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The Sun has got it's hat on - hip hip hip hooray! Yet another month has passed.Can you believe how time flies when you are having fun? If you have walked past the Town Crier offices recently you will notice our window display is all about 'Mad Hatters' - as we are a crazy bunch here! Which leads me nicely into choosing the perfect hat, should you have a wedding or perhaps graduation to attend? See our feature on page.. Travel seems to be on everyone's lips at the moment too...so if you don't have a holiday booked yet at 'Home or Away' see page 6 for lots of inspiration. Us ladies in the office, have planned a trip over to the Isle of Wight to meet with our designer, to keep him on his toes...only joking Richard! Really looking forward to that, I think if you can just step away from the usual routine, that's a holiday in itself! Cocktails have been a favourite with us lately, so as always see our Food and Drink section for ideas.

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Portugal

This year I’ve spoken to countless people heading to Portugal, and I was one of them! With good weather, stunning architecture, idyllic beaches, sumptuous food, extravagant wine and cheap accommodation, Portugal is a great budget choice with so much on offer. We chose Porto for its blend of museums, outdoor spaces and port wine culture, but there are many great locations around the country. Don’t pass up a tour of the famous wine cellars and make sure you try the bacalhau – salt dried cod.

Croatia

Gaining popularity, Croatia will soon be a natural choice for British holiday makers, particularly in summer. We went in September when the crowds had mostly dispersed but the weather was still warm. Dubrovnik is steeped in history – a great place for walkers, architecture fanatics and fans of Game of Thrones. From there, escape to somewhere a bit more rural – we recommend the island of Korčula with its historic city and wonderful beaches. On the way, stop off in Mali Ston for the best oysters you’ll ever eat.

Greek Islands

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HOME gentle strolls in gorgeous surroundings, you can’t go wrong with choosing the Greek islands. A great choice for families as there are numerous waterparks to visit in Crete, a great way to cool off from the heat. Mediterranean cuisine is light and delicious, leaving you plenty of room to indulge with an ice-cream. The Old Town of Corfu is also worth visiting if you want a break from the beach.

Malta

If you want a foreign holiday but don’t like getting flustered with foreign languages, how about a holiday in Malta? The former British colony is a home away from home for UK holidaymakers. Enjoy warm temperatures as you go snorkelling or swimming in the clear blue waters. Diving is also popular and you can book lessons if you haven’t done it before. Nature trails provide entertainment for hikers and mountain bikers, and there are numerous bars, restaurants and cafés to relax in when the evening draws in.

Hungary

Looking for an adventure on a shoestring? Hungary is a perfect destination for holidaymakers wanting a cheap trip abroad. Don’t just visit Budapest – Drebecen is an often-overlooked destination where you’ll find prices much cheaper. Hungarian food is hearty and exciting: try Halászlé (fisherman’s soup),

Töltött Káposzta (stuffed cabbage leaves), Lángos (deep fried flat bread, best with a sour cream topping), and Kürtös Kalács (known as chimney cake, a perfect sweet treat).


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If you’re looking to get away for a few days without too much hassle, Cardiff is an easy location to reach from Wiltshire and has so much on offer. Cardiff Castle is a fairy tale setting with much to see. The Norman Keep and the wartime shelters are highlights of the grounds, and pay extra for the house tour – it’s absolutely worth it. The National Museum and Gallery of Cardiff has something for everyone and is a top free attraction for rainy days. The Cardiff Market and Arcades will provide you with whatever you need; lunch, coffee, vintage clothing, bespoke art, vinyl records, Welsh cakes and more.

West Yorkshire

For those who enjoy looking at sculptures, there are few places in the UK as worthy of

your time as West Yorkshire. Leeds Art Gallery, The Henry Moore Institute, The Hepworth Wakefield, and Yorkshire Sculpture Park are all places where you can view stunning works of art. The Yorkshire Sculpture International is a new celebration of the artwork on offer, so look out for special events. The nearby Salts Mill has a fascinating history behind it and is a great place to indulge in some retail therapy.

Scottish Highlands

Want to get away from it all but can’t afford to go abroad? With stunning views on offer across the highlands, who needs exotic travel? The Scottish Highlands offer unrivalled vistas and bracing walks in unadulterated fresh air. If you’re finding the summer heat a bit much to bear, you’ll find the highlands much cooler, especially if you’re into mountain climbing. The Caledonian Sleeper Experience isn’t cheap, but there are reclining seats available that are still a stylish way to travel.

vegan and vegetarian options. If you’re into arts and crafts, hippie attire, healing crystals or quirky jewellery, you’ll find much of interest in Glastonbury. Yoga retreats are a popular getaway in this area, and you’re just a stone’s throw away from Cheddar Gorge. If you like cheese, what more could you ask for?

Channel Islands

Not quite exotic and not quite local, the Channel Islands offer a refreshing break you can reach from Bristol airport in under an hour. Jersey has Durrell zoo, Guernsey has Victor Hugo’s house, and both have gorgeous sprawling beaches, historic castles and museums on wartime and military themes. Hop across to Herm – the whole island is basically a beach. Or go further afield to Sark where you can enjoy clifftop walks, horse and carriage rides and starry skies at night. Alderney is a top pick for bird watchers wanting a quiet getaway.

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We have over 40 events running throughout August, from old favourites Petticoat Lane, Open Gardens and Carnival Quiz, to a wine tour at Bow in the Cloud and Flower Crown workshop hostedthe ughout ts thro enhaven’t by Persephone Violet. forgotten our r EvWe er 40 othe ov younger fans, with a Fossil and Dinosaur dig and creative writing workshops. Visit our website or Malmesbury Tourist Information Centre for more information and to buy tickets.

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Let’s not forget the reason we work so hard to bring the Carnival and Festival to Malmesbury, not only to continue the 90 year history and bring the community together, but also to raise funds for local good causes. Last year Summer surely isn’t summer without a village some £17,000 was donated by Carnival to local fete. Part country fair, part a sale of home-grown organisations including Sunny Days Preschool; and locally made produce, part a celebration of Heals; Malmesbury Youth FC; Wiltshire Mind and INCLUDES: community, the English village fete is a PROGRAMME social Luckington School. institution, barely changed since the 1920s.

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NowFAMILY wouldFUN be a good time to mention the The Village fete is enshrined in our literary history,BLAST OFF! support and financial INTRODUCING CARNIVAL 2019 input of our major sponsors from The Famous Five, to PG Wodehouse and without whose interest and enthusiasm many of Agatha Christie, the Village fete has provided the the key events of the carnival and festival would perfect backdrop against which to set a drama4TH AUGUST be difficult to put on. The committee, and the OPEN GARDENS or two, and never attend any fete in Midsomer volunteers too, deserve a special mention, as so which is also attended by Inspector Barnaby! much depends on their hard work and enthusiasm 25THin AUGUST ensuring that everything goes smoothly. If you want a measure of how well a village isPETTICOAT LANE thriving in 21st Century Britain, take a look at its So, this year’s Carnival and Festival is upon us and summer fete. More of us are looking for a sense31STisAUGUST heavily dependent upon your good selves and of community in a Britain that seems in dangerPROCESSION your interest and participation. Nearly everyone of fragmenting. To that end tenth generation turns out for the carnival procession which marks WITH PRIZES locals will rub shoulders with commuters, secondGRAND theRAFFLE end of the monthMAJOR long celebration in our homers and young families, to discuss the merits wonderful town. of Bert’s onions, Sharon’s Victoria Sponge, In this our first year as your new Carnival and whether young Tyler will win the talent FOR MORE INFO VISIT committee we would like as many of YOU competition with his street dance routine. WWW.MALMESBURYCARNIVAL.CO.UK as possible, to wear something on your heads to show that you are part of Let’s face it, where else can you buy a pot of CARNIVAL !! rhubarb and ginger preserve, enter a competition to guess the weight of a cake, bounce on a SO COME ON - DRESS IT UP A BIT and bouncy castle and throw a wet sponge at the support CARNIVAL. Let’s fill the streets with: vicar…or scoutmaster…or head teacher, or all Toppers, Cowboys, Policemen, Berets, Feathers, three if you’re lucky? Village fetes are alive and well in Britain, and I for one am very happy about that. I have just moved from the town to a village and intend to enter my scones in the baked goods competition this year. I doubt I’ll win but it’s the taking part that matters. Now I wonder if there will be a murder… 10

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Quicksteps Dance

If you are looking for something active to do this coming autumn, where you can meet new people in a sociable setting, that doesn’t require any specialized equipment or kit, then think about giving Ballroom dancing a try. Anyone can learn to dance, even if you think you have two left feet! Get a few simple steps under your belt, and before you know it you will be dancing around the room. Whether it’s a romantic Waltz, or a lively Quickstep, or perhaps some Rock’n’Roll or a cheeky Cha Cha Cha, at Quicksteps Dance we teach all the Ballroom and Latin American dances, plus Sequence and Argentine Tango. We have classes at all levels, from Beginners to Advanced, plus regular social dance nights, and for those who’d like to take it a little further, we offer private lessons, and exam coaching. Ballroom dancing keeps you physically and mentally active, but most importantly, it’s great fun!

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A.C.T.S THEATRE ARTS SCHOOL

September 21st 2019 brings the opening of Calne’s very own theatre school. A.C.T.S Theatre Arts School aims to give young people aged 6 – 17 years “A Chance To Sparkle”. They’re flagship school has been running in Warminster since 2011, and following its success, Calne has been chosen as the town in which the second school will open. Students of the new school will be given professional tuition in drama, singing and dance classes every week. There will be plenty of opportunities to throw all three elements together giving them the full theatre arts experience. Fynamore Primary school provides the venue giving the students plenty of space in which to rehearse. Families can see progress in action through end of term demonstrations and performances. Alongside all the experience gained, students get the chance to gain qualifications in musical theatre to go on their CVs. A.C.T.S will be looking to get students out in the community performing and Chris is already in discussions with many local groups for this purpose. A.C.T.S is currently enrolling students for September full details of the enrolment process see our website: www.actstheatreschool.com

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These are super-easy to set up. Spread the pool out and inflate the top ring. The design of the pool means that as you fill it with water the sides of the pool will rise up. These are particularly good if storage space is tight.

Frame pools - Sturdier pools with a bigger bathing area. Frame pools are ideal for larger families and groups of teens.

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Tobiah in Concert Avebury Chapel - 14 September 2019

'Beautiful and moving. When the world starts to get too much, this album is the one to play' Folking.com  Janet Jackson and Will Smith vied to record her songs and she has worked with music legends including Rod Argent, Derek Bramble (David Bowie, American Idol) and Robin Black (Paul McCartney). Are We Angels has been featured across the BBC network and as well as garnering wide coverage in the press. Doors 7:30pm for 8pm Tickets £20 Donation Bar:  Drinks will be served before and after the concert.  For tickets:https://www.nationaltrust. org.uk/events/f8220a18-c9b6-4151-a3166bf66a8fa990/pages/details

Singer-songwriter Tobiah is delighted to be invited by the National Trust to give the first-ever concert on 14th September in the beautifully restored 1670 chapel overlooking the stone circle at Avebury. A magical evening of songs and stories from her new album Are We Angels will feature twice AllIreland award-winning Colette O’ Leary (piano accordion), Rowan Piggott (fiddle) and Simon Callow (piano and percussion). Tobiah’s original songs draw on her own life and her poignant lyrics touch hearts with life-affirming stories of love and endurance. BBC’s Doug Welch has described her voice as ‘outstanding’. Tobiah has performed on stages and diverse venues that include ancient churches, medieval halls and historic houses. Performing at Avebury is a dream come true and the perfect venue for her music.

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Make a Will and help local Charity A new scheme this Summer offers local people the opportunity of making or updating their Will with Goodwills and helping local registered charity, Fairfield Farm College, at no additional cost. Fairfield Farm is a Wiltshire based Specialist College for students with learning disabilities offering young people flexible residential, day and weekend courses. 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 to assist 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 Fairfield Farm College for each person who books their appointment on 01225 683062 and mentions the charity at or when arranging their home visit appointment. A donation will also be made to Fairfield Farm College for other work such as Lasting Powers of Attorney, prepaid funeral plans and Home Protection Trusts. Your local service for: Wills & Trusts Home Protection Trusts Prepaid Funeral Plans Lasting Powers of Attorney

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Michael Rhodes of Goodwills with Fairfield College Students at the launch of the charity will scheme There is no additional cost to local people 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. Michael Rhodes, local Senior Consultant with Goodwills, said: “I have been impressed with the work Fairfield Farm College does with young people and the facilities it provides to the local community. We offer an individual, caring and professional service to local people and I am delighted that we can also support Fairfield Farm College in its valuable work.” “I am sure local people will be pleased to know they are helping to support this great local charity whilst also gaining the peace of mind and protection of a professionally drawn up Will, Trust or Lasting Power of Attorney.” Tina Paget, Principal of Fairfield Farm College, said: “The valuable support from Goodwills will help to fund our work with young people and enable us to develop our facilities and the range of courses that we are able to offer.” More information on the work of Fairfield Farm College can be found at: www.ffc.ac.uk Goodwills appointments can be booked by calling Michael Rhodes on 01225 683062 or contacting him by email at info@goodwillslocal.co.uk or via the website www.goodwillslocal.co.uk


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John Coles Park is recognised as one of the UK’s very best green spaces. John Coles Park which is owned and managed by Chippenham Town Council been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world. John Coles Park is among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world, that will

today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities. John Coles Park is a beautiful green space in the heart of Chippenham regularly attracting 1,500 people on a sunny, summer weekend. The park offers a large area of open space and a circular

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The Bandstand hosts a selection of Sunday afternoon concerts which are free to attend. These popular concerts are a firm favourite in the diary and a super reason to make up a picnic and relax with some gentle toe tapping. Tennis Courts, Bowls Pavilion and a Multi-Use Games Area are also available in the park alongside the SplashPad, refreshment kiosk and large play area.

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Councillor Teresa Hutton, Chair of the Amenities, Culture and Leisure committee said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for John Coles Park for the first time.”

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining John Coles Park to such a high standard.

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Former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell OBE is renowned for his illustrations in his own and other children’s books including the Goth Girl series, The Edge Chronicles, Ottoline, Muddle Earth, The Emperor of Absurdia and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. His own latest book is Guardians of Magic, the first in a new series, The Cloud Horse Chronicles, in which three ordinary children, with extraordinary gifts, come together to defeat the enemies who threaten the mysterious cloud horses. Riddell will be appearing at Marlborough Town Hall on Sunday 29 September at 12 noon. Suitable for 9-12 year olds.

26 - 29 September, 2019 www.marlboroughlitfest.org Marlborough LitFest aims to promote a love of books and reading to its younger audience and this year’s children’s line-up is more packed than ever, with a host of headlining children’s authors including Cressida Cowell, David Baddiel and illustrator, Chris Riddell, as well as events and new outreach programmes to cater for all ages at this year’s 10th Anniversary Festival, from 26 – 29 September.

Bestselling children’s author Cressida Cowell of How To Train Your Dragon, is no stranger to Marlborough. A former student at the college, she entranced audiences at the inaugural LitFest in 2010. Since that appearance, her Dragon series has sold more than eight million copies and become a major DreamWorks movie franchise – the third film came out earlier this year. Cowell has also written a new bestselling series, The Wizards of Once

and will be talking about the latest instalment, Knock Three Times, as well as her Dragon books, and offering tips on how to become a children’s author. Cressida will be appearing at Marlborough Town Hall on Saturday 28 September at 4.30pm. Suitable for 9+ years old. Following on hard in the footsteps of David Walliams last year brings another comedian, TV presenter and writer to Marlborough, David Baddiel. His debut children’s novel, The Parent Agency, was a bestseller in 2014 and since then, he’s written four more bestselling books aimed at 9-12 year olds. His latest, Head Kid, is about the naughtiest boy in the school swapping bodies with his ultra-strict headmaster. Baddiel has also written four novels for adults and continues to tour as a stand-up comedian. He will appear at the Memorial Hall, Marlborough College on Sunday 29 September at 3pm. Suitable for 9-12 year olds.

The bestselling author of Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, Kristina Stephenson will be leading a lively interactive event with music and theatrics for her young fans at this year’s LitFest, talking about her picture book, Why Are There So Many Books About Bears? Stephenson’s career as a producer and writer for the BBC led to the zany world of Sir Charlie and she will be appearing at St Mary’s Church Hall on Saturday 28 September at 10.30am. Suitable for 4+ years. Free Events for Schools Every year, LitFest is proud to offer free events with popular authors for invited local schools. Since its launch in 2010 the Festival has reached more than 3,500 children with these author talks. This year John Dougherty, poet and author of Stinkbomb and Ketchup Face, will be entertaining children from local primary schools and the prolific local author Geraldine Mccaughrean will be this year’s Big School Read at St John’s Academy for local secondary schools, talking about her most recent book Where the World Ends. Free Under 5s Storytelling returns for another year at Marlborough Library – join in for 30 minutes of stories and laughter on Friday 27 September at 10.30am. Older brothers and sisters are welcome too. For the full Festival programme, tickets and more information, visit www.marlboroughlitfest.org 23


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We meet in Malmesbury Town Hall the last Wednesday of the month. This is a very friendly informal meeting, with speakers and sometimes entertainers. Always a cup of tea and cake. We also organise outings and events throughout the year and an annual Christmas party. Also available are ‘Dance for Parkinson’s’ exercise classes held in Malmesbury & Chippenham. We cover Malmesbury, Chippenham and the surrounding area. Transport to meetings may be arranged if required. The group is run by a committee of volunteers. We are currently looking to recruit a new Chairman as our current chairman is due to retire at the next AGM in January. Also, a Vice Chairman and a Minutes Secretary. For further information, or if you are interested in any of these positions, please contact: Christine Mace: 01666 822691 Jane Henderson, Volunteer Co-ordinator, West Parkinson’s UK: 0344 225 3694 jhenderson@parkinsons.org.uk

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Rainbow Kebabs Choose a variety of fruits and skewer for a bright fun fruity kebab

Mini Quiche Use a muffin tin to create mini quiche with a variety of your favourite fillings.

We all love a picnic, but do you ever get stuck for ideas? Are you fed up with the same old boring sandwiches? Well here at the Town Crier we have some great little ideas to 'pep up' your picnic on days out this summer!

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Change from regular sandwiches to a wrap, you can get large or small wraps which are great filled with the usual cold meats & salad, or try some refriend beans, rice and cool sour cream for something different.

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Easily confused with a peppercorn, allspice is distinguishable by its heady aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and juniper. It is the dried berry of the Jamaican pepper tree, called the Pimento tree. Don’t be confused by some spice companies who may sell a mixture of spices with an Allspice label - make sure you’re getting the real thing! Salmon fillets Olive Oil 1 Lime 1 Lemon Garlic Coconut water Can of coconut milk

Jasmine rice 1 mango 1 red pepper 1 red onion 1 avocado Corriander Salt & pepper

1. Make a marinade with a slug of olive oil (approx 3 tablespoons), 3 crushed garlic cloves, a squeeze of lemon and some lime zest. Rub over your salmon and chill for a few hrs or overnight. Oven cook when ready. 2. Cook your rice according to the packet instructions replacing water with 1/2 coconut water and 1/2 coconut milk. Fluff with a fork once the liquid is absorbed. 3. For the salsa, chop the mango, avocado, red pepper and onion into bite sized chunks and put into a bowl. Chop your corriander and stir in. Mix a tablespoon of olive oil with the rest of the lime juice and a splash of coconut water. Season with salt & pepper and toss to combine into a chunky salsa. Serve the rice, topped with the refreshing salsa and grilled baked salmon for a lovely summer meal!

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Allspice is a wonderful addition to dishes from its native Caribbean such as beef patties and jerk but it is also an important ingredient in many pickles and chutneys, vegetables, stews, curries and soups. With its sweet flavor it is also well suited in cakes and cookies and can also be sprinkled on the top of desserts or porridge. Indeed it is often the main flavouring used in barbecue sauces and sausages. For grinding allspice at home, make sure you use a metal grinder since the oil found in the spice can damage plastic.

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Mocktail By Kelly Taylor

No alcohol allowed? No problem. Enjoy a mocktail instead.

People don’t drink alcohol for many reasons: pregnancy, medication, religious reasons, designated driver status…or because they just don’t drink alcohol (like me!). It used to bug me at social gatherings when people asked me what I wanted to drink, reeling off a whole list of possibilities: gin and tonic, vodka and orange, rum and coke, and I’d say, ‘Do you have anything non-alcoholic?’ and the choice would be tonic without the gin, orange without the vodka or coke without the rum!

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I became adept at creating my own non-alcoholic drinks which felt ‘special’. Along the way I discovered that lots of my friends drink alcohol at parties because of the lack of alternatives! People who do drink alcohol would LOVE to have a non-alcoholic option too, and recently the mocktail (mock cocktail) has been gaining popularity. Here’s how to turn any cocktail into a delicious mocktail and delight your non-alcohol-drinking friends. The key element in most good mocktails is something sparkly. This elevates the drink and makes it feel more special than glass of juice. Any cocktail recipe which uses club soda, tonic water,

ginger ale, or ginger beer will probably translate to a good mocktail. Some nonsparkly drinks translate well too. These tend to be the spicy ones like Bloody Marys, where you don’t miss the alcoholic component.

Flavour is everything. Mocktails should be special, so try something different. Start with the syrups. Buy good quality ones (Bottle Green cordials work brilliantly and come in a range of amazing flavours - I love Rhubarb and Ginger) or make your own, it’s simple. Combine one-part sugar (white or brown), honey or agave syrup, and one-part water with fresh fruit, herbs, or spices to add flavour.


Hour Simmer over medium heat until the mixture is completely liquid. Strain, cool and use to flavour your mocktails.

Try infusing your drinks with fresh fruit and herbs. A bunch of mint or basil, or a sprig of lavender or rosemary takes a mocktail to the next level, as does fruit. Layer on more flavour with the garnish. Dip the rims of glasses in flavoured salts or sugars, and use citrus slices, pineapple, olives or other fresh ingredients to add flavour and fragrance to your drink to make it a sensory experience. Cocktail umbrellas and decorative sparklers won’t add flavour, but they do make any drink look more celebratory.

Totally Tropical Tea-zinger A refreshing iced tea-based mocktail full of tropical flavour, with added zing from the ginger beer and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Serves 1 but will scale up

Ingredients Tropical fruit tea bag (use your favourite, Peach is lovely, or Mango and lychee...or mix them up a bit), brewed in 90ml water, then brought to room temperature and chilled. Splash of fruit syrup – something with tropical overtones. 60ml good quality ginger beer (try Fever Tree) 30ml fresh-squeezed orange juice. orange wedges and cocktail umbrella for garnish.

Don’t forget the ice. Lots of ice. You can buy bags of it for a party if making it ahead of time is too much hassle.

You can scale up the ingredients but don’t scrimp on the teabags. You need all the flavour!

Does every cocktail translate to a mocktail?

Instructions

Well no…drinks with only two ingredients don't really work, because as previously stated, a rum and coke without the rum is just coke right? And I find the sweet ones can be a bit cloying for me and taste too ‘desserty’ but if you have a sweet tooth knock yourself out.

Put plenty of crushed ice into a tall glass. Pour over the syrup; add the tea, ginger beer, Stir gently to combine. Garnish with an orange wedge, lychees on a cocktail stick, and cocktail umbrellas.

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Le-Ki-Pi Ingredients 1 kiwi 3 pineapple cubes (tinned is fine and yo can remove them from the can and freeze them to use as required!) Good quality lemonade (Fever tree is excellent) or lemon sparkling water. Honey to taste. Mint to garnish

Instructions Peel and slice the kiwi and place into a small food processor or blender. Warm the honey very slightly until runny. Add the pineapple chunks and honey to the kiwi. Pulse blend to make a thin, wellblended puree.

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Place crushed ice in a tumbler, and fill half full with the lemonade or lemon sparkling water. Divide the puree and pour in each glass. Stir gently and garnish with mint and slice of kiwi.

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Bi g e l p p A

By Sarah Davey

A brief history of cider Cider is a popular and delicious summer drink, but have you ever wondered who first thought about turning apples into alcohol? Apple trees have been cultivated since around the 5th century AD and cider, or something similar, seems to have been around for almost as long, although sometimes it was known as ‘apple wine.’

Cheers!

It was brought to Britain by the Normans in around 1100 AD and was originally a drink for the poor. Ale was made from malted barley and using grain for alcohol could mean going without bread, so cider provided a good alternative. People drank it instead of water because sanitation was so poor, and water was often not safe to drink. It is believed that children were even baptised using cider because the water was so risky! The first settlers in America planted lots of apple trees simply so they could continue to make cider to drink. Originally, they crushed the apples in a trough, until a genius named John Worlidge produced the first apple-mill in 1676. In the 1800s The Temperance movement killed off the cider industry. Fired up by speeches from ministers and politicians, many farmers destroyed their ‘demon orchards,’ sparing only the trees used for sweet non-alcoholic juice. During the Prohibition years, American cider production fell by 76%. Today the best English cider is cask-conditioned; dry and fruity, with low carbonation. Normandy cider is sweeter and more effervescent with a complex flavour. Both drinks are perfect chilled, served on a warm summer evening, with friends.

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Silk dye is concentrated and must be mixed with water. You can choose either steamfixing or iron-fixing dye. Gutta is used to draw outlines and prevent colours from running together. To apply the paint, you’ll need a variety of paintbrushes and pipette droppers. If you’re a beginner, look out for starter kits that provide all these pieces together.

Practical uses

Silk is just one of many materials you can paint onto, but the result is quite different compared to painting on paper or wood. This delicate art form can be used to make both practical and beautiful objects. Many people find silk painting a relaxing way to practice mindfulness and improve their mental health.

History Silk painting originates in Asia, and the earliest surviving silk painting dates to 165 BC. There are different types of silk, but the best known comes from the cocoons of the mulberry silkworm. Silk has been cultivated in China for over 8,000 years, and was traded along the Silk Road.

What you will need Silk can’t be laid on a table like paper because the paint will seep straight through, so the material needs to be stretched over a frame. There are various types of silk you can choose from – for beginners, a cheaper material such as habotai is a good choice, especially in a white colour and medium weight. To fix the silk to the frame you’ll need threelegged silk pins to prevent holes and tears.

Silk scarves and handkerchiefs are the perfect summer accessory and can be used to add a flourish to an otherwise drab outfit. Silk paintings make beautiful gifts, whether framed behind glass, hung Chinese style like a scroll or displayed as a suncatcher in an embroidery hoop.

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Weddings, Race events, Polo; there are many opportunities throughout the summer to wear a hat, but which one should you choose? How do you avoid making an expensive mistake? First you need to look at your face shape. Oval-shaped faces can get away with almost any style. A large brimmed hat should be tilted backwards slightly so that it frames your face. If you have a square or round face, choose a hat with a large brim and wear it slanted. A long face looks lovely with a beret style or even a Matador style. Glasses can be a bit tricky but choose a hat with an upturned brim style so that it doesn't feel like you are hiding behind a lot of face furniture! There is a bit of an art to hat wearing. You need to think about your hairstyle. Hair should complement the hat. Hats nearly always look better worn with hair up, because it accentuates the neck. Small hats should rest just above the eyebrow, they look wrong perched on the very top of the head. If in doubt, ask the stylist in the shop. They will be trained to help you choose the right piece and talk you through how to wear it to best effect. Try lots of styles, colours and textures. Make the most of trained staff. Let them be your guide. They will get a kick out of finding exactly the right hat for you.

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Top tips for Summer by Emma Bailey

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HE summer is now in full swing and those pesky grass seeds are out in abundance. Grass seeds are very tiny and found at the top of long stems of grass. They have very pointy ends and can find their way into eyes, ears, feet and even work their way under the skin. If your dog, like many, loves running through long fields of grass, be sure to check them over afterwards and remove any grass seeds you find. Another tip is to keep fur nice and short in the summer months particularly around the feet, so the seeds are less likely to get stuck! If a grass seed does find its way onto your dog you may notice they start shaking their head, rubbing their eyes or licking vigorously at their feet – there may even be a swelling between the toes. If you notice any of these signs, please contact us, and we can help remove the grass seed and get your pet feeling more comfortable!

We’ve seen a huge increase in the number of ticks causing problems recently. If you walk your pooch in fields or woodland, especially if sheep or deer have grazed there, check them after each walk for any ticks. They are easily removed using the correct implement (the O’Tom tick twister works brilliantly). Using tweezers or your fingers can be successful, but you do run the real risk of decapitating the tick and leaving its mouthparts behind! This can cause a boil-like abscess at the attachment site. There are now some really good oral tick prevention treatments (lasting 4 or even 12 weeks after administration) available so ask your vet about these if you walk in these tick areas.

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

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Pirates Ahoy! Enjoy a day of high adventure in Chippenham with a gallon of free pirate themed fun around the town centre including Chippenham Museum, Yelde Hall and Waterstones Bookshop. Free Entry.

Learn to play or improve your BRIDGE. Lessons in Marlborough. (EBU Professional Tutor) for Absolute Beginners, Improvers & Intermediates (Club players). No Partner needed. Practice sessions, Supervised Play, and Duplicate session are run regularly. Friendly relaxed atmosphere.

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Jazz band, classic car show, stalls, raffle, bbq, dog show, garden show, tractor train, childrens tent and more. Entrance to the abbey is by donation. Car parking is limited. Please make use of the train where you can. Scarecrow Trail Sat 17th to Sat 24th august. we hope you enjoy the day.

PURTON ANNUAL FLOWER ARTS CRAFT & PRODUCE SHOW Saturday 31st August 2019 Village hall

Open to the Public from 2pm In aid of The Royal British Legion Classes for everyone: Vegetable, Flowerarranging, Arts & Crafts, Photography, Industrial and Children’s Classes For further information contact: Lorna Robinson-Wardle Tel: 01793 778013 or 3rwardles@gmail.com

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turday 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 the day a huge success, bringing in many new customers to see the range of windows, doors an ervatories on offer.

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Black-eyed Susan You might not know its name, but you are probably familiar with the Rudbeckia. A late summer perennial daisy. It’s sometimes called Coneflower or Black-eyed Susan.

It flowers from early August to late September and I find it a valuable addition to the late summer garden. It does particularly well in full sun in rich, well-drained soil. You can sow them as annuals indoors in spring to set out after frost or plant as perennials in spring or autumn. Divide every 3 to 4 years and deadhead to avoid self-seeding, though personally I see self-seeding as a bonus trait in a plant! Mildew can be an issue on the foliage but can be avoided if you don’t overcrowd the plants. Watch the young foliage because slugs and snails find it tasty. Once the plants are established this isn’t a problem. Rudbeckia ‘Golden compass’ produces masses of classic bright yellow and black Rudbeckia flowers on a bushy plant. It grows up to 70cm in height and can be grown from seed as a half-hardy annual or a short-lived hardy perennial. 68

Rudbeckia fulgida is the classic ‘Black-eyed Susan’, with sunflower-yellow flowers and a very black central cone. It does better in damper ground than many of the varieties so choose this one if your garden is less welldrained.

If your soil is on the dry side, try Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Deamii’. It produces shining, golden flowers with jet-black cones from early September to late October and into November. It has slightly smaller flowers, but they are lovely, and abundant.

I love Rudbeckia ‘Prairie glow’. It is a stunning plant and good for adding height as it grows to 1.5m. Its huge 6cm diameter flowers have warm orange petals with yellow tips.

Rudbeckias naturally grow in dry savannahs, grassland prairies and in the glades of rocky upland forests across North America but they have become a much-loved bushy stalwart of the herbaceous border and will delight from late summer right through the autumn.

Rudbeckia ‘Irish eyes’ is a more unusual variety with a yellowish rather than brown cone, as well as yellow florets. It repeat flowers from July through to October.

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Dr Gary Mantle MBE, Chief Executive of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, said: “Sadly, UK hedgehog numbers have fallen by more than 30% over the past decade. Garden pesticides, contaminated water, loss of habitat, and traffic collisions have all led to a dramatic fall in hedgehog numbers and they have now largely disappeared from our countryside. “By joining our Hedgehog Citizen Science Campaign, the people of Wiltshire can play a vital role in saving the county's hedgehogs. We need people to record their hedgehog sightings and monitor their behaviour and movements: gardens and local parks are hedgehog strongholds and often the best places to spot them, as these habitats provide a plentiful supply of food and potential nest sites for breeding, resting and hibernation. “With people’s help as citizen scientists, we can start to build up data on hedgehog numbers across the county and identify where to best focus our conservation efforts.” Those interested can join the campaign and log their sightings at www.wiltshirewildlife.org/hedgehog

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Well, what can we say about the Harry Potter series that has not already been said? These seven books are now inspiring a second generation of young readers, and this one, the third in the series, is regarded by many as one of the best. Why review it now? Well, 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of its publication. Yes, that’s right – it really has been that long! So what makes this book so many people’s favourite (and mine too)? Harry and his friends are now in the equivalent of Year 9 and have hit the hormonal teenage years. New characters such as Sirius Black and Remus Lupin are introduced and we learn more about the family Harry lost as a baby. Together Harry and his friends try to save Buckbeak the Hippogriff from execution, and use Hermione’s time turner to go back in time to right some wrongs as the story builds to an exciting climax.

Cats are odd creatures. Like dogs they accompany us through our lives but unlike dogs they tend to remain distant members of our households. They observe us, looking on in a slightly aloof, condescending manner, always ready to remind us that we don’t actually own them. Imagine what their view of our lives and our daily discussions would be. Imagine they give us their views on life. In this novel David Michie does exactly that. What if the Dalai Lama’s cat wandered freely in and out of the rooms in his home? What would he hear within the walls of the house as the Dalai Lama entertains famous people and spiritual seekers from across the world? This delightful novel (which has spawned a trilogy) is a short read but is one that will stay with you. It is narrated by HHC (His Holiness’ Cat) and tells his life story from being a tiny kitten rescued from the streets of New Delhi, whisked away to His Holiness’ retreat in the Himalayas. He learns a lot from his new owner and sees life in a different way as a result. Described by some as a brief introduction to Buddhist philosophy, no matter what faith you are – or even if you have no faith – you will find words of wisdom in this meditative novel.

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ost of us nowadays have a mobile phone. I tend to use mine as a ‘phone’ unlike many others who use theirs to surf the net or for social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I do however use my tablet for Facebook.I have found it life enhancing as I keep in contact with my extended family and friends whom I get to see very rarely. Over the years I have become increasingly concerned about the things people tend to post on their social media accounts. Even people within my own family have often posted statements that I know to be untrue, or things that are very unkind. The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said recently “there is no such thing as an alternative fact” and invited social media users to engage with an attitude of “truth, kindness, welcome, inspiration and togetherness” when online. He expressed his concern at how “savagely social media can be used”. “Look at any article, and then look at the comments below it and very quickly you find stuff that is just poison.” In an attempt to counter the problem, the Church of England published a set of social media guidelines, built around three principles - truth, kindness and welcome. “When you’re talking on social media, put the truth out.There’s no such thing as an alternative fact: there are opinions, and there is truth.When you are expressing an opinion, do so with kindness. And be welcoming: don’t throw out stuff, tweet or post things, that is a shut-out. That’s not the point of social media. It is social media. We don’t want people to lie, to act with crueltyit’s the golden rule that Jesus talks about: treat others as you would like to be treated.” I have often become so irritated with the things people post that I have thought about closing my Facebook account. However, after some reflection I decided to attempt to graciously correct people’s ‘alternative truths’and always speak with kindness. Each time I interact online I have the opportunity

either to add to current cynicism and abuse or to choose instead to share light and grace.I have noted recently how it makes a difference, and hopefully makes other users think before they post. You and I don’t have the power to change all that is wrong in the world but we do have the power to change things within our sphere of influence. Being kind and showing respect should be at the heart of our values whether we do it face to face or online, and we need to learn to hear and respect the other point of view, but we should also graciously work to reveal truth where others have tried to change perceptions with ‘alternative facts’. Social media is a great thing when used for good. I’d like to encourage you to use it to enhance our lives rather than undermine them. Blessings on you all Rev Sam King (revsamking@talktalk.net) Design & Computer Graphics by Alexander S. Grenfell, Calne.


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