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month, featuring the story's and successes of some of our local 'Women In Business', along with other financial news. If you would like us to profile your business in this new section, please dont hesitate to contact us, we would love to hear from you. There is a scrummy recipe of beef in Guiness with herb dumplings if you fancy some comfort food – personally I fancy the Ginger Panna Cotta with Poached Rhubarb. I remember my Grandad trying to make me eat from his jar of Stem Ginger! Yuk! But now I am totally addicted!! After all after all that eating you can work it off if you feel motivated, page 57 fhas some good tips! If 'events' are your scene, we do have plenty
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Trowbridge Town Council has always opposed development of this site and has consistently asked Wiltshire Council (WC) to confirm which parts of the site are going to be developed to ensure that a buffer is retained between the town and the village and also to afford ecological protection, particularly for bats. North Bradley in their first draft Neighbourhood Plan supported development closest to the village, but were persuaded by WC to support development furthest away from the village, described by Wiltshire Council as ‘to the north and east of the site’. What appears now to be proposed by the developers is to locate development in the centre of the site, failing therefore to adequately ‘retain a visual separation between the town and North Bradley’, as required by WC’s WHSAP. At a meeting of the Town Council’s Town Development Committee on 28th January it was resolved: That Trowbridge Town Council cannot support the draft masterplan as it is contrary to the WHSAP and the North Bradley Neighbourhood Plan. Development should be directed to the north and east of the site as required by the WHSAP, retaining a significant landscape gap around the village which results in the retention of a visual separation between the expanded town and North Bradley, secured through there being no development, other than as open space in the two fields nearest the village which are shown as being partially developed in the developers consultation draft Masterplan.
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The 2nd June 2020 marks the 5th anniversary of independent family owned business Odette Funeral Director. Odette currently Calne’s longest serving funeral director with over 20 years’ experience in the funeral business has quite a few achievements under her belt.
After the passing of my mum, we moved away to Swindon and I became a Foster Carer and life became really busy . Thoughts of being a hairdresser were forgotten until my middle daughter Natalie told me that she had always wanted to be a hairdresser and after leaving school, started an apprentiship in Swindon. After starting a family of her own, Natalie's life also changed and instead of a career in hairdressing, she decided to pursue work within a Supermarket. Then fate, played it's hand!
Whilst looking through the local paper, I saw a Salon for sale in Calne. Being a local Chippenham girl, I felt this was like coming home! So the girls and I looked at the Salon, put a business plan together and visited the bank!
Unfortunately, my husband had just been made redundant, and the owner of the salon wanted to sell and not rent the property out. However, the owner changed his mind, saying we could rent the property and my husband, bless him, gave me the deposit. The following month, the salon was open! With Natalie's experience and my college training, after just 5 years I bought the salon and expanded my skills by training as a beauty therapist. Fast forward 16 years. Having had a few up's and down's, and some disappointments along the way, I am very proud to say I am still here with my own successful business! This year will be a big year for celebrations. I will be 60 years of age and my daughter Natalie will be celebrating her 40th! The last 16 years have flown by, we both still so love what we do and have made some great friends along the way. Here's to the next 16 years!
To date they have won Funeral Planner of The Year 2018 and 2019 with Golden Charter Funeral Plans and it was just over two years ago that Odette invested in her own hearse and limousine. She is also proud that they are the only funeral directors in the local area with a completely re-furbished Victorian Funeral Bier circa. 1896. Whilst Odette Funeral Director has been a successful business from the off; Odette and her two children, Sara and Tom who work together in the family firm are always wanting to give back to their community, often donating to the local charities in the town, sponsoring activities and support groups. Sara has worked in the family business for almost 4 years and is very much involved in all aspects of running the office and seeing to the family’s needs. She manages her time between looking after her two children aged 10 and 2 years and believes she is being the best role model for her daughters, showing them that she can work in the business alongside being a loving mother. www.towncriermagazine.com
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Did you know that you pay a hefty financial price for staying loyal to business? From insurance to broadband, chances are you’re being hit with a loyalty tax for staying with the same provider of the service. For decades, a huge range of industries have made billions through a sneaky ‘open’ secret - the ‘loyalty charge’. This is where people who stick with the same service provider out of loyalty or convenience face increases in monthly or annual payments every time their agreement comes up for renewal. In one of the most shocking examples I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen TONS of them), I spoke to a man whose elderly mother was paying just shy of £2,000 for home insurance. He found out and spoke to some of her neighbours and found one with the same company who was paying just £300 for the same policy. For years, businesses have acknowledged that this behaviour is unfair and promised to change their ways - but never have. However, in the last year, thanks to publicity in the media, we reached a tipping point where the practice became so well known that people began to look at their own policies and get angry.
year was being paid out by loyal customers, with more vulnerable people or those struggling financially likely to be stuck paying more. Though this practice is finally being clamped down on, don’t expect changes overnight. Here are a few tips to help you tackle overcharging by businesses you’ve stayed loyal to. · When you sign a contract, put a note into your calendar for when the contract runs out. Then go back a month and put a reminder in so you’re prepared in advance. · Shop around ahead of the contract renewal. Keep an eye on the news for bad/ good deals and businesses that have been warned or fined. · Never assume your loyalty means you’ll be treated better. You won’t and you’ll be overcharged. · Be wary of contracts that run over a year if you’re likely to change your lifestyle – you may have to pay fees to get out of them. If you think you’ve been overcharged, here’s what you do:
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· Start by turning detective. Find out when you signed up to the contract and when the original one was supposed to expire. If you’re paying for a phone or other goods as part of the contract, look for the date the item is paid off (it will be on your bill or online account). · Go on to the website for the business and see what you would be charged if you were a new customer for the same package. It’s worthwhile checking on comparison sites too, in case there are even cheaper deals around. · Contact the business and ask them to explain why you’re paying a higher price than a new customer and ask them to reduce your bill or match the price. Be prepared to vote with your feet. · The rules don’t say that the business has to refund you for what it’s overcharged you. But you can make a complaint and ask for the money back – and there are ombudsmen you can go to for free for all the industries that have been investigated so far. Most importantly, spread the word. Chances are you have a relative or friend who isn’t aware of the savings they could be making by shopping around. Have a chat and help them find a better deal or make a complaint. Having more cash in the bank is a good way to go on!
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New business owners for Signs Express (Bath) In an exciting new chapter for Signs Express (Bath), the Kay family, consisting of John Kay, Elizabeth Corble & Georgina Kay, has taken ownership of the market-leading franchise. Originally established in 2017, the business is one of the largest signs and graphics operations in the region and part of the UK’s leading signs and graphics company which has over 65 franchises across the UK. With over 40 years’ combined experience delivering large scale client projects, the Kay family are a highly skilled team able to assist with any signage project you may have. Signs Express (Bath) offer a full design, manufacture and installation service for all your interior and exterior signage requirements including window and vehicle graphics as well as promotional and event signage. John Kay commented: “At Signs Express (Bath) we are passionate about delivering creative, eye-catching signs and graphics whether that be shop signs or commercial hoardings, wayfinding signage or even customised printed wallpaper. We offer tailored solutions to our customers, whatever the size of the business, working within your budget to provide you with the perfect signage solutions. I am excited for the future, working within an area I love, creating signs that bring my customers’ businesses to life”.
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BRANCH OUT WITH TWO NEW GARDENING GROUPS Fans of gardening and the great outdoors are invited to join Alzheimer’s Support’s new Muddy Boots clubs in John Coles Park, Chippenham and Long Barn in Lower Stanton St Quintin. The groups will give people living with dementia and their carers the chance to be involved in two different projects. At John Coles Park members can enjoy a variety of activities including pruning, helping with digging, weeding and planting or just generally enjoying being outside, while the Long Barn group is more physically active with the chance to plant trees, maintain hedges, tidy streams, chip wood and paint chicken coops. Gary Lamont, of Foragers Farm which will be helping to run the Chippenham group, said: “Gardening and enjoying a natural environment is so powerful and is a very positive experience for people. Everyone can work at their own pace in the group and keen gardeners and absolute beginners are equally welcome.” Group members do not need to have previous experience, but the Long Barn members will need to be physically active and enjoy being out of doors. “As well as a chance to get out in the open air, members benefit from the group atmosphere, an informal support network and a sense of belonging,” says Sarah Marriott, head of Alzheimer’s Support’s community services. “It’s a great opportunity for people to do something locally.” The Long Barn group will meet over six sessions starting on Monday 23rd March and ending on 18th May. They are four hours long with time to enjoy a leisurely lunch together, while the Chippenham group starts on March 27th for two hours with time for a tea or coffee. To find out more, visit alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk/ muddy-boots or call 01380 739055.
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With April Fools’ Day looming it’s always fun, trying to spot the fake story. Some would say that in the current political climate it’s now almost impossible to separate fact from fiction. But back in the good old days when regular news stories didn’t sound as though they’d been dreamed up by the team who wrote Twin Peaks or Walking Dead newspapers and TV channels vied to see who could pull off the best prank.
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Arnabit b tahini Ingredients: 500g cauliflower florets 500g potatoes cut into chunks For the sauce: 150ml tahini paste 100ml of lemon juice 350ml of water 3 medium garlic cloves crushed 1tsp ground coriander Vegetable oil, salt Method: Put the cauliflowers florets and potato chunks in a deep baking tray. Drizzle with oil and bake in the oven on 200 C for 25 minutes then turn the around and bake for further 20 minutes. While the cauliflower and potatoes are in the oven, Mix all the sauce ingredients except the ground coriander in a jug and stir well. the sauce must be runny as it will thicken while cooking. In a small shallow frying pan heat the ground coriander stirring all the time for a few minutes until the aroma is released. Then add to the sauce and stir. Once the vegetables are cooked, poor the sauce all over and mix well. Return to the oven for a 15 minutes on 200c. Take out of the oven and sprinkle some chopped parsley for garnish. If you wish to jazz it up, roast walnuts and scattered on top before serving. There will be a popup on Friday 20th March, South Wraxall Village Hall, 7 - 9.30. Celebrating spring on a plate ÂŁ35 per person. More information from Dancing Flavours 07763 930 199 www.dancingflavours.co.uk
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Ginger Panna Cotta with POACHED RHUBARB Give this classic Italian dessert a British twist with the addition of poached rhubarb to create this rich yet surprisingly light dessert. For the panna cotta: 600 millilitre (1 pint) double cream 75 gram (3 ounce) caster sugar 2 teaspoon Ground Ginger 3 sheets leaf gelatine, soaked in water to soften For the rhubarb: 1 Vanilla Pod 350 millilitre (12 fluid ounce) dry white wine 50 gram (2 ounce) light brown caster sugar 675 gram (1Â˝ pounds) rhubarb
Add the sugar and the pod itself, bring to a simmer. Trim the ends of the rhubarb and cut into 5cm lengths, add the rhubarb to the saucepan and simmer gently until the rhubarb has just begun to soften. Remove from the heat, cover with cling film and leave to cool. Chill in the refrigerator.
Combine the cream, sugar and ginger in a saucepan. Bring to the boil slowly and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Add the gelatine, stir well until completely dissolved and remove from the heat. Pour the cream into 4 ramekins and chill in the refrigerator until completely set.
To serve, place a pile of poached rhubarb with a good spoonful of poaching liquor on a plate, dip the edges of the ramekin in hot water to loosen the panna cotta then invert onto the plate, carefully remove the ramekin leaving the panna cotta. Serve immediately.
Split the Vanilla Pod in half lengthways and scrape the seeds into the wine in a large saucepan.
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Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 3 hours Serves: 4-6 Ingredients For the stew...
2 tbsp oil 1kg braising steak , cut into large pieces 2 tbsp plain flour , well seasoned 3 onions , sliced 500ml Guinness 2 sprigs thyme
For the dumplings...
75g butter, frozen and grated, or 75g suet 150g self-raising flour 1 small onion , grated 2 sprigs of thyme , leaves stripped and chopped Water for mixing
Method Heat the oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Heat a little of the oil in a large ovenproof pan.
Lightly flour the pieces of braising steak and fry in small batches until well browned. Remove them with a slotted spoon and place them on a plate. Add the onions to the pan and fry on a fairly high heat until they soften and tinge brown at the edges. Pour the Guinness into the pan, letting it bubble up, then return the meat to the pan along with the thyme. Cover the pan and transfer to the oven for 2-2 1/2 hours or until tender. The sauce will sweeten and thicken during the cooking time. Make the dumplings (towards the end of the cooking time by mixing the grated butter or suet, flour, onion and thyme together and season well. Gradually add water to the dry ingredients until you have a soft dough. Divide into 12 balls. Place the dumplings on top of the casserole and return it to the oven, uncovered, for 25 minutes. Serve with shredded Savoy cabbage
TICK TICK TICK What are Ticks? Ticks are small, eight-legged creepy crawlies with a round white-ish body and are commonly found in grassland and woodland but also in your garden in areas with lots of wildlife around. Most active from March to October they are most commonly seen in warm wet weather. Ticks wait for you or your pet to brush past, then jump on and attach themselves to bite and feed on blood. Why are ticks an issue? Ticks have very sharp mouthparts that can cause inflammation around the area of the bite. They can also act as ‘vectors’ which means they can carry microorganisms and spread disease between animals and humans when they feed. In the UK these include Lymes disease, Ehrlichia and Babesia.
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How do I remove a tick? It is important that you remove the entire tick including its mouthparts, to minimise inflammation and infection. You must also remove it without squeezing the tick’s body. Using a tick hook safely and effectively removes the tick every time and is easy to use – these can be purchased from any of our branches. Slide the hook around the tick, keeping it level with the skin, and gently twist anti-clockwise. Once loose, pull the hook away and dispose of the tick by flushing it down the toilet.
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LYNEHAM SINGING GROUP Every Tuesday 10am – 11.30am
TOWN HALL MOVIOLA The Good Liar (15) Weds 18th March 2020
Calne Town Hall Starring Helen Mirren and Ian Mckellan. A career con artist meets a well-to-widow online. She opens her home and her life to him but to his surprise he finds himself caring about her, turning what should have been a cut-and-dry swindle into a treacherous tight-rope walk. Tickets £6.00 from the information centre or on the door. Refreshments available.
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BROUGHTON GIFFORD PIECEMAKERS QUILT EXHIBITION Friday 27th March 2020 4-8pm Saturday 28th March 2020 10.00-4.30pm
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Marden House, Calne Usha Kapoor - violin and Edward Leung -piano. Indian-American, Usha, has performed extensively in North America and Europe and Edward has performed across North America, Europe and Asia. They were First Prize winners of the inaugural Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Competition. These highly talented musicians will feature works by Schubert and a suite from Bernstein's West Side Story. Tickets: £14 Adults, £1 Full-time STudents. Available from Calne Information Centre or at the door. For further information visit: www.themardenhousecentre.com
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BULBS, BABY! Natures amazing packets of magic that never fail to deliver. Even if you don’t really know what you’re doing with them! The best thing about gardening is in the experimentation. Have a go at planting bulbs in pots. Try the traditional tulips, crocuses and daffodils and pop them into smaller containers inside. This will give you a sneak preview of spring in January. As well as your indoor bulbs, have a go at laying some out in your garden. They will survive winter in the ground and in fact need the cold to perform at their best. It’s best to plant out your bulbs reasonably quickly or if you store them for a while make sure it’s in a cool place. Step one is to make sure that you know where you want to plant the bulbs. Think about how they may look when they finally emerge. Do you want uniform colour? Do you want a more informal arrangement? Next prepare the soil. It should be loose and well-drained for your bulbs to perform their best. It’s a good idea to mix in some organic material like compost or a special bulb fertiliser if you’re not sure what you’re doing and at least this way you maximise the chances of getting the right mix, if you’re not overly experienced. Planting depth is important. Be aware that planting bulbs at the correct depth helps them start to grow at the right time. As a rule of thumb you plant two to three times as deep as the bulb is tall, but check the packet instructions to be sure. Planting too deep will produce late blooms or no blooms at all. Shallow planting can subject tender, new growth to late-season cold weather. Get your hole ready and pop in the bulb nose up (or roots down). Cover it over with soil and then add a small-mesh hardware cloth if you are concerned that small animals may appear to dig up your investment! Take out your trusty watering can and give those bulbs a good drink. This is where patience is a virtue. Your excitement needs to be held back a little until the sun starts to shine and you see the first little shoots appearing. There really isn’t a better feeling!
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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
By Willow Coby
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers ‘Once there was a boy and one day he found a penguin at his door’. This is the opening line of this wonderful picture book. A very simple story but one that can’t help but draw you in emotionally. Finding a penguin at your door is not a normal everyday occurrence, and what happens next isn’t normal and everyday either. The boy realises that the penguin is lost and is determined to help him find his home. After checking and the ‘lost and found’ and realising that no one has reported a missing penguin, he sets out to return him to the South Pole in a small rowing boat. But is the penguin really lost and will returning him to the South Pole really be what the penguin wants? This is a wonderful story of an unusual friendship and finding what is missing in life.
You’d have to have been living under a rock over the last couple of years to have not heard of The Handmaid’s Tale even if it is just through the hugely successful TV series on Channel 4. However, the novel itself is not was first published in 1985 and appears on set text lists for English Literature courses from A Level to university degrees. Fans of the book have not been disappointed by the TV series and so this bodes well for people wanting to go the other way. Like the TV series, the novel tells the story of life in Gilead from the point of view of Offred, a handmaid to commander in the new political regime. A dystopian view of America presents us with a country where fertility levels have declined due to radiation poisoning and so Offred’s ability to reproduce means that she is forced to bear children for the upper echelons of society. Atwood uses a form of dual narrative to present the story to us, as chapters alternate between ‘night’ revealing more of Offred’s feelings and glimpses into her past, and ‘day’ showing us glimpses of day to day life in Gilead. It is hard to put your finger on what has made this novel so successful, but Atwood’s sources of inspiration may offer a clue. She has said that everything she writes about in the novel is based on events that happened at some point in history. There is nothing fantastical here, but purely the uneasiness of realising what human beings might indeed be capable of.
Hills restricts HGVs from the A4 through Calne A new traffic management plan has been put in place by Hills Waste Solutions to restrict heavy goods vehicles associated with its business in Calne from passing through the centre of the town on the A4. The traffic management plan only applies to heavy goods vehicles above 7.5 tonnes in weight and that are either collecting or delivering ’material’ from either of Hills’ sites at Sands Farm or Lower Compton in Calne. The traffic management plan does not apply to LGVs or vehicles: • below 7.5 tonnes; or • carrying out deliveries or collections in Calne Town Centre area off the A4; or • belonging to Hills and passing through Calne that have not made a collection or delivery from either of the Company’s sites at Sands Farm or Lower Compton. A reporting system is in place for members of the public to notify Hills of suspected contraventions of the plan in one of three ways:• Email Calne.TMP@hills-group.co.uk, or • Online at www.hills-group.co.uk (scroll to the bottom of the home page and click the link ‘Sands Farm and Lower Compton Traffic Management plan’), or • Telephone 01793 781786. HGV route plan for Lower Compton and Sands Farm sites
Royal Wootton Bassett / Lyneham / M4
Chippenham / A350 / M4
HGV Private Internal link road
NO PUBLIC ACCESS
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Sands Farm site Calne Quarry
Lower Compton site
Swindon / Wroughton / Marlborough / M4 / A361 Cherhill
A342 HGV route for Lower Compton and Sands Farm
No Hills related HGV access Devizes / A361 Melksham / Trowbridge / A350
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