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Table Talk

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tower of london Sat 9th March 2019 Adult Ticket: £47.00* Child Ticket: £25.00*

kew gardens Thu 21st March 2019 Adult Ticket: £38.00* Child Ticket: £19.00*

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west somerset railway Sat 30th March 2019 Adult Ticket: £46.00* Child Ticket: £27.00*

exbury gardens Mon 8th April 2019 Adult Ticket: £35.00* Child Ticket: £21.00*

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portsmouth historic dockyard Tue 9th April 2019 Adult Ticket: £55.00* Child Ticket: £35.00*

royal hospital chelsea tour & covent garden Thu 11th April 2019 Adult Ticket: £54.00* Child Ticket: £45.00*

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Mon 8th April 2019 Adult Ticket: £41.00* Child Ticket: £26.00*

Sun 24th March & Mon 22nd April 2019 Adult Ticket: £20.00 Child Ticket: £14.00

cardiff Sat 13th April 2019 Adult Ticket: £22.00 Child Ticket: £14.00

liverpool fc stadium tour Mon 15th April 2019 Adult Ticket: £51.00* Child Ticket: £45.00*

berkeley castle Wed 17th April 2019 Adult Ticket: £29.00* Child Ticket: £24.00*

kensington or park lane, london Wed 17th April 2019 Adult Ticket: £22.00 Child Ticket: £14.00

london zoo Wed 17th April 2019 Adult Ticket: £22.00 Child Ticket: £14.00

legoland windsor Thu 18th April 2019 Adult Ticket: £49.00* Child Ticket: £44.00*

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Home From Home Feature

Editor’s Letter

Visit Mauritius and Iceland

March!! Are you familiar with the proverb 'In like a lion, out like a lamb”? It means that when March starts it is still winter and by the end of the month Spring has begun. You learn something every day at The Town Crier!!! If you want to know what the phrase 'Mad as a March Hare' means, read Jo Deacon's explanation on page 29.

Building & Home Improvement From P92

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The Town Crier is evolving!

Whatever the saying, we are definitely on the right side of summer! The daffodils are all in bud and looking around my garden this morning, the sure signs of Spring are there to see, although, with the unusually warm weather we have had towards the end of February one can't help thinking the snow will come back and bite us on the backside in April!!!!!

Wiltshire Air Ambulance demand for skills

In this month's edition we feature Trowbridge, specifically the famous indoor market. We have a new Home from Home Feature which we will run regularly so keep your eyes peeled for the latest trends for your home.

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Spinach & Ricotta Lasagne Table Talk: The George & Dragon, Rowde

Starting this month is 'Table Talk', our new monthly feature profiling a local pub or restaurant. This month Chippy, from The George and Dragon, talks to us about his team, his business and his resident ghost!

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Take your fund raising to new heights with Wiltshire Air Ambulance Local feature: Be a part of Trowbridge history

If your feeling adventurous there are lots of challenges and events to get involved in – read all about them inside!!

Mad as a March Hare Mothering Sunday or Mother's Day?

Last but not least A Happy Mother's Day to one and all.

Challenge Events with Juila's House A good read ! Garden View: Hardy Annuals

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Aesthetically, it’s a fantastic looking bike that just happens to be electrically assisted. It’s the reason we integrated the battery and motor into the design of the bike frame. No obvious electronics. No e-bike stigma. Just a relatively low-price tag, tiny running costs, and superb build quality, what’s not to love? Come and visit us in our new store in the heart of Pewsey to see our great electric bikes. We have the electric bike for you. Whether you are looking for an everyday commuter or an off road bike with superb performance when the going gets rough, visit our store today! For more information visit: www.mark2.co.uk The Town Crier Magazine | MARCH 2019

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A Family Day Out at Bowood House & Gardens OPEN: 30th MARCH - 3rd NOVEMBER 2019

Discover the rich and fascinating history of Bowood House and the Lansdowne family, set within 2000 acres of beautifully landscaped Capability Brown parkland. Come and play in our iconic outdoor adventure playground with its life size pirate ship, plunge down the infamous space dive, take the daring walk through Hermits cave, discover Bowood’s magical waterfall and so much more.

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TAKE YOUR FUNDRAISING TO NEW HEIGHTS FOR WILTSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE! ADVENTURE seekers who want to get off the ground can take part in new and exciting events while raising funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance. The charity’s 2019 bumper events calendar includes an abseil, skydive and a Snowdon challenge. New this year is a 200ft abseil down Avon Gorge on 14 April, plus a triple challenge involving cycling, climbing and kayaking in Snowdonia National Park on 7-8 June. A skydive at Old Sarum Airfield near Salisbury, on 2 June, is the other main challenge event. Kenresa Stratford, events co-ordinator at Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said: “We are delighted to launch our 2019 events calendar and we hope there is something that will appeal to everyone. This year we have some really exciting new challenges - an abseil down Avon Gorge and our Snowdon Challenge – plus our popular skydive. “With our new challenges we wanted to offer our supporters something different that will really push them to get out of their comfort zone or a tick off their bucket list and we hope these events offer just that. “Participating in our events is a great way to raise funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, while taking on the challenge of experiencing 14

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something that you may never have considered before. “We rely on donations to keep saving lives and have to raise £3.75 million a year. We are not funded directly by the Government and receive no National Lottery grants.“ For people who prefer land-based events there are walking and running challenges to get involved in to support Wiltshire Air Ambulance, including the Devizes Half Marathon on 7 April, the Royal Wootton Bassett Triathlon on 12 May and the Race to the Stones on 13-14 July. In addition, the charity’s Ambassadors, Nick and Annette Mason, are once again opening the gardens at Middlewick House, Corsham, on 3-4 August (also raising funds for The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust), while in Air Ambulance Week, from 9-15 September, supporters will be encouraged to dress in yellow and green to match the colours of the charity’s helicopter and bring £1 to school or work.

For more information and how to get involved in the events supporting Wiltshire Air Ambulance, go to the charity’s website www.wiltshireairambulance.co.uk/events/

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Paul, your Castle Place Butcher can supply a good selection of meats all, locally sourced. This family run business, with 40 years experience very often has excellent special offers available.

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right to hold markets in Trowbridge helping it become a small town. As well as weekly markets Trowbridge had an annual fair, which attracted buyers and sellers from a much wider area. This makes Trowbridge one of the oldest market towns in the country. In 1860, William Stancomb, offered to build the town’s first Market Hall, on a plot adjacent to his home, The Limes. 2 years later, in 1862, the Hall opened for traders.

A large cattle market was later added at the rear followed by the erection of Castle Place shopping centre in 1974.

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Method: In a large pan add olive oil and cook the chicken on medium high heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until browned and cooked through, until it is no longer pink in centre. Remove chicken and set aside on a plate. Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese.

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The Juice Generation Using juice as part of a healthy diet is a great way to supplement whole foods with a different way of kickstarting heathy momentum in your body.

You could add a juice to your normal breakfast, or try a thicker one as a replacement for your lunch - switch a sandwich with a flask of power-packed nutrients and see how you start to feel. This ginger recipe is a great juice to have any time of day - you may enjoy this in the evening instead of tea.

Ginger Warmth A fabulous juice to support your immune system and wake up those taste buds! Add more ginger as you get used the spicy taste - in our book, the stronger, the better! In this recipe we have included apples and carrots which will help to temper the warmth of the ginger.

Ingredients: 2 medium apples, cut into eighths 5 carrots (no need to peel) 1/2 inch fresh ginger 1/4 lemon (remove peel to avoid bitterness)

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MOVIOLA CALNE & DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB Marden House, Calne Thursday, 14th March, 2019

We invite you to a demonstration on by the well known National Demonstrator Coral Gardiner. Coral will be demonstrating the possibilities of Nature's Wonderful Spring Palette. Doors open at 7.00pm for the 7.30pm demonstration. Cost £5.00 at the door. Coral's arrangements will be raffled during our break for refreshments. For further information contact: email: lorphen04@gmail.com telephone 01249 812995

A Star is Born [15] Grittleton Village Hall, Wednesday March 27th Four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper makes his directorial debut, and also stars alongside multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Lady Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer, until she meets Jack. In addition to playing Ally, Gaga performs original songs in the film with Cooper. Tickets £6 adults from Lesley on 01249 783157 or email l_palmer@btinternet.com Please let me know beforehand if you'd like tickets as we cannot guarantee a seat if the film's very popular and you just turn up on the night. We wouldn't want you to be disappointed!! www.moviola.org / www.grittleton.info

THE BJ BIG BAND

Kings Arms Hotel, Malmesbury Saturday, March 30th, 8PM The BJ Big Band Presents an exciting evening of big band music. We are a swing band with Saxes, Trumpets, Trombones and Rhythm section, which is the same formation as Count Basie, Duke Ellington or Glenn Miller, not to mention more recent bands such as the Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, playing a variety of jazz and swing style music in the big band style. Tickets, £7.50, are available from The Wild Food Company, 22 High Street, Malmesbury or online at www.bj-bigband.org.uk

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Abbey Malmesbury   7:30pm Saturday 9th March 2019    Tickets - £18 (£5 students) from mamsmusic.co.uk Abbey bookshop01666 824924

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Wiltshire’s Leading Heating and Plumbing Company celebrates 15th Anniversary with Charity Ball

John and Debbie Williams, co-founders of one of Wiltshire’s most successful heating and plumbing companies, are hosting a charity Black Tie Ball to celebrate 15 years in business. The pair, who started their company from their Chippenham home in 2004, now employ a team of 26 and are known as the ‘go-to’ company serving Wiltshire and Bath.

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Dedicated to their community, John Williams Heating Services, is also known for the charitable projects they support and the community events they sponsor every year including the Chippenham Half Marathon, the Chippenham Soap Box Derby and the Chippenham Christmas Light Switch On.

Their gala ball, taking place on Saturday April 13 at the Neeld Community and Arts Centre in the High Street, will raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. Tickets are £30 each. This charity is close to John and Debbie’s hearts after Steve Williams, John’s father, passed away suddenly in December 2017 due to heart failure at the age of 75. John has already personally raised £1,500 for the charity by running the Chippenham Half Marathon. Debbie said: “Running a small business is hard work and also a huge privilege and we believe in celebrating every milestone as well as giving back. This event allows us to celebrate with friends, families and fellow business owners while doing something good to support research into heart disease – something which has affected our family and many others.” John said: “We want to celebrate with everyone who has been part of our journey in business and thank them for their support and loyalty over the last 15 years. We could not have imagined when we started out where we would be today.”

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SPRING TABLE-TOP SALE TOWN HALL MOVIOLA Weds 20th March Peterloo’ (12A) This is the story of the 1819 massacre when government troops charged into a crowd of 60000 people who were peacefully protesting against poverty and demanding government reform. Starring Maxine Peak and Roy Kinnear. Doors open 7.00pm. Film starts 7.30pm. Refreshments available. Tickets £6.00 available from the Information Office.

EASTER CHILDREN’S SPORTS CAMP St Mary’s Calne Sports Centre. Monday 8th-Friday 12th April 2019 8.30am-3.30pm. A fun packed multi sports holiday camp for children aged 8-16 years. Pricing starts from just £22.00 per day Find out more on our website: www.smcsports.co.uk.

WESSEX CONCERT ORCHESTRA Malmesbury Abbey Saturday 30th March at 7.30pm

Wessex Concert Orchestra is returning to Malmesbury Abbey for its Spring Concert ‘Romantic Favourites’ which features the wonderful Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the exciting rising star soloist Charlie Lovell-Jones.

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Town Hall, Cricklade Saturday 16 March, 11am to 1pm If you're a Table-Top seller, get in quick and call 01793 750516 to book your table, at just £6. Setting-up is from 10am. If you're a Table-Top browser, who knows what you might find? The Cricklade band will have our famous eat-in or takeaway bacon rolls, home-made cake array, tea, coffee, games of chance and a raffle or two.

MARDEN HOUSE RECITAL

Sunday 24th March 2019 at 3.00 pm Marden House, Calne The London Bridge Trio: one of Britain’s leading chamber ensembles comprising David Adams – violin, Kate Gould – cello and Daniel Tong – piano. Their programme will feature works by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann.   Tickets: £14 Adults, £1 Full-time Students. Available from: Calne Information Centre,  www.marlboroughboxoffice.co.uk or at the door. More information at  www.mardenhouseconcerts.co.uk The concert also includes the Peter Schmoll Overture by Weber and concludes with the Tchaikovsky’s jubilant 5th Symphony. Tickets available at £12 (£10 concessions and £5 under 16) from Malmesbury Abbey Bookshop, Michaels’ of Malmesbury or www.wco.org.uk. Book early in order not to be disappointed. For further information contact: Liz Fleming marketing@wco.org.uk 07773190776


MAD AS A MARCH HARE!

If you are ever lucky enough in Springtime to be close enough to a field where rabbits skip merrily through the grass, you might also see the comical sight of large rabbit like creatures with long upright ears charging after each other, only to come to a dead stop, rear up on their hind legs, and proceed to knock seven bells out of each other. These antics are played out over and over again until, as though tired of their “game” they both lop away out of sight, the winner to find a lady love ready for his advances. As they behave quite mad in their breeding season, which is always March, the phrase “mad as a march hare eventually came about and is now a common phrase used to describe anyone considered full of daft behaviour, silly ideas, or just plain crackers. That phrase is much older than you’d imagine, being coined around 1520 and in medieval times up to around the present day, could be considered a derogatory description,

unless, as is the case today, used in fun. The hares latin name is Lepus Europaeus, which shows it was a creature widely known in Greece. It is well known, as are its smaller cousins, the rabbit, almost over the entire world, its fur used for all manner of clothing and its meat used for the cooking pot. In Judaism however, the rabbit is considered unclean and not to be used in any way whatsoever, for although it chews its cud, it does not have a divided hoof. That must seem a little strange to us not of their faith, but it is true nonetheless. Rabbits and hares are both well known for their somewhat abundant fertility, and as such were once ancient symbols of fertility worshipped by the Aztecs, who were paranoid both about fertility and the failure of their crops – no

doubt due to the voracious appetites of the furry creatures. The Aztecs believed the animals survived on their wits alone, so had they even realised their crop failure was due mainly to them, no doubt they would still have treated them as some sort of deity and worshipped them. Traditionally the boxing hares and fluffy rabbits, in some cultures are still seen as symbols of fertility, abundance, comfort and vulnerability. Also for sentiment, desire, and understandably – procreation. By Jo Deacon 2019

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MOTHERING SUNDAY

or Mother’s Day? Falling on Sunday 31st March this year, Mothering Sunday is a tradition that can be dated back to the ancient Greeks and Romans who held festivals in honour of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”

In the 16th century, the practice of returning to one’s ‘mother church’ – the main church in a parish or diocese - for a service on the fourth Sunday in Lent became the basis for Mothering Sunday. Whilst it is celebrated on different days depending on where you are in the world, the modern-day sentiment is much the same. Anna Jarvis from West Virginia, wanted to honour her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honour all mothers because she believed a mother is "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world". In 1908 she held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton and by 1911 most states were observing the holiday. As things progressed however, it was clear that she fully objected to the commercialisation of the holiday and that profit shouldn’t be made from it.

That said, it is true that we all enjoy being able to spoil our mums (or other mother figures) on this particular day. Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day? Mothering Sunday is the traditional name for the fourth Sunday in Lent – three weeks before Easter – celebrated by Christians mainly in Europe, and is treated as a day to shower mums with gifts. But Mother’s Day is now the modern name but the premise remains the same.

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March 31st is Mothers’ Day and I wonder if I’m the only mum who finds it irritating? I mean, I love flowers and chocolates as much as anyone, but I value them more when they come ‘just because’, rather than because Clinton Cards emailed a prompt. And don’t get me started on Primary schools and their ‘Mothers’ Day mornings. Rearranging my working day so my child won’t be disappointed by my absence is stress I don’t need…I thought Mothers’ Day was supposed to be about me! No, Mothers’ Day feels phoney. My husband is a hands-on dad, who knows how to cook and wield a vacuum cleaner; but if I didn’t remind him about Mothers’ Day he’d forget, and so would the kids, because he wouldn’t remind them.

which wasn’t my aim, because I didn’t care.

post-it that read ‘For Mothers’ Day because I know it’s your favourite’; and a few weeks after that my nine-year-old drew me the most beautiful picture of a dragon because he knows I like dragons.

So, we had a chat. I told them I knew they loved me, and Mothers’ Day wasn’t important to me, but perhaps each of them could pick a time when they did something little and nice for me, when I least expected it, and tell me it was for Mothers’ Day. I don’t think I expected much to happen, other than to free them (and me) from social pressure, but a few weeks later my 12-year-old left a dark chocolate Bounty Bar on my desk one evening (food of the Gods and difficult to find!), with a little

Somehow those gifts felt more real than any I’d received before. I’ve not mentioned it again this year. Maybe they’ll remember, maybe they won’t. Maybe I’ll get another dark chocolate Bounty… I won’t complain. By Kath McLean

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mmortal Sport’s Stourhead Weekend offers family fun for athletes of all abilities.

the Weekend takes place at Stourhead National Trust, Wiltshire, on 11th and 12th May 2019. The weekend is fun for the whole family, with a 10k race, sprint and half triathlons, kids fun run, and access to the National Trust estate. The event is Immortal Sport’s first outdoor swim of the year, and is the only opportunity to swim in Stourhead’s famous lake. Immortal Stourhead offers a unique and beautiful location for the whole family to get involved. For seasoned athletes, there is the chance to win the Triple Crown.

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Not only is the Stourhead triathlon the only opportunity to swim in the beautiful Stourhead lake all year, visitors can also enjoy one of the country’s best loved National Trust properties when the competition is over. The beautiful Stourhead house is surrounded by picturesque grounds, and has a pub and café on site. The event is an attainable goal for first time triathletes, a positive start for new runners aiming for a 10k, and a unique opportunity for seasoned competitors, that keeps people coming back year after year. Stourhead National Trust’s Garden and Estate Manager, Alan Power, has competed in the Stourhead triathlon weekend. He said: “The Immortal events at Stourhead are very close to my heart. I manage the gardens and the estate at Stourhead and have been

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running around the estate training for different events for over 20 years… Seeing the swimmers, cyclists, and runners over the years leave their heart and soul all over this amazing event is truly inspiring. The support they receive from friends, family, and strangers is wonderful to see. One of the most important aspects to me is the respect and care shown by everyone during the event for Stourhead, this applies to the team who set up and organise the event, the competitors, and the supporters, its amazing and really appreciated. “I will be running the 10k in 2019 and may well be back in the water in 2020. There’s a compelling draw about this event and I can't quite place what makes me want to do it again, but that’s the Immortal Events at Stourhead: compelling, amazing, beautiful… and not easy!”


Immortal Sport’s 2019 season kicks off with the Yeovil Half Marathon on 31st March, the Wincanton Triathlon, on 28th April, which acts as a great target for anyone picking up running in 2019, and good preparation for the Brighton and London Marathons for more experienced athletes. Jody Foy, Immortal Sport Director, said: “The Immortal Stourhead Weekend is one of our favourite events of the year. It’s great to see familiar faces returning year after year, and it goes to show what an inspirational and unique event Stourhead offers for both competitors and spectators. “We understand the passion and dedication that goes into training for these events, and hope that our unbeatable locations are as rewarding as crossing the finish line.”

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This Spring readers of The Town Crier have the opportunity of making or updating their Will with Goodwills and helping a charity of their choice, at no additional cost. Goodwills Legal Services Ltd is a well established regulated law firm that has been assisting local families for many years. Goodwills offers a helpful and professional home visit service that assists people with Wills, Home Protection Trusts, Lasting Powers of Attorney, prepaid funeral plans and a range of other related services. Goodwills will make a substantial donation to a charity of the reader’s choice when they mention the Market Magazine and nominate a favourite good cause. A donation will also be made for other work such as Lasting Powers of Attorney and prepaid funeral plans. There is no additional cost to customers who will still benefit from low prices such as only £88 for a standard Single Will or only £148 for two standard Mirror Wills for a couple.

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We offer an individual, caring and professional service to local people and I am delighted that we will also be able to support Market Magazine readers’ favourite charities in this way. I am sure local people will be pleased to know they are helping a favourite charity whilst also gaining the peace of mind and protection of a professionally drawn up Will, Trust, Lasting Power of Attorney or prepaid funeral plan. Appointments can be booked by contacting Senior Consultant Michael Rhodes: tel: 01225 683062 email: info@goodwillslocal.co.uk website: www.goodwillslocal.co.uk

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CHALLENGE E JULIA’S HOUSE SEEKS PARTICIPANTS FOR 2019 CHALLENGE EVENTS. Julia’s House,

the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospice charity, is inviting people to sign up to one of their Challenge fundraising events for 2019. The five events offer an exciting opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and achieve something truly amazing, whilst raising funds to help children living with life-limiting conditions. Choose from a Jurassic Coast trek, a tandem skydive, two cycle challenges – one through Mallorca’s stunning coastal scenery or one closer to home in the Dorset/Wiltshire countryside - or you may prefer to pull on your running shoes and take part in the popular Bournemouth Marathon Festival.

“By signing up to one of our 2019 Challenge events you can make a big difference to the lives of local, lifelimited children and their families,” explains Hannah Miller, Challenge Events Manager for Julia’s House. “We rely on events like this to help us throw a lifeline to mums and dads facing their own enormous challenges every day.” The season begins on 8 June with the Jurassic Coast Trek – a challenging 13 or 26 mile hike which takes

in breathtaking views along Dorset’s stunning coastline. Begin the walk at Osmington for the full trek, passing landmark sights including Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, or join the trail at Kimmeridge for a shorter option as you make your way to Acton Field Campsite near Swanage.  All participants will be able to celebrate their achievements with a complimentary hog roast and glass of prosecco at the finish line. Could you be brave for just one minute to help a child feel brave for a lifetime? Take part in The Big Jump on 3 August and experience the thrill of a tandem skydive, jumping from 13,000 feet under the control of an experienced instructor. A dedicated contact at Julia’s House will give you one-toone support all the way and will be there on the day to watch your jump at the Army Parachute Association near Salisbury. New for 2019 is the Mallorca Cycle Challenge (12-16 September), an epic 4-day adventure during which you will conquer the best  and most picturesque climbs on the island, including the iconic Sa Colbara, Puig Major and the breathtaking Cap de Formentor. 

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When you read the words Dr Martens, what do you think of? Skinheads? Clowns? Workmen? Or high fashion? Because in spite of being associated with all the groups above, Dr Martens have remained one of the most consistently cool items of clothing in the past 50 years.   They really were invented by a doctor too, Dr. Klaus Maertens, a German army doctor. He injured his foot while skiing and found standard issue WWll army boots very uncomfortable and not at all conducive to recovery. So, he designed his own shoe, which replaced the leather soul with one which had air-cushioning. Originally the boots were sold as orthopaedic devices and bizarrely the majority of its customers for the first fifteen years were housewives, mainly over forty years old.   But then an advert for the boots with the aircushioned sole caught the eye of the Griggs family, who ran a shoe company in Britain, specialising in sturdy work boots, and they bought the patent.   They made a few tweaks to the design, including reshaping the heel, and they also anglicised the name. The classic yellow-stitched Dr. Martens AirWair boot was launched on April 1st, 1960. The date gave rise to the name 1460. This footwear was no April Fool joke though. The boots quickly became popular with factory workers, postmen and police officers.   But these were not the kind of people known for inspiring fashion choices so how did Dr. Martens become so cool?   It started with youth sub-cultures, like Mods and Skinheads, who adopted the boots as symbols of working-class pride. There was some irony in the fact that when these groups clashed with police BOTH sides were wearing

Dr. Martens! Pete Townsend of The Who is generally credited with giving Dr. Martens international exposure, when he chose to wear them on stage at concerts. From about 1966 they began to gain fashion status, generally by groups who associated themselves with antestablishment values. Punks, Goths, New Wave and Grunge groups all embraced the Dr. Marten, and they gradually became more mainstream with Britpop. But by the new Millennium sales were dropping. The Dr. Marten 1460 was seen as old. Eventually the company moved production to China.   In 2004 a new line of footwear was introduced, deliberately designed to appeal to younger buyers. They were softer, easier to break in and had a translucent heel. This paid off and sales began to climb again. In 2012 Dr. Martens had its best year for sales ever. Shortly after they were sold to the investment firm Permira, and have continued to rise in popularity ever since, becoming a mainstream wardrobe staple.   I wonder what the original Dr. Martens would make of all that! By Sarah Davey 

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HOME FOCUS

AA touch Touchof theof Blues the Blues Cool and calming on the senses, a shade of blue in any room can instantly settle a busy mind, and with the right hue, will transport you off to warmer climes and sunnier days.

on painted units rather than overpowering the space with a dark colour. Use a bright, neutral colour on the other walls to contrast with the blue and balance the room. The obvious choice, of course, is white but you may introduce a touch of the nautical by doing so. Avoid this by using a lighter grey or cream instead.

Using blue in your home does not mean that you will feel cold - coupled with the right accent colours you can create an inviting and fresh space that invigorates the senses.

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Crystal lights and candles create sparkle and warmth which work beautifully with blue shades, especially when you add a wood texture to the room using frames, shelves or larger pieces such as sideboards and tables. Once the sun has gone down, darker shades of blue create a cosy feel, especially if they are coupled with copper or creams in the soft furnishings and accessories. Use blue on key walls such as either side of a chimney breast or

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HOMEFIX OPENS

Should our quote be accepted we would normally try and schedule the work within 1 week where required. We will also accept card payments.

Homefix opens new town centre shop premises for its local property maintenance company. Now welcoming all customers new and old through their doors to deal with any home maintenance problem you may encounter.

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Most of our customers come back year after year, because they know we are reliable and skilled, a company they can trust. Take a look at our website & facebook page or call into our office in Silver Street, Trowbridge, we’re currently open to the public Monday – Friday 9 am – 5.30 pm. We look forward to meeting you, and discussing your needs. Call Us - 01225 800537 / 07538 206917 Email Us - info@homefixservicesltd.co.uk

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S AND STILL ON THE R A E UP Y 5 1

Calne firm 1st Choice Stairlifts have just celebrated their 15th year in business. The company, based on Porte Marsh Industrial Estate, started in 2004 and that year were winners of the Calne and North Wiltshire New Business Award competitions. They also won

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We started the company because we felt that we could give customers a better, more local service to help Calne’s Retailer of people use the the Year for Porte stairs safely and Marsh in 2018. live independently 15 years on, the company is in the home they still growing strong having love. just had their best year yet. The family run firm is headed by husband and wife team Coral and Colin Major, who together have

In 15 years we’ve installed over 4,500 lifts and maintain over 50 years of around 4,000 lifts stairlift expertise, a year, making having both worked for difference to the manufacturers before a setting up 1st Choice customers quality Stairlifts. They now employ of life – the ultimate 15 members of staff in their office and on the road in job satisfaction covering Wiltshire, Swindon, for us. Bath, Somerset, Bristol, Hampshire, Gloucestershire and Berkshire.

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1st Choice Stairlifts have grown to be one of the biggest and most successful stairlift retailers in the UK, but they still retain that personal service to customers. They provide an independent choice of stairlift and Homelift brands and their team of engineers install, repair, service and remove a range of lift models. 1st Choice Stairlifts were also headline sponsors of the Calne Festival of Light in 2018.


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Press Release

urday 6th July 2013, DL Windows was proud to launch its new showroom on Malmesbury Road ppenham, Wiltshire. The fantastic weather and combined offer of a free BBQ certainly helped he day a huge success, bringing in many new customers to see the range of windows, doors and vatories on offer.

ayor of Chippenham, Sylvia Gibson, dropped by to visit the new showroom. “It was lovely to see velopments with this local company,” she said. “I would definitely consider using DL Windows in ure when I need new windows”.

nting from Chippenham was the proud winner of a £500 voucher to be used on any windows or and Susan Howell won a round of Golf for 4 people at Bowood Golf Club.

day, Duncan Hames, MP for Chippenham, visited the showroom and met the staff. He said “It is ouraging to see the development of local businesses that is able to provide new employment in DOORS CONSERVATORIES • ROOFLINE oughWINDOWS economic times.•It’s great to see• DL Windows taking on two apprentices and providing tw young people with the training and support they need as they begin their working lives.” Why choose us?

ot come and see the new showroom for yourself? Come and browse the complete product range • Family run business been right trading Wiltshire sincebrand 1968 ‘Inspirational Living @ DL’. There igh quality products for allthat’s budgets upinto the luxury hing for everyone, whatever your glazing needs! • Directly employed, professional tradesmen

• 10 Year Guarantee , it’s about excellent customer service, fantastic products in all price ranges and meeting people ant advice on how to best improve their homes, saidbudget Managing Director, Malcolm Lyus. • Highest quality products at a price that suits ”your

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The land of the Northern Lights Fancy a short break with flights from Bristol? With twice weekly flights to Reykjavik, you can enjoy a few days in the capital taking in excursions like The Blue Lagoon,

in the morning and a Northern Lights Hunt in the mountains in the evening .  For a full day try the Golden Circle Tour with Snowmobiling.  Ideas for excursions are endless. known for its healing and wellbeing qualities at a constant temperature of  37C-39C. Or maybe a Winter Whale Watching cruise

In summer why not try a different family holiday in Iceland with a Fly/ Drive Itinerary taking in the natural beauty of the island with its mountains, volcanos, waterfalls and glaciers. There are amazing hiking trails and don’t forget the beaches and swimming!

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Chippenham Pancake Race Pancake Day is just around the corner and to mark it, Chippenham Connected in partnership with Chippenham Town Council is organising this year’s Chippenham Pancake Race supported by Digiprint, Sarah Jayne’s Café & Chippenham FM. The event will take place on Tuesday 5th March at 4pm on the High Street in Chippenham with event host Monsieur Phillippe Fillope to oversee proceedings. It will be a fun and enjoyable event for all whether you take part with the race itself or cheer from the side-lines. The event will take place in the High Street and there will be 3 groups of races: children, adults and businesses – everyone is welcome to take part! With prizes available, including the John Williams Heating Services trophy for the winning business, this is a real community event and we encourage everyone to come along to support your local community. The race will go from the Town Hall to Wilko. Entry is free, however registering in advance is recommended. Participants will be provided with frying pans and pancakes (courtesy of Sarah-Jayne’s Café). Spectators are welcome to cheer and support along the route. If you’d like to come along and take part or would like more information, please email info@chippenhambid.co.uk.

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Add six drops of frankincense oil to any carrier oil of your choice and apply topically to the skin.The mixture can be used on any saggy part of the body like jowls or under eyes.

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Mix lavender oil with frankincense oil or any carrier oil of your choice. Then, apply to body first thing after a bath in the morning or just before you go to bed.

Neroli Oil:

Rub about four drops of Neroli oil on affected parts of the body. Applying it at night helps the body get the most benefit from therapeutic treatments

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4. Grapeseed Oil:

Pour few drops of grapeseed oil on your palms and rub together. After this, the body with the oil, concentrating on any part of the skin that needs tightening or healing. Apply the oil in the evening, before bed, and let it sit overnight for best results.

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5. Pomegranate Oil:

Pomegranate is applied by rubbing drops of it on the skin and massaging deeply into affected parts of the body. Apply the oil to clean skin and, if necessary, wash the area beforehand with a mild exfoliating scrub. Apply the oil in the evening, before bed, and let it sit overnight for best results.

Almond Oil:

A little drop of almond oil is powerful enough and can repair the skin if rubbed on every day. You can apply almond oil to every area of the skin, including under the eyes. Almond oil tightens the skin and leaves it soft and agile.

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SPIRES FITNESS Classes at Stanley Park, Chippenham. Term time. Fridays 9.30 - 10.30 (Class currently running - with spaces.) Fridays 10.30 - 11.30 (Class I am looking to start.) £7 a session if all sessions paid in advance for the term. £9 for one off sessions if space available. Bring a mat and a small towel. For details contact Nancy.

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In a Heartbeat... What are ectopic beats? Ectopic heartbeats are extra heartbeats that occur just before a regular beat. Ectopic beats are normal ad usually they are not a cause for concern. About 70% of medically normal adults without any symptoms at all have ectopic beats if monitored over 24 hours. They are far less common in children and are more likely to be a result of an underlying heart abnormality in those cases.

There are two types of ectopic beat: PAC - Premature atrial contractions, which begin in the upper chambers of the heart.

They can then become hyper-aware of any perceived differences in rhythm, and this can feed their anxiety. Most GPs can diagnose ectopic heartbeats from symptoms and by listening with a stethoscope. Sometimes they will arrange a precautionary electrocardiogram (ECG). If someone is aware of their ectopic beat only when they are sitting quietly, this is less of a concern than if the ectopics become noticeable after exercise, such as running upstairs.

PVC - Premature ventricular contractions, which begin in the lower chambers of the heart.

Ectopics are also of more concern if there is a history of a previous heart attack, or a family of heart disease. A GP will want to rule out complications such as ventricular tachycardia and arrhythmia.

An ectopic beat might be felt as an extra awareness of the heart beating; a feeling of faintness; a sensation of the heart stopping for a second, or a fluttering sensation in the chest.

If further investigation is required the GP might order an echocardiogram (heart ultrasound), or a coronary angiography, an MRI, a CT scan, or exercise testing.

The fact that some people become aware of their ectopic beats doesn’t automatically mean there is a problem. Most commonly people who become aware of their ectopic beats are also susceptible to anxiety. What tends to happen is that during an episode of anxiety their system is flooded with adrenalin and their heart begins to race.

In most cases ectopic heartbeats do not require treatment; however, there are certain well-known triggers. It can be helpful to review all medications and their possible interactions, stop smoking, reduce alcohol and caffeine intake, and reduce stress and anxiety as much as possible.

They become aware of their heart racing, and then suddenly they experience a (perfectly normal) ectopic beat, only it feels anything but normal to them because their heart is already racing.

Remember, most ectopic heartbeats are not a cause for concern, but if they are persistent, or you are worried, then consult your GP. By Louise Addison

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Local independent retailer, The Healthy Life Co Devizes, has some exciting news! Justina Pettifer, eco-warrior and owner of The Healthy Life Co is always on the look out for new ways to reduce her impact on the planet’s resources. Much of this work involves finding ways to reduce plastic waste. So it’s with pride, that Justina and her team can announce that The Healthy Life Co have embarked on a plastic free journey. They’ve made the decision to remove single-use plastics from their shelves and have installed a refill system in their shop. The refill system covers household products including washing up liquid, fabric softener, toilet cleaner, multipurpose household cleaners and hand soap. It also includes foods too, including seeds, nuts, dried fruit, flour and porridge oats. Justina and her team plan to add more to their refill service, so these products are just the tip of the iceberg! Customers can bring their own containers and buy as much or as little of each item as they like. Not only have they taken this fabulous step towards being plastic free, they’ve also launched a new online store, offering 14,000 healthy life products. (Which they’re led to believe is more than Amazon stocks.) They’ve embraced technology to offer their customers a unique service for such a small independent retailer. They’ve made it easy for customers to filter the products – filters include gluten free, dairy free, vegan, organic, British made and more. They’re also now offering a click and collect service to help engage the local community and a courier service for those further afield. Justina says that by making such a large range of products available online, on an easy to navigate website, she hopes that people make a choice to support a small, independent business. For more information visit www.yourhealthylifeshop.co.uk or email us on enquiries@thehealthylife.co.uk

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What is Functional Medicine and why should we care? by Helen Adams of Oakmead Clinic Too often we have conditions which are hard to treat we often visit the GP, but there’s no real answer for us. That’s why we should care and take notice of Functional Medicine.   Functional Medicine is all about you – it’s your story and how a myriad of causes throughout life can contribute to the set of symptoms we know as illness.  It started in America nearly 30 years ago and is now practised by doctors and nutritionists worldwide.  To date there are only about 25 fully qualified practitioners in the UK and only 16 of those are nutritionists. Functional medicine uses food as the first line of treatment before medication.  This doesn’t mean you should stop taking medications - it means you should see them as a “pill for an ill” – prescribed in order to manage symptoms.   If changes to your diet and lifestyle reduce your symptoms, then a conversation with your doctor should take place to ensure you are taking only as much as you need.  This can reduce the problem of ‘poly-pharmacy’ where one drug is prescribed to manage the side-effects of another drug. Lifestyle is incredibly relevant – from the amount of daily movement to the ability to cope with stress, and ‘me-time’ for better resilience to deal with the knocks of daily life.  Impacts on the immune system can result in all sorts of chronic health conditions, from auto-immune diseases to type 2 diabetes.   What would you expect from my consultation?  I will ask a lot of questions and then join the pieces together to get to the root cause of your issues.  We may need some more detailed lab tests, and I will certainly want a food diary.  I start from wherever you are right now, incorporating changes that are relatively easy and practical, and reviews are very important to see how your health is progressing.  

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Lending support to Trindledown Farm making a difference....

Trindledown Farm is a rescue and rehoming centre for elderly domestic and field animals. This very unique rescue centre relies solely on fundraising and donations. All our animals are thoroughly spoilt with sofas and TVs in the dog’s rooms, the cats have heated pens and our ponies, sheep and 7 alpacas roam the 10 acres of pasture land. Elderly animals make great companions for people looking to rehome a pet and can often suit those with the most sedentary of lifestyles. Our rehoming process ensures we find the right home for each animal in our care. Visiting our centre to meet our staff who are here to help you find the right pet. We then want to see you 3 more times so that you and your pet can start to bond. A home visit allows us to discuss more about life with a rescue pet and to help you prepare for the new arrival. Together we complete the paperwork so you can bring your new pet home. For more information visit our website www.nawt.org.uk or call the centre.

We do corporate team building days, volunteer days, group tours which may be of interest. We would love to continue working with local businesses and any new businesses in the future. Trindledown Farm has been lucky enough to have groups from Vodafone, SSE and Nationwide last year, and this year we hope to extend our company links further. The Teams always give us great feedback from their days, enjoying the change of scenery, pace and challenges we set them. Jobs varying depending on the size of teams, skills, time they have and interests. Photography, painting and decorating, design, building, plumbing, electrical, displays, baking, and marketing, are just a few of the areas that teams have worked with us on, the list really is endless. If you would like to arrange a visit to our centre, we’d be delighted to give you a guided tour of the facilities and talk you through the work we do here at NAWT and our hopes for the future. Alternatively, if you’d like to discuss any aspect of our work in more detail, please contact us on 01488 638584.

Family attraction open 7 days a week! 11am—4pm ENTRY IS BY DONATION All proceeds go to rescue and rehoming elderly animals at the centre. Come and see farm animals and domestic pets. NEW Trindledown Treasures; a unique destination for vintage and preloved gifts, apparel and much more. NEW BAILEY’S CAFÉ.

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Dinosaur Cove: Charge of the Three-horned Monster by Rex Stone

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Despite being extinct for 65 million years, dinosaurs still have the power to enthral young children and this series of books is sure to be popular with young readers who are building up the confidence to read alone. Jamie has recently moved to the south coast of England with his dad and into an old lighthouse with his grandad. Jamie’s dad has plans to turn the ground floor of the lighthouse into a Dinosaur Museum as the local area, known as Dinosaur Cove, is rich in Jurassic and Cretaceous fossils. However, what Jamie doesn’t expect to find is a hidden entrance to Dinosaur Island where there are real living dinosaurs. In this adventure Jamie and his new friend Tom discover what looks like houses on Dinosaur Island. Knowing people weren’t around at the same time as dinosaurs the boys decide to check them out with the help of Wanna, a friendly wannaosaurus. What will they find and how will the get through the huge pack of triceratops! A great read full of facts about dinosaurs means that the reader will learn without even realising!

For all of us our homes are the one place we feel safe. It is one of our human rights that no one can enter our home without due cause. For those of us who own our homes then they are also a financial investment and an investment for our children once we are gone. So, what if you came home one day to find a removal van outside your home. And someone else was moving in. This is what happens to Fi Lawson, one sunny winter day in January. There are no signs of her two young sons and her husband, Bram, just a family of strangers insisting that they £1.6 million house in a leafy suburb of London is now theirs. And so Fi’s life quickly unravels. This dual narrative novel tells the events leading up to that day from the point of view of both Fi and Bram, switching between their two accounts. At times this can lead to confusion as you forget that you know information from Bram that Fi doesn’t, but it is not a big issue.

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THIS MONTH – HARDY ANNUALS Hardy annuals: the name is an oxymoron. Hardy plants are supposed to be able to survive the winter aren’t they, but annuals, by their definition, don’t. In fact, the names hardy, half-hardy and tender, when applied to annuals, refer to the relative cold tolerance of the newly planted seeds. Hardy annual seeds can handle being frozen in the soil so are ideal for planting outside, either in the autumn or now. Productive, adaptable and cheap, they are the ideal credit-crunch plants.

is Prado Red, which as the name suggests, produces deep red flowers. If you pinch them out, they‘ll grow to five feet and produce numerous blooms on each plant. If sunflowers are the kings of the hardy annuals, then sweet peas are surely the fragrant queens. Old-fashioned or antique varieties tend to be best for scent though their flowers are slightly smaller. The great thing about sweet peas is that you have to pick them to prolong flowering so

They are also easy-to-grow, so are brilliant for beginner gardeners. For best results sow them as thinly as possible, cover lightly with sifted soil then firm it down. Protect them from cats and birds with netting until the seedlings are well established then thin them out to the distance recommended on the packet. Good flowers for the annualnovice include poppy, calendula, larkspur, friedegg plants (limnanthes), love-in-the-mist, clarkia and cornflowers. If I could grow only one it would be Nigella damascena (love-in-the-mist). It’s an old cottage-garden plant and ‘Miss Jekyll’ is a beautiful, soft, pure blue variety with the added bonus of stripy seed pods once the flowers have faded. The king of the hardy annuals though has to be the sunflower. Children particularly love to grow them. Sow them singly in small pots or directly into the earth. If you sow them directly, plant two seeds into each hole and thin to one once they are established. They may need to be staked as they grow. There are some terrific varieties. A favourite of mine 74

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you have a wonderful excuse to have a fragrant home all summer long. Sweet peas should be planted a little deeper than other annuals. They are very thirsty flowers. My granddad used to line his sweet pea trenches with lots of wet newspaper. He won prizes for his blooms, so he obviously knew a thing or two about it. Next time you’re at the garden centre...walk right on by the showy (and expensive) potted plants and head for the seed section. For a very small outlay you can add colour, shape, interest and completely transform your plot ...and if you don’t like it, you can always change it again next year.

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The mouse, if not immediately plunged into shock, will struggle. Glue traps or glue boards may be equated to the most horrendous form of human execution known throughout history; crucifixion. They are responsible for incalculable animal suffering. The animal dies a very slow and painful death of starvation, terror, dehydration and shock. Often the skin comes off as they struggle to become detached from the glue. They may even gnaw their own limbs off. Glue traps are indiscriminate; they also trap kittens, insects, birds, other wildlife (some endangered like hedgehogs) and even infant children!

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Many supermarkets and hardware stores in the UK have discontinued retailing these instruments of cruelty. Mice are sentient animals with intelligence, sensitivity, a conscious awareness of their own existences and complex communication skills. They deserve our protection. To subject them to such cruelty as was suggested in the advertisement cannot in any way be condoned. It has no part in a civilized society.

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Starting Your Seeds Starting your seeds indoors isn’t for the fairweather gardeners. Tomatoes, peppers, melons, lettuce, onions, peas, winter squash and cabbage are great options to get started off from seed.

When the weather is colder and your hands are itching to get gardening again, starting your seeds indoors is the perfect way to combine comfortable potting with practical growing.

Choose from a local garden centre and store in a cool, dry place (my grandad used to use an old biscuit tin for this) and accumulate some suitable containers for each seed. Egg boxes, yoghurt cartons, or any waxed cardboard can be turned into fabulous little receptacles for a seed. Just make sure that you pop a drainage hole into the bottom of each one. With your container in hand, fill each little hole with a seed-starting mix. These are fine grained and shouldn’t be packed hard into the container because the seedling needs to be able to push through it without difficulty. These can be purchased from most garden centres but keep an eye out for the ones which are designed specifically for seeds rather than general potting. A tablespoon generally works quite well. Once you’ve filled the containers add in the seeds. Check the packet instructions but generally you’ll be putting one seed into each container.

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Cover with plastic and then find a warm spot to allow the seeds to germinate. The soil itself needs to reach the right temperature before most seeds will start to germinate so bear this in mind if you drop the heat in your house during the night over colder spells. Keep an eye on the seeds and once they have sprouted, remove the cover to allow the air to start circulating. If you don’t remove the lid you may risk moisture building up around the seedling and cause damping-off. Make sure you rotate the containers in the space you have available so that they each get as much light as possible. Water the seedlings and keep the soil moist with a spray bottle. Keep an eye on the size of the seedlings so that they don’t crowd each other. Prepare them for the move to outside by giving them a taster of the weather for an hour a day for a couple of weeks before the official planting. Make sure they are in a sheltered spot. In a few months you’ll be enjoying the fruits of your labour when the little seedlings turn into full blown plants ready for harvesting.

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance operates until 3am and more than one in three of its missions last year were undertaken at night.

David Philpott, chief executive of Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said: “The call out figures for 2018 show there was an increased demand for our essential lifesaving service. When our helicopter is unable to fly our critical care paramedics are available to respond to medical emergencies in Rapid Response Vehicles. These vehicles have the same specialist medical equipment that is on-board our helicopter.

The largest number of call outs were to cardiac emergencies, 248 - almost one in four of the total incidents - while 220 - one in five incidents - were to road traffic collisions and one in ten incidents - 109 - involved children. In addition the team were called to 62 sporting accidents with almost half, 28, involving horse riders.

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But what are the Ides of March? In the ancient Roman calendar the Ides was one of three markers used each month, which related to the position of the moon. Ides comes from the Latin verb ‘to divide’. The Ides in March fell on the 15th and marked the full moon. It happens that Julius Caesar was murdered on March 15th, 44BC. He was stabbed to death by a group of Senators shortly after being declared ‘Dictator Perpetuus’, which means, ‘dictator for life.’ His death lead to the Liberators’ civil war and the new Principate period of the Roman Empire. So, the Ides of March is actually the anniversary of Julius Caesar’s murder and Shakespeare played on this with his oft-quoted soothsayer. People adopted the expression and it is still used as a warning that something bad could befall a person on this date.

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What’s more, Ford Performance has added Ride Control 1 valving. What is that, you ask? Well, basically, the damping hardens when you are hammering into corners and relaxes off when you are taking it easy cruising along. Torque vectoring springs have also been builtin to give a snappier turn-in; it is all ingenious stuff for a sub-£23,000 hot-hatch. But that is not all when it comes to the Fiesta ST’s technology and engineering. For the first time, a limited slip differential has been incorporated into the Ford, too; it’s part of the £850 Performance Package which also comprises ‘Performance Shift Lights’ and launch control. The Blue Oval’s fierce little beast fires from 0-62mph in

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Chippenham Soap Box Derby Chippenham Connected in partnership with Chippenham Town Council are thrilled to announce the third annual Chippenham Soap Box Derby, taking place on Sunday 19th May and are calling for hopeful racers to take their place on the starting line. Chippenham Soap Box Derby has quickly become a favourite annual event in the town since its first appearance in 2017, both with community and school groups, and also local businesses taking part. The event includes 50 races in handmade, non-power assisted karts along Chippenham’s High Street, overseen by the infamous Super Mario. Groups of all ages and abilities are invited to take part, because as Mario himself says: it’s not F1, it’s just for fun!

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Insurance fraud is a growing problem with vehicles. Some drivers purposely cause minor car accidents in order to put the blame on the other party, so they can extort money from the victim. The victim has no way of proving their innocence, so these people also fake injuries in order to collect the insurance money from their insurance companies. A dash cam will at least allow you to prove that you were not at fault in such a case.

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