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t's finally arrived!! Christmas is here and we in the office a're alread in the Christmas spirit! Christmas Carols playing in the background and the office is all decorated so we are ready for the big day! This is the time of year I like to thank my staff for all their hard work throughout the year. It's not always an easy task putting the magazine together and my team are very dedicated and work hard to put together our excellent magazine. Of course I am biased! Over 20 years in this business is something to

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Thank you also to Jo, Celia and everyone who are kind enough to write some of our editorials, they are much appreciated and of course a big thank you to our readers and of course our advertisers for all your support. We hope you enjoy this months magazine, again there is something for everyone, from festive food to last minute gift ideas. Finally, we had a great response to the competition

This month the General Manager Philip has again offered us a fantastic prize for this months competition, so check that one out and get your entries in . Eat, drink , be merry and have a great Christmas!

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Wine wisdom - what wine with what food?

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Care & Support - Be a good neighbour this winter

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Recipe: Delicious Christmas mini panettone

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Festive Christmas cake recipe

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Northern Lights - capture the beautiful Aurora

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AUTO review - the Renault 66 Car Grand Scenic Iconic

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Christmas Gift Ideas to get your shopping started

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The gift of experience alternative giving ideas

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Christmas wishes from our customers

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The introvert's guide to the Christmas party

Have a crisis free Christmas

Local events in your area Book review - some good reads this month!

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The Stamp Duty Paid offer, available for a limited time only at Churchill’s new William Lodge, also includes a free removals service, £500 towards legal fees, £1,000 towards estate agent fees, and a free downsizing advice service. The offer is for legal completions made on or before 18th December 2019, at selected developments and apartments only, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. For full terms and conditions see churchillretirement.co.uk/terms-andconditions/.

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retirement property. Take advantage of it now and you could be enjoying a new life in the heart of town in time for Christmas.” William Lodge on Gloucester Road is a stylish collection of brand new one and two bedroom retirement apartments available to buy now. Each apartment has been designed exclusively for those in their retirement years and has a number of safety and security features, such as a 24 hour emergency call line and a video entry system, for complete peace of mind.

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Council in fine company with a host of organisations that understand the value of people.” Comments from a selection of staff include: “This is a good place to work. It’s an involving, empowering and listening organisation” “Relationships are really strong, and everyone is very trusting and respectful of each other” “I get brilliant support from my manager. They’re amazing, and always involving and encouraging” “There is a lot of freedom, autonomy and trust for you to pursue ideas and projects, that will benefit the service and people of Trowbridge”

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Keep one list at home in an easy-to-find place and the other about your person. Don’t forget to buy candles, matches, a flashlight and some batteries just in case of a power cut.

Most Christmases are wonderful but sometimes life gets in the way. With a smidgeon of forethought though, you can make all the difference.

Finally, there are the avoidable disasters caused by poor planning. Make sure the car is serviced and full of petrol if you have to travel. If you’re going abroad check all passports are up to date and that the dog or cat will be cared for. For peace of mind use boarding kennels or a professional pet sitter.

First among potential disasters are digestive ones. A plate of salmonella is definitely not top of most people’s Christmas list! Invest in special thermometers for ovens and fridges and check they’re running at the right temperature. Less serious but still unpleasant are tummy upsets caused by overindulgence of rich food and alcohol. Keep a supply of antacids and rehydration salts in your first aid box. Also stock up on plasters and anti-burn spray because preparing sprouts and getting the turkey in and out of the oven can be surprisingly dangerous tasks, especially after a cocktail or two! Then there are the unavoidable hitches such as illness which, let’s face it, can strike any time, even at Christmas. High temperatures and sore throats are no fun at all. Make sure you have ibuprofen and paracetamol to hand, both the junior and adult versions. Make two lists of emergency numbers. Include NHS Direct, an emergency dentist, your gas and electricity suppliers, an emergency plumber, electrician, vet and a locksmith. A garage and taxi service are useful too.

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Burglaries increase around Christmas because thieves know there are rich pickings to be had so check your security. Also check your household insurance is valid and that you have enough cover. Did you know that a third of parents forget to buy batteries for Christmas toys? Avoid disappointment on the day. Run through a check list before you leave the shop: do you need batteries, a battery charger, memory cards, a scart lead or an extra console controller? It’s easy to throw the instructions out with the packaging and wrapping paper so take care, and furthermore, if you think there is something wrong with the gift DO NOT take it to pieces. You will invalidate your warrantee! You can’t prevent all crises. Prepare by all means but try to keep a sense of perspective and humour and hopefully you’ll have a happy Christmas no matter what life throws at you! The year we all had flu we simply postponed Christmas and had the full works a few days later instead when we all felt much better.

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Method: Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

To turn these into Christmas tree decorations, press a hole in the top of the biscuit using a straw.

Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale, light and fluffy.

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For the icing, sift the icing sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir in enough water to create a smooth mixture. If you wish to colour the icing then add the food colouring here. Spread the icing onto the biscuits using a knife and sprinkle over the glitter. Set aside until the icing hardens. If you’re using these as decorations, add some ribbon through the hole and hang on your tree.


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such as Pinot Grigio. If the fish is more robust and served with a rich sauce, it will require a more fullbodied flavoursome white like Chardonnay. Salty seafood marries surprisingly well with champagne. Chicken or Turkey - Choose a full-flavoured white, like

a Bordeaux or Cabernet Sauvignon will work well or even a Rioja. Spicy dishes – These require a spicy wine. Look for a Malbec, Syrah or Shiraz. If the spicy food is vegetarian, then a dry Riesling will pair well. Vegetarian food - There is a misconception to serve only with white wine, but medium reds, like Merlot work well with lots of vegetarian dishes, particularly tomatobased recipes. Cheese board - Some cheeses go better with red, some with white. Sauternes and Stilton are a perfect match, while Chardonnay works well with brie. A dry Rosé is a good all-rounder. Remember, the main rule is to pair the characteristics of the dish with the characteristics of the wine.

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250g good quality plain flour 1 tsp dried yeast Pinch of salt 100ml whole milk, warmed (not hot) 3 eggs (Two beaten together, 1 extra) 1 tsp vanilla extract 50g golden caster sugar, plus extra for dusting 100g softened butter Zest and juice of one orange 100g raisins 100g sultanas 100g mixed peel (for nonpeel-lovers you can substitute cranberries)

Soak the fruit overnight in the orange juice.

You can leave it in the fridge overnight if you prefer.

Mix the flour and salt, the yeast and the milk in a mixer with a dough hook. You can do it by hand, it just takes longer. Gradually mix in two beaten eggs and the vanilla. Knead until the dough is smooth and springy. Leave in a bowl, covered with a damp cloth and allow to rise until doubled in size.

Line a large, six-holed muffin tray with paper cases. Divide the dough into six portions and roll into balls. Place one ball into each muffin case, cover with a damp cloth and leave for 20 minutes.

Add the sugar, butter and the yolk from the remaining egg. Mix again, either with the machine, or by hand, until the dough is smooth again. Add the fruit and zest and knead quickly until it’s all incorporated into the dough. Leave in a bowl, covered with a damp cloth, in a cool place for at least two hours until doubled in size again.

Heat the oven to 180C / 160 fan or Gas mark 4. Brush the tops of the panettones with the remaining egg whites and dust with caster sugar. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the muffins have risen and are golden in colour. Leave to cool on a wire rack. Variation - Add some brandy to the overnight soak in orange juice for a little extra kick. Preparation time: 45 minutes (allow 4-5 hours for proving time) Cooking time: 20 minutes Makes: 6

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LYDIARD TURKEYS

Tips for Cooking

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Remove from the fridge and allow at least an hour to reach room temperature, pre-heat your oven to 180c

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4 Resting

Leave your turkey for at least 30 minuets before carving, it wont go cold but meat will relax and be more tender and juicy.

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When I was younger it used to drive me mad when my dad said 'I don't want anything for Christmas...' How could he say that? Then a couple of years ago I realised I'd become him. I don't want or even need more of anything. Many of my friends feel the same way. We don't want to add to plastic or clothes waste. We don't want clutter. Yet the pleasure of giving and receiving at Christmas is something most of us enjoy, so why not give a gift experience instead.

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Tickets to a movie marathon - Whether your intended recipient is into

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THE INTROVERT'S GUIDE TO THE

Office Christmas Party By Tracey Anderson

Office Christmas parties are queer affairs where we drink and socialise with folk we might not choose to drink and socialise with on any other night of the year. At best they offer a bit of cringeworthy fun, at worst they strike fear into our hearts. Introverts in particular struggle with enforced bonhomie at large events. For those of us who aren’t social butterflies, what are our options? Do we have to endure the occasion, or might it be possible to enjoy it? Dutch courage may seem like the only way to get through the evening but tanking up on alcohol will almost certainly make things worse. Although it’s a party in name, remember this is a work-related event so limit your alcohol intake to ensure you remain in control of your faculties, especially if under the influence you feel you might be tempted to give vent to your feelings of frustration at being passed over for promotion! A good rule of thumb is no more than two alcoholic drinks at any work function...even a festive one. It is estimated that at least 25% of the population are introverts so at least a quarter of your co-workers probably feel like you do about the party. Look for people standing on the edge, fidgeting with their glass and looking awkward. These are your people so take a deep breath and strike up a conversation with them. Concentrate 30

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on effective eye contact when you introduce yourself. Get into the habit of noticing the other person’s eye colour. Don't worry about remembering it or commenting on it, just notice it. This helps to create an instant non-verbal connection and build rapport. It makes you seem confident, trustworthy and likeable. Have a few safe conversation topics in your armoury: good ones are the weather, movies, restaurants, books (you can either find common ground or ask for and offer recommendations), and light news topics (steer clear of Brexit though, and anything to do with the election). Also avoid work talk, that’s not the point of the event. If you're stuck in a conversation with someone you find offensive, dull or with whom you have nothing in common it can be hard to keep a conversation going. A polite ‘So nice to chat with you, catch you later...’ should be an adequate sign-off as you make your leave. The point of a party is to mingle so this won’t seem unfriendly. Remember - even if you would rather undergo root canal surgery than attend the office party it’s worth showing your face. Go along, have a drink and a mince pie then make a polite-but-early exit if you really can’t cope. People won't generally mind or even remember that you left early but they might question why you didn't show up at all.


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Magic of Christmas Past & Present By Jo Deacon

o into any large shopping centre in December, you will soon know if they have a Santa's grotto, reindeer, elves, and the round, jolly figure of the magical man himself, dressed in his traditional scarlet red suit edged with white fur and a beard so bushy it meets his snowy white hair until you can’t tell where one ends and the other begins.

By the nineteenth century the Dutch settlers had adopted him as their own, and so began the tradition of gift giving as Christmas began to slowly turn into the celebratory – if a little too commercialised festivities we have today.

And then you hear the laughter and excited chatter of the children milling about as they dash from one shop to another the constant, "I want” echoing from flushed faces and awed eyes. The popular image of Father Christmas is a jovial, plump, always beaming figure. With his hands clasped across his large belly as he asks tots if they’ve been 'naughty or nice' throughout the year. However, this is an American image of a story begun in Holland in the fourth century, when two figures somehow became intermingled into one to create the jolly gift giver we know so well today. The oldest of the two seems to be Saint Nicholas, a fourth century Bishop. He was the patron saint of pawnbrokers, sailors, and children. The second figure was known as the Christmas spirit. Mischievous, medieval and who was known for his liking for drunkenness, dancing, and general mayhem. 32

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Gift giving was not known as such at the time of Saint Nicholas, but being a man of kind heart and generous spirit, he tried to help all those he could.nIt is now a legend lost in the mist of time in the small village where the Bishop (St Nocholas) lived and preached. Most men of the village were farmers who didn’t have much

money or other assets, but it was a friendly little place where everyone got along well with his neighbour, most people knowing the financial status of each other. One such farmer who had lately become a widower, was a man such as this. Left on his own with three half grown daughters to bring up, he had no chance of scraping a dowry together for one girl, let alone three, and in medieval times a girl had to go to her new husband with either money, property, jewellery, or a title, of which the girls had none and with no hope of getting out of their spinster state. The night before Christmas, the girls had been out gathering wood for the fire, the cold wet snow seeping through their thin slippers until their feet were red and numb with cold. Dragging their bundles of faggots home, their thin shawls offering little protection against the driving snow, they were soon all sat warming themselves around the small crackling fire sipping thin gruel. Once they were warm, they hastily climbed into their beds and huddled down to keep warm. They were soon fast asleep. However elsewhere, the Bishop was still awake and would patrol his “flock” each night to make sure all was well. One particular night, while out and about, upon reaching the farmers cottage, an idea came to him! Grabbing a wooden ladder and leaning it against the whitewashed wall,


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'CHRISTMAS PRESENT' WITH THE CRICKLADE BAND Sunday 22 December at 7.30pm

Cricklade Town Hall As ever, at the Christmas show, there’ll be all the carols and Christmas music you'd expect to join in with. Of course, we’ll have seasonal refreshments and you’re also welcome to bring your own drinks (and glasses!) too. As ever, there’s a special raffle kindly supported by Cricklade traders and businesses. Entry is by ticket (although you might be able to get in on the night) at £6.50 – tickets available at the Council Office in Cricklade High Street or from McFarlane Sales and Lettings, also in Cricklade High Street. By the time ‘Christmas Present’ comes around, the band will already have been out 14 times playing all the familiar Christmas music – live! Amongst other festive events we’re touring the streets of Cricklade, Purton and Ashton Keynes as usual – and we’re back at Westonbirt Arboretum too on 8 December!

THE ARTS SOCIETY The Assembly Hall,Melksham. December 4th: Carols from Kings: Uncovering the Unexpected January 8th: Botticelli’s Florence 10am for coffee, 11am lecture. Membership £42 : Visitors £7

CALNE & DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB 'COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS'. Thursday 12 December at 7.30pm

Marden House, Calne A demonstration by Sally Taylor 'Countdown to Christmas'. Refreshments, tombola and a raffle of Sally's floral arrangements are available after her demonstration. Doors open at 7.00pm for the demonstration at 7.30pm. £5.00 at the door For further information contact lorphen04@gmail. com or call 01249 812995

FOLK DUO BELSHAZZAR’S FEAST Saturday 21 December

The Pound, Corsham. Folk Duo Belshazzar’s Feast; Paul Sartin (Faustus, Bellowhead) and Wiltshire based Paul Hutchinson (Pagoda Project, Resident accordion tutor for English Folk Dance and Song Society, Halsway Manor National Centre for Folk Arts, Benslow Music and Marlborough College) as they tour their highly entertaining ‘Two Wise Men’ Christmas Show. A mix of seasonal songs and tunes, plus classical music, pop, music-hall and traditional folk. Topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour. Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals) and Paul Hutchinson (accordion) together entertain audiences across the UK. Show starts 7.30pm Tickets £14 Tel. 01249 701628 www.poundarts.org.uk

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The Somerford Arms Re-opening on the 6th December 2019

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The Somerford Arms Meet Scott & Rachel Ferguson

On the 6th of December, The Somerford Arms is opening its doors again, much to the delight of Little Somerford and the surrounding area. This much loved pub has been at the heart of the village for many decades, an important part of village life and a hub for everyone to congregate in. The Pub is being taken over by husband and wife team Scott and Rachel Ferguson. Their unique blend of skills are going to give this beautiful Wiltshire pub a very special ambience, and the villagers a pub they deserve. Scott has been part of the heart beat of Wiltshire’s pub life for the past decade. As head of food development at Wadworth in Devizes he knows the right recipe to create award winning pubs, and Rachel’s creative background in floristry and fashion will ensure that the pub will encapsulate her modern creative vision based in traditional values for the pubs interior. The two of them have been keen to establish an ethos that blends Scott’s meticulous attention to detail when it comes to food and wine, and Rachel’s warmth and personality as front of house, this will be no ordinary village pub.

“We really want to put the Somerford arms around the village to make everyday taste a little better,’ Says Scott “and that doesn’t just mean creating a brilliant country pub but really supporting local suppliers and growers, as well as being connected to the rhythm of everyday village life and what matters most to the local community.” Expect to see menus boasting the use of local and seasonal produce prepared with creative flair and a commitment to sourcing within a seventy mile radius of the pub. An allotment initiative is also in the pipe line where villagers can exchange their home grown produce for the Somerford Arms very own currency and see it featured in Scott’s menu. Regular calendar events such as a Friday fish and chip take away, and the crafty pint loyalty scheme will provide the villagers with even more excuses to pop in and enjoy the cosy atmosphere. Scott and Rachel will be officially opening the doors on the 6th of December, With events throughout December and over the festive period be sure to join them and make the Christmas run up even more special this year.

Let us put the Somerford Arms around you!

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Christmas Lights Switch On

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Christmas Concert Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER “MESSE DE MINUIT” (sur des Aires de Noël)

Friday 6 December

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Traditional and Seasonal Favourites. Conductor: Philip Springate. Saturday 14 December 2019 St. Mary’s Church, Calne, 7.30pm. Tickets £10 (£2 students) via www.calnechoral.co.uk, any choir member, the Town Information Centre or on the door.

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HM Forces mail – (BFPO) Monday, November 25 - Airmail to Operational HM Forces Friday, December 13 - Airmail to Static HM Forces

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The honest truth is, for many years all we generally did was open up ornament boxes, tinsel bags and load up the Christmas tree, stand back, and wonder, is this it? We had no plan, no colour scheme, just boxes of stuff. And you know what? It was fine. We had fun. The kids put their homemade ornaments front and centre and we were happy. But if you are wanting a fancy tree or just want to add more sophistication and style to your Christmas tree, we are here to say, it can be easy and fun. And the best bit is, it doesn’t have to cost a lot. It just takes some planning and a little bit of imagination... Decorating isn’t a science. It’s an art. So, like any art, you make it up, channel your creativity. Remember to have fun and not to worry about any rules. Suggestions, examples and colour trends are just that - suggestions.....you can do whatever you like. Keep it traditional or go a little wild!

Tips for easy decorating to create a designer looking tree! Choose a colour scheme and a theme. Either pick a theme which will suit your living space or what will work with the style of your home. See examples below. Country or Rustic Christmas bring the outdoors in! Traditional Christmas - Green and red with a hint of gold!

THE Centre Piece OF YOUR HOME Modern or Glam - metallics pink, blue, silver, gold etc or a mix! White Christmas - Simple white decor throughout for that snowy effect indoors! Our advice is to look at what you have first and then go shopping! With a colour scheme in mind, only purchase a few bit to give your design it's 'themed' look. Colour scheme sorted, decorations at the ready, then always start with your lights, after that you are good to start getting creative. In order to create a stunning Christmas tree you need to think outside the box. Besides having a Christmas tree that looks amazing, very often these elements can be way less expensive than regular baubles. You may find you already have pine cones [or you can find these whilst foraging on winter walk] Ribbon can be purchased relatively cheap from a haberdashery, to create gorgeous 'home made' bows. These of course can be of any size and colour to match any theme. Simple but effective! Have fun, do as the Americans do, drape dried popcorn along the branches or leaves and twigs sprayed gold or silver or of

course sprigs of holly. Dried fruit is another cheap alternative and will add that 'home made' charm. Cranberries also look very festive. Baubles and tree ornaments Generally the rule here is to arrange the baubles/ornaments in an artful way. Don’t let baubles dangle from a long string, but make them look like they are 'growing' from the branch. Or bunch baubles together, by attaching 3 with craft wire and then secure your trio to the Christmas tree. When doing this, consider your chosen colour scheme. Final Touches - Lastly, we recommend using some tinsel/ ribbon/strings of beads or a garland to drape around the tree in sweeping motions. Your choice here will depend entirely on the theme you have picked. This will add fullness, drama and another layer of dimension. Finally you are only limited by your imagination, enjoy the process and remember you don't need fancy or expensive baubles to create a magical Christmas tree. Thinking outside the box will make it easier and inexpensive so you have a tree which you are proud of and that your family will love.

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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 rvatories on offer.

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

onting from Chippenham was the proud winner of a £500 voucher to be used on any windows o 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 couraging to see the development of local businesses that is able to provide new employment in DOORS CONSERVATORIES • ROOFLINE toughWINDOWS 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?

not come and see the new showroom for yourself? Come and browse the complete product rang • Family run business been right trading Wiltshire sincebrand 1968 ‘Inspirational Living @ DL’. There high quality products for allthat’s budgets upinto the luxury thing for everyone, whatever your glazing needs! • Directly employed, professional tradesmen

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

Wedo offer a complete range energy efficient our products A asto standard wanted •to something extra forofour existing and ratings future on customers. We with wanted add value to t ience and that we understand important it is to- take time over • Weshow guarantee all our customershow a Price Match Promise we will beat anydeciding like for likewhich quoteproduc ght for your home. That’s why we have really worked hard to create a welcoming environment at • Fensa howroom. ” Registered Company

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NORTHERN LIGHTS Capture the Beautiful Aurora

There is no better place in the world to catch a glimpse of the captivating Northern Lights! Our 4 night break departing from Bristol takes you to Lapland’s north western arm in the far north of Sweden & Finland.

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HEALTH & BEAUTY

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Look gorgeous this Christmas and give yourself a pre party pamper with these beauty tips 1. Bath Bombs – Run a nice warm bath and add a bath bomb, relax while it soothes and moisturises, leaving your skin nourished.

3. Eyeshadow – treat yourself to a new daring eyeshadow palette. There are some great colours avialable. Create a smokey eye and add shimmer.

Or why not add a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil is a great pick me up and smells gorgeous too!

4. Get Lippy! – A bold lipstick can instantly dress up a simple black dress. Try a bolder colour!

2. Face Mask – The ideal pre party boost for your skin. Put on some Christmas tunes and relax and you will have a fabulous glow in those party photos.

5. Nails – Christmas time is a perfect time to try some festive nail art. Make them eye catching for the season. Go grab some Christmas colours and go to town!

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SLIMMING WORLD RECIPE

Christmas Cake

Serves: 12 Prep time: 20 minutes + soaking overnight Cook time: 2 hours Ready in: Over 60 Minutes INGREDIENTS 110g non-soak prunes, stoned and chopped 275g mixed dried fruit 50ml brandy or rum 175g plain flour 1 level tsp baking powder 50g glace cherries 50g mixed peel, chopped 1 level tsp ground cinnamon 1 level tsp mixed spice Pinch of salt 50g dark Muscovado sugar 2 eggs, beaten Grated zest and juice of 1 orange Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon Glazed Fruit and Nut Topping 1 level tbsp low-sugar apricot jam 2 tbsp brandy 28 glace cherries 8 pecan nuts, shelled 12 almonds, shelled

Christmas is a time for friends, family and over indulgence ... but in your local Slimming World groups consultants and members are enjoying lots of tasty treats and preparing for the festive season whilst still slimming down their waist lines! The weeks leading up to Christmas are extremely busy for most of us, extra occasions and commitments can play havoc with our regular routines making it harder than ever to manage our weight. Keeping active when the dark, cold nights close in can be a challenge too. Each week in our groups we share recipes, advice and ideas for coping with potential pitfalls, from Christmas parties to shopping trips, and, in doing so we keep each other motivated.

METHOD 1 Put the prunes and mixed fruit in a large bowl and pour over the brandy or rum. Mix together and leave to soak for a few hours, or overnight 2 Preheat the oven to 170°C/150°C Fan/Gas 3. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl and stir in the glacé cherries and mixed peel. Add the spices and salt and stir in well so that everything is lightly coated with flour. 3 Stir in the sugar and then beat in the egg with a wooden sppon. Add the soaked fruit, together with the soaking liquid, and the zest and juice of the orange and lemon. Mix well together. If the mixture is too stiff, you can thin it down with a little more lemon juice. 4 Spoon the cake mixture into a lined 18cm square tin and smooth the top of the cake. Bake in the preheated oven for about 2 hours, or until s skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. If the cake is browning too much, cover it with some greaseproof paper while it cooks. 5 Let the cake cool in the tin, then remove and wrap in greaseproof paper and foil. Store in a cool, dry place until you are ready to decorate it with the glazed fruit and nut topping. FOR THE GLAZED FRUIT TOPPING 6 Put the apricot jam and brandy in a small saucepan and heat gently, stirring with a wooden spoon until well blended. 7 Brush a little of the apricot glaze lightly over the top of the cake. Arrange the cherries and nuts in an attractive pattern on top and then brush them with the remaining glaze. 8 When the topping is cold, tie a pretty festive ribbon around the sides of the cake and then store in a tin or airtight container in a cool place. The topping will stay fresh for several weeks. There’s no magic pill when it comes to weight loss and the best weight loss plan is the one you can stick to. Our members lose weight by making small changes to the way they shop, cook and eat and filling up on our fabulous Free Foods - foods that are low in calories but satisfying like, pasta, lean meat, fruit and veg - means that all import Christmas Dinner is absolutely not off limits! 50 years ago our founder Margaret MilesBramwell had an idea, one where people could eat REAL food and still lose weight and so Slimming World was born! The plan has evolved over the years but the fundamental principles remain the same, losing weight with nothing off limits!

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Make sure that you keep any bedding clean and fresh, just as you would for your own bed linen, to prevent any nasty odours finding their way into your room. There are some cleaning product sprays available that remove odours from fabric which may be useful for an inbetween freshen up. It has also become more common to have beds in more than one room. After all, our pets like to follow us about so rather than encourage them to sit around on our expensive upholstery why not ensure that they have a feline/doggy equivalent? If space is of a premium, you can purchase smaller beds that are like flat cushions which you can always slide underneath a sofa or fold up into a cupboard should you wish to pack it away when your pet doesn’t wish to use it.

Pet stores have so much choice nowadays where you can choose different sizes, fabric and materials to ensure that the pet bed you select will blend perfectly into your home décor.

Cats often like to climb up onto the arms and backs of sofas so if you are happy to let them claw their way across you to fulfil their feline dreams then why not find some fabric that you can fill with wadding and and

More recently we have seen full home designs that incorporate animal beds within the structure of the room. For example when creating a built-in area of shelving and cupboards in the living room you could easily incorporate a space underneath to include a purposebuilt animal bed. Under the stairs is also a great area for a dog crate and a country kitchen can look fabulous with an oversized wooden dog bed filled with a cushion and washable cover.

use as a ‘bed’ to protect your soft furnishings from falling fur and claw marks. If you have an oversized dog (Dane, or even larger Labradors etc) then, space permitting, you may wish to purchase an additional seat for your canine friend that can be used exclusively for their enjoyment. No matter what size your pet, there’s always a way to stylishly incorporate them into your home!


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he holly and the ivy, when they are both full grown, of all the trees that are in the wood the holly bears the crown. There’s no doubt that holly and ivy are synonymous with Christmas. This dates back to pre-Christian era when pagans used evergreen decorations in their mid-winter celebrations. It’s not hard to see why they were attracted to these beautiful plants which offer a promise of better times to come during the most barren time of the year. Early Christians adopted them too and imbued holly particularly with Christian symbolism. In the carol, ivy isn’t actually mentioned again until the last verse which is a repeat of the first. It has a cameo role because of earlier songs, such as ‘The Contest of The Ivy and The Holly,’ in which the attributes of holly (male) and ivy (female) are compared. Our ancestors lived close to the earth and the seasons and were open to symbolism. As modern gardeners we might be sceptical of the symbolism, but we can embrace the glory of these seasonal plants.

Ivy (Hedera) comes in many sizes, from the tiny-leaved ‘Spetchley’ to the hand-sized leaves of ‘Maple Leaf’. It also comes in a beautiful variety of colours from the rich green, crimped leaves of ‘Parsley crested’ which makes great ground cover, to the gorgeous red-stemmed yellow leaves of the climber ‘Sunrise’. For winter baskets I’d recommend the lime-green ‘Ursula’ and her grey-leaved friend ‘Frederick’. Ivy is a doddle to grow. There are only a few things to remember. Cut it back in spring to encourage new growth and take cuttings between October and March when the growth is woody. Yellow varieties need sunshine and don’t let any of it grow into your eaves. Other than that, it is your undemanding gardening friend.

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It reminds me of the real significance of that first Christmas. It was God’s way of showing us all that we were loved. God sent his Son into the world as one of us; as a baby, so that we might look God in the face, in Jesus, and know that we are loved by the one who created us. Christmas is about God’s pure, unconditional, uncontainable, awesome, selfdenying true love. I cannot think of a more amazing gift; knowing that you are loved and not just for Christmas but into eternity. In the Bible John wrote: ‘This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life’. (The Message: John 3:16) So whether your Christmas is full of sorrow and sadness or joy and jubilation remember that Jesus came to show us all that we are loved, and to enable us to create a world of God’s kindness, generosity, acceptance and tolerance all year round. Wishing you God's richest blessing this Christmas and for 2020 Rev Sam King (revsamking@talktalk.net) Design & Computer Graphics by Alexander S. Grenfell, Calne.


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