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May 2018 // issue 105
s usual the weather can’t decide what it’s doing. After the longest build up in years, spring suddenly burst forth on us a week or so ago and everything seemed to come to life. So it seems the new season is here at last and we have to face the prospect of the spring clean! If your interior needs a revamp look no further than our spring interiors special, it has 18 pages of house and home inspiration, covering everything from the actual spring clean to building works and renovations - see p51 for details. With gardens now awah with colour there are a few gardening events to look forward to. The first is local, and involves a tour of the fabulous Walled Garden at Bowood (p44). The other is one of the highlights of the RHS show season the Chelsea Flower Show (p42). We preview them both. Away from homes and gardens our other main feature this month is on the Great British favourite - the Sunday roasts - read our guide to the best around (p21). All of that and more awaits you in our May edition, including a chance to win tickets to Yeovilton Air Day. Enjoy!
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in this issue... LOCAL LISTINGS What’s on in May
LOCAL NEWS Round up of news & events Vienna Festival Ballet Selwood Vintage Rally FOOD & DRINK Eat The Seasons Love Food Hate Waste Recipes Meet the Chef at The Red Lion, Heytesbury HOMES & GARDENS Bowood Walled Garden tours Lakeside Garden Centre
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51 What’s new at Knees
FEATURES First Class Roasts Morocco Chelsea Flower Show Home Time
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BATH RUGBY Bath’s academy prospects
COMPETITIONS & PUZZLES Quiz, wordsearch & sudoku Win a pair of tickets to Yeovilton International Air Day COMMENT The Last Word
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listings MAY 2018
MELKSHAM ASSEMBLY HALL
Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES Box Office: 01225 709887 melkshamassemblyhall.com For full listings go to the website. THE SEARCHERS 17 May, 7.30pm Tickets: £21 With total record sales well in excess of 50 million The Searchers still have great appeal to audiences of all ages. LEGEND: THE MUSIC OF BOB MARLEY 25 May, 7.30pm Tickets: £22 An unforgettable evening celebrating this musical icon.
TOWN HALL ARTS
THE ARC THEATRE Trowbridge, BA14 0ES Tel: 01225 756376 arctheatre.org.uk
OLIVER! 22-26 May, various times Tickets: £14 Oliver! is one of the most beloved British musicals, vividly bringing to life Dickens’ timeless characters such as Fagin, Bill Sykes, Nancy and the Artful Dodger.
WILTSHIRE MUSIC CENTRE
Trowbridge Town Hall, BA14 8EQ Tel: 01225 774306 trowbridgearts.com
Ashley Rd, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1DZ Box Office: 01225 860100 wiltshiremusic.org.uk For full listings go to the website.
MR B THE GENTLEMAN RHYMER 11 May, 8pm Tickets: £10 Mr B, formally the lead in 90s indie rap legends Collapsed Lung, comes to Trowbridge.
THE ROYAL BALLET: MANON (AS LIVE) 6 May, 2pm Tickets: £15 (Concs £7.50) Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece of modern ballet is revived to mark the 25th anniversary of his death.
BASTARDS (Cert 12A) 12 May, 2pm Tickets: £5 Documentary directed by Deborah Perkin about Rabha El Haimer’s heroic fight to have her sham marriage recognized and her daughter legitimized by the Moroccan judicial system.
ADOLF 25 May, 7.30pm Tickets: £11 (Concs £9) Pip Utton returns to Town Hall Arts with his brilliant portrayal of Adolf Hitler.
ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT / CHOIR OF CLARE COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE 11 May, 7.30pm Tickets: £39 (Concs £19.50) An orchestral and choral celebration of, Haydn, the grandfather of classical music. MATTHEW BOURNE’S CINDERELLA (AS LIVE) 20 May, 7.30pm Tickets: £15 (Concs £7.50) Matthew Bourne’s vivid storytelling takes the audience into the heart of Prokofiev’s magnificent score. LANKUM 25 May, 7.30pm Tickets: £16 (Concs £8) Dublin’s four-piece traditional folk group bring back the voice of the streets. OAE YOUNG ARTISTS ENSEMBLE VOYAGE 30 May, 1pm Tickets: £10 (Concs £5) This concert, given by some of the most promising young talents in period instrument performance, invokes the brilliant innovation of Baroque music.
POUND ARTS CENTRE Pound Pill, Corsham, SN13 9HX Box Office: 01249 701628 poundarts.org.uk For full listings go to the website.
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YOU’VE GOT DRAGONS 12 May, 11am & 2pm Tickets: £8 (Concs £7), £28 family A delightful tale of one child’s journey to come to terms with their dragons told in Taking Flight’s unique style. It’s a treat for the whole family. Age guidance 3-10. MOSCOW DRUG CLUB 18 May, 7.30pm Tickets: £14 (Concs £12) A curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango and Gypsy Campfire meet.
amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.
Bath Rd, Frome BA11 2HG Box Office: 01373 465949 merlintheatre.co.uk For full listings go to the website.
TAWAI (Cert U) 12 May, 7.45pm Tickets: £8.50 A documentary following explorer Bruce Parry spending time with indigenous people around the world.
SPRING FLOWERS & FAMILY TRAIL Until 31 May, 11am FREE (Normal admission applies) Lacock’s wooded grounds are full of wonderful flowers in spring; ideal for a gentle stroll.
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS – THE MUSICAL (Cert TBA) 16 May, 7.45pm Tickets: £16 (Concs £10.50) This breathtakingly beautiful Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the ‘City of Light’.
‘TRIBE’ A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION Until 20 May, 10.30am FREE (Normal admission applies) A collaborative exhibition of photography by professional artists.
THE ATHENAEUM CENTRE 18-20 High St, Warminster, BA12 9AE Box Office: 01985 213891 theath.org.uk For full listings go to the website.
PALS 12 May, 7.30pm Tickets: £10 (Concs £8) Inspired by real war diaries, Pals is an amusing and touching piece of theatre set during the first years of WWI.
AN EVENING WITH GARY LUCAS 19 May, 7.30pm Tickets: £15 (Concs £14) Join one of the most innovative and daring guitarists that America, the world, has ever produced, in this insightful and PADDINGTON 2 (Cert PG) personal show. 23 May, 7.30pm Tickets: £5.50 LEWIS CLARK & THE ESSENTIALS Paddington returns for more fun filled 25 May, 7.30pm adventures. Tickets: £12 (Concs £10) A Bristol based band with unique NEELD ARTS CENTRE harmonies and lyrical renderings across High Street, Chippenham SN15 3ER a range of artistic intentions. Tel: 01249 446699 neeld.co.uk ROMEO & JULIET 30 May, 2pm RICHARD HERRING: OH FRIG, I’M 50! Tickets: £10 (Concs £8) 12 May, 8pm The HandleBards are the world’s first Tickets: £17.50 cycling theatre company. In usual Richard Herring looks at how his life HandleBards style, expect riotous has changed in the last decade, from
irresponsible single kidult to married father who is mid-way to the telegram from the Queen.
Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2LG Tel: 01249 730459 nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock
CHEESE & GRAIN
5 The Bridge, Frome BA11 1AR Box Office: 01373 455420 cheeseandgrain.com For full listings go to the website. SHOW OF HANDS 19 May, 8pm Tickets: £22 One of the leading forces in British folk. TONY CHRISTIE 25 May, 8pm Tickets: £25 A very special intimate live show with his full band. KING KING 26 May, 8pm Tickets: £20 Glasgow’s favourite sons will be playing material from their hugely successful fourth album Exile & Grace.
VILLAGE PUMP FRIDAY FOLK
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OTHERS ACOUSTIC OAK The Royal Oak, High St, Corsham SN13 0HF 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 May Tickets: £2 Singers and spotlight nights. For more info go to the Facebook page. BRADFORD ON AVON BOWLS CLUB Culver Close, BA15 1LF 28 May, 11am – 4pm FREE Anyone interested in playing bowls is most welcome to come along to find out more - equipment and tuition is provided free. Contact Lesley Hunt on email@example.com or go to bradfordonavonbowlsclub.org.uk. ENGLISH TOWNS: DEVIZES & BRADFORD ON AVON Wallington Hall, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN 6 May, 7.30pm Paddington 2 (PG), Athenaeum Centre
LITTLEBROOK COURTYARD ARTIST MARKET Littlebrook Courtyard, Melksham SN12 6LP 9 June, from 10am FREE ENTRY Local artisans in painting, glass, textiles, ceramics, jewellery display their art for sale at the first Littlebrook Artist Market.
THE THREE HORSESHOES Frome Rd, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LA Tel: 01225 865876 All gigs are FREE and start at 9pm
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All the latest news and events from West Wiltshire and beyond!
FLORA & FUN FOR THE FAMILY IN GRITTLETON
Grittleton House will be opening its doors and gardens on Monday 28 May for the Grittleton Plant and Spring Fair to help raise funds for children’s charity Action Medical Research.
The event is being held in the beautiful house and grounds by kind permission of the Shipp family. It is the ideal setting for a relaxing Bank Holiday Monday stroll providing the perfect opportunity to wander around this spectacular venue and browse the many stalls selling plants from specialist
nurseries, garden paraphernalia, crafts and gifts.
Tracey Edwards, Action Medical Research Community Fundraising Manager, says: “It is going to be a The North Wiltshire Committee of Action Medical Research will have a perfect day out for the whole family giant cake stall and tombola sold in and we are delighted to be able to host the event in such a stunning aid of the charity. There will also be venue. “We are very grateful to refreshments available to purchase throughout the day including cream the Shipp family for their fabulous support.” teas and hog roast. There is also a very special guest appearing at the event. Action Medical Research mascot Paddington Bear will be will be on hand to meet and greet both young and old members of the public.
Doors open at 11am until 3pm, and entrance is £3 per person (children under 12 free). To buy your ticket visit the website. • action.org.uk/grittleton-plant-andspring-fair
Grittleton Plant & Spring Fair takes place on Mon 28 May
CORSHAM WALKING FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR A FIFTH YEAR
The 5th Walking Festival, which runs from 8 to 10 June, is the largest so far with 27 walks in total. Walks cover from 1.5 to 20 miles, so there is something for everyone to enjoy.
They have some new walks and have fine-tuned some favourites. Walk leaders and experts will ensure you have a good day out in the fresh air. Themes this year will cover: manor houses, quarrying, wildflowers, railways, natural and local history
with views of Wiltshire’s picturesque rolling countryside.
The free programme features the Children Treasure Hunt, Peacock Walk, Sustainability Walk, Mindfulness Walk and a Nordic Walking Taster. Again they will have an evening entertainment with a buffet and quiz on Saturday. The website has a wealth of information on it, as does the Facebook group. • corshamwalkingfestival.org.uk
This year’s festival has 27 walks
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Taste of Corsham takes place on 16 June
Taste of Corsham (16 June 2018) is a delicious experience, set in and around Corsham’s beautiful High Street, with something for everyone. Come and try, buy and enjoy the best local and regional food - from gin and cider to ice-cream, pickles to chocolate cake - plus there will be sampling tents, master classes and guest speakers, and the chance to eat your way around Corsham as the great local cafes, pubs and restaurants offer a free ‘Taste’ of what they do best.
Taste of Corsham is teaming up with the Pound Arts Centre to bring music and entertainment on the Taste Stage, as part of the Blue Sky Festival (12-17 June, blueskyfestival.org.uk). There will also be street theatre, crafts, some delicious art to enjoy and lots more fun for all the family - and you can get involved with The Great Get Together, in memory of MP Jo Cox. It’s also the 350thAnniversary of Corsham’s Almshouses (www. corshamalmshouses.org.uk) so why not take a free tour around this historic building and enjoy even more activities in the grounds?
‘Spring in the Park’ will contain lots of fun activities and entertainment for all ages, including Morris dancers, maypole dancers, donkey rides, a dog show, a climbing wall and the award-winning Bratton Silver Band. The park will be packed with over 50 stalls whilst a beer tent, barbecue and the Pavilion Café will keep you refreshed. The highlight of the occasion will be the long-awaited relaunch of
At the start of June one of the UK’s most-loved family festivals returns when Cheltenham Racecourse hosts Wychwood Festival! This year’s festival (1 -3 June) includes three days of live music, comedy, workshops and family fun and headliners include The Gipsy Kings, Shed Seven, Baxter Dury and more! Adult weekend tickets cost £147.50, with reduced rates for students and child tickets from just £7.50. Book them now online. • wychwoodfestival.com
Taste of Corsham, sponsored by Queens Square Wealth Management, runs from 10am-4pm and there’s free parking in town all day too so why not come and ‘Taste’ all that Corsham has to offer? To find out more contact Corsham Town Council on 01249 702130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org • corsham.gov.uk/visit
NEW ‘SPRING IN THE PARK’ THIS MAY! A new event is being introduced into Warminster’s calendar this year with a free family fun day being held in the Lake Pleasure Grounds (Warminster Town Park) on Sunday 6 May from 11am until 4pm.
WYCHWOOD FESTIVAL RETURNS!
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ENJOY A TASTE OF CORSHAM THIS JUNE
rowing boats on the lake by the town’s mayor. The boats will be running on weekends and every day on school holidays throughout the summer season. The Pavilion Café is open daily from 10am until 5pm. With the paddling pool, putting green, tennis courts and summer events including the Warminster Wobble on 16–17 June, ‘Inspire’ live music in the park on 8th July and the Carnival Fun Day on 9 September, not to mention fortnightly Saturday fun runs, the Lake Pleasure Grounds is a fantastic place to come and enjoy for all the family. • warminster-tc.gov.uk
WESTWOOD SCARECROW TRAIL During the May Half Term (Saturday 26 May – Sunday 3 June) you can find 30 scarecrows on a family friendly route around Westwood village on their annual Scarecrow Trail. Maps (£3.50) are available from Westwood Village Stores. Have a go at naming the scarecrows - the theme is ‘One of a Pair’ - and you’re in with a chance to win a prize! Pop up refreshments will be available too. The event is organised by and in aid of Westwood Nursery & Friends of Westwood School (Westwood with Iford School), so it’s all for a good cause too. • westwoodnursery.org/scarecrowtrail THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE
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VFB presents The Sleeping Beauty
lassical ballet takes centre stage soon when the highly acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet Company bring their stunning production of The
Sleeping Beauty to the Strode Theatre, Street on Sunday 20 May.
Celebrated Austrian dancer Peter Mallek founded the company after his illustrious career as a dancer of international renown, in 1980. Vienna Festival Ballet are known for their beautiful and lavish handmade costumes as well as their commitment to bringing the greatest classical ballets to the widest possible audience. The Sleeping Beauty is a breathtaking ballet for all ages and is set in the magical world of a fairy kingdom where the King and Queen are celebrating the birth of their daughter, Princess Aurora. The lilac fairy and her attendants have been invited to the Christening but the wicked fairy, Carabosse has
been forgotten. Angered by this, Carabosse casts a spell on Aurora that on her sixteenth birthday she will prick her finger and die. The lilac fairy changes the spell so that Aurora will not die but will fall asleep for 100 years until a handsome Prince will awaken her with a kiss.
This magical ballet is set to be a wonderful evening for the whole family. Following the traditional tale of Sleeping Beauty and with a musical score by Tchaikovsky, this ballet is sure to enthrall audiences of all ages. To book tickets for the performance call the Strode Theatre Box Office on 01458 442846. • strodetheatre.org.uk
Selwood Vintage Rally returns!
10am to 5pm each day, and will display an extensive range of nostalgic exhibits, most of which can be seen working.
The event is open from Saturday 26th to Monday 28th May, from
There will be plenty to keep the whole family entertained such as a fairground, steam rides, trade stalls, fun bus, inflatables, lawnmower racing,circus skills & face painting
he spring bank holiday weekend will see Southwick, near Trowbridge, come alive with the sights and sounds of yesteryear as Selwood Steam and Vintage holds its annual steam and vintage rally.
as well as military vehicles, steam engines, both large and small, vintage cars and motorcycles, tractors, commercial vehicles and day and evening live entertainment in the beer tent. Some of this year’s must see events include some fast and furious lawnmower racing and a Wild West re-enactment. Not only that but there’ll be archery, craft displays, a 1940s style tea tent and much more. It should be a great day out for all the family. Entry prices are £8 for adults, seniors £6 and children (aged 5 to 16) £4. A family ticket is priced at £20. The event will once again be supporting and raising money in aid of CLIC Sargent charity who will be attending the show. • selwoodvintage.co.uk
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WIN TICKETS TO YEOVILTON INTERNATIONAL AIR DAY! The Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton International Air Day will take place on Saturday 7 July, to showcase the Fleet Air Arm’s current and future capabilities and historic accomplishments spanning over 100 years. We have three pairs of tickets to the 2018 event to give away!
The show will include over five hours of dazzling flying displays featuring fast jets, historic warbirds, helicopters, formation aerobatic display teams and role demonstrations enhanced by spectacular pyrotechnics and flares. The show displays the world’s most capable pilots and their aircraft, both in the air and on the ground, and to provide an opportunity to see some magnificent equipment and meet our professional personnel in a family-friendly environment. In the Year of Engineering this is a great chance to inspire the next generation of engineers.
“THE SHOW DISPLAYS THE WORLD’S MOST CAPABLE PILOTS AND THEIR AIRCRAFT, BOTH IN THE AIR AND ON THE GROUND.” This show has everything to keep the whole family entertained. There will be a vast range of showground attractions from the latest defence technology exhibitions, engineering
fairs and service displays to trade stalls, arena displays, military bands and the chance to meet pilots and even sit in the cockpit! For the thrill seekers, there will be simulators, fairground rides and helicopter pleasure flights to enjoy. Whether you are a first timer or a dedicated aviation enthusiast, the Air Day has something for everyone. A full list of participating aircraft and ticket information are available from the website. Advance tickets to the show (available now until 2 July via the website) cost £24 for adults (16+) and £7 for children (5-15yrs). Tickets on the day will cost £30 for adults, £10 for children. Under 5s go free.
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HOW MANY VISITORS ARE EXPECTED AT THIS YEAR’S SHOW? IS IT: A) 400
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s one of the busiest military airfields in the UK and home to many aircraft operating in front-line squadrons and training units, the Somerset air station’s gates will be open to an expected 40,000 visitors.
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THE BARGE INN
Seend Cleeve, Melksham SN12 6QB
Set on the banks of the Kennet & Avon canal The Barge’s location is pretty hard to beat. But this beautiful pub is not just all about the view; offering exceptional seasonal food, great Wadworth beers, an extensive wine list and friendly, attentive service is what it’s really all about. On Sundays you can enjoy a fantastic roast dinner including roast topside of beef, pork belly or chicken all sourced from award winning local butchers Walter Rose & Sons. A vegetarian option is also available. All are accompanied by the obligatory roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding alongside perfectly cooked vegetables such as honey roast parsnips and carrots, swede mash and buttered kale. Roasts cost from £11.95 with smaller portions available for the kids or the not so hungry adults. Leaving room for pudding would be wholly advised – the options include sticky toffee pudding, Baileys cheesecake and seasonal fruit crumble, all priced at £6.25 each. Great food, a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and an idyllic setting; The Barge ticks all the boxes. Cost: from £11.95 Kids: £7.95
The Farmhouse has a lovely mature garden
your lunch with a day trip to Longleat or a walk around Heaven’s Gate.
Top quality homecooked, locally sourced, food is the order of the day, with beef, lamb and pork on the menu each week and a nut roast for vegetarians. All mains cost £10.20 each, with smaller portions available (ideal for children or those with lesser appetites) at £6.95. Their puddings (£5.50) are all homemade too, with the likes of rhubarb crumble and lemon cheesecake ready to tempt you. With traditional games like Shove Ha’penny and Ring the Bull for the grown-ups and a toy box and activity 01380 828230 | bargeinnseend.co.uk packs to keep the children amused, the whole family can enjoy a lovely THE CROSS KEYS day out. As it’s dog friendly, you can Lyes Green, Corsley BA12 7PB even bring the family pooch along. This Cross Keys is a community free house set in a wonderful rural location Cost: £10.20 Kids: £6.95 01373 832406 | crosskeyscorsley.co.uk that’s ideal if you want to combine The Cross Keys has games for kids and grown ups!
THE FARMHOUSE Frome Rd, Southwick BA14 9QD
This family friendly destination in Southwick is a popular Sunday lunch choice round these parts. Served from 12-3pm you can enjoy a range of starters (£5.20 - £6.75) followed by a choice of two meats, beef and pork. Both options come with all the usual trimmings, whilst the beef is served with homemade Yorkshire
pudding, and the pork is served with yummy crackling. Puddings are £5.75, all homemade and include the likes of panna cotta, bread and butter pudding and banoffee pie. To keep the kids amused there are colouring books and games, whilst in warmer weather they can also have fun in the lovely garden. Another option for something different on a Sunday are pub classics like ham, egg and chips, ‘Pie of the Day’ and fillet steaks cooked on a hot stone (£22.45). Cost: £10.95 Kids: £6.50 01225 764366 | farmhousesouthwick.co.uk
“SUNDAY LUNCH AT THE GEORGE IN BRADFORD ON AVON IS A REAL EVENT” THE GEORGE Woolley St, Bradford on Avon BA15 1AQ
Sunday lunch at The George in Bradford on Avon is a real event. It evokes a wonderful family feel with the option of a meal for the whole table. Perhaps you fancy a sharing board for four (or more!) which has a selection of roast meats (including sirloin of Church farm beef and slow roast belly pork) served with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, selection of seasonal vegetables, vegetable gratin, bread sauce, stuffing and jugs of gravy for £16.50 per person? Alternatively,
The Red Lion
W O O L V E R T O N
Homecooked food served every lunchtime & evening. We also offer a dedicated gluten free menu. Enjoy great Wadworth beers – unsure what you like? We offer a third of a pint taster. Traditional Sunday roast with a choice of meats for only £10.95
“An ideal stop off on the A36 between Warminster & Bath” 01373 830350 | www.redlionwoolverton.co.uk Bath Road, Woolverton, Somerset BA2 7QS
Situated on the picturesque Kennet & Avon Canal The Barge Inn offers excellent food, great Wadworth beers, an extensive wine list and much more. It really is a pub for all seasons.
THE SWAN HOTEL BAR & RESTAURANT
Every Wednesday lunch and evening enjoy 2 Main Course fish & chips for only £18.95!
WADWORTH AWARD WINNING BEERS!
If you can’t decide which great Wadworth beer to drink, we offer 3rd of a pint tastings.
COOKING OUR NEW SPRING MENU NOW Fresh, seasonal & delicious! Bar Open Mon - Sat 11am - 11pm Sun 11am - 10pm
Every Sunday from 12noon - 3pm. Enjoy a choice of three meats, roast and new potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and a selection of vegetables including honey roast parsnips and cauliflower cheese.
Food Served Mon - Fri 12pm - 2.30pm & 6pm-9pm Saturday 12pm - 9.30pm, Sunday 12pm - 8pm Sign up to our mailing list and get £5 off your food bill when you spend £20! Details on our website.
Adults £11.95, OAPs £9.95, Children £6.95
Book your table in advance and mention this advert and you get a FREE Apple Crumble & Custard for your party!
1 Church Street, Bradford on Avon BA15 1LN Tel: 01225 868686 | www.theswanbradford.co.uk
Tel 01380 828230 www.bargeinnseend.co.uk Seend Cleeve, Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 6QB
| food & drink you might want to opt for their hugely popular whole roast chicken (for a family of four), which is served with all the trimmings for £40. As you might imagine, advanced booking is essential, and if you can’t agree, they have individual options too! Away from Sundays, The George offers a fab set lunch menu Monday to Friday (2 courses £15.93, 3 courses £17.95) and a themed monthly supper club, which offers four courses for £35. Call for details! Cost: Sharing board £16.95pp Kids: £8.50 with a free dessert
The George serves whole roasts at the table
homemade gravy as well as a seafood and vegetarian option. Typically, you will find the likes of prime locally sourced topside of beef served with a giant homemade Yorkshire pudding and horseradish sauce, or roast shoulder of pork from Downland’s free 01225 865650 | thegeorgebradfordonavon.co.uk range farm served with apple sauce and crackling. All roasts come with THE LAMB ON THE crispy roast potatoes and delicious STRAND locally sourced seasonal veg. Puddings The Strand, Semington, Trowbridge BA14 6LL are similarly inviting, with the likes A family run restaurant and pub, The of panna cotta, bread and butter Lamb offers excellent food and drink pudding and cheesecake to mention in a cosy and relaxed atmosphere; just a few. Oh, go on then! their efforts having been rewarded Cost: £23.95 for 3 courses. again with a Trip Advisor Certificate New children’s menu available 01380 870263 | thelambonthestrand.co.uk of Excellence in 2017. They have also just been awarded ‘Best Family Pub in THE METHUEN ARMS Wiltshire’ & ‘Best Casual Dining Pub’ in High Street, Corsham SN13 0HB Trowbridge by Lux Magazine. After running and working in local pubs for a number of years Ashley Sunday lunch at The Lamb is very and Abi are now your hosts at The special indeed. The menu changes Methuen Arms, an award winning inn weekly, but you can always expect where hospitality meets fabulous food a choice of three roasted meats and drink. They are joined by Head all served with their individual The Lamb on Strand is great for families
The Methuen has a delicious 3 course Sunday lunch menu
Chef Leigh Evans, formerly of Combe Grove Manor, The Chequers and The Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath. Set immediately beside the stately home and beautiful grounds of Corsham Court, and just eight miles from the enchanting city of Bath, Sundays are a real highlight. Three courses are suggested, so be sure to head over ready for a feed! Enjoy the likes of chicken and chorizo scotch egg to start, followed by a main from breast of chicken, roast belly pork, beef sirloin, slow cooked lamb shank or mushroom, fig and walnut roast, served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, honey glazed Bromham carrots and parsnips, cheesy leeks, seasonal greens and gravy. Then, having left a tiny bit of room for pud, why not opt for a burnt passionfruit cream with mango salsa and coconut ice cream. It’s totally decadent and utterly delicious! Cost: from £15 Kids: £8.50 01249 717060 | themethuenarms.com
THE ORCHARD RESTAURANT
Orchardleigh Estate, Frome BA11 2PB
Away from the hustle and bustle, The Orchard Restaurant is located in the most picturesque Somerset countryside at the heart of Orchardleigh Estate. The Orchard Restaurant promises a family friendly menu and specialty evenings. The locally renowned Sunday carvery offers a selection of four roasted meats and a vegetarian option at a very reasonable £9.95 for adults and £4.95 for children aged 5-10
PRIX FIXE LUNCH MENU Available Monday to Saturday
from only £9.50 Serving food 7 days a week
Mon to Sat 12-2.30pm & 6-9pm, Sun 12-5pm 99 The Strand, Semington, Trowbridge BA14 6LL t 01380 870263 | e firstname.lastname@example.org
Frome Rd, Southwick Nr Trowbridge BA14 9QD
The Farmhouse Inn is a beautiful 17th century pub offering a wide variety of good home-cooked food, as well as superb real ales and fine wines. Take our Google Map tour today!
FREE Glass of Wine or Pint with Every Steak Meal!
Available Monday to Thursday until 31/05/18. 175ml glass of house wine or your choice of lager or beer
email: email@example.com www.farmhousesouthwick.co.uk
An award-winning coaching inn, set in a historic Wiltshire market town, immediately beside the stately home and gardens of Corsham Court, and just 8 miles from Bath. Serving food every day, breakfast, lunch and dinner, and open all day for tea, coffee and delicious homemade biscuits & pastries…
GUEST CHEF NIGHT Monday 7th May with Rob Allcock from The Longs Arms, South Wraxall. 6 Course Tasting Menu £60. Booking essential.
STEAK NIGHTS 1st Thursday of every month Tel: 01249 717060
2 High Street, Corsham SN13 0HB
Quality food freshly prepared for you
| food & drink The Red Lion at Woolverton
For pudding indulge in something classic like sticky toffee pudding or chocolate brownie with chocolate ice cream – all that and no washing up to worry about either! Cost: £10.95 Kids: £7.50 01373 830350 | redlionwoolverton.co.uk
SHAW COUNTRY HOTEL
Bath Rd, Shaw, Melksham SN12 8EF
years; children aged 2-4 eat for free when an adult carvery is purchased. Offering the highest quality food, the beef is grass fed from the Estate’s herd of Aberdeen Angus and the lamb comes from the Estate’s herd of Welsh Mountain sheep. As well as the recently renovated restaurant, The Orchard boasts a delightful terrace that provides a stunning spot to enjoy a drink, lunch or dinner overlooking the grounds. Cost: £9.95 Kids: £4.95 01373 454200 | orchardleigh.net
“THE ORCHARD BOASTS A DELIGHTFUL TERRACE THAT PROVIDES A STUNNING SPOT TO ENJOY A DRINK, LUNCH OR DINNER” THE RED LION AT HEYTESBURY
High St, Heytesbury, Warminster BA12 0EA
The Red Lion Pub is a family-friendly village pub in the pretty village of Heytesbury, near Warminster, that offers home-cooked food using fresh seasonal ingredients and a warm and friendly atmosphere. On Sunday, their traditional roast is served from 12noon to 4.30pm and offers a choice of two meats, which vary between pork,
beef, lamb, chicken and gammon, and there’s always a nut roast (£8.99) available for vegetarians. Kids are well catered for too with meals priced at a very reasonable £3.99. With a large garden, complete with play equipment, this is a great venue to bring the kids to, and each children’s meal comes with a free ice cream sundae, what a treat! Cost: £9.99 Kids: £3.99 01985 840315 | redlionheytesbury.co.uk
Based on the outskirts of Melksham, this is a beautiful country house venue that serves a great Sunday lunch from 12pm – 1:30pm, offering two courses for £17 or three for just £20. To start there are tasty options like homemade soups and smooth liver pâté. For mains, choose from the likes of roast sirloin of beef with Yorkshire puddings and gravy, a roast rump of lamb with mint sauce, or, if you would prefer fish, the grilled ‘Catch of the Day’ served with a lemon and dill butter sauce. All mains also come with a selection of potatoes and fresh vegetables. If you prefer a veggie option, they have a full vegetarian menu upon request.
Finally, pudding - a real highlight at Shaw Country Hotel. How does a hazelnut meringue or American baked Woolverton, Somerset, BA2 7QS chocolate ripple cheesecake sound Situated on the A36 between to you?! They also cater for children Warminster and Bath, The Red Lion is a and as you might expect for a large traditional pub serving home cooked country hotel, also boast beautiful food and three Wadworth cask ales. grounds and ample parking! Families are always welcome; kids Cost: 2 courses £17 will especially enjoy playing on the 01225 702836 | shawcountryhotel.com climbing frame when the weather allows. And don’t forget your fourTHE SWAN HOTEL legged friends either - if you bring the Church St, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN family dog there is always a biscuit The Swan Hotel has been sitting treat for them too! at the bottom of Market Street in Bradford on Avon since the 17th Every Sunday you can enjoy a roast century. In addition to 12 en suite wellfrom 12noon through to 7pm. The equipped rooms, The Swan boasts a mains are all priced at £10.95 and popular pub and, rather uniquely, a include the likes of topside of beef, Thai restaurant with all food freshly roast chicken with stuffing, roast pork prepared by their Thai chefs. The and a vegetarian nut roast, all served pub also has a pub classic menu and with roast potatoes and seasonal veg.
THE RED LION AT WOOLVERTON
The Cross Keys Corsley A
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The Cross Keys Corsley is now proud to be a community free house in the lovely village of Corsley, between Warminster & Frome. We serve locally brewed real ales, an impressive selection of wines and tasty homemade pub food. Come and enjoy a drink in our refurbished bar or a delicious meal in our restaurant or pretty beer garden.
• Beautiful village setting • Large garden • Sunday Roasts • Pub games • Real Ales • Regular events • Children’s menu & toys • Dog Friendly Lyes Green, Corsley, Wiltshire BA12 7PB Tel: 01373 832406 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.crosskeyscorsley.co.uk
| food & drink customers are welcome to mix and match between the two menus. The Swan offers a hugely popular carvery from 12noon-3pm every Sunday, with a choice of three freshly roasted meats, Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, vegetables, honey roast parsnips, cauliflower cheese and all the trimmings. The cost is £11.95 for adults, £9.95 for OAPs and just £6.95 for children. Booking your table in advance is highly recommended as it is popular and mention The West Wilts Magazine and you get a free apple crumble and custard for your party too! To complement your meal The Swan has a fine array of drinks on offer, from Old Speckled Hen, The Swans’ Best Bitter, Guinness, Orchard Pig and Aspalls’ cider and a great choice of wines too, as well as soft drinks for kids and the designated driver (did we mention they offer free parking too?!) Cost: £11.95 Kids: £6.95 01225 868686 | theswanbradford.co.uk
“THE THREE HORSESHOES IS A CHARMING COUNTRY PUB IN THE BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE OF CHAPMANSLADE” THE THREE HORSESHOES
High St, Chapmanslade BA13 4AN
The Three Horseshoes is a charming country pub in the beautiful village of Chapmanslade between Frome and Westbury, just off the A36. It has extensive views from its large beer garden through the valleys of Cley Hill and Longleat, making it a lovely destination to while away a sunny afternoon. Over the years, this free house has gained an impressive reputation for its freshly cooked food, its carefully selected range of beers and wines
and its friendly, efficient service. Their Sunday menu is available from 12noon to 6pm and includes an impressive choice of five meats and a vegetarian option ranging in price from £8.95 to £13.95. options include roast gammon ham, sirloin of beef, leg of lamb and pork belly. All are served with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, seasonal veg and gravy. Once that’s over, puddings, all of which are homemade, include the likes of dark chocolate and The Westbrook has a full Sunday lunch menu plus a new vegan menu orange fondant! And we haven’t even mentioned the best part yet road at Westbrook, just a minute from – a child’s roast (they can choose the Devizes to Chippenham road. between roast ham and chicken) Cost: £12.25-£14.25 Kids: £8 is just £1! Now that really is family 01380 850418 | westbrookbromham.co.uk friendly! Cost: £8.95-£13.95 Kids: £1 01373 832211 | threehorseshoes.uk.com
Westbrook Rd, Bromham SN15 2EE
Kevin and Louise Fraser run The Westbrook. Under their stewardship, the pub has established a great local reputation for its superb value food, including meat from the grill, chicken, vegetarian offerings and top-notch specials. They are also super family friendly, with lots of play equipment for kids, as well as a great children’s menu, small plates, cups and cutlery. The Westbrook is a great option for a Sunday roast, especially if you have little ones – they have a lovely garden and some fantastic children’s play equipment for them to use too. On the menu they have all the classic joints you might expect – sirloin of Scottish beef, local leg of lamb, free range chicken and roast pork loin. Take your pick or get a combo of 2 or 3 for £14.75. All meals are served with five types of veg grown just 3 miles away and roast and new potatoes. They are have a new vegan menu too. Find The Westbrook on the edge of Spye Park, on the Melksham to Calne
WHITE HORSE COUNTRY PARK Coach Rd, Westbury BA13 4LX
Based on the outskirts of Westbury and with wonderful countryside views, the restaurant at White Horse Country Park offers a great value traditional carvery. Each week from 12noon to 3pm you’ll find freshly roasted pork, turkey and beef on offer (and a veggie option too) alongside a huge array of fresh vegetables, homemade Yorkshire puddings and proper homemade gravy. Two courses cost just £12.95 for adults and £9.50 for children and they have highchairs available for little ones too. After eating kids can make hay in the children’s play area whilst adults can relax in the clubhouse, where they also show all the major sporting events too. Sunday sorted! Cost: £8.95 Kids: £6 01373 822323 | whitehorsecountrypark.co.uk White Horse Country Park’s carvery is really popular and great value
Bromham, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 2EE
tel 01380 850418
WINNER OF BEST FOOD & BEST OVERALL PUB IN THE DEVIZES CONSTITUENCY BEST LOCAL PUB AWARDS! Kevin & Louise invite you to visit The Westbrook. It offers an inviting bar, a beautiful sun deck, garden and a new children’s play area. The menu is bursting with superb value traditional pub classics and top notch specials. • FRESHLY COOKED FOOD • DAILY SPECIALS • FAMILY FRIENDLY • LARGE GARDEN • CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA • REAL ALES • CAR PARK
NOW SERVING FOOD UNTIL 8PM ON SUNDAYS!
We’re open from 9.30am for coffee and breakfasts
THURSDAY SUPPER CLUB
LAST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH 31st May, 4 courses £25
MONDAY TO FRIDAY 2 Courses £15.95 3 Courses £17.95
Asparagus w. duck egg hollandaise Goat’s cheese souffle w. Old Winchester fondue Confit duck, smoked garlic, Madeira sauce Elderflower parfait, Kir Royal sauce
MIDWEEK SPECIAL DINNER MONDAY & TUESDAY 6pm-9pm 2 Courses £17.95 3 Courses £19.95
01225 865650 | 67 Woolley St, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1AQ | thegeorgebradfordonavon.co.uk
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seasons Keeping you in the know as to what is coming into season each month is NEIL MORTIMER from Lovejoys Wholesale...
t last we have experienced some good weather and spring has definitely arrived. Everything is roughly running about a month late. Unfortunately this month is therefore not very good for sourcing local produce, especially now that the winter root veg and greens have all but finished.
“Locally some watercress and some fresh herbs are available. For you foragers our there, plenty of wild garlic and nettles are around.” Locally some watercress and some fresh herbs are available. For you foragers our there, plenty of wild garlic and nettles are around. Young leaves of wild garlic are delicious added to
soups, sauces and pesto whilst nettles can substitute for spinach so you can add them to lasagne or throw them in soups or stews. If you grow your own produce in your garden or are lucky enough to have an allotment remember to keep an eye on the forecast for any late frosts that could damage any tender plants. You can protect them by covering with fleece or a plastic cloche. For quick results you can now sow radish, basil, lettuce and spring onions. You can also put in beetroot, carrots, courgettes and french beans which will take a little longer. May is the last month to sow broad beans and parsnips or plant out potatoes.
COMPETITION TIME! We have five packs of assorted seeds to be won - and they’ll all go to the first person who can email me with the answer to the following question!
WHICH APPLE HAS THE NAME OF A LOCAL CITY IN ITS NAME? To enter please email me at email@example.com with your contact details. Remember, it’s the first person who emails me who wins the prize so get answering! Neil @lovejoysuk @LovejoysLarder • lovejoyswholesale.com • lovejoyslarder.com
Want Not This month help to reduce your food waste by using up any leftovers in your fridge and pantry. These recipes come from the Love Food Hate Waste campaign.
LEFTOVER POTATO HASH
The perfect brunch dish to use up leftover roast potatoes and cooked veg! Try out different flavour combinations or make it vegetarian by eliminating the bacon and using a vegetarian cheese.
Ingredients 1 large onion, chopped 1 clove of garlic, chopped 3 or 4 slices unsmoked bacon, roughly chopped 6 - 8 leftover roast potatoes, cut into cubes 200g of leftover cooked veg (kale,
green beans, red peppers) 75g smoked cheddar, grated olive oil salt & pepper to season 2 or 3 large free-range eggs
Method Preheat your oven to 190˚C / 170˚C fan. Heat a little olive oil in an an ovenproof skillet or pan on medium heat. Add the onions and allow to cook for a couple of minutes, before adding the garlic and bacon. Fry for a couple of minutes allowing the bacon to
start to crisp up, before adding the potatoes. Turn up the heat a little and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the cooked veg, season and cook for a few more minutes. Add the grated cheese and mix through before removing from the heat. Make sure the hash is spread evenly across the base of the pan. Crack the eggs on top of the dish before transferring to a the oven and cook for 8 minutes, or until the egg whites have set. Serve immediately! THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE
SAVOURY FRENCH TOAST Serves 2
Ingredients Two slices of thick-cut bread (if it’s slightly stale, even better!) 3 eggs A dash of milk Salt & pepper A handful of chopped chives A tablespoon of butter
GREEK-STYLE LAMB, SPINACH & FETA PIE Serves 6
Ingredients 250g pack filo pastry 75g butter (melted) 200g roast leg of lamb, finely chopped 1 large or 2 small onions, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 200g spinach leaves 150g Feta cheese, crumbled 1 tsp dried mint 1 tsp dried oregano 4 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley zest of 1 lemon olive oil salt and pepper to season Method Preheat your oven to 180oC / 160oC fan. Heat a little olive oil in a large non-stick pan on medium heat. Add the onions and soften for a few
minutes, before adding the garlic, oregano and mint. Fry on a low/ medium heat for 2 minutes to allow the onion to soften. Add the pieces of chopped lamb, and then season well with salt and pepper. Add the spinach in batches, allowing it to wilt slowly. Finish with the fresh parsley and lemon zest. Stir well and then remove from heat and set aside. Layer 2 sheets of pastry into an ovenproof dish, allowing the edges to fall over the sides. Using a pastry brush, brush all around the base and sides with melted butter. Repeat the process two times, so that you have 6 layers of pastry in total.
When the butter is starting to brown, add the eggy bread to the pan and fry for a couple of minutes or until the underside turns golden brown. Flip with a spatula and do the same on the other side. Transfer to a serving plate, and while the toast is still hot, grate over some cheese and allow to melt slightly. Add a handful of chopped chives and serve immediately. For more information, inspiration and recipes see the Love Food Hate Waste website. • lovefoodhatewaste.com.
Fill with the lamb and spinach mixture, and then sprinkle the crumbled Feta across the top. Bring the sides in and brush the top of the pastry with melted butter. Cook in the oven for 45 minutes - 1 hour, until the Feta is melted and the pastry is golden. Serve this tasty dish with a fresh tomato salad.
This fantastic dish makes the best of leftover roast lamb, takes its inspiration from Greek cuisine’s aromatic flavours and uses filo pastry. Any leftover pastry can be wrapped up in cling film and frozen to use another time. Feel free to experiment with different dried or fresh herbs that you might have in the kitchen.
Method Beat the eggs in a bowl, add a dash of milk and the salt and pepper. Transfer to a shallow dish or plate. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan on a medium to high heat and add the butter.
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Meet the Chef SAMUEL WHITE, head chef at The Red Lion in Heytesbury, talks summer ingredients, Mexican food and chocolate! What was your first job in catering? First job was at The Hedgehog Inn, in Crawley where I was a prep chef.
Sam’s homemade burger
Where have you worked previously? As well as The Hedgehog Inn, The Shipley Bridge in Horlsey, The Crown Wood in Bracknell and The Gordon Arms in Southampton. What was the first dish you mastered? I have to say the homemade burger, and it’s still one of my favourite things to cook today! Where do you source your ingredients and do you have any favourite local suppliers? Heritage Fine Foods is our fruit and veg supplier, Cooper Foods deliver our fish and my favourite is our meat supplier, Prime Cuts Butchers from Shaftesbury. They are great butchers, with superb free range pork, beef and lamb. What is your favourite dish on the menu? I have a couple – I really like the Mediterranean chicken en croute and our burgers (pictured). What is the most memorable event you have cooked for? When I first started I cooked a meal for my mum and dad’s anniversary. Do you have a favourite season for cooking and if so why? I love summer, it’s sunny and it’s all about bright colours and fresh looking food.
When you get a day off, which local pubs and restaurants do you like visiting? Ha ha, a day off, that’s a good one! But seriously, when I do have time off I like The Weymouth Arms in Warminster - really good food. When you cook for friends, what’s on the menu? Normally something Mexican I love Mexican flavours. What’s your favourite kitchen gadget? My other half Lorna. She’s definitely not a gadget but I couldn’t do without her! You cook beautiful food all day what is your guilty pleasure? Chocolate. It’s true what they say never trust a skinny chef!
To make a reservation at The Red Lion call 01985 840315. • redlionheytesbury.co.uk
Award Winning, Family Run, Farm Shop Established for over 30 years Selling Quality Local Produce Open Daily 9am – 6pm 9.30am – 5pm on Sundays HOME & LOCALLY REARED FRESH MEAT & POULTRY HOMEMADE SAUSAGES, BURGERS & FAGGOTS LOCAL CHEESES & HOME COOKED MEATS
Offering seasonal, homecooked food every lunchtime and evening Enjoy our Sunday Roasts A choice of meats & all the trimmings just £9.95
LOCALLY GROWN VEGETABLES, FRUIT & SALAD HOMEMADE CAKES LOCALLY MADE CHOCOLATES & FUDGE
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We offer home-cooked food using fresh seasonal ingredients, a warm and friendly atmosphere and affordable en-suite B&B accommodation. New Spring Menu, Real Ales, Large Beer Garden, Children’s Play Area, Dog Friendly, Ample Parking, Darts & Pool Table, Great Local Walks, Sunday Roasts T 01985 840315 E firstname.lastname@example.org W redlionheytesbury.co.uk 42A High Street, Heytesbury, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 0EA
Opening hours: Mon – Thurs 11am – 11pm, Friday – Sat 11am – 12pm, Sunday 11am – 6pm
| travel Beautiful slippers and shoes in the souks of Marrakech
THE MAGIC OF
MOROCCO This month KATIE THOMSON explores two cities in Morocco, Essaouira and Marrakech.
ow amazing it is that after only three hours on a plane, one can arrive in a country as beguiling, exhilarating and so far from the familiar as Morocco. This is a country famed for its mazes of souks, beautiful coastlines and dramatic scenery, and we were hoping to take in as much of it as possible in only 6 days. When planning a visit to Morocco, most people swarm straight to the buzzing souks of Marrakech or the beaches of Agadir, leaving the wonders of Essaouira undiscovered. Immensely popular with French holidaymakers, this Bohemian seaside resort has much more to offer than the sum of its parts. Culture lovers can still get their taste of the medina, visiting some of the artisanal craftsmen who have plied their trade here for hundreds of years. There are lots of interesting sights to enjoy here including the fishing port with its whitewashed walls and cerulean blue boats, and the old port with its sea battered fortress walls. The constant breeze, which makes sunbathing here so pleasurable, is amplified on
the coast, where watersports like windsurfing and paddle boarding are enduringly popular. Our accommodation in Essaouira was the lovely Le Jardin des Douars. The hotel, located about 20 minutes from the centre of the town, is an oasis of tranquility, and is made up of a collection of traditionally built buildings, connected with winding paths of beautiful greenery and flowers. The vibe here is chilled, and deliberately so, it is a place to come and switch off. The onsite spa continues this quest for wellbeing, with a selection of classic Moroccan treatments on offer. We opted for the black salt hammam, a soothing yet uplifting treatment that warmed us to the bone and purified the skin. The kitchen takes inspiration from classical French, Moroccan staples and, most impressively, seasonal vegetables direct from their garden. Chef Joseph makes the most of the abundant produce grown in the kitchen garden to create perfect tagines, melt-in-the-mouth lamb shanks, fresh seafood and decadent puddings.
Whilst it’s difficult to tear yourself away from the pool, a trip into Essaouira is certainly worthwhile. It’s a great place to get used to haggling and to soak up a culture so different from our own. Spend the day and really walk the streets and when you get tired of shuffling from stall to stall, head up to one of the many rooftop cafés and restaurants to take in the panoramic sea views and enjoy the cool breeze. There are loads of fab foodie spots we particularly liked Taros Café with its great views and lively atmosphere. After some relaxation, the madness of Marrakech was beckoning. We headed to the coach station ready for our three hour return journey. The coach is a really convenient way to hop between cities and a great chance to experience the undulating terrain and pockets of civilisation in the vastness of the Moroccan landscape. Taros Café offers great views and a lively atmostphere
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The Almaha Hotel is one of those secret jewels tucked away in the myriad of streets in Marrakech’s Kasbah, complete with Moroccan lanterns and a majestic courtyard. The traditional water pool was surrounded by colonnades draped in white chiffon, leaving the walkways light and airy, with high ceilings dotted by large lanterns. By night, this scene transforms, with soft lighting and floating candles in the water. The Almaha is a hotel of great beauty and little wonders, exquisitely decorated and carefully curated, with a beautiful blend of traditional Moroccan elements with a strong contemporary design. Marrakech is of course famed for its labyrinthine souks, where you can find some truly amazing items, handcrafted by local artisans. But there is a lot more to the city than the
shopping and the bustling madness of the Djemma El Fna main square. But there is a lot more to the city than the shopping and the bustling madness of the Jemaa el-Fnaa main square. It is sometimes easy to forget that Marrakech is an Islamic city and one that is also considered to be a holy pilgrimage site. The Qur’an was traditionally taught at a madrassa (religious school) and a spectacular remnant of this tradition is the Madrassa Ben Youssef. It is one of the most exquisite examples of Moorish architecture in the world, reminiscent of the Alhambra in Granada or the Alcázar in Seville and its intricate carvings and dazzling mosaics are world-renowned. As well as being very religious, Marrakech is an historic city, and an excellent place to experience this is the ruined El Badi Palace where you can learn about its amazing history and Saadi Dynasty. If you have never visited Morocco, it is a country that can offer the traveller so many experiences - wonderful hospitality, true relaxation, a glimpse into tribal life, the bustle of city life and centuries of history. That and some much needed sun, what more are you looking for?!
TRAVELLER’S TIPS Fly with RyanAir from London Stansted (STN) to Marrakech (RAK) from around £200 return in May. Spring is a lovely time to visit, with temperatures in the mid to high 20s. High summer is very hot, but if you don’t mind it a little cooler, it’s a decent year round destination. We got a return coach between Marrakech and Essaouria. This is extremely comfortable, convenient and cheap - it is run by Supratours and tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day from the offices in each area. You can only by them in person, so it is worth buying your return at the same time as your outbound ticket. Tickets are about £10 each way - and the journey takes 2-3 hours. Try to take probiotics for a month before you go - it can help stop tummy troubles developing. When you are there, avoid ice in your drink and uncooked vegetables that may have been washed in tap water. Arabic might be beyond many of us, but some conversational French will get you a lot further than English and locals will appreciate the effort. We all know you have to haggle in the souks, some people recommend starting at half the price the shop owner quotes. I think that is still too high. A good deal is generally about a third of the price they start with. If there are certain items you want, do your research before and get a gauge of what you should pay. The bottom line? If you love it, just buy it - you’ll forget that you overpaid by £10 and you’ll have a memento to treasure forever.
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A Guide to Family Photography FIONA TURNBULL from Lacock Photography helps you perfect those family photos.
t was famously said that photographs help us ‘understand what our lives mean to us’, and this idea feels particularly relevant when looking at a family photograph, of a special moment caught in time. But so many of the photographs we take don’t pack such a punch, and if you’ve ever tried to get family members in the same place at the same time, whilst making sure everyone is smiling (or at least not hysterically crying), you’ll know that attempting to capture that ‘forever moment’ can seem like an impossible task! But don’t worry, by following a few simple tips to family photography, you’ll produce truly awesome snaps you and your family will treasure for a lifetime!
DON’T SAY CHEESE! The best way to avoid the headache of a staged family shot, is to avoid it all together! We say, forget the awkward ‘who’s taller?’ line up, and have a go at taking some documentary-style shots around your home. When the family comes together for Sunday lunch, have your camera to hand and photograph some everyday family moments! This is a much less painless way to capture family life and enables
When capturing a portrait, try to focus on the subject’s eyes
you to record relaxed expressions and your loved ones’ natural characters: after all, the best portrait photographs manage to portray who someone is, not simply what they look like!
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE EYES When taking any portrait, you’ll almost always want to place the emphasis on the subject’s eyes. So, whether you are using your phone or your camera, take the time to think about the position of the focus spot. If you are taking a group shot (around a dinner table for example), it’s best to try and concentrate on just a few people, rather than the whole gang, as your picture may turn out crowded and a little bland. Tell a story with every image, and don’t be afraid to include blurred figures in the scene, as this is a great way to portray movement and liveliness at a family gathering!
THINK TIMELESS Black and white photographs have a timeless quality, and when successfully executed in family portraits, it can produce a striking
and poignant image. By eliminating colour, you can really focus on the expressions and action in the photograph, not to mention that black and white portraits are usually rather flattering! There are two ways to take your black and white snaps, either by converting the image during the editing process; allowing you to choose images that are best suited to black and white, or by applying a setting or filter (on your camera or phone) whilst shooting, so you can view your black and white scene in real time.
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Chelsea Flower Show The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is returning from 22 – 26 May at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.
he most prestigious flower show in the world will this year feature a mix of returning favourites, new designers, and some exciting changes.
THE SHOW GARDENS 10 Show Gardens will fill Main Avenue this year, where tradition and romance will contrast with contemporary and urban design. You’ll see the return of multi-award winning designer Sarah Price after a five year absence, who has designed a garden for show sponsor M&G Investments. Sarah’s garden will be primarily made up of water, planting and earth to represent a romanticised Mediterranean haven that celebrates the expressive and sensual language of colour and texture, light and shadow.
Tom Massey will make his debut at Chelsea this year as designer of The Lemon Tree Trust Garden, which emulates a garden used by a community of refugees displaced in Domiz camp, Northern Iraq. It will be the first garden in the show’s 105 year history to be designed with the input of refugees and will show the
importance of gardens and gardening to the thousands of displaced people trying to rebuild their lives with the support of the Lemon Tree Trust. Other highlights in this category include award-winning designer Jo Thompson’s The Wedgwood Garden, and last year’s People’s Choice winner, Monty Don will be anchoring the BBC coverage of the show
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beneath our oceans and highlights the devastating impact plastic waste is having on our underwater eco systems. The Seedlip Garden, designed by Catherine McDonald, is a celebration of the humble pea, while former RHS Young Designer, Tony Woods, uses sculpture, materials and planting in the environmentally conscious Urban Flow garden to demonstrate how best to utilise green spaces.
ARTISAN GARDENS The popular Artisan Gardens aim to revitalise traditional materials and methods with new design approaches. Multi gold medal winning designer, Kazuyuki Ishihara, is creating a garden inspired by O-mo-te-na-shi no NIWA, a Japanese concept of hospitality. Sarah Eberle also returns with a garden that celebrates India’s love of cricket.
Chris Beardshaw, designing a garden which celebrates the company’s partnership with the NSPCC.
SPACE TO GROW Space to Grow is a new category at Chelsea this year. It will feature smaller gardens offering original ideas, trends and take home messages that will inspire visitors to transform their outdoor spaces and learn about the benefits that growing can bring.
Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge have designed The Warner Edwards Garden, a design that reimagines the landscape and planting of the gin distillery’s home in Northamptonshire, whilst Paul Hervey-Brookes’ garden will depict the importance of wellbeing in the Nordic way of life.
THE GREAT PAVILION
The heart of the Chelsea Flower Show, the Great Pavilion is a plant lover’s paradise, and this year it will be home to over 90 exhibits from the world’s best nurseries, growers and florists. D’Arcy & Everest will celebrate 25 years of exhibiting at the show, Kate Gould will be going for her fifth while Hampshire Carnivorous Plants gold medal with The West End Secret aim for their 20th gold in 20 years. Peter Beale’s Roses will mark their Garden – a modern interpretation 50th anniversary with the launch of of the gardens and architecture a new rose, while NAFAS will serve of London’s West End. Pearlfisher’s up a floral feast with an imaginative Garden - by conceptual designer John Warland - celebrates the beauty flower and foliage display depicting the four seasons. of the world’s largest garden found
Chelsea exhibiting artists and sculptors are among the finest in the world Be inspired by the wonderful flower combinations
“The Great Pavilion is a plant lover’s paradise, and this year it will be home to over 90 exhibits from the world’s best nurseries”
Hillier Nurseries, one of the most successful exhibitors at RHS Chelsea, will be working with Sarah Eberle on a walk through garden made up of smaller areas, with take home inspiration.
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Walled Garden Tours
Bookings are now being taken for tours of Bowood House’s exquisite Walled Garden, which start this month. greens and other shades of greens and foliage has been adopted. Once you spot the chickens parading by their hutch, you will be approaching the double borders.
ay is the month when the wisteria bursts forth at Bowood House’s Walled Garden and, thanks to two guided tours marked in the diary for Wednesday 9 and Friday 18 May, members of the public have the chance to capture the eye-catching pale blueish-lilac, climbing shrub in all its glory. The popular series of tours, led by one of a team of highly-informed and welcoming garden guides opens
“A new feature for the Walled Garden this year are the pair of double-borders, each 50 metres in length.” up the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne’s private four-acre Walled Garden to the public on selected dates on into autumn. Entered through a ‘secret’ door, the Walled Garden is
made up of four distinct, one-acre squares comprising formal borders, a picking garden, glass houses and a working kitchen garden packed with fruit and vegetables. The 60-minute tours are angled around the season and what is in bloom at the time. Roses will then take their turn from mid-June and through to mid-July. A new feature for the Walled Garden this year are the pair of doubleborders, each 50 metres in length. A collaboration between Head Gardener, David Glass and consultant garden designer, Rosie Abel-Smith, this planting has been devised with a long season in mind and for the borders to be fully in flower from June through to early October. With the first border planted in 2016 and appearing last year, the second of these two double borders was only planted in 2017 and so is to be seen for the first time now. A simple colour scheme of whites, creams, lime
Starting at 11am and lasting roughly an hour, the guided tour sets off from the Italianate Terraces outside Robert Adam’s Orangery and in front of Bowood House. Views stretch out across the Grade I listed, 2000-acre ‘Capability’ Brown parkland and down to the sinuous lake he designed for Bowood. From here, the tour will head on into the Walled Garden and then out through parts of the surrounding Pleasure Grounds and back to Bowood House for lunch in the Stables Restaurant. Tickets to be booked in advance and are priced at £34 per person, which includes a two-course lunch in the Stable Restaurant and enjoyment of the House and Gardens for the rest of that day. To reserve a place email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01249 810961. A full list of dates can be found on the website. Private groups of 15 visitors or more can book a weekday date of their choice at £27 per person. • bowood.org
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ith the terribly cold start to spring it seemed like better weather might never arrive. Thankfully though the growing season is now in full swing and that means a busy few weeks at garden centres everywhere. One that promises both expertise and value is Lakeside Garden Centre, part of a family owned business that has been serving gardeners in the west of England for over forty years. Lakeside, which is based at Crockerton Shopping Centre on the outskirts of Warminster. A large Lakeside has a beautiful location with a coffee shop that makes the most of it
“if you’re looking forward to a spot of al fresco dining be sure to look for their selection of charcoal and gas Weber barbecues” site, they have everything you could need for your garden and a beautiful setting to help make a day of it too. As the name suggests, Lakeside Garden Centre is based on the water’s edge, and no visit is complete without a stroll around the lake and a chance to meet the ducks and geese that have made their home there. The café provides a stunning spot from which to enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee and slice of homemade cake. This popular on-site venue offers other homemade treats too, plus soups, light bites and a full range of refreshments to cater for whatever the weather may bring! Back in the garden centre, you can get summer bedding, trees, shrubs and, for the veg plot, a selection of fruit and
vegetable plants including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and even aubergine. If you prefer there is also a great range of seeds from Sutton Seeds and Thompson & Morgan. If it’s garden furniture you need, see their new season range of outdoor furniture. And if you’re looking forward to a spot of al fresco dining be sure to look for their selection of charcoal and gas Weber barbecues - it’s starting to seem like summer already! Lakeside is situated on the A350 on the edge of the Longleat Estate. To find out more call 01985 217413. The centre is open Monday to Saturday 8.30am-5.30pm and on Sundays from 10.30am-4.30pm. • fonthill-lakeside.com
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The Great Knees Makeover Now is a great time to pop into Knees – they’ve had a showroom makeover!
t’s all change at Knees as their furniture range has undergone a transformation with the introduction of some exciting new brands and products. Ian Vidler, Retail Director explains, “We felt it was time for a complete overhaul to reflect the changing tastes and lifestyles of our customers, and to keep up with some of the latest trends. Our new product ranges are modern, stylish and affordable but retain the quality that Knees is known for.” The new in-house brand HJ Home is key in this fresh, contemporary new look. As a one stop shop for your home furnishings the pieces in the HJ Home collections include sofas, beds and dining furniture
along with living furniture and accessories such as lamps, coffee tables and sideboards. Designs are modern, with a variety of ranges to suit different styles and tastes. You can see each of the new ranges in the recently refurbished store. Each range is complemented with accessories to allow you to easily recreate the same look in your own home.
With other popular brands such as Cath Kidston and Sophie Allport
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And it’s not just furniture that has been updated. There are also some lovely home and kitchen accessories and gifts for those looking for a mini-makeover. Flamingo cushion anyone?
“Each range is complemented with accessories to allow you to easily recreate the same look in your own home.”
now available in store the Knees makeover is well underway plus with a price promise and fantastic service, what’s not to like? Pop into the Trowbridge store at Spitfire Retail Park and take a look.
| health & wellbeing
All about independence
akville Care Centre supplies all your independent living needs. Established in 1996, the shop stocks a quality range of mobility aids such as wheelchairs and walkers, as well as aids for daily living, nursing, comfort and bathing. They also stock a wide range of health products including natural remedies, herbal bath salts and organic skincare products.
natural immune boosting products to help keep colds at bay, organic shower gels and a natural skincare range from Australia with over 30 different products!”
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Although trading for over 20 years, Oakville has kept up with the times and as well as serving the local people in Frome and Wells they have an extensive website where you can browse and buy online, with free Oakville is a real family affair with local delivery. “Our aim is to provide a Robert and Sue Lymer running the comprehensive selection of products business along with their sons Paul to meet all your independent living and Robbie. “We are reknowned for needs.” Robbie continued. “We also our range of mobility and continence pride ourselves on offering a great products to help people retain their value service with free product independence.” Said Robbie. “But in samples, free viewing of our products recent years we’ve added many new in your own home and free delivery. natural health and skincare products There is no obligation to buy and we which have gone down extremely don’t believe in pressure sales. As long well with our customers. For instance as our customers are happy, then so we have introduced a range of are we!”
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Abney & Baker
Working with their clients to provide excellent care at home.
here really is no place like home. It offers a sanctuary of comfort, safety and familiarity in a confusing world. That’s why private homecare specialists Abney & Baker have built their reputation by helping private clients live independently in their later years.
Abney & Baker staff strive to understand each client; Who they are and about their lives, families and careers. They establish what is important to the client, help them do as much as they are capable of and expand their ability to do things for themselves over time.
Working with clients and families, their expert team develops care plans with a strong focus on promoting independence, dignity and quality of life. Abney & Baker chief executive Ian Willis says: “Independence supports a feeling of self-reliance, self-confidence and pride. Knowing that, with a little support, you can still do the things you’ve been used to doing is important to our sense of well-being.
Mr Willis adds: “Our role is to support our clients from the first day of induction. We think of ourselves as your personal support team with a range of ways we can help, from domestic support through to personal care”
“If everything is done for you rather than with you, then you start to believe you can’t do things for yourself and become reliant on others when the reality could be very different.” He started the company after a fruitless search to find a private homecare provider for a close relative and that experience shaped Abney & Baker’s philosophy, with the focus on quality of care and service, flexibility and treating clients as individuals, working with them and their families to tailor a care plan.
“More people are living longer and they are determined to stay independent at home, often associating moving to a care home as ‘giving up’. Independence supports a positive mental outlook that is core to continued good health. It is generally more cost effective (depending on the complexity of care required) and
helps maintain existing social relationships which are also important to mental well-being.” The caring approach extends to its 35 staff, who receive 28% above the Living Wage, a detailed induction and ongoing training and supervision. That helps to recruit and retain the best, and care recipients feel the benefit, with 98% of visits within the agreed care window and client satisfaction at 95%. Regulated by the Care Quality Commission, Abney & Baker operates around Bath, Corsham, Chippenham and Bradford on Avon supporting independent living in a range of ways: Personal care: Everything from bathing and dressing to medication and meals. Domestic support: Housework, laundry, shopping, dog walking, managing bills, and errands etc. Relief visits: Giving unpaid carers a break with companionship visits or standing in while they take time out. Social support: Getting out to see friends and attend social events and appointments. Active for life: Activity-based visits to engage people in hobbies and stimulate social interaction. Call 01225 952200, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the online form on their website. • abneyandbaker.com
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Will David Cameron’s (DC) legacy be BREXIT or Social Care Reform? We asked ANDREW DOUGLAS, a partner at Awdry Bailey Douglas Solicitors who specialises in elderly care, for his views. SURELY IT MUST BE BREXIT?
Because it gets all the headlines BREXIT will almost definitely be what DC is most remembered for? It is my belief however, that running a close second will be David Cameron and his Government’s unfulfilled pledges in respect of social care.
WHY DO YOU THINK THAT?
People may well recall that when Cameron won his last General Election in 2015 the Tories were saying that people would only have to pay for the first £72,000 of their elderly care costs. This was known as the “CAP”. The flagship for the CAP at the time was the Care Act 2014. Shortly after DC was elected as Prime Minister this pledge was broken (17.07.15 to be precise) and in December 2017 Jackie Doyle-Price, a Minister in the Department of Health, said it would not be reintroduced.
WHAT DOES DC SAY ABOUT THIS?
Recently David Cameron was interviewed by the FT Weekend and stated he was disappointed at his Government’s record on social care and that the CAP was not capable of being pursued. His disappointment was because he thought that with the support of insurance products, which the insurance industry were not
interested in, the CAP could have been a long term solution to the ongoing crisis in social care.
WHAT IS THE FUTURE?
Nobody of course knows, but there is irony in what David Cameron has reportedly said. This is because a Green Paper on the future of
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“Waiting or doing nothing in relation to social care is not the best option. This approach only results in people not being organised and paying more.” social care is to be published by the Government in the summer and prior consultations have resulted in some insurers, and in particular Royal London Mutual, saying there is a potential important role for the insurance industry.
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First Step UK is a small family run independent gym in the Wiltshire town of Corsham.
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they wish - and there is always somebody on hand on the gym floor for advice or simple instruction. As well as that their comprehensive class timetable offers everything from yoga and pilates to circuits, boxercise and spin, so whatever you’re into there’ll be a class to suit you. At First Step UK they pride themselves on providing fitness
“At First Step UK they pride themselves on providing fitness and motivation for all ages and abilities” They offer a wide range of membership and pay as you go options, never tying people down to unnecessary contracts. Whether you are a serious athlete, group exercise fan or casual swimmer, they can accommodate you. All clients are offered personal programmes to work to - if
and motivation for all ages and abilities and believe their relaxed atmosphere allows clients new to gyms, or those who may have been deterred by bigger, less personal, corporate gyms to work out and achieve their goals in a comfortable surroundings with the confidence of professional help on hand as and when you need it.
PERSONAL TRAINING If you are looking for that extra push or for some bespoke advice then personal training is a great option. At First Step UK this is where they believe they excel and offer one to one training as part of their Gold membership, or as one off payments as and when you require it. With 4 personal trainers, and availability from early morning to late evening, they are one of the more accessible and afforable personal training teams in Wiltshire. Also on hand for those looking for a more indulgent experience is their highly regarded beauty therapist and small team of sports massage therapists. Give them a call on 01225 812816 or drop in anytime – find them on the Leafield Industrial Estate in Corsham. There’s still time to get beach ready for summer – what you waiting for!? • firststepukgym.com
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THE FUTURE’S BRIGHT... Academy Manager ANDY ROCK is confident there are some real stars coming through the Bath Rugby Academy over the next few years.
t has been a hugely frustrating season for all involved with Bath Rugby. A season which promised so much at the halfway stage, with Bath competing on three fronts, has limped to a sorry conclusion. However, the man charged with bringing through the next generation of talent at Bath Rugby, Andy Rock, believes all the hard work going in the background means the future is bright at the club.
“We’re really confident we have some good young players with long term potential here at the Club,” begins Rock, who joined Bath from Yorkshire Carnegie in 2016. “We’re also blessed that right across the organisation, everyone wants to see these young players come through and represent Bath Rugby for a long time. If we get our jobs right and continue to invest in this pathway, we will see more Academy players continue to come
Beno Obano is one of several Bath youngsters who’ve graduated to the first team this season
Rock also says the chance to work with old friend and colleague Stuart Hooper was a key factor in his decision to join the club. “To be successful in a team sport or team environment, you need to know that you’ve got people around you who you can totally rely on to be ambitious, challenging and push you to improve yourself,” he said. “We’re no different to the players in that regard and I knew that I’d be able to have that relationship with Stuart here.”
“everyone wants to see these young players come through and represent Bath Rugby for a long time” The production line of young talent at Farleigh is in good shape and the fruits of the academy system’s labours have begun to make their mark on the first team. Nowhere was this better demonstrated than in the club’s run to the Anglo-Welsh Cup Final - a cup traditionally seen as a competition for emerging talent. The list of players making the next step to the first team has been fulsome this season: Beno Obano, Zach Mercer, Josh Bayliss, Levi Douglas, Darren Atkins, Miles Reid, Sam Nixon, Will Vaughan and Levi Davis.
explains. “We are mindful of how long a journey it is and how much hard work needs to go into it. When we talk about ‘accelerated’ development, we understand the different experiences players will get - whether that’s out on loan, with the university, or training with our first team.
through and I’m really confident that we’ll see even more become first team regulars in future years.” The prospect of one day pulling on the Blue, Black and White and sustaining a successful career at the Rec is the aim for all the young men in the system. However, expectations have to be managed carefully. “We do lots of work with guys on understanding what’s ahead of them and being able to have that self-awareness of what they need to do to keep progressing,” Rock
Whilst the Academy Manager is proud of his achievements in the sport so far, he hopes to complete a personal ambition during his time at Bath. “I’ve worked with a number of young men who I’m delighted to see now being really successful at several different clubs across the Premiership,” he said. “However, you’re always left with a sense of unfinished business in that you haven’t been able to go on the journey from start to finish, seeing the guys progress with one club, wearing one shirt. “That’s something that was a real drive for me. I knew the opportunity would exist at Bath for me to do that.” • bathrugby.com
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Vive La France...
e have recently booked our summer holiday double the usual price as we now have to go in the school holidays obviously and, once again, we will be gracing France and the French people with our presence. Until 2015 I had never been to France, and frankly had no desire
She said something along the lines of not having seen the sun since our daughter was born in January 2013 and her skin turning a whiter shade of pale. Apparently 18 degrees and cloudy in the wilds of North Devon does not a summer holiday make! We made the collective decision not to fly - I don’t know how people with young children do it - and that meant a ferry crossing and a drive so France was chosen as the easiest option. I was less than impressed but despite
“Until 2015 I had never been to France, and frankly had no desire ever to do so. I had grown up with an attitude towards our French cousins that can only be described as irrational.”
ever to do so. I had grown up with an attitude towards our French cousins that can only be described as irrational. For some, still unknown and unexplained reason, I absolutely did not like France, or The French, even though every French person I had ever met, I even worked with two of them, were amazing. They were, to a man and woman, kind, funny, caring and great company; they were pretty much everything you would ever want in a person given the choice. For some reason though I wouldn’t give them, or their country, the time of day en masse. As I’m something of a foodie (I really like eating anyway), my wife in particular couldn’t understand it. ‘But that’s where all your favourite cheeses come from’ she’d say, hopelessly trying to convert me, but I wouldn’t be moved. I wasn’t going to France and no one could make me.
my arguing and baseless reasonings the decision had been made.
That was until one day in early 2015 when my wife put her foot down.
Buoyed by this success, in 2016, for a birthday treat, it was suggested
As you can imagine I had a terrible time right from the word go… I did not!! It was fantastic. The French people were brilliant, apart from the Gendarme who pulled me over for an on the spot speeding fine 20 minutes after leaving the ferry port. Even he was very pleasant. The country was beautiful, the villa we were staying at was wonderful, the area we were in , The Vendée, with its lovely beaches and forests was just stunning. The food, as you might expect, was top notch and best of all, for me at least, being a bit of a bread fiend, there was a local bakery 5 minutes away so fresh croissants and baguettes were on the menu every morning for brekkie. My wife, having been proven utterly right, was unsurprisingly rather smug.
that we might go to Paris to watch the England v France game in The Six Nations. Paris does not have a fantastic reputation for hospitality but, once again, our Gallic friends did themselves proud. The hotel staff were polite and helpful. The waiters, who probably have the worst rep of all, were brilliant and and even helped us out with our pidgin French. The city itself is absolutely stunning and deserves to be on everyone’s bucket list. The famous tourist attractions were obviously amazing but it was while walking around the city that it came into it’s own. We did get lost on the way back from the game late on Saturday night and ended up walking through a less than salubrious industrial estate on our own (I’m happy to say my wife’s fault, the universe does let me win once in a while!!) but we managed to flag down a taxi and didn’t even mind that he ripped us off a bit. As you may have guessed I am now a converted Francophile and am very excited about going back this year. We are staying at the same place as we did before so, as long as I can dodge the Gendarmerie, I will be dining on freshly made bread and patisserie for two lovely weeks in August.
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