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ere we are in November!! Where does the time go? My Mother used to say 'don't wish your life away because the older you get the quicker it goes – it's true! – more so when you run a magazine! What with deadlines and working months ahead! The last time I looked in the mirror I was only 30 years old! I won't tell you how old I am now, but let's just say the bus pass comes in handy!!! So what's in this edition? Well how do you fancy winning a FREE afternoon tea, dinner for two AND Health Pass courtesy of

We know it's truly Christmas time when the Towns light up! There's something magical about walking around town with a hot toddy and watching the countdown to the light switch on. You can find all the dates for each town on pages 77 – 79! Enoy yourslef and have fun. Till next time...

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With Christmas around the corner, check out our gift ideas, some of our advertisers are offering brilliant ideas so if you haven't started your Christmas shopping yet, check out this section first. You can visit Santa in his Grotto at Whitehall Garden Centre or even go skating on their Ice Rink. We give you tips on how to have an eco friendly Christmas from making handmade cards and gift wrap to buying a Christmas Tree. If you're eating out for Christmas Lunch, don't forget to book

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The hardest descision losing a loving pet

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POPULAR POP-UP POCKET PARK Calne’s pop-up pocket park is proving popular! Following its opening in July by Calne’s Town Mayor, the pop-up pocket park in the centre of the town has become a focus for community events. A successful community produce sharing morning with live music was held in August. People shared a wide range of vegetables from their allotments and gardens, ensuring that surplus veg didn’t go to waste and many more people could enjoy fresh (and free!) produce with their meals.

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“It was a lovely, sociable morning, with people sharing and swapping veg, having a cup of coffee and listening to Terry Couchman singing”, said Mala Tu, secretary of the Pocket Park, whose idea it was to share surplus produce. Calne residents choose free veg to take away from the produce sharing morning.

CHRISTMAS CARDS Festive scenes of Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s airbase at Semington near Melksham and of Stonehenge feature on the charity’s Christmas cards this year. It is the first time that the airbase, which the charity moved to in 2018, has been used as a design for the Christmas cards. The card shows the charity’s Bell 429 helicopter flying over the airbase, in Semington, with snow on the ground, a decorated Christmas tree outside and the charity’s cheery mascot bears Wilber and Marsha.

The Christmas cards are in packs of ten and are priced at £4. They are available in Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s charity shops in Maristow Street, Westbury, BA13 3DN, and in Maryport Street, Devizes, SN10 1AH. They are also for sale at the airbase’s reception at Outmarsh, Semington, BA14 6JX (Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4.30pm). For more information visit: www.wiltshireairambulance.co.uk/christmas-cards-1/

The Stonehenge card also depicts the charity’s helicopter flying over the iconic monument, near Amesbury, in snow. Claire Kelly, people and wellbeing manager at Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said:

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“We like to feature iconic landmarks in Wiltshire on our Christmas cards and we’re really pleased to include

During the first week of November over 700 children from our community visited Calne Free Church to see the ‘Life Expo’! ‘The Life Exhibition’ was a free, interactive RE resource, designed for Primary school children and to complement the non-statutory guidelines for RE. Using interactive tablets, graphic panels, quizzes, films, songs and a discussion café, ‘Life Expo’ helped children learn about the life of Jesus. We have been delighted with the response from local schools to visit the exhibition during that week. In fact, the exhibition has been shown to over 700 Primary pupils, in years 5 & 6, from Calne and surrounding villages. I have enclosed an information brochure about the exhibition. For further information you can visit the website and social media:

Stonehenge and our airbase at Semington this year. “Since we moved to Semington we have received a lot of support from residents, schools and businesses in the Melksham area who feel proud that our lifesaving service is located in their area. We hope that both designs will be popular with our supporters wherever they live and work. “The funds raised from our Christmas cards will help us to continue saving lives in Wiltshire and surrounding counties.”

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An 83-year-old RAF veteran left his care home for the day to return to the skies for a final time – recreating his first flight in a Tiger Moth biplane, 68 years after the original event. Antony ‘Spike’ Hughes, a resident at Goatacre Manor Care Centre, near Calne, joined the RAF as an apprentice at the tender age of 15. However, his role as ground crew, then an engineer, meant his feet stayed mostly on the ground during his time in the Air Force; a career spanning 45 years.

was a very special day today. Just amazing and emotional. He said the flight was a fitting end to his career, how wonderful. “I was a little bit nervous wondering how he was, so was amazed how he took it all in his stride when the plane had stopped. I said to my son ‘hopefully mum is up there looking down on him, thinking silly old fool!’ “He told us yesterday he wanted to do the loop de loop and given the chance I think he’d want to do it all again tomorrow.

He did however, take to the skies on the odd occasion, but with his first flight - in a Tiger Moth - seared in his mind’s eye, he always dreamed of getting in the cockpit one last time. Spike’s bucket list wish finally came true as he soared, looped and rolled through the skies over Bicester Airfield on Wednesday (9th October), thanks to the efforts of care home staff and the team at Finest Hour Experiences. The de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth biplane was operated by the RAF throughout the 1930s to 1950s, so is a model close to Spike’s heart. Almost 9,000 of the iconic aircraft were produced, but only around 250 are still in use today, one of which was used for Spike’s special flight. In a further fitting tribute, pilot Chris Thompson’s father, ‘Tommy’ Thompson was in the same squadron as Spike during their time in the RAF. Following the experience, Spike - who garnered his affectionate nickname during his time in the RAF - said: “Well, that was unexpected! It’s been a very long time since I was last in the skies, let alone seeing a Tiger Moth, the first aircraft I flew in when I joined the RAF. “It was a little bit bumpy and noisy, just like I remember, but was an excellent experience. What a fitting way to end my time in the air. I loved every second of it and can’t thank everyone at Goatacre enough for helping to fulfil my wish.” Asked if he was scared after performing acrobatic stunts in the biplane, including barrel rolls and loop de loops, Spike replied: “Scared? No, it’s natural being up there. I have more daunting bus rides!” His daughter, Cheryl, who is also a receptionist at Goatacre, said: “It

“Just seeing dad’s face made the whole experience really amazing. It’s very important for residents to get out of the home and do the things they’ve always wanted to do. Goatacre helped Spike complete his bucket list and for that we’re all very grateful.” Pilot Chris said it was ‘a pleasure’ to help Spike. He said: “It was great to commemorate Spike’s time serving in the RAF with a flight today. He couldn’t wipe that cheesy grin off his face.

“Part of what drives us at Finest Hour is the desire to help those with service backgrounds the best way we can. Spike’s a prime example of somebody who deserves our support and it was a pleasure to fly him from our home at Bicester Heritage.

“The big coincidence of the day was finding out my father and Spike’s father served in the same squadron, now we just need to piece together where and when!” In addition to fulfilling a lifelong ambition, Spike, who lives with Parkinsons, also used the event to help raise vital funds for Parkinson’s UK. Steve Ford, Chief Executive at Parkinson's UK, said: “It’s great to see Goatacre Manor Care Centre fulfil Spike’s bucket list wish of taking to the skies one last time in the Tiger Moth biplane. It is a fantastic tribute to his career. Spike is yet another example of an individual living with Parkinson’s who refuses to be held back by his diagnosis and continues to show great enthusiasm to achieve all that he can. “At Parkinson's UK, we share a similar attitude and drive, but our focus is on delivering better services and treatments for people living with the condition. Thanks to the money raised we’ll be able to support more people when they need us most and invest in our groundbreaking research that we believe will one day bring an end to the condition.

“We are so grateful for Spike’s support and want to say a huge thank you for taking part.” Goatacre Manor Care Centre is a family-run nursing and residential care home, which has been in the O’Dea family for 30 years and specialises in person-centred nursing care. Steve Oswald, Operations Director and Registered Manager at Goatacre, said: “We are thrilled that Spike was able to fulfil this bucket list wish. He’s dreamt of returning to the skies in his beloved Tiger Moth ever since he joined our Goatacre family, so to finally get him back in the cockpit is just a wonderful achievement for all involved particularly Spike.” For more information https://www.goatacre.com call 01249 760464 www.towncriermagazine.com

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HAVE AN ECO-FRIENDLY

Wrapping Paper

While we all dutifully put our festive wrapping paper into the recycling bin, many types of wrapping can’t actually be recycled. Paper with foil or glitter can’t be recycled, or paper that still has sticky tape on it – if you’re not sure, try scrunching the paper into a ball. If it won’t scrunch down, it contains unrecyclable materials. To go eco-friendly, make your own wrapping paper by decorating plain brown parcel wrap with stamps, stencils or paper stickers, or purchase reusable cloth gift bags.

We’ve all been guilty of buying gifts just for the sake of it – things that the recipient doesn’t need or perhaps even want, but you feel you should get them something. This year, think zerowaste and only buy gifts that make sense – where you can, support local, handmade, eco-friendly, and multiuse gifts.

Gift Savvy

Christmas by Celia Jenkins

Handmade is from the Heart You don’t need to be a master artisan to give homemade gifts – while hand-knitted jumpers are lovely, your friends and family will also appreciate a jar of chutney or a batch of cookies that you’ve made yourself.

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Festive Food

We all have Christmas traditions that we love to uphold, but with many people changing their diets to help save the planet, why not make a change at Christmas, too? We all overdo it at Christmas – something that distresses our waistlines and wallets as well as the planet. Perhaps this year you can pare down your dinner spread by selecting braised red cabbage or Brussels sprouts with walnuts or caramelised root veg, rather than going for all three? With many people opting for vegan or vegetarian diets these days, there are plenty of ideas around for meat free meals, even on Christmas day. If you don’t want to cut out the meat element (and we don’t blame you!) perhaps you could just cut down? Choosing a smaller turkey, or picking a different meat altogether, could help reduce wastage. Also, paying more for organic, good quality meat is a simple change that makes a big difference.

Cards

Whether you send seasonal greetings cards to friends far and wide, or just give them to your family members, why not make your own this year? A handmade card is fun to make, often cheaper to produce, and has that personal touch that you don’t get with a shop bought card.

History

The first known Christmas cards were sent in 1611, and the recipient was King James I of England. Commercial Christmas cards weren’t produced until 1843, and early cards didn’t bear designed that we would deem Christmassy today – rather than religious or winter scenes, the cards bore more resemblance to springtime scenes, depicted through animals, children or fairies. Cards became popular in the 1870’s, and Hallmark Cards was established in 1913, remaining one of the most popular card producers today. With advances in technology making it easier to send e-cards or email greetings, Christmas cards are far less popular today, but many people have turned to homemade cards or charity cards. www.towncriermagazine.com

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What you need

There are numerous styles of Christmas cards that you can easily make from home, so your materials depend on what design you’ve chosen. The most basic Christmas cards can be hand drawn or painted onto a plain card, so all you need are the cards (with envelopes) and the drawing tools. For more elaborate designs, the following materials can be used: stickers (in paper, foam, felt, wood or other materials), stamps and ink, ribbon, die-cutters, embossers, quilling, decoupage, yarn, origami or more. You can also buy cardmaking kits from all good craft shops.

Learning to do it

The Whitehall Garden Centre in Lacock is running two calligraphy events on November 20th, teaching you the basics of this elegant art in preparation for penning your Christmas messages. At the Crochet Cabin in Melksham, there will be a crochet Christmas card workshop on November 22nd, 10:00 – 12:00, £22 per person. For a printmaking workshop to make cards and wrapping paper, head to the Salisbury Arts Centre on December 14th, £7:00 per person. On December 20th, head to No1 Royal Crescent in Bath from 10:00 – 5:00 to join their workshop making a traditional Georgian Christmas card. This event is free with normal admission.

Christmas Trees

Cardmaking guides and ideas are available on websites such as Country Living, Wikihow, Good Housekeeping and Martha Stewart. There are countless Youtube tutorials on how to make Christmas cards, with designs ranging from easy to elaborate. Watch some videos to get a few ideas before you buy your materials.

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Fake Christmas trees are made from synthetic materials that take a lot of energy to produce and aren’t easy to recycle. However, they can last for years, and when you think about the fact that real trees are intensely produced and then thrown away annually, they create their own waste, too. If you want to get a fake Christmas tree, perhaps consider getting a second-hand one to cut down on waste, or splash out on a good quality one that will last for decades of careful usage. If you want a real tree, try to find a supplier that grows sustainably and has FSC-certification. Another option is to buy a small one in a pot from a garden centre, and keep it in your garden throughout the rest of the year. www.towncriermagazine.com

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You might be surprised to know that the first Christmas markets date back to the Late Middle Ages, and were held in Germany. Many of the popular markets across Germany started in the 1300’s and 1400’s, but the Christkindlmarkt tradition has now spread across the globe. Read on to find out where you can find the best Christmas markets abroad this winter.

Where: Budapest, Hungary When: 23/11/19 – 06/01/2020 What: While the ice-skating rink (with a Christmas tree in the middle) is quite small, this attraction at the market is actually free for children to enjoy, along with other activities. A light show dazzles on the buildings surrounding the square, and the layout of the space makes this market far less crowded than similarly sized events.

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Where: Erfurt, Germany When: 26/11/19 – 22/12/19

What: Voted the Best Christmas Market in Europe, it’s easy to see why with the market stalls set amongst the medieval buildings that have been beautifully preserved. In a location that’s often dusted in snow at this time of year, it’s a scene befitting of a Christmas card. Stalls run rings around the giant Christmas tree in the centre of the square, and there’s a decorated land train that cuts through the crowds.

What: One of the finest markets in Germany, this is an event that offers so much more than a shopping experience. While the 20 metre Christmas tree is dwarfed by the colourful Ferris Wheel, the fairground attractions – which also include a stunning Carousel and enchanted forest area for children – certainly attract a younger crowd to the event. Check out the life-sized nativity, which is handcrafted and a real showstopper.

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Dipping Bread and Olives Starters Roasted Cauliflower Soup (Vv) truffle oil and bread with cauliflower crisp, white bello Mushroom (V) Whole Stuffed and Baked Porto pine nut with spinach, blue cheese and Pan-Seared Pigeon Breast (GF)* r berry jus winte and ge cabba served with braised red

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Where: Strasbourg, France When: 22/11/2019 – 30/12/2019 What: A consistently popular choice for European travellers, the Strasbourg market is one of the oldest traditional markets in Europe. More than 300 chalets are spread out across the UNESCO World Heritage Site where the market is based. Many of the stalls feature speciality food and treats, and any foodie would do well to seek out a gourmet food walking tour to sample the best on offer.

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On the farm with Lydiard Turkeys This year (like last year) it was swelteringly hot in early July when our day old turkey chicks we’re delivered, the heat is great when they are young and it gets them off to a cracking start. For the first three weeks the poults are kept in with heat and plenty of food and water points but after that they are free to spend the days exploring out doors, firstly in two pens that are full of nettles (the turkeys favorite food) and then out into the spacious fruit orchard to feast on apples, plumbs and lots more. I’m sure the mixed diet and exercise add to the beautiful flavor and texture but the single most important thing is the age. By Christmas our turkeys are 25 weeks old, that’s twice the age of a supermarket turkey. With age comes fat, and that’s the key component for a top-notch turkey. We’re very traditional in the way we process our turkeys, a team of friends help with the plucking which is all done by hand, an art that is fast being replaced by machine but we find hand plucking gives the best finish. The birds are then hung in our fridges for a week to mature in the traditional way before being butchered and packed in boxes with their instructions. Everything is done on the farm so we have full control, its hard but the end result is well worth all the work! www.towncriermagazine.com

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Cranberry BREAD & BUTTER PUDDING

“Falling down water” or “Fire water” were just two of the popular names the North American Indians gave to the crude forms of Whisky the white man, be him bar tender in some scruffy Western town, a drifter, or saddle tramp or cattle hand straight off a cattle drive. Most of the whisky of the time was home made and having a “still” somewhere on your property was not classed as illegal. The cowboys were paid in all kinds of goods from jewellery to rough gold nuggets considered as worthless to the Indians, who much preferred to ask higher prices for the goods they made and valued, such as blankets, moccasins and even their young daughters as servants and other uses that can only be guessed at. In the years of prohibition when saloons in the big cities were not allowed to sell whisky, hidden back rooms where drinkers could indulge in their “golden tipple” became very popular and because drinkers could booze without fear of discovery in the secret dens known os “speakeasies”. Once that law was relaxed, having your own “still” was still illegal. Many backwoods settlements though kept up the tradition, and places like Tennesee brewed delightful mixtures with the additive of pure spring water from a deep cave lake and a few drops of charcoal. Those special drinks were known as “sippin whisky”, to be savoured not gulped. The best whisky today contains pure Scottish water and is matured in oak barrels until it reaches just the right age. The worlds most awarded single malt whisky is still brewed by one of the last family distilleries. I think everyone in Scotland must know of the amazingly smooth “Glenfiddich”. 26

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Serves: 4 Prep time: 20 minutes (plus resting time) Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients 1oz / 25 g dried cranberries 100ml Cranberry juice 2 tsp sugar 4 eggs 450ml / 16floz milk 450ml / 16floz single cream (you can use all milk if you prefer) 2oz / 50g sugar Grated rind of 1 orange 2oz / 50 g butter 1 loaf bread (at least a day old, sliced into thick cubes) Soft brown sugar for sprinkling

Method Poach the dried cranberries in the cranberry juice with 2 tsp sugar. Reduce the mixture down until it thickens and becomes a little jammy. Place it on one side to cool. In a separate dish beat together the milk, cream (if using) and eggs, and then stir in the sugar and grated orange rind. Butter the bread on both sides and place into a buttered dish, alternating layers of bread with layers of cranberry. Finish with a layer of bread then sprinkle a few cranberries over the top. Pour the egg mixture over everything and let the pudding rest for at least 2 hours (or overnight in the fridge). Preheat the oven to 180C or gas mark 4. Sprinkle the finished pudding with soft brown sugar and place in the oven for 45 minutes. This is lovely served with crème fraîche or custard.


FOOD

Parsnip Soup

An easy luxurious autumnal soup! Prep time: Less than 30 mins Cooking time: 30 mins Serves 4

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 600g/1lb 5oz parsnips, cut into 1cm/½-inch cubes ½ tsp dried red chilli flakes, plus extra to serve 1 litre/1¾ pints hot veg stock

Method Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6. Heat the oil in a heavybased saucepan over a medium heat. Add the chopped garlic and cubed parsnips and fry for 4–5 minutes, stirring occasionally. When they are golden add the chilli flakes and fry for one more minute. Pour in the stock, stir and bring everything to a simmer. Cover with the lid and cook for 12–15 minutes, or until the parsnips are tender.

For the croutons

Meanwhile, for the croutons, place the pieces of bread on a baking tray in a single layer and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle over the cheese, and season with salt and pepper.

3 thick slices good bread, such as sourdough, cut into 2.5cm/1-inch pieces

Bake for 5–10 minutes until crisp and golden.

200ml/7fl oz double cream Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp olive oil 55g/2oz Gruyere cheese, finely grated

Remove the soup from the heat and blitz with a stick blender until smooth. Return to the heat, stir in the cream and heat through gently. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve the soup topped with the croutons and a sprinkling of chilli flakes for a little more kick.

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Traditionally made from from potatoes, the simplicity of its first brewing ensured that even if the harvest was poor and the smaller herds froze or starved to death during the freezing months of winter, there was always some cache of alcohol to turn to to ease the despair, until both strength and despair gave in to the elements.

VODKA

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Nowadays, all kinds of alcoholic drinks are easily obtained in supermarkets and provided a young person can show proof he or she is 18 or over, even youngsters can obtain anything from Cider to Brandy – although there is somewhat of a difference in the price of those two bottles and everything in between.

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SUPER SPICE

This aromatic spice is derived from the eggshaped seed of the Nutmeg tree which is ready to harvest around 7 years after it has been planted and gives its fullest crops after 20 years. A few hundred years ago, nutmeg was one of the most valuable and sought after spices.

Nowadays it is available all year round and is similar in flavor to mace which is the red coating of the hard seed inside the fruit, with the nutmeg itself being the nut (or seed). Mace is a little more bitter to taste. This is a perfect winter spice and is evocative

of Christmas with it being such a super addition to mulled wines, cakes and bakes. It is best to buy nutmeg whole, store it in an airtight container and simply grate it freshly when needed. It is easy to grate and provides much more flavor than ready ground types. It’ll keep indefinitely this way.

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Visit The Greenhouse Restaurant this Christmas and enjoy the festive party season in a relaxed and stylish setting - the perfect destination to celebrate with your family, friends and colleagues.

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MUFFINS

Blueberry

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Heat the oven to 200c/180c fan/gas 6. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases. Beat the butter and sugar together until they are fluffy then add the eggs. Beat for 1 minute and then mix in the yogurt, vanilla extract and milk.

You will need: Muffin cases and tin to bake them in, large mixing bowl, hand mixer

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Combine the flour, baking powder and bicarb in a bowl with a 1/4tsp salt, then tip this into the wet ingredients and stir in. Finally, fold in the blueberries and divide the mixture between each of the muffin cases.

Bake for 5 minutes then turn the oven down to 180c/160c fan/gas 4 and bake for a further 15-18 minutes until they have risen and are golden in colour. You can check if they are fully cooked by popping in a cocktail stick to see if it comes out clean. Cool the muffins in the tin on a rack for 10 minutes or so then remove them from the tin to finish cooling.

These will keep for up to 4 days in an airtight container and can be freshened up in the microwave for 10 seconds or so on high power.


Orange

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25 mins, plus chill time

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Place the biscuits inside a bag and crush with a rolling pin or wooden spoon. Melt the butter. Place the biscuit crumbs into a bowl and mix with the melted butter. Put the mixture into a 23cm cheesecake tin and use the back of a spoon to spread it evenly, press firnly to form your base. Put the tin in the fridge to set (approx 30 mins) Put the curd or cream cheese, orange zest, mascarpone, sugar and milk into a bowl and mix well. Put the cream in a clean bowl and whisk until thick. Add to the orange mixture and mix. Remove the chilled cheesecake base from the fridge and pour the filling into the base spreading evenly. Decorate with fruit and return to the fridge until ready to serve. Enjoy!

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The George Veterinary Hospital, Malmesbury 01666 823165 The George Veterinary Group, Royal Wootton Bassett 01793 852458 Did you know that up to 50% of our pets* are above their ideal weight? This can happen for several reasons, such as eating more calories than are required for an individual, decreased exercise levels, perhaps due to older age or lack of motivation, and neutering which can alter metabolism. Some breeds can be more prone to weight gain too. If your pet is overweight, it could lead to a decreased quality of life and an apparent lack of energy. There is also the risk of other conditions developing such as osteoarthritis in dogs and diabetes or urinary tract disease in cats.

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The Maldives Top Five Reasons to visit

Switch it up from the rat race to island pace and take a trip in 2020 to the Maldives. Tick an overwater villa off the bucket list and head to some of the most iconic islands in the world. Surrounded by natural beauty, complete with a colourful culture, we recommend the Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu to tick off your holiday hit-list in 2020.

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A natural wonder – get a bird's-eye view over the glistening waters as you soar in a seaplane as soon as you arrive. As a desginated UNESCO biosphere reserve and home to incredible marine life and reefs, you will feel completely connected to nature whether by land or sea.  

Environmentally engaged – sustainability is currently the hot topic for travel and this resort is ticking all the boxes investing in its incredible island. Passionate about preservation, Coco encourages guests to plant a coral nursery, join in on weekly environmental sessions or volunteer at the Marine Turtle Rescue Centre.  

Whimsical well-being – the busy rhythm of modern life means we need more mindful moments to keep the balance. The Coco Spa lies in a lush, leafy canopy, offering an uplifting natural sanctuary. Achieve next level relaxation with a Coco signature treatment, where your masseur pours local virgin coconut oil over seashells,  gently but deeply relieving muscle tension.   

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Strictly Come Dancing professional brings their first UK tour to Chippenham

since joining in 2016. However, series 17 will see Neil paired with a celebrity for the first time. On the Gingerland 2020 Tour, Neil will take you on a journey showcasing what made him unique within the dancing world and introduce you to the very people who influenced him as a dancer. It just so happens that they were all Ginger! Leader of Chippenham Town Council Sandie Webb says of the event “This show is a must, both for anyone who aspires to move in the artistic light of professional dancing and for those of us who prefer to enjoy the art from the comfort of the side-lines. The Neeld is now attracting such a variety of acts to its stage that the people of North Wiltshire and beyond can enjoy live theatre in its many guises without the need to traverse the bustle of city life.” Tickets for Neil Jones: Gingerland are available from www.neeld.co.uk 01249 446699 or from Chippenham Town Hall.


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CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL Monday 2nd December 7.30pm

Holy Trinity The Songbirds have open Holy Trinity’s very popular Christmas Tree Festival. Refreshments from 7.00pm. Throughout the week until Sunday 8th Dec, the church will be filled over seventy trees decorated by local organisations and businesses.

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CALNE & DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB Thursday, 14th November

Marden House, Calne A demonstration by Caroline Cooper entitled 'Seasonal Sparkle'. Refreshments and raffle of Caroline'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 info contact lorphen04@gmail.com or call 01249 812995

LAST MOVIOLA OF 2019 Wednesday December 4th

Grittleton Village Hall YESTERDAY [12A] A rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life. Tickets £6 adults from Lesley on 01249 783157 or email l_palmer@ btinternet.com Doors open 7pm, programme starts at 7.30pm. www.moviola.org / www.grittleton.info

PEACE ON EARTH - MALMESBURY SINGERS Saturday 30th November 7.30pm

Malmesbury Abbey A ceremony of carols. Tickets: Adults £15, students/ children £5 from www.malmesburysingers.co.uk / Abbey bookshop or choir members.

A CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS

TOWN HALL MOVIOLA 20th November

Calne Town Hall RED JOAN (12) Starring Judi Dench and Sophie Crookson. Joan Stanley is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when the British Secret Service place her under arrest for providing classified information to the soviets. Showing at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm. Tickets £6.00 from the information centre or on the door. Refreshments available but no bar. BYO.

A Christmas Carol Service in Marlborough College Chapel on Thursday 19th December 2019 Festive drinks from 6pm; service at 7pm This magical evening will be filled with seasonal celebrity readings and wonderful musical performances as well as traditional carols for everyone to enjoy

MAGE AND IMAGINATION Wednesday 20th November 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Malmesbury Abbey An evening of poetry and music with Poet-Painter Roger Wagner and Poet-Priest Malcolm Guite.

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Steam ships, steam trains, steamed puddings, hilarious comedy, astonishing drama, endearing orphans and perhaps the odd catchy music hall number! This December join Closer Each Day Company for something distinctly Dickensian and entirely improvised, created on the spot from your suggestions! www.poundarts.org.uk £12 (£10 conc.) / Box Office: 01249 701628

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AUTUMN TABLE-TOP SALE Saturday 2nd November, 11am-1pm

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KOSMOS ENSEMBLE Sunday 1st December, 2019

Marden House ,Calne

Kosmos has been described as redefining the relationship between world and classical music, mixing Gypsy and Greek with Brahms and Dvorjak, and hotblooded tango with Japanese melody... Start: 3pm. Tickets £14 or £1 full time students. Available at Calne Information Centre or at door of Marden House on day of concert. For more information: www.themardenhousecentre.co.uk

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NOT QUITE SNOW WHITE Heddington Amateur Dramatics Society 20th, 21st November 7.30pm 22nd November 2pm/7.30pm

Charles Willis Hall, Heddington, Heddington Amateur Dramatics Society are busy rehearsing for this year’s production. ‘Not Quite Snow White’, an adaptation of the classic fairy tale, with a few unexpected twists and turns. To book www.heddingtonamdram.org.uk.  Or purchase from the Charles Willis Hall, Heddington / call 07724 746234. Tickets £7 adults, £5 children (5 to 16) and over 65's. Children 4 and under go free.

SCOTLAND! BY THE LATEBLOOMERS Friday 29th November 7.30pm

Kington Langley Village Hall Come along for a wild ride with fishing, hunting, whisky, short bread, rhythm, folk songs and the spirit of Scotland! A hilarious three-man physical comedy. Tickets: £10 full, £8 concessions, £5 under 16, £25 family (2 + 2). Contact events@klvh.org or 01249 750362 Further information and a trailer video are available on the village hall website: www.klvh.org or visit The Latebloomers’ website: www.thelatebloomers.co.uk

CHRISTMAS PRESENT! Sunday 22 December at 7.30pm

Cricklade Town Hall

Christmas Concert Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER “MESSE DE MINUIT” (sur des Aires de Noël) With accompanying Chamber Ensemble.

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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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MALMESBURY SINGERS CONCERT

“PEACE ON EARTH”

Sat 30 November 2019 – 7.30pm Malmesbury Abbey Adults £15, Students/Children £5 Winter sets the scene for an interesting, rhythmical mix of 20th Century English choral and orchestral music, highlighting Benjamin Britten’s ever popular Ceremony of Carols. The programme also includes In Terra Pax by Gerald Finzi (after which the concert takes its name) and When Icicles Hang by John Rutter. Watch out for more details locally or visit our website www.malmesburysingers.co.uk where tickets are available.

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and private hire businesses. But that’s no bad thing - it’s roomy enough for five adults and, at 524 litres, the boot is large. The Toyota’s Achilles' heel, however, is its infotainment system. It is uncooperative, and the glass touchscreen on the dashboard is maddeningly insensitive when you touch it. The automaker says it will fit Android Auto and Apple CarPlay soon, but it won’t be obtainable at launch. If you can ignore the Camry’s convoluted fascia, you won’t be let down by the factory-fitted equipment. There’s lots of it and only two trims to go for. The ‘Design’ version retails for £29,995, and the top ‘Excel’ model will reduce your bank account by another £1,300. The Design has dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, keyless entry and LED lights. It also comes with 17-inch alloys. Progress to the Camry Excel, as test-driven at the model’s media launch in Croatia, and you will find LED fog lamps, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a Blind Spot Monitor and wireless phone charging.

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he Toyota Camry is a bit of a legend - 19 million have been made and sold since 1982. It’s been away from the UK for 15 years, though – and we’ve missed it. Toyota’s also missed selling it here, so the Camry’s finally coming back – and this time it’s in hybrid guise. The Japanese motor-maker reckons the Camry's petrolelectric powertrain and attractive styling make it the ‘right vehicle at the right time’ to return to these shores. Is it? Well, the Camry is costly - but look a little closer, and the £29,995 price-tag on the basic model seems less of an issue when you realise how inexpensive it will be to run. Depending on the way you drive and where your drive, the 74

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Regrettably, it’s common for hybrids to disappoint when it comes to refinement at motorway speeds. The subdued powerplant in the Toyota means your ears become sensitive to other noises. Tyre roar begins to become irksome, as does the persistent wind whistle. But it still doesn’t make the Camry bad company at 70mph - you just need to turn the music up more. There’s no dodging the fact that the latest Camry is going to appeal to taxi firms

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Christmas LIGHTS CALNE

Saturday 30th November 2019 Calne Christmas Festival of Lights 2019 - Saturday 30th November, Calne Town Centre - 12pm - 6pm During this year’s Christmas Festival of Lights in Calne, we hope to melt even old Scrooge’s heart, with our Dickensian themed festivities.  The day will be laden with brilliant local stall holders, tasty street food, exciting entertainers and choral singing. Of course, not forgetting, our ever popular lantern parade, featuring the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, all topped off with the switching on of the Christmas lights and mini firework display. We hope you can join us for a day of festive fun and winter cheer.

CHIPPENHAM Saturday 23rd November 2019

Chippenham Connected in partnership with Chippenham Town Council is delighted to announce this year’s Christmas light switch-on event: Chippenham’s Enchanted Christmas with Scarlett Moffatt, Gogglebox star and Queen of the I’m A Celeb Jungle, on 23rd November 2019. There will also be an Ice Throne selfie station in Borough Parade Shopping Centre – perfect for those custom-made Christmas cards, and a baby & toddler zone run by The Rise Trust at The Yelde Hall from 1pm-5pm for parents with young children to use as a base or for some time out during the day. The Christmas lights will go on in the traditional way, with main stage entertainment starting at 5.30pm in the Market Place. The main stage will be hosted by BBC Wiltshire’s Ben Prater and Marie Indge and will feature a range of local acts. For full information and regular updates visit www.chippenhamconnected.com.

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MELKSHAM Saturday 7th December 2019

Melksham’s Christmas Lights Switch On will take place on Saturday the 7th December 2019. Hailed some of the best lights in the South West the event is particularly special as it is organised by a team of willing volunteers supported by the Town Council. One of the biggest events in the town calendar will see hundreds of people flock to the Market Place to see the lights turned on at 5pm, celebrated with a firework display. The festivities begin with the arrival of Santa and the opening of the Christmas Fayre from 2:30pm with lots of fantastic stalls supporting local crafts and good causes. The Market Place itself will be transformed with a stage hosting a DJ and local band the Decibelles, lots of stalls and funfair rides. Following his arrival excited children will be able to meet Santa in his grotto from 3pm. This wonderful event is not to be missed and welcomes all generations to the spectacular lighting of the town.

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The lantern parade will wind its way through Devizes’ streets, arriving in the Market Place ready for the big Christmas light switch on. The parade is a magical spectacle with a river of hundreds of lanterns made by local schools, community groups and individuals with some extra special super sized guests! Father Christmas will switch the lights on from his chimney at approximately 6:45pm in the Market Place. Fireworks will follow soon after.


CORSHAM Friday 6th December 2019

This year’s Switch On is Friday 6 December, from 5pm, with the lights on at 6pm.  

On Friday 6 December, the Christmas Lights go on in Corsham in the town’s traditional, family-friendly way with a Christmas market, entertainment, live music – including the footstomping Ushti Baba who’ll start proceedings off just after 5pm - fairground rides for younger children and lots, lots more. Plus, of course, Father Christmas will be there, along with his reindeer. The Lights go on at 6pm, and the fun continues until around 7.15pm.

The week before, on Saturday 30 November, you can get your Christmas wish in early at the town’s Wishing Tree event, from 10am-1pm in the High Street. Come along, write your wish and it’ll be popped into a Christmas bauble and hung on the Christmas tree. Wishes are free – and every wish made gets a chocolate too! – but donations to Doorway or Wiltshire Mind will be gratefully received.

For more information, contact Corsham Town Council: towncouncil@corsham.gov.uk or call 01249 702130. www.corsham.gov.uk.

TROWBRIDGE Saturday 30th November 2019

On Saturday November 30th, Trowbridge sees the annual Christmas Lights Switch-On, the town event for all which traditionally signals the beginning of the festive season. Between 10.30am and 6pm, visitors will find a huge range of family-friendly entertainment and activities throughout the day, fairground attractions, festive donkey rides, great food and drink, and live music. This year, the organisers are delighted to announce that Rocktopus – The Ultimate Rock Band for Kids and Families - will be providing early evening entertainment on the stage before the BIG switch-on itself at 5.00pm! Also, St. James’ Parish Church in the town will be hosting its popular Shoppers’ Carol Service from 5.30pm.

feel to proceedings, the lantern parade will help everyone to share in the magic of Christmas – spreading light throughout the town! The parade will take place at 4.00pm, starting from St. James’ Church. Also, Christmas cards sold in support of the Mayor's charity ruksak45218 will soon be available to buy from the Information Centre.

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50cm / 20inch pot with four large ornamental frilly cabbages surrounding a central spiky one, to give some height to the display. Then choose a smaller pot (38cm / 15inches) and plant one frilly ornamental cabbage surrounded by pink and purple winter-flowering pansies. Finally plant a small pot (25cm / 10inches) with a mixture of hardy

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