the first moon landing so it was too good a theme to not embrace for this year’s Chippenham Carnival! The number of entrants in last year’s procession quadrupled on the first year and we can’t wait to see who comes forward to take part this time!” Island Park’s landscape will be transformed and offer visitors lots of quirky space-themed live activity from 12noon, hosted by everyone’s favourite, Doc Brown. With performances from local dance troupes and musicians on the main stage, children’s characters as well as children’s rides and family games, whilst the picnic zone is the perfect place to enjoy treats from food stalls. The return of the Anonymous Travelling Market will delight visitors with hand-crafted items, gifts and produce from trade and charity stalls across the county, as well as a sprinkling of local traders. Official Host, Doc Brown will host a space-themed Fancy Dress Competition at 2pm at Island Park joined by the Mayor of Chippenham. Everything and anything space related is welcome - think space, fantasy, sci-fi and even music! The annual Carnival King, Queen, Prince and Princess will be crowned at 3pm with the support of Emery Gate Shopping Centre. Chairman of the Amenities, Culture and Leisure Committee, Cllr. Teresa Hutton “We are delighted to see the Carnival return again this year, it has been well received by the local community in Chippenham who have enjoyed being involved. The Lost in Space theme this year will encourage creative activities and fun for all the family.” Other free action-packed activities planned include a spaceclimbing wall for those explorers in the crowd and space face painting, plus a space themed photo wall and space-craft activities for all the family to enjoy. The float procession will take place at 7pm as last year, starting at Wood Lane Car Park, inviting the community to come together and celebrate 50 years since the moon landings. To stay up to date with all things Chippenham Carnival visit and follow the event on Facebook @ChippenhamConnected. 49

UNCOVER THE MAGIC OF EGYPT The oldest tourist destination on Earth, Egypt is nestled between the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Renowned for the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx and sand-covered tombs, anyone with an interest in history or archaeology will want to visit. Cox & Kings offers a selection of private tours exploring Egypt, including luxury river cruises along the Nile and Lake Nasser. The mighty Nile is a perfect base from which to see many of the main sights, meaning cruises are still deemed one of the best ways to explore this fascinating country.


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11-day private tour from £2,295 This journey recalls the golden age of the Grand Tour, when travellers would explore the world’s most fascinating places in style. Clients can begin with a few days in Cairo before continuing on to cruise both the Nile and Lake Nasser. Other highlights include the Pyramids and the carved reliefs at the temples of Kalabsha and Abu Simbel.


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Have you ever walked around your own area as if you were a tourist? You'd be surprised how much there is to see and how little you probably know about the place you live. We get so bogged down in daily routines that we don’t pay attention to what’s in front of our eyes. Here are five great reasons to explore your own area this summer. A fresh pair of eyes - Take roads and corners you’ve never taken before. Get lost in streets you’ve never been to and see things you never realized were there. You’ll see your area in a new light. A history lesson - You’ve driven or walked by that building, church, or statue thousands of times, but do you know the name of it or the story behind it? Take time to learn about the history and secrets of where you live! Read a book, visit a museum. Gaining a better understanding of an area’s heritage is a good way to learn to appreciate it. Meet New People - Engage in a conversation with a complete stranger while exploring your own town. Coffee shops are good places because the atmosphere is relaxed. Older people often enjoy a chat and may have a wealth of knowledge about the area, especially if they grew up there. A new perspective - Find the highest building or vantage point and see if you can get a bird’s eye view of your area. For a completely different experience, see if you can do it again at night! Refresh your mind - Playing tourist in your own town can make you reconnect with and appreciate it. A teacher of mine once said, 'Keep exploring. Keep learning. Stay curious, and you won't go far wrong.' By Sarah Davey 52

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Alternatives to Dairy Cow’s milk is considered dietary staple by many. It’s rich in protein and important vitamins and minerals, including calcium, phosphorus and B vitamins. But some people can’t or don’t drink cow’s milk at all due to personal preferences, dietary restrictions, allergies or intolerances. 2–3% of children under the age of three are allergic to cow’s milk although most grow out of it. The allergy can cause a range of symptoms, including rashes, upset tummies and even anaphylaxis. Lactose intolerance is very common. Lactose is a sugar found in cow’s milk. People with lactose intolerance cannot digest this sugar so it stays in the digestive tract causing gas and irritation. Vegans exclude all products from their diet that originate from animals, and some people simply do not like the taste of cow’s milk. 54

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Soy Milk – Made with either soybeans or soy protein isolate, and often contains thickeners and vegetable oils. It typically has a mild and creamy flavour. It has a similar nutritional make-up to cow’s milk, and works best in cooking, in coffee and on cereal. Almond Milk (or other nut milks) – This is made with either whole almonds or almond butter and water (cashew, hazelnut and macadamia nut milks are also available). Nut milks have a light texture and a slightly sweet and nutty flavour. They contain fewer calories and fat thank cow’s milk but are also significantly lower in protein and carbohydrates. They can be added to coffee and tea, used on cereal, mixed in smoothies and used as milk in desserts and baked goods. Coconut Milk - Made from water and the white flesh of brown coconuts. It has a creamy texture and a sweet, subtle coconut flavour. It contains less fat than cow’s milk and significantly less protein and carbohydrates. It can be used on cereal and in smoothies and cooking. Oat Milk – Made from a mixture of oats and water.

It is high in soluble fibre, which is good for gut health. It is naturally sweet with a mild flavour and can be used in cooking in the same way as cow’s milk. It is also good for use on cereal or in smoothies. Rice Milk - Made from milled white or brown rice and water this is the least likely milk substitute to trigger allergies, which makes it a safe option for those with allergies or intolerances to dairy, gluten, soy or nuts. It is mild in taste and naturally sweet and is nice to drink on its own as well as in smoothies, or in desserts or over cereal. It is not a good choice for children or the elderly because of its low protein content, and it has a high glycaemic index so is not good for diabetics either. There is no one milk substitute that is ideal for everyone. The taste, nutrition and cost of these alternatives can vary considerably, so it is worth taking a while to experiment and find those that work best for you.

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What is Government Policy on Elderly Care reform? We asked Andrew Douglas, Partner at Awdry Bailey & Douglas Solicitors who specialises elderly care, for his views on this issue? Does the Government have a policy? Yes, their 8th June 2017 election manifesto said so. In summary it said that people should fund their own care from assets including their house until they only have £100,000 remaining. The amount spent should however, be subject to a CAP on how much individuals however rich or poor should pay. The amount of the CAP was not specified. What has happened to reform since the election? The answer is nothing. The Government in its March 2017 Budget stated that a Green Paper would be published. This statement was then made into a manifesto commitment. Ever since it has been delayed and recently it has been stated that it will happen at the first opportunity in 2019 with no date being provided. Has anything at all happened? Only indirectly in the form of one actual stealth tax and one shortly to be stealth tax. The actual tax is in the form of a trebling in the cost of death certificates from £4 to £11 each. This was made effective from the 16th February 2019. The Proposed other stealth tax already made law by the Non Contentious Probate fees Order 2018 increases the cost of obtaining a grant of Probate from a flat fee of £155 to a maximum fee on a sliding scale of £6,000. This tax is intended to become effective very shortly. What has happened in respect of the status quo? On the 23rd January 2019 the Government found time to confirm that for the ninth successive year people will still have to pay for all their care if their assets exceed £23,250. It remains the case that the state will only ignore your assets when they reduce to £14,250. Why is nothing happening? It could be said that the problem is too difficult, which is true. The real reason however, and as we all know is because of the dreaded word BREXIT. To know more and for a free appointment to find out answers to the questions that need answering email Andrew Douglas or his team on ajd@awdrys. or call on 0800 072 8636. The firm has offices In Marlborough, Royal Wootton Basset, Devizes & Chippenham. Alternatively visit www.

Boules to Pétanque New Year and a New Name The Upper Thames Boules Club moved to the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground in 2018 and this year we have changed our name after obtaining permission from the Cabinet Office to the Royal Wootton Bassett Pétanque Club. A new club strip is being arranged and will have our new logo….. Our membership has grown through the year since our move to Royal Wootton Bassett but we have plenty of space to accommodate new members so please come along and have a go at one of our club sessions on Tuesday evening 7 to 9 pm or Friday mornings from 10 to 12 am. We have a short social after each club session. All abilities are welcome and we provide all equipment to get you started so if you don’t like it there is no cost. We have a range of abilities among our members, some just like the social play whilst others play at regional and national level. Last year we won the Cotswold Pétanque League and this year we have entered 2 teams in the competition so we are hoping for 1st and 2nd. We are members of the Great Western Region and host a number of regional events in addition to our own club competitions. This year we have a doubles ladder and melee planned so far with other events to come. During the carnival (18th May) we will be building a temporary piste for the day in Boroughfields for everyone to come and have a go, so please visit us. The following Sunday, 26th May we are hosting a youth competition for all the youth organisations in the town. Also there are planned visits by individual youth organisations during May and June. To facilitate this we have very kindly been awarded part funding by the town council to purchase boules for use by the youths of the town.


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Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding, a craft which can enable you to make a variety of beautiful and practical models. The aim is to create a paper sculpture through folding alone – no cutting or gluing of the paper. Square sheets of paper are used, and while there are numerous simple patterns for beginners, professional origamists are able to produce the most exquisite pieces.


Origami has been practiced in Japan since the Edo period (1603–1867). While napkin folding was popular in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, it wasn’t until much later that Europe took up an interest in paper folding. The British Origami Society was founded in 1967.

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While you can make origami sculptures of any size, the standard size for origami paper is 6x6 inches, as well as 3-inch squares for mini origami, and 10-inch squares for larger pieces. It’s better to use proper origami paper, which is thinner and easier to fold, and often comes in a variety of colours and patterns.

Practical uses

As well as making decorative pieces, origami can be used for practical items. With hot weather just around the corner, folding yourself an origami paper fan will come in handy this summer. Other practical designs can yield card holders, gift boxes, envelopes, coasters, chopstick cases and bookmarks.

Learning to do it

While there are numerous YouTube channels teaching origami, I’ve always found the best to be Each pattern has a printable step-by-step diagram, and most videos also have an animated version at various speeds. Patterns are rated by difficulty, and there are patterns for everything from traditional cranes and cute animals to dinosaurs and UFOs. Even young children can master simple origami patterns, and it makes a great rainyday activity.


In 2018, 2,500 origami doves flocked to Salisbury Cathedral following the nerve agent attack. A symbol of peace and hope, the installation echoed those on permanent display in Japan at locations like Nagasaki Peace Park, where there are thousands of paper cranes.

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You may need to do a bit of research on the perfect environment for your particular bee requirements, but in essence, tubes or reeds are used to allow solitary bees to lay their eggs. The reeds you use must be free of splinters inside, have the end closed and allow moisture to exit. Reeds, or rolled up paper, tend to be better than drilled wood as they can be easily replaced each year, reducing the chance of spreading disease. Make sure there is an overhanging roof so that the nesting bees stay dry and out of the wind.


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One of the great pleasures in life has to be sitting outside on a summer evening, glass of wine in hand, gazing in reverie at your precious plot. But what are you sitting on? Is your furniture environmentally friendly? What about that lovely decking, or your garden shed? As gardeners we have a responsibility which extends far beyond our boundary. Trees are vital to the planet. They convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and act as environmental filters, offsetting the effects of pollution. They also provide a habitat for birds and animals. Like many gardeners I take a keen interest in environmental matters so it came as a shock when I read recently that that every year our tiny island imports more unsustainably produced wood than anywhere else in the world! A good proportion of this wood is used to make garden buildings, furniture, fencing and decking. I was thrilled, therefore, to read about the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and their certification programme for sustainable produced and sourced wood?

The FSC was founded in 1993, in response to public concern about deforestation. The council devised a wood-labelling scheme which allows a product to be traced right back down the supply chain from the consumer to its source. Any product bearing the FSC logo is guaranteed to be from forests which are carefully managed to conserve biodiversity and support local communities. Unfortunately not all garden suppliers stock products which are FSC approved. So we need to demand that they do. The world’s forests are in decline. Some tropical hardwoods are already on the verge of extinction, and temperate forests in the northern hemisphere are also suffering because of unregulated tree-felling. As a gardener and lover of our environment I feel more comfortable knowing that I’m not contributing to the destruction of our planet. If you’re replacing your garden furniture this year, ask to see the FSC certified label. Many companies are now producing furniture made from recycled PVCs so thats worth checking out!

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‘The Keeper’ (15) Weds 26th June at 7.30pm, Calne A Real Life romance /drama. The extraordinary story of German POW Bert Trautman. Facing much hostility and abuse for being German but Trautman went on to be signed to Manchester City securing victory for his team in the 1956 Cup. Tickets £6.00 from the information centre.

ANNUAL WILTSHIRE ARMED FORCES & VETERANS’ CELEBRATIONS Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th Trowbridge Park, 10am and 4pm.

Highlights this year are sure to be a WWI tank loaned by the Norfolk Tank Museum, and a flypast each day from the iconic Supermarine Spitrfire, which has an association with the town, having been manufactured on the Bradley Road during the Second World War. With music from choirs and bands, vintage vehicles, reenactments and much more, this free event is a summer occasion with something for everyone.

@ The Old Moravian Church, Malmesbury Sunday 30 June, 2.30pm, A flap-tastic fact-filled family comedy by The Last Baguette Theatre Company. Live music, puppetry and physical comedy. Suitable for ages 4+. Workshop for 5-11 year olds: Wednesday 26 June, 4pm. To book: 01666 829258 or Also visit 78

Stan & Ollie [PG] Wednesday June 19th Grittleton Village Hall Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the legendary movie icons, Stan & Ollie is the heart-warming story of what would become the pair’s triumphant farewell tour. Tickets £6 adults from Lesley on 01249 783157 or email Doors open 7pm, programme starts at 7.30pm /

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Patients and their families face tough challenges every single day and staff at the RUH are always there to guide, support and care for them, day in and day out. The funds raised from a skydive helps the charity invest in extra-special equipment and facilities that make a real difference to everyone at the hospital, that goes above and beyond what standard NHS funding can afford.

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THE SOUTH To celebrate their 10th year anniversary and 30 years since The Beautiful South released ‘Song For Whoever’, The South are back this Summer, with a 2019 UK Tour playing shows up and down the whole of the UK. The South are an impressive 9 piece band who feature former members of The Beautiful South including singer Alison Wheeler and lifelong sax player Gaz Birtles. Since Dave

Hemingway, the original singer, left the group at the end of 2016, Gaz has moved across to front the band with Alison and taken on vocal duties. They play the songs made famous by The Beautiful South and bring back the full flavour and arrangements with this exciting live band. After a successful year of touring the theatres and festivals of the UK up and down the country, The South are keeping alive all

those timeless songs - A Little Time (the number one single), Perfect 10, Rotterdam, Song For Whoever, Old Red Eyes Is Back, Good as Gold, Don't Marry Her plus many more singles and album tracks as well as a few choice South originals. All performed again live, these songs span an impressive 20 year career starting way back in 1989! Come on! Let’s Carry On… Regardless!

The South are: Alison Wheeler (Vocals), Gaz Birtles (Vocals), Phil Barton (Guitars), Steve Nutter (Bass), Dave Anderson (Drums), Karl Brown (Percussion), Gareth John (Trumpet), Su Robinson (Sax), Andy Price (Keys).

For more information on THE SOUTH, and for a full list of their summer 2019 UK dates, please check out the following website & social media links:


@thesouthuk FOR ANY FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE SOUTH PLEASE CONTACT: Maria Philippou @ M P Promotions | Tel: 0161 494 7934 / Mobile: 0780 119 1784 94 The Town Crier Magazine | JUNE 2019 Email: / Website -

THE SOUTH play Devizes Corn Exchange Saturday 22nd June 2019!

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