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TownCr er SEPTEMBER 2019

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OPENS GOLDMANS WILTSHIRE SHOWROOM

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PUTTING CALNE ON THE MAP

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ugust seems to have come and gone in a flash and here we are in September. The hot weather seems to have deserted us too and it feels like summer is over already. Hopefully September will bring the return of the sun before we head into the autumn! August is also a quiet month at The Town Crier with staff and many folks away on their summer holidays, however it does give us a bit of breathing space for our busy months leading up to Christmas.

LOCAL NEWS

Sooooo an early reminder please, now is the time to start thinking about your Christmas advertising, whether it’s to promote your party venue, Christmas menu or gift ideas etc, we are here to help with our Countdown to Christmas features!

and has appeared in West End shows. Of course we couldn’t pass up the opportunity of having our picture taken with him! Thank you to Paul, as usual the pictures were great. We all wish the team at Goldman’s the best of luck in their venture.

August did present one highlight for the Town Crier girls, who were thrilled to be invited to the opening of Goldman Interiors new premises. As you can see from the front cover it was opened by Gareth Gates whom you will remember was the runner up on Pop Idol. He is also a well known singer/song-writer

That’s all for this month, have a great September!

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FOOD & DRINK

TRAVEL 54

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Local Events - whats going on in your area

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A feast for September - Check out our new recipes

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Team Town Crier rubs shoulders with Gareth Gates

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The White Bear - Book early for Christmas

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Malmesbury Concert Band celebrates 160th anniversary

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Recipe: Walnut stuffed apples

A Taste of Paradise - a barefoot luxury getaway

HOME & GARDEN 9

Kitchen Statements to update the heart of the home

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Home Focus First Impressions

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How to cut the perfect privet hedge

FEATURES 15

Gareth Gates opens new Goldmans showroom

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Calne Feature - putting the town on the tourist map

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Harvest time - The history of theharvest festival

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Join us for Kalefest, a day packed full of fantastic musical talent in aid of raising funds for a new home for 15yo Kale who has been in hospital for a year following a brain tumour. There will also be Pizza from the Pizza-bike and all sorts if fun. Children under 10 go free! Tickets £10 bit.ly/2OxS3EN or on the door.

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CALNE & DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB Thursday, 12th September 7:30pm

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Chippenham entrepreneurs John and Debbie Williams of John Williams Heating Services are calling on local businesses to support three proactive school children who want a better library at their primary school. Lily, Freja and Jacob are all students at St Peter’s C of E Academy in Lords Mead. They decided to ask local businesses to help fund creating a better library for their school – and their letters formed part of a ‘persuasive’ writing task. At the moment the library is more of a corridor and is badly in need of updating. The proposed project will cost about £11,000 and money is also be raised by the Friends of St Peter’s Academy. Mark Everett, the headteacher of St. Peter's said: “Our children really enjoy reading and have loved some of books to bits! We would love to update our library facilities for the children and are really grateful to John Williams Heating for kindly supporting us in this venture.” The school’s budget cannot stretch to refurbishing and updating the library space so students came up with the idea of asking ten businesses to donate £100 each towards the total cost. “We admire the proactive stand taken by these children,” Debbie Williams said. “They are not only showing their writing skills, they are doing it for the benefit of their school and the pupils of the future. “I’m asking other local businesses to dig deep and reward the efforts being made by these young students who are all about ten years old. Perhaps a business could sponsor a book case? We’re thrilled to be able to do our bit to support these young people.”

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Monday, 19th August, 2019 will be one to remember for the Town Crier Magazine. With the team having the opportunity to assist with advertising for Goldmans Interiors, organise the photographer {Paul Stallard} and the best bit, be invited to attend the opening of their new showroom, we met with Gareth Gates, who kindly did the honours and 'cut the ribbon' on this new exciting venture. With a packed crowd, the slight drizzle of rain deterring no-one, we celebrated with Richard and his team, with a huge cheer, when Gareth opened the new showroom. Drinks and canapes ensued, with Gareth kindly signing posters and posing for what seemed like a million photographs. What a gentlemen and true star! Thank you to the Goldmans team for a memorable morning and we wish them every success for the future. Photo Credit: PAUL STALLARD/CANDID PICTURES www.candidpictures.co.uk

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sure you choose exterior gloss paint - there are ranges designed specifically for this purpose. Black is always a popular choice it’s chic, stylish and generally goes with most brick or rendered tones. But if you live in a period property there are lots of other colours that would work well. Greens, pale blues and reds can look stunning on a wooden door. You might like to consider the use of fresh hardware on your door from handles, knockers and bells which can all modernise an otherwise neglected entrance.

Lighting is also super important both from a safety and an aesthetic point of view. If you have a pathway up to your house make sure it is adequately lit - it can look really pretty guiding people towards your entrance and will also ensure that they can see where they are going. Using solar powered lights is an easy solution and costs very little but you can also install lights by your front door so that if you’re not sure of who is visiting you can flick them on to see. Some people also prefer them to switch on automatically when someone passes to alert them that they can possibly be seen.

The use of flowers to surround your house is First impressions are always important and as certain to freshen up even the dullest of you can see, making your home look as exteriors. If you’re lucky to have enough special as you are is pretty simple. room you can add hanging baskets, window baskets and of course planters either side of the front door add a pleasing symmetry to an entrance. If you don’t want the upkeep of flowering plants you can go with a slightly more architectural style and opt for trees bay and holly are particularly good as they can be shaped to suit and will add some height to the display.

A quick job to make your exterior look better is to simply give everything a good clean. Polish up any silverware, wipe your wood or On an amusing note, there is one person who upvc window surrounds with hot soapy water is likely to see your house every day and and shine up the glass with a water and that’s the postman. For this reason it’s vinegar solution. A bit of sparkle can go a worth testing your letterbox. Is it accessible, long way as well as save you time later on. and more importantly how easy is it to get UPVC can often start to discolour if you don’t items through the slot? If it is really stiff keep it clean so a weekly wipe down, at least you’re likely to end up with squashed letters on the bits you can reach, won’t go amiss. and a postman with sore fingers! Another thing you can do is take a few steps So do the ‘postman test’ on your front door back from your property and really study it to and check your letterbox. Make sure it is see how it looks at different angles. Consider secure, but not too stiff and give it a good how the windows are dressed from the inside polish every now and then to keep it looking - this will show from the outside and can looked after. make a big difference. Have a think about There are lots of other things you can do to whether wooden blinds would look better give your house kerb appeal. Repainting your rather than curtains which can be hung front door is an easy enough option. Make straight or draped to the sides.

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Pop in to see us and browse our beautiful selection of flowers, plants and gifts for all occasions. Bouquets, Baskets, Arrangements, Balloons, Cards, Candles, Teddies and Sundries 7 Church Street, Calne, SN11 0HU simplyflowerswiltshire.com 01249 819105

Sampaguita Cafe

We offer value for money jewellery and gifts as well as a jewellery repair service which is carried out in the fully equipped workshop on the premises. We also have an extensive watch battery stock and can advise on watch and clock repairs.

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Sampaguita Cafe is located in a secluded courtyard found off Church Street, opposite St Mary's Church.

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We serve a variety of British and Asian food, all day breakfast, scones, cakes and a selection of hot and cold drinks. We are gluten free friendly and also have a number of vegetarian and vegan options plus our daily specials.

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Name of Applicant: Postal address of premises including Post code (where possible) or a description to enable the location to be identified:

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Statement of Relevant Licensable Activities which it is proposed will be carried on, on or from the premises: • Sale of Alcohol Mon – Sun 10:00hrs to 23:30hrs • Live Music Fri – Mon 12:00hrs to 23:30hrs • Recorded Music Fri – Mon 12:00hrs to 23:30hrs • Performance of Dance Fri – Mon 12:00hrs to 23:30hrs • Entertainment of a similar description Fri – Mon 12:00hrs to 23:30hrs • Films Fri – Mon 12:00hrs to 23:00hrs • Provision of late-night refreshment Fri – Mon 23:00hrs to 23:30hrs Live Music/Recorded/Dance/Similar (Outdoors) Friday to Monday 12:00hrs to 23:30 a maximum of 15 per annum for under 499 people. Maximum of 2 activities of this nature over 500 people per annum. Showing films (Outdoors) Friday to Monday 12:00hrs to 23:00hrs maximum of 2 per annum. The copy of the application may be inspected at The Licensing Authority, Wiltshire Council, Public Health & Protection, Monkton Park, Chippenham, SN15 1ER between 9.00am and 4.30pm (Monday – Friday, excluding Bank Holidays) please arrange an appointment on 01249 706 555 to ensure an Officer is available. Any representations by a Responsible Authority/Interested Party or Other persons must be made in writing within 28 days of this notice to the above address or by email: publicprotectionnorth@wiltshire.gov.uk Date of Notice 14.08.2019. End of Consultation 10.09.2019. It is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application punishable on summary conviction of £5000. 32

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CALNE HERITAGE CENTRE The Calne Heritage Centre building was opened in 1905 as a purpose-built library, financed by the millionaire industrialist Andrew Carnegie. Situated in the heart of Calne’s historic Heritage Quarter, it has served as a heritage centre since 2004 and tells the story of aspects of Calne’s history in a series of attractive wall panels. These are supplemented by interactive computer screens and a varied programme of exhibitions that are presented throughout the year. The Centre houses a wealth of photographs and memorabilia and engages with the community, hosting visits by school classes and local groups. Members of staff also venture out into the community to give talks in a variety of venues. Research in response to queries about the Calne area is offered free of charge although donations are always welcome. The building is available for hire for meetings when the Centre is closed.

Run and staffed entirely by volunteers who will greet visitors in a welcoming manner, always ready to help, the Centre plays a vital role in raising awareness of Calne’s fascinating history. Working in partnership with other Calne organisations and participating in the regular community events in the town it is also an integral part of the present and concerned with the future. Calne Heritage Week 2019 will take place between 16 - 22 September 2019. Calne Heritage Week 2019 programmes are available to collect at Calne Heritage Centre and at the Calne Town Council offices at Bank House or view at: www.calne.gov.uk

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CENTRE NEWS 9 High Street, Calne

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Funeral Director Jennifer Dip FAA, Dip FD, arranger Sue and the team at E. Wootten & Son pride themselves on their traditional ways and set the highest standards for the funeral profession. We will help you and your family through one of the most difficult times in your lives with compassion, respect, knowledge and openness. We will guide you every step of the way to ensure that the funeral you choose for your loved one is both personal and unique. Our caring services start from just £1995 (Plus third party fees) Bereaved families can rest assured, knowing that their loved one is being cared for within our purpose built premises, which include:

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E. Wootten & Son have their own fleet of vehicles on site which consist of a Mercedes E Class Hearse complemented with a matching limousine. Our private ambulance is fully equipped to ensure the journey into our care is dignified and respectful.

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New Headmaster at St Margaret’s Mr Luke Bromwich is to become Headmaster of St Margaret’s Preparatory School, Calne in September following the retirement of Karen Cordon after 22 years. St Margaret’s is the sister school of St Mary’s, Calne and offers a co-educational experience for both boys and girls aged 3 -11. Mr Bromwich, 35, who was Deputy Headteacher of Kellett School, the British International School in Hong Kong, was chosen to lead the school after a rigorous selection process carried out by the Governors.  Chairman of Governors Svante Adde said: “He was our unanimous choice and stood out as the leading contender in a very strong field of candidates, both from this country and abroad. We are confident that Luke will prove

a very worthy successor to Karen and that he will steer the school with great success through the years ahead. “ Mr Bromwich brings with him extensive experience of leading successful schools both in the independent and state sectors, in the UK and internationally. Prospective parents are welcome to make a 1:1 appointment with Mr Bromwich so that they can discuss the possibility of joining this vibrant learning community. Alternatively, there is an Open Morning on Thursday 10th October - please contact Mrs Simone Hughes in the Admissions Department on 01249 857379 or email: hughess@stmargaretsprep.org.uk

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CALNE MUSIC and ARTS FESTIVAL Patron, Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music

3 – 13 October 2019 Welcome to the 45th Calne Music and Arts Festival! With so much talent on our doorstep, this year the Festival boasts not only a programme of quality, but also a little something for everyone. With more participants in and around Calne, the Festival is proud to provide a platform to local and nationally acclaimed talent, exciting and inspiring audiences through a carefully curated programme, and bringing people together in a time where communities can feel divided. Everyone is welcome and without behind the scenes hard work, talented participants and most importantly, an audience, community festivals like CMAF would not survive. We look forward to seeing you there! Details of all the events and art and poetry competitions for children and adults can be found on the Festival website: www.cmaf.org.uk The Box Office is at Calne Information Centre, Bank House, The Strand, Calne, SN11 0EN The Box Office runs from Tuesday 2nd September and throughout the Festival. Tickets can be purchased online without a booking fee from www.ticketsource.co.uk/cmaf The main sponsor for the Festival is Chilvester Financial Planning and an annual bursary is awarded by them to a local student showing great musical promise.

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Stuffed Butternut Squash INGREDIENTS

1 medium butternut squash Olive oil Oregano Packet or vegetable rice Feta cheese 50g toasted pine nut 1 red pepper, chopped 50g pitted black olives A handful of sundried tomatoes 2 spring onions, chopped METHOD Preheat oven to 200°C / 180°C fan.

Cut the butternut squash in half length ways. Scoop all seeds out and score the flesh with a sharp knife. Season with salt & pepper and sprinkle with oregano, then drizzle with olive oil and place on a baking tray. Bake for 35 minutes. Chop a red pepper into chunks, drizzle with oil and add to the oven to roast. Cook the rice according to packet instructions and place into a large bowl. Mix the pinenuts, spring onion, sundried tomatoes, cooked red pepper and olives with the rice. Remove the butternut from the oven and stuff with the mixture. Top with crumbled feta and bake for a further 5 minutes until golden. Enjoy!

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Black Bean Chilli INGREDIENTS 500g pack lean steak mince Large onion finely chopped 2tsp cumin powder 2 tsp ground coriander 1-2 tsp chilli powder 2 tsp paprika 1 beef stock cube 400g can chopped tomatoes Large squirt tomato puree 2 cans black beans METHOD Gently fry your onion in a splash of olive oil in a large flat pan. Seperately dry fry your mince until browned and broken up. Add all the spices and the onions to the mix. Add in the chopped tomatoes and 1 can of water, crumble in the stock cube and stir in a large squirt of tomato puree. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the drained black beans and further cook for 20 minutes until everything has reduced and is tender. Sprinkle with chopped corriander. Serve with rice or crispy tortillas, lime wedges, guacamole and sour cream. Chilli is even tastier if left overnight and eaten the next day!

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The White Bear Devizes’ premiere craft beer pub

OUR FOOD Our menu is locally sourced and dishes created from scratch, under the watchful eye of chef-landlord Marc. Seasonal, traditional pub fayre with a modern twist, served in our tastefully-refurbished restaurant and bar area. Our philosophy on food is simple – low impact and low wastage, resulting in delicious meals that literally don’t cost the earth. Vegetarians, vegans, coeliacs and other dietary requirements are all catered for. Whether popping in for a drink, a light-bite for lunch or a cosy and romantic dinner, we look forward to welcoming you soon.

Book early for Christmas at The White Bear We are pleased to announce our Christmas Menu for 2019. Our menu will include a 2/3 course sit down for a maximum of 16. Should you wish, we also provide a Christmas Buffet Menu. For overnight guests, we have newly refurbished rooms, at very reasonable rates. Please ask for details.

OUR ROOMS We have 6 rooms upstairs, all recently refurbished to marry traditional features with modern comforts you expect. Of the 6 rooms, we have 2 twin rooms, 2 double rooms, 1 family room and 1 single room. Our rates include breakfast, and our best prices are only available when you book direct with us.

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Christmas Menu 2019 Dipping Bread and Chives Starters Roasted Cauliflower Soup (Vv) with cauliflower crisp, white truffle oil and bread Whole Stuffed and Baked Portobello Mushroom (V) with spinach, blue cheese and pine nut Pan-Seared Pigeon Breast (GF)* served with braised red cabbage and winter berry jus Mains Maple Roasted Turkey or Winter Spiced Carrot and Cranberry Nut Roast (V) All above served with the trimmings you’d expect to see, and hopefully more! *Our vegan and meat roasts are gluten free including gravy.* Pan Fried Crispy Salmon with herbed saute potatoes, champagne sauce and confit onion Dessert Dessert Christmas Pudding with brandy creme anglaise and a festive touch Flourless Chocolate Cake (GF) with homemade brown bread ice cream Selection of Cheeses (+£3) served with crackers, chutneys, pickles and fruit Our minimum reservation is for 4 and maximum is 16. We would need a pre order a week before your reservation. To enquire about booking a Christmas menu for a party, staff do or just a meal with the family or friends give us a call on: 01380 727588, email us: thecraftybear8@gmail.com. The menu is available for the dates between 26th November to the 21st December (excluding Mondays and Sundays) Some of our foods contain allergens. Please speak to a member of staff for more information. All the food is prepared fresh in the same kitchen so may contain traces. *please take care pigeon may contain shot

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Walnut-Stuffed BAKED APPLES

Fed up of ice creams? Why not try this recipe which is nice and easy to prepare and cook. Yummy too! Ingredients

Method

100g brown sugar

Preheat oven to 190C / Gas mark 5. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, walnuts, raisins, butter, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.

75g walnuts 50g golden raisins 60g unsalted butter, cut into small cubes 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves 4 large eating apples 120ml fresh orange juice

Slice about 1cm off the top of each apple. Use a corer or a sharp knife to remove the core and seeds from inside of each apple but take care not to go all the way through. Arrange the apples, cavity side up, in a ceramic baking dish.

Fill each cavity with 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar-walnut mixture. Sprinkle remaining brown sugar-walnut mixture on top of apples. Pour the orange juice around apples. Bake the apples for 30 to 40 minutes or until they are tender. Rotate the baking dish halfway through the cooking time. Spoon the juices in the dish over apples and serve warm with ice cream or creme fraiche.

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The shorter cooler days herald the onset of autumn; as we mourn the passing of another summer, here are some tips to keep your pet safe and disease free at this time of year. Autumn is a busy time for parasites! Fleas are still very much a problem, so do keep up to date with antiparasitic treatments. It’s also the peak time for ticks. Ticks live in long grass and woodland areas and attach themselves to passing pets. Grooming your dog after a walk is an ideal opportunity to remove them before they attach. At the same time, you can check for grass seeds which can get stuck in the coat, and penetrate the skin working their way in to cause pain and possible infection.

Harvest mites are another problem seen late summer and during the autumn months ahead. The mites live in long grass and swarm onto passing pets, where they typically congregate on the face, ears and feet. They present as bright orange dots and are usually a cause of great irritation. Other risks perhaps lie closer to home in your garden. Keep pets away from fallen fruits, acorns and conkers, all of which can cause digestive upsets. Also, do try and prevent your dog eating slugs and snails since these can spread the lungworm Angiostrongylus vasorum. Autumn aches: Bear in mind that the cooler weather ahead may unmask arthritic disease and joint stiffness so do keep an eye on your pet’s mobility and for any signs of discomfort. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your pet’s weight too over the next few months since it’s all too easy to gain a little at this time of year! If you are at all concerned, then book your pet in with us for a check-up.

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TATT

Are you tired all the time? How do you feel when you wake up? Are you refreshed and ready for the day? Or do you feel drained, like you've hardly slept.

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Ps report that more patients are complaining of lack of energy. The syndrome even has its own name, TATT which means tired all the time. If you constantly feel lethargic it is important not to ignore it. TATT is common but there are steps you can take to help yourself. There are many different causes of fatigue, and a good place to start is a

(CFS). There is not a definitive cure for these conditions but there are treatments and selfhelp measures that can help to ease the symptoms. A GP will test for other medical problems that can cause tiredness, such as anaemia, thyroid issues, food intolerances or diabetes. Many cases of TATT are related to mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety. Traumatic life events, stress and money worries can also cause fatigue. Talking therapies can help in these cases, and your doctor may be able to refer you to a counselling service. If a GP has ruled out more serious underlying causes but you still feel tired, there are lifestyle changes that will help.

chat with your GP. If you feel overwhelming exhaustion, which gets worse rather than better with activity, and does not improve with rest, you might be suffering from myalgic encephalopathy (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome

First make sure you’re getting enough good quality sleep. Make it a priority for a few weeks to see how much better you feel. The Royal College of Psychologists’ advice is to have both a regular bedtime and wake time, and avoid napping.

If you struggle to drop off try a soak in a warm bath before you go to bed because this will make you feel calm, and the drop in body temperature when you exit the bath fools the body to start to prepare for sleep. Reduce your stress levels by scheduling relaxation time into your day. This could be something as simple as listening to your favourite music or meeting friends for a chat. A good diet also plays a role in increasing your energy levels. Try eating small snacks throughout the day, rather than one large meal in the evening. Avoid alcohol and drink more water. Cutting caffeine will also help but cut down gradually to minimise the risk of headaches.

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Big Bang

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A taste of

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THINK SMART

Leaving obvious political issues out of the equation, one of the most emotive issues recently has been that of plastic pollution. David Attenborough’s documentaries about the Blue Planet has wowed millions in recent years, but in some ways more powerful was the BBC documentary, ‘Drowning in Plastic’. The shock of the state of our oceans has been talked about widely, especially in schools, where the next generation are up in arms and keen to more be eco-warriors. For information We have been forced please callto Lizadopt on the concept of re-using shopping 0844 8000219 bags, due to the tax on disposable ones. www.tumbletots.com/swindon Should we not adopt more of a re-use culture without it being forced upon us?

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Disposable fashion contributes millions of nonrecyclable items to landfill weekly. Surely, it would be more prudent to buy quality longer-lasting items of clothing that can be worn for years. Children’s fashion is a particular problem, with fancy dress costumes and party wear at the extreme of the spectrum, possibly being only worn once before binned. The other obvious problem is that children often grow out of clothes before they are worn out, so why spend money on quality clothes that will not give you their full value? A solution is to buy second hand. Second hand is sometimes a dirty word, so why not say ‘vintage’ or ‘pre-loved’. There are several advantages. One is cost. Quality items that have hundreds of wears left for a fraction of the price. Two, for the fashion conscious, is that you are much less likely to see your child in the same t-shirt as everybody else is wearing as it may be a couple of seasons old. And finally, and possibly most importantly, the environment wins. So think smart and think about a visit to Smarty Pants!

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Joanne Kent explains how Home-Start Kennet helps families cope. Home-Start Kennet (HSK), has been helping Wiltshire families for over 30 years – giving emotional and practical support to young families in their own homes. Last year, the charity helped 107 families and 216 children. Vital to HSK’s service are their dedicated volunteers, who visit families for up to two hours each week. Volunteer support is tailored to need and as individual as the families they work with. Often it’s the simple things that make a huge difference: accompanying a parent to a toddler group whilst they build their confidence, playing with a child whose parent is ill, helping a family adjust to twins or just being there to listen. For families, Home–Start support can be invaluable. The unexpected can happen and parents can suddenly find themselves struggling. One parent said,

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The best thing about volunteering is being told by your family that your visits have been much appreciated, the support has exceeded their expectations and that they will miss you so much when you leave! If someone asked me about volunteering for HomeStart, I’d say go for it! “

Rebecca Soroush, HSK Volunteer, tells us more “I joined Home-Start as I was looking for a volunteering opportunity that would be flexible with my family, allow me to work closely with people and be hands on.

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Members of The Rotary Club of Chippenham came along and more than £1260 was raised to support them in their work in the community. This was raised through a tombola and through an additional fundraising challenge with a team of staff and volunteers will be taking it in turns to cycle the equivalent of the 874-mile journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats. General manager Philip Dunn, who has recently taken over management of the hotel, said: “We are so grateful to everyone who came along to have a look around and who helped us raise well over 1250 pounds for such a worthy local cause.” Originally a 17th century coaching inn, The Angel has had more than £260,000 spent on upgrading its infrastructure to bring it into the 21st century and to reflect its historic status. More work is planned during 2019. This first phase has seen much behind-thescenes equipment being upgraded and there has been an up-to-the-minute refit of its gym which includes new equipment and digital wallpaper. Master craftsmen have also restored the grand portico of the hotel, which is itself listed, using traditional techniques. To find out more about The Angel can visit: www.angel-hotel-chippenham.com www.towncriermagazine.com

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had my summer holiday in June this year. I was staying on the west coast of Scotland 15 miles south of Oban in the county of Argyle and Bute. Just 5 minutes walk from the house is a sea loch with the yachts out on the water. It is a truly beautiful spot and I have sat for many hours on my own over the years and enjoyed it. It is particularly beautiful late in an evening if you get a sunset. I am always full of a natural sense of gratitude for the splendour of creation. A few years ago my father joined me in my annual trip to the West Coast. He was in his late 80s. It was lovely to be able to share those special moments with him. I remember with such fondness the two of us skimming stones on the water, something he had taught me so many years earlier. We created memories that day which will last for years to come. This year I was joined by two friends for part of my holiday. I was like a tour guide for the week taking them to all the places to see the sights that I had seen over the years and taken pleasure in. But this time there was an added dimension because I was sharing it. I enjoyed it because they enjoyed it. I was full of gratitude. Just recently I have had a number of invitations to join friends for meals. There is something so special about eating a meal with others. Growing up I was one of seven children so as you can imagine meal times were big events but we always sat at the table as a whole family to eat and share news together. It helped us all to learn to listen, to interact, to share and it deepened our relationships.When I sit and have meals with others I am always full of gratitude

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for the friendship shown and for the food we share together. As you make your way through the Wiltshire countryside this time of year you cannot miss all the farming activity. All around combine harvesters work late into the night to get the harvest in, in a timely manner. I have farming friends who are flat out late August and September so I have a natural sense of gratitude for the harvest and for those who work tirelessly so we can have food on our tables. It is so easy to moan and find fault in everything today, but I am always drawn to people who suffer without moaning. People who even in the hardest times have an inner contentment. They are an example for all of us to follow. So I am very grateful to God for the beauty of the world in which we live, for our yearly harvest and for all the people I share life with. Even in times when are things are hard I thank God for all that he has given me; for he gives me an inner contentment that can also be yours because he produces a God-saturated hope within us. As St Paul once wrote in a letter to the church at Philippi: ‘I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength’. Phil 4:11-13 NIV Blessings on you all Rev Sam King (revsamking@talktalk.net) Design & Computer Graphics by Alexander S. Grenfell, Calne.


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ake a look at a modern harvest festival and you’ll no doubt see many ‘urban’ offerings of pre-packed cakes and tins of sweet corn. It’s so easy to pop down to the supermarket these days we forget that until relatively recently in this country, people’s lives depended upon the success or failure of their crops. Harvest festivals were a way to say thank you for a good harvest while trying to guarantee the fortune of the next one. Saxon farmers offered the first cut sheaf of corn to the gods of fertility in order to please them and ensure they were kind the following year. The last sheaf was used to make a Kern baby; a doll, dressed in white and trimmed with coloured ribbons to represent spring. Most peasants were tenant farmers who farmed for a landowner. Harvest time meant weeks of back-breaking work, so it became a tradition for the landowner to host a harvest supper as a thank you to the whole community once the harvest was brought home safely. There was no set date, but the celebrations generally took place around the time of the full Moon, known as the Harvest Moon.

The story of John Barleycorn You may never have heard of him, but John Barleycorn is a character in a medieval folksong. He represents barley, the most important cereal crop of the harvest, and also the alcoholic beverages beer and whisky which were made from it. In the song John Barleycorn suffers attacks, indignities and death which correspond to the various stages of the harvest such as reaping and malting. It begins…

There was three kings into the east, Three kings both great and high, And they hae sworn a solemn oath, John Barleycorn should die. They took a plough and plouh’d him down, Put clods upon his head, And they hae sworn a solemn oath, John Barleycorn was dead.

The song has many verses and poor old John Barleycorn suffers dreadfully throughout, particularly when he’s ground between the milling stones! But the story has a neat twist as our hero, who’s finally turned to alcohol, wreaks his revenge on everyone who drank him so merrily, and they suffer for their sins the following morning with gargantuan hangovers! It is a mark of how important the harvest was that there are more versions of this song than any other in the English language!

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