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Published by Wired Publishing Editor Lisa Rockliffe Contributors Craig Gates-Mutton, Phil Rockliffe, Neil Mortimer, Andy Diffey, Adam Jacot De Boinod Advertising Enquiries Andy Diffey e: andy@wired-publishing.co.uk t: 01225 807775 General Enquiries e: info@wired-publishing.co.uk t: 01225 807775 www.wired-publishing.co.uk Address 20 Azalea Drive, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 9GG This magazine is printed on paper sourced from sustainable forests. Please recycle it when you are done, or pass it on! The publishers shall not be held liable for any loss occasioned by the failure of an advertisement to appear, or any damage or inconvenience caused by errors, omissions or misprints. Reproduction of this magazine in whole, or in part is strictly prohibited wihout prior permission of the publishers. Front Cover: Fish & Chips

chool is definitely out for summer. At the Rockliffe Ranch we have nothing to break up the holidays, given we've had two trips in the last month or so though we're not feeling too bad! Instead we'll be day tripping and generally trying to keep our little ones entertained locally. And what could be better than taking everyone out for a bite to eat? We've gathered together a selection of great places to head to feed a crowd on a budget - our Cheap Eats feature begins on p25 and if you follow our advice we'll probably be bumping into you at some point over the next few weeks! Also on the foodie front we've a selection of great options for afternoon teas (from p20) and Fran Stevens, AKA The Food Wife, has some more tasty BBQ recipes (p33) for you to try at home too. As well as that we review local holiday hotspot Center Parcs as it celebrates its 25th anniversary (p37), look at the trends seen at this year's Hampton Court Flower Festival (p40) and have a fascinating piece on the impact of women in photography (p42). That and a whole lot more besides. See you next month for a biggie - it's our 10th anniversary edition!

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in this issue...

HOMES & GARDENS

LOCAL LISTINGS What’s on in August

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LOCAL NEWS Round up of news & events

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Bath Strings Academy

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Mid-Somerset Show

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FOOD & DRINK Meet The Chef at The Westbrook

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Eat the Seasons

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BBQ recipes

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Hampton Court Flower Festival

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Ewe Move property report

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Zero Dry Time

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Darling Interiors

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LEGAL & FINANCIAL BLB

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Wansbroughs

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BATH RUGBY Tom de Glanville signs

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COMPETITIONS & PUZZLES

FEATURES Afternoon Teas

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Cheap Eats

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That’s interesting...

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Quiz, wordsearch & sudoku

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Center Parcs

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COMMENT

Women in Photography

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The Last Word

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August 2019

MELKSHAM ASSEMBLY HALL

Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES Box Office: 01225 709887 melkshamassemblyhall.com ELVIS VS JERRY LEE LEWIS: THE SHOWDOWN 20 August, 7.30pm Tickets: £12 Two breathtaking performers in the guise of Dave B (Elvis) and Peter Gill (Jerry Lee) remind us all why Rock ‘n’ Roll will never die!

TOWN HALL ARTS Trowbridge Town Hall, BA14 8EQ Tel: 01225 774306 trowbridgearts.com

HOLIDAY WIRE WORKSHOPS 13, 20 & 27 August, 10am Tickets: £15 for 1 adult & 1child. Additional children £8. Unaccompanied (8+) Child £15. Fiona Campbell will be running 2D, 3D and Carnival Creation Wire Workshops for children aged

6+ accompanied by an adult, or unaccompanied children 8+.

TEA DANCES 29 August, 2pm Tickets: £5 Take part in a mixed programme of dances, under the guidance of experienced teachers Mike and Lesley Freke, whilst enjoying the heritage of the Town Hall’s Supper room.

WILTSHIRE MUSIC CENTRE

Ashley Rd, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1DZ Box Office: 01225 860100 wiltshiremusic.org.uk SUMMER FUN 2018 Until 23 August, various times Tickets: £various From toddlers to teenagers, the kids takeover WMC for a month of creative and musical activities.

POUND ARTS CENTRE

Pound Pill, Corsham, SN13 9HX Box Office: 01249 701628 poundarts.org.uk THE WOUND (Cert 15) 6 August, 7.30m Tickets: £7.50 (Concs £6) A dark and stirring variation on the coming-of-age narrative that doesn’t follow the path one might expect.

Stan & Ollie (PG) The Athenaeum Centre

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THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER (Cert 15) 8 August, 7.30pm Tickets: £7.50 (Concs £6)

Caring kindergarten teacher Lisa Spinelli spends her days teaching a class of precocious youngsters and her evenings attending a poetry course in Manhattan.

ACTNOW SUMMER SCHOOL 12 – 16 August, 9.30am Tickets: £80 Plan, create, devise, write and perform your very own piece of theatre. This fun and intensive week of activities will focus on developing theatre skills. FAMILY ART WORKSHOP: COLOUR AND FORM 17 August, 10am Tickets: pay what you think Explore colour, form, shape, line and texture through a range of art activities designed for all ages! Drop in for a little while or stay for the whole two hours - it is up to you! Wear your messy clothes so you can really get stuck in!

THE ATHENAEUM CENTRE

18-20 High St, Warminster, BA12 9AE Box Office: 01985 213891 theath.org.uk STAN & OLLIE (Cert PG) 14 August, 7.30pm Tickets: £5.50 With their golden era long behind them, Hollywood’s greatest comedy double act, Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Hardy (John C. Reilly), embark on a triumphant farewell variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland.

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NEELD ARTS CENTRE

High Street, Chippenham SN15 3ER Tel: 01249 446699 neeld.co.uk CLARE’S CIRCUS! 6, 13, 20 & 27 August, 10am Tickets: £5 There will be lots of exciting activities for children at Clare’s Circus. Learn to juggle, do tricks, spin plates and stilt plus there’ll be soft play for little ones and a tightwire for thrill seekers. GENDER ROLES 16 August, 7.30pm Tickets: £7 Brighton’s Gender Roles ended a stellar 2018 by signing with the famed music label Big Scary Monster and releasing their most ambitious music so far.

every child gets an ice cream!

locations of Fox Talbot’s photographic compositions from the 1830’s.

WE LOVE LITTLE MIX 31 August, 4pm Tickets: £15.50 If you love Little Mix, you are going to just L.O.V.E this show!

LACOCK ABBEY

Lacock, nr Chippenham SN15 2LG nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock Tel: 01249 730459 (Normal admission charges apply) MINDFUL MOMENTS FAMILY TRAIL Until 1 September, 10.30am A fun family trail with activities to make you aware of your thoughts and feelings in nature’s surroundings. HEALING HERBS IN THE BOTANIC GARDEN Until 20 August, 10.30am The Botanic Garden in Lacock’s grounds will be bringing back the Healing Herbs border from last year due to popular demand.

THE BEACH BOYS TRIBUTE SHOW 30 August, 7.30pm Tickets: £21 Journey back to the 1960s and across to the sunny shores of the Golden SUMMER HOLIDAY CRAFTS State of California where the surf sound Until 30 August, 10.30am was conceived. These Monday - Friday summer holiday activities in the colourful FROME MEMORIAL Botanic Garden let little explorers make THEATRE the most of every second of sunshine. Christchurch St West, Frome, BA11 1EB Tel: 01373 462795 FOX TALBOT’S PHOTOGRAPHIC fmt.website FAVOURITES Until 30 August, 10.30am BLITZ! Take a summer stroll around the 8 - 10 August, various times Abbey grounds, searching for the Tickets: various prices Frome Musical Theatre Company’s WILTSHIRE youth group Spellbound, present FARMERS’ MARKETS BLITZ! a story centering on the relationship between a Jewish family BRADFORD ON AVON and a cockney family in 1940s London. Last Sunday of each month 10.30am-2pm, Lamb’s Yard CHILDREN’S SUMMER PARTY DEVIZES 24 August, 2.30pm 1st Saturday of each month Tickets: £6 9am – 1pm, Market Place A Children’s Summer Party at The Assembly Rooms. You can dance to your favourite summer hits and play lots of party games. A light buffet is available, the bar will be open and 8

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WARMINSTER 1st Friday of each month 9am – 1pm, Central Car Park

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION BY MAGGIE TAYLOR Until 3 November, 10.30am Artist Maggie Taylor returns to Lacock with Through the Looking Glass. Using her point and click camera, flatbed scanners and Photoshop, she creates digital art that transports viewers into dreamlike worlds.

CHEESE & GRAIN

5 The Bridge, Frome BA11 1AR Box Office: 01373 455420 cheeseandgrain.com For full listings go to the website. THE DARKSIDE OF PINK FLOYD 10 August, 7pm Tickets: £18 (Concs £16) The Darkside of Pink Floyd entertain audiences with a fantastic light show and passionate performances. SACRED WORLD MUSIC 16 August, 7.30pm Tickets: £14 The Bamboo Cedar Oak concert features music from many ancient traditions and a mixture of instruments from across the world. PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS 17 August, 8pm Tickets: £12.50 The period since Pigs’ Rocket Recordings 2017 debut ‘Feed The Rats’ has seen the band build on their incendiary live reputation far and wide. LOVE ME FOR A REASON – THE OSMONDS MERRILL & JAY 23 August, 7pm Tickets: £32.50 Two of the Osmonds – Merrill and Jay are coming to the Cheese & Grain. UK GUNS N ROSES 24 August, 7pm Tickets: £15 Formed in 2002 they are the longest running and most established Guns N Roses cover band.

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events Amy: A Tribute to Amy Winehouse, Cheese & Grain

bouzouki player with a bold new take on the acoustic tradition.

VILLAGE PUMP FRIDAY FOLK

The Lamb Inn, Trowbridge BA14 8BN villagepump.org.uk OPEN MIC 16 August, 8pm Tickets: £3

OTHERS AMY – A TRIBUTE TO AMY WINEHOUSE 30 August, 7.30pm Tickets: £16.50 The UK’s most authentic tribute show to the late Amy Winehouse.

CHIPPENHAM MUSEUM

9 – 10 Market Place, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 3HF Tel: 01249 705020 chippenham.gov.uk CRIME & PUNISHMENT Until 28 September, 10am FREE This exhibition explores crime and punishment from the Saxons through to the present day. HISTORY WALKS Every Wednesday in August, 2pm Tickets: £4 Chippenham Museum’s regular guide to the history of the High Street and surrounding area. DOING TIME IN WILTSHIRE 10 August, 2pm FREE Meet local historian John Girvan to hear about how Chippenham’s offenders were treated in the past and discover some weird and wonderful tales from Wiltshire’s history. PIRATE DAY 17 August, 10.30am FREE Enjoy a day of high adventure in 10

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Chippenham with a gallon of free pirate themed fun.

THE PRESTBURY SPORTS BAR

The Close, Warminster, BA12 9AL Tel: 01985 847070 prestburysportsbar.com Bands start at 9pm and entry is FREE

FLOWER FESTIVAL St Giles Church, Leigh on Mendip BA3 5QJ 24 – 26 August, 11am “Our Wonderful World” with a local history exhibition “Our Wonderful Church”. Refreshments including light lunches with proceeds going to Friends of Leigh Church. ACOUSTIC OAK Royal Oak, Corsham, SN13 0HF 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 August Tickets: £2 Singers and spotlight nights. For info go to The Acoustic Oak Facebook page.

BLONDIE TRIBUTE 10 August All your favourite hits. THE TREBLEMAKERS 17 August Hits from the 50s to 00s.

BRADFORD ON AVON ARTS ASSOCIATION Wallington Hall, Bradford on Avon 1 September, 7.30pm Tickets: £5 The Art of Eric Gill For more details go to boaarts.org

FREEZE 24 August Hits from 60s to 00s. RETRO ELECTRO 25 August Tickets: £10 80’s Hits and disco. CLAPPED OUT 31 August Rock covers.

BRADFORD-ONAVON FOLK CLUB

Cellar Bar, Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon boafolkclub.org.uk SINGAROUND 6, 13 & 20 August, 8pm FREE ODETTE MICHELL 27 August, 8pm FREE British singer-songwriter, guitarist and

PALM COURT TRIO CONCERT WITH TRIO PARADIS: PASTORAL SCENES Holy Trinity Church, Bradford on Avon 5 September, 10.45am Free admission with retiring collection. Tel: 07595 671116 Email: jacquelynbevan@yahoo.co.uk GLOUCESTER ROAD ALLOTMENTS, ANNUAL SHOW & BBQ Gladstone Rd, Trowbridge, BA140AP 7 September, 12noon - 3pm FREE ENTRY, ALL WELCOME BBQ, cream teas, tombola, sales table and a chance to see the allotments and the amazing produce grown here. More info from Valerie 01225 760636.

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Pine Ridge Dog Sanctuary Saving stray & unwanted dogs since 1958

Fun Dog Show Sun 18 Aug from 12pm Pine Ridge Dog Sanctuary is a small independent animal rescue organisation. We are a non-destruction sanctuary for abandoned and unwanted dogs. Our dogs are all vet checked, vaccinated, wormed, neutered (if old enough), chipped, and looking for loving new homes Open Daily 10:00 - 12:15 & 14:00 - 16:15

Pine Ridge Dog Sanctuary, Priory Rd, Ascot, Berks SL5 8RJ

01344 882689 | pineridgedogs@yahoo.co.uk Registered Charity Number 256728

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BON GIOVI £16.50 FROME VEGAN MARKET FREE ADMISSION FROME CIDER FESTIVAL £5 MAGPIE MARKET FREE ADMISSION FROME FLEA MARKET FREE ADMISSION FROME COUNTRY MARKET FREE ADMISSION THE DARKSIDE OF PINK FLOYD £18, CONCS £16 SACRED WORLD MUSIC £14 ADV PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS £12.50 THE OSMONDS MERRILL & JAY £32.50 UK GUNS N ROSES £15 FROME 80’S FESTIVAL £20 EARLY BIRD AMY - A TRIBUTE TO AMY WINEHOUSE £16.50 ALL ROADS LEAD TO FROME FREE ENTRY MAGPIE MARKET FREE ADMISSION RESURRECTION STONE ROSES TRIBUTE £15.50 FROME SPEAKEASY FESTIVAL £10 BEN ELTON: LIVE – WORK IN PROGRESS £27.50 CSF WRESTLING, BATTLE OF THE BELTS £12.50

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local news

All the latest news and events from West Wiltshire and beyond!

THE FROME CHEESE SHOW RETURNS ON 14 SEPT The Frome Cheese Show takes place on Saturday 14 September this year at the West Woodlands Showground and hopes to draw in crowds from far and wide with a fantastic array of entertainment with an emphasis on educating the general public on the agricultural and farming industry. Visitors to the show can look forward to seeing Moto Stunts International, the famous Sheep Show, gun dog displays from One Man and his Gundog along with cookery demonstrations from Frome’s own Katy Harris and the world famous Jean Christophe Novelli who will be cooking and holding and Q & A session.

parents alike. Appearances from Mr Bloom are at 11.20am and 1.30pm on the Music Stage whilst Gem from Swashbuckle will be on the Music Stage at 11am and 2.20 for some Swashbuckling fun as Gem & her friends help find her lost treasure! Of course, as well as all of these highlights you also get everything you’d hope to see at an agricultural show and more. Cheese showcased from the Global Cheese Awards,

livestock competitions, a dog show and horse show with an array of different traders, crafts stands and artisan foods. Advance tickets are now available - contact the Show Office on 01373 463600 or visit the website to find out more. Tickets cost £14 for adults, £5 for children and a family ticket, admitting two adults and up to three children, costs £33. • fromecheeseshow.co.uk

Frome Cheese Show has everything you'd expect from an agricultural show and much much more!

For the little people attending there are lots to see and do from the climbing wall to laser clay, along with Tractor Ted coming again this years and also CBeebies very own Mr Bloom and Gem from Swashbuckle!! There’ll be a bundle of veggie stories, gardening games, and catchy nursery songs for tiddlers and

RURAL MUSIC NETWORK PROJECT DRUM CLINIC The Rural Network Project is proud to announce a free Drum Clinic presented by internationally acclaimed drummer Gary Husband on Thursday 8 August from 5.307.30pm. This will be an open drop in session for all to attend. The clinic will serve as a great introduction to the drums as well as an enlightening, entertaining and educational session for drummers of all ages and levels of proficiency. 12

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For close to four decades Gary has worked alongside a vast and eclectic range of celebrated musicians including Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Gary Moore, Al Jarreau, Andy Summers and producers Sir George Martin, Trevor Horn, Quincy Jones and James Guthrie. He continues to record and perform worldwide. The event will be a rare opportunity to engage with a musician with a wealth of accomplishments and

experience. Expect plenty of advice as well as entertaining stories from his varied career. The clinic will take place at the Bert Jansch Studio, Cheese & Grain. • cheeseandgrain.co.uk Gary Husband has had a long and varied career in the industry


local news

64TH EDINGTON MUSIC FESTIVAL People come from all over the world to be part of the Edington Music Festival

In 1956, to raise funds to mend the roof of Edington Priory Church, six choral scholars from Cambridge sang two services a day over a weekend, the first time services had been sung in the church for 300 years.

from all over the world to be part of the Edington Music Festival.

If you enjoy the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from Kings College Cambridge on Christmas Eve, then you surely will enjoy the 63 years later, six choral scholars have experience of this extraordinary multiplied to over 80 top musicians, event. The 2019 festival, the 64th, runs from August 18-25; entrance the weekend has expanded to eight days, two daily services have become to all services is free. The full programme is online now. four, with the first and last being sung in Plainchant, and people come • edingtonfestival.org

SEE TOBIAH IN CONCERT AT AVEBURY CHAPEL THIS SEPTEMBER Singer-songwriter Tobiah is delighted to be invited by the National Trust to give the first-ever concert on Saturday 14 September in the beautifully restored 1670 chapel overlooking the stone circle at Avebury. A magical evening of songs and stories from her new Tobiah will be appearing in Avebury chapel

album Are We Angels will feature twice All-Ireland award-winning Colette O’ Leary (piano accordion), Rowan Piggott (fiddle) and Simon Callow (piano & percussion). Tobiah’s original songs draw on her own life and her poignant lyrics touch hearts with life-affirming stories of love and endurance. BBC’s Doug Welch has described her voice as ‘outstanding’. Tobiah has performed on stages and diverse venues that include ancient churches, medieval halls and historic houses. Performing at Avebury is a dream come true and the perfect venue for her music. Tickets cost £22 and are available on 0344 2491895 • nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury

WEST OF ENGLAND FESTIVAL OF TEXTILES (WEFT) 6-29 SEPTEMBER

Designers like Mary Quant were once clients of the Trowbridge textile industry

60’s design icon Mary Quant, Marks & Spencer, Gor-Ray these were just some of the many discerning clients of the once booming textile industry in Trowbridge. For this year’s WEFT Trowbridge Museum explores the fascinating stories behind the scenes of the mills: who were the designers, how were new collections created in a fast-paced factory environment, how was the cloth used by the clients? To celebrate the rich weaving heritage in the west, Trowbridge Museum has invited local weavers to view its collection to inspire new work, reflecting how past designs can influence today. You can meet the makers on 14 September, watch demonstrations and have-ago yourself. As Trowbridge Museum is currently closed for refurbishment, WEFT takes place at Drawing Projects UK in Trowbridge from 6 – 28 September 2019. For more information and to book workshops visit the website. • trowbridgemuseum.gov.uk THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE 13


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A MUSICAL RETREAT FOR THE SOUL

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or those who play an instrument or sing, there is no greater joy than joining others in a collective creative process that produces something greater than the sum of its parts. Professional musicians and Co-Directors of Bath Strings Academy, Ruth O’Shea and Michelle Falcon are passionate about providing inspiring opportunities for adult amateur musicians to develop

their playing. “As adult learners, the wisdom of age supplants the confidence of youth, and our understanding of music grows exponentially, whatever our technical level. As we listen, we hear more; as we play, we feel more,” Ruth explains. Michelle continues: “this is never truer than when playing in a small group. Chamber music was once described Bath Strings Academy is offering adult players the chance to develop their skills

as “a conversation between friends” and this is so true. Here, each voice is valid, appreciated, and crucial to the whole – if only this were true in all areas of life!” Bath Strings Academy is offering adult string players the opportunity to develop their chamber music skills, in a calm and restorative atmosphere at their Chamber Music Retreat at Rudge Hall in Somerset on Sunday 22 September. Details can be found on the website. The next event meanwhile is the Summer Academy, 28 – 30 August at Prior Park College. This will include a professional staff concert at 4pm on Thursday 29 August, featuring players from the UK’s top chamber ensembles. Entry is free. • bathstringsacademy.org

THE MID-SOMERSET SHOW IS HERE!

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rganisers of the Mid-Somerset Show are counting down the days until this year’s event on Sunday 18 August. As well as its traditional favourites of show jumping, livestock, classic cars and arts and crafts, the popular one-day agricultural show is also introducing Flyball, a hugely entertaining dog sport involving

The Mid-Somerset Show has traditional favourites and new attractions too

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hurdles and tennis balls, to the countryside ring this year. And, after the popularity of their display last year, the Paws for Thought dog display team will be back performing agility games and races in the Main Ring too. The Somerset Cider Championship will be taking place once again, showcasing some of the best cider in the region, as the well as the popular South West Cheese Awards, cheese auction and cookery demonstrations. Meanwhile, visitors can try food and drink from across the South West in the food tent, as well as browse some of the local handicraft talent in the Arts and Craft tent. John Challis, better known as “Boycie” from the popular TV show Only Fools and Horses, will be at the one-day

show promoting his series of books. Stop by and you might be able to grab a quick selfie and signature! It’s not too late to become a member of the Mid-Somerset Show Society as well. Membership offers many perks including entry into the member’s tent on show day with lunch and a great view of the main ring, as well as invites to member’s exclusive social events throughout the year. To get involved in this year’s show or to find out more please contact Christine Barham on 01749 938044 or go to the website. All schedules are now available online or from the Show Secretary at secretary@ midsomersetshow.org.uk and entries are now open. • midsomersetshow.org.uk


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LIVE MUSIC

EVERY FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY Real Ales | Beer Garden | Pub Games Real Log Fires | Parking Next to Bradford on Avon Train Station Frome Road, Bradford On Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LA Tel 01225 865876 Find us on Facebook


For boys and girls aged 10-15. Learn top class racing skills, have fun, make new friends and race safely. Gift vouchers available Just the thing for a birthday.


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TEA TIME AT THE METHUEN

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addy and Leigh run The Methuen Arms, which is set immediately beside the stately home and beautiful grounds of Corsham Court. The Methuen enjoys a great reputation for its food, in large part down to the efforts of Head Chef Leigh Evans and his team. Leigh’s love of food vibrates through the kitchen and front of house, ensuring The Methuen is well established on the ‘foodie’ radar. They serve food every day of the week, and in summer it can be enjoyed in their courtyard; a lovely space, protected by mature trees and shrubs and lit with strings of fairy lights at night. If you head over for an afternoon tea you won’t be disappointed, theirs comes with freshly baked breads and soft serve fillings, savouries, homemade cakes

Escape the town hustle and bustle at The Methuen Arms

and scones, Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam (£20pp). You can also opt to add a glass of prosecco for £5pp. • themethuenarms.com

KING JOHN’S ROYAL-TEAS

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ing John’s Hunting Lodge, found on Church Street in Lacock, dates back to 1210, and is one of a few hunting lodges that King John had around the country. The Lodge’s cream teas are enjoyed by locals and visitors from all over the world! They have a choice of 22 leaf teas, Italian filter coffee, and all manner of light refreshments. It is especially well known for its King John’s Royal Tea which is served on a stand layered with delicious sandwiches of smoked salmon and cucumber, warm wrapped scones, dainty cakes, homemade jam, hedgerow jelly, organic Jersey cream (from a local farm) and a fine leaf tea of choice. The award-winning food celebrates

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locally sourced ingredients and champions fresh home grown food. Homemade is their mantra wherever possible, but they are also proud to use local producers and artisan creators. So, whenever possible their vegetables come from their own Hunting Lodge allotment! Breakfasts and lunches are delicious and are created using the highest quality produce. The Lodge is also fully licensed. The garden is a real USP; it really is ‘ The Secret Garden’ of Lacock! Tucked away behind the Lodge, this beautiful walled garden is filled with flowers and scent and offers sanctuary and peace to all. Be sure to head over there and enjoy this summer! • kingjohns.co.uk

King John’s cream teas can be enjoyed in their beautiful flower-filled garden


We are known for our wonderful hospitality, delicious food & rich history. Our cream teas are enjoyed by locals and visitors from all over the world! • ‘Royal’ Cream Teas • Speciality teas • Homemade cakes •Award-winning food • Fully licensed • Real log fire 21 Church Street, Lacock SN15 2LB Tel: 01249 730313 Email: info@kingjohns.co.uk www.kingjohns.co.uk


AFTERNOON CREAM TEA £30 for two / £17 for one Includes smoked salmon sandwich, scone, cake, jam, West Country clotted cream, pot of tea / coffee

EAT DRINK STAY PAMPER Whether you are a local or are just passing through, the Three Daggers has something for everyone. A quintessential charm coupled with luxury accommodation, sophisticated and humble dishes, our own farm shop packed full of local delights - micro brewery and fabulous conference facilities. Come and try our new Low & Slow Shack, perfect for summertime dining!

01380 830940 www.threedaggers.co.uk

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ENJOY ANGEL TEAS & CAKES

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he Sign Of The Angel is a modern-rustic 15th Century coaching inn with a focus on providing a special experience for guests. They have brought the traditional inn up-to-date with some more modern touches, all the while highlighting the natural beauty of the original building. At the Sign Of The Angel they believe great food and drink should be enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere either inside or even better - in summer - under the canopy of an apple tree in the cottage garden. Located in Lacock, the inn is a perfect summer destination after an afternoon out wandering the village before sitting down in the beautiful garden to an afternoon Cream Tea (£30 for two). Expect high quality loose-leaf tea, fine sandwiches and

Lacock is a wonderful destination for a summer’s day out

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homemade scones and cakes...and if you feel like really relaxing... add champagne (£44 for two)! And for those without a sweet tooth, there is a savoury option too. Call

01249 730230 to make a reservation – they served their afternoon teas from 3pm. • signoftheangel.co.uk

THE LOW & SLOW SHACK

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he Three Daggers is enjoying a busy summer, with a new seasonal menu, regular live music nights (see the website or Facebook page for details) and wine & dinner evenings among the line up of events. Another recent addition is the Low & Slow Shack. It offers slow cooking at its finest, using Bradley smokers, Big Green eggs and a wood-fired oven to create the best in tender and smoked cuisine including slow smoked meats, wood fired flatbreads and pizzas and many more delights. And what better to wash that all down with than a pint of Dagger’s finest or a glass of wine from their carefully selected list. The shack is open every Saturday and Sunday from 3pm until 7pm and will feature a frequently changing menu that could include

The Low & Slow Shack will be open every Saturday and Sunday

hot smoked beef brisket with red cabbage slaw and potato salad in a wood-fired handmade pitta or slowcooked shoulder of Edington pork with caramelised apple sauce in a

brioche bun. It’ll be served on a first come first serve basis so be sure to get there early! • threedaggers.co.uk THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE 23


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CANAL TAVERN

Frome Road, Bradford on Avon This newly refurbished pub is well worth a look. Run by Danny and Tara Adams, who also operate The George at Sandy Lane and The Greyhound in Bromham, this is a place where you won’t go hungry - the pub serves brilliant burgers, hearty pub classics, daily fish specials, and even superfood salads! What's more, food is served all day, every day.

expect from a great local – proper Wadworth beers, pool table, skittle alley, live sport on big screens and tasty, good value food. The menu bursts with great pub classics, delicious pizzas and sizzling steaks and every Sunday their carvery is popular too. They offer a discounted lunch for OAPs Tuesday to Thursday (2 courses for £9.99) as well as Fish'n'Chip Friday, which costs £12 for a fish & chips and includes a pot of tea. If you haven’t ventured in before, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed, and despite its central location, has a sunny courtyard garden to enjoy on warm days too.

"Food-wise you can save by ordering smaller portions of main menu options or 01380 739567 | crosskeysrowde.co.uk if you prefer you can opt for a sandwich or FARMHOUSE INN Canal Tavern panini." Frome Road, Southwick Inside the new decor is bright, welcoming and beautifully finished, but in the summer make the most of the sunshine in the beautiful canalside garden. Food-wise you can save by ordering smaller portions of main menu options - ideal if you are just having lunch - or if you prefer you can opt for a sandwich or panini. They are served with salad (you can also add fries) and start at just £5.25. 01225 866100 | canaltavern.co.uk

THE CROSS KEYS

High Street, Rowde The Cross Keys is a multi awardwinning traditional pub in the centre of Rowde. A real hub of the community it offers everything you

The specials at The Farmhouse change daily

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This family friendly destination in Southwick is a popular family dining option. There is a large garden in which to soak up some sun and the dedicated children’s menu will ensure your little ones eat well. The pub is open daily for snacks, lunch and dinner, serving a wide range of home-cooked meals and using local produce wherever possible. If you are after a light lunch their light bites menu is great value, offering a freshly prepared sandwich with fries from only £6.50 whilst their jacket potatoes - with a range of fillings – are available for only £7.95. The specials board is also a great option and changes daily! If you do fancy pushing the boat out their juicy

The Cross Keys is open daily

steaks, served on a hot lava stone, are fantastic. Available all day they range in price from £13.50 - £23.95. Delicious! 01225 764366 | farmhousesouthwick.co.uk

THE GEORGE & DRAGON

High Street, Rowde This 16th century coaching inn combines modern day style with bundles of country character. Their restaurant specialises in seafood, delivered daily from St Mawes, in Cornwall, and offers a full a la carte menu using locally sourced produce. The George & Dragon offers awardwinning food and is complimented in many food guides. It has been awarded 2 AA rosettes & an Egon Ronay Star. Their garden terrace is perfect for al fresco dining, and their daily set menu offers three delicious courses for only £24.50. And should it get a little chilly as darkness descends, they have blankets and a wood burner on stand by. 01380 723053 | thegeorgeanddragonrowde.co.uk

THE LAMB ON THE STRAND

Semington, Trowbridge With its wonderful gardens, complete with children’s play area, The Lamb is a great summer venue, and ideal for sunny days over the school break. They specialise in top quality, freshly prepared food and if you are watching the pennies their Lunch & Early Doors Menu offers two courses for £13.95 with the option to add a dessert for just an extra £2 is just perfect. What’s more, mention The West Wilts Magazine and receive a further £1 per person discount! This saver menu is available Wednesday to Saturday lunchtimes and until 6.30pm. Another great option is to head over for their delicious Wiltshire Tapas -


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Canal Tavern

A newly refurbished canal-side pub serving food all day every day You won’t go hungry at the Canal Tavern. We are open all day offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are English breakfasts and pastries, sandwiches and paninis, brilliant burgers, hearty pub classics, daily fish specials and superfood salads. Whatever you fancy, you’ll be well catered for. OPEN: Mon: 10:30 - 22:00, Tue - Sat: 09:00 - 23:00, Sun: 09:30 - 19:00 FOOD SERVED: Mon: 10:30 - 21:00, Tue - Sat: 09:00 - 21:00, Sun: 09:30 - 17:30

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THE OLD HAM TREE

Ham Green, Holt Landlords Steph and Sam run a pub that offers a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and tasty, fresh good value food. The Old Ham Tree, which has recently enjoyed a refurb inside and out, is a Wadworth pub, so you can expect to find a tasty pint. Over the summer spend time soaking up some rays in the pretty garden, it gets the sun from late morning all the way into the evening. You can watch the pennies whilst enjoying their tasty homecooked food by opting for something from their smaller portion menu for only £6.95, plus you can have a smaller dessert and a coffee for £4.95. So that's a meal, dessert a coffee for less than £12! They also offer a loyalty card which gives you points for every £ spent. 50 points equates to a £5 food voucher. The points soon add up and make dining out at The Old Ham Tree even better value. If you prefer something sweet, you can also enjoy a coffee and cake from 3pm-5pm for just £4. 01225 782581 | theoldhamtree.com

THE RED LION

Woolverton, Somerset Conveniently located just off the A36 between Warminster and Bath, The Red Lion is a great stop off point en route to a day out in Bath or Longleat. There are three garden areas to enjoy throughout the summer including a children’s play area (a must for the holidays!) and a patio area that really catches the sun. Dogs are welcome to join the family too, and there are even treats available for them, which always go down well. 28 THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE

The Lamb has a stunning garden and great dining offers!

The food is home cooked, with choices to suit all appetites, and they offer a traditional Sunday lunch every week – book in advance to guarantee a spot! They also have a dedicated gluten free menu. Their stone baked pizzas – perfect for sunny days spent dining outside – start from only £10.95. They also have smaller portions of some of their main courses available if you are keen to keep your costs down. The kids’ menu is priced at £6.95. Freshly made daily specials are always available too. 01373 830350 | redlionwoolverton.co.uk

THE THREE MAGPIES

Sells Green, Seend, Melksham This traditional English pub offers a great range of real ales and fine wines. It is a homely, happy pub and they have a terrific team of staff waiting to welcome you. The Three Magpies can be found midway between Devizes and Melksham on the main B365 and it offers excellent seasonal homemade food, seven days a week, lunchtimes and evenings.

The Wiltshire Yeoman is perfectly set up for families

you can enjoy a 2 course lunch for an amazing £7.95. Also enjoy fish on Fridays, they are offering a lunch for two consisting of two portions of fish & chips, and a pot of tea for just £12 – outstanding value! 01380 828389 | threemagpies.co.uk

THE WILTSHIRE YEOMAN

Chilmark Road, Trowbridge The Wiltshire Yeoman is a family and dog-friendly pub situated on the Broadmead estate in Trowbridge. Previously a farmhouse dating back to the 18th century, The Yeoman is now a vibrant and relaxed place to come and eat and drink with friends and family.

"if you pop in on Monday or Wednesday lunchtime you can enjoy a 2 course lunch for an amazing £7.95."

At the heart if this pub you’ll find great value traditional pub food, a variety of local ales and lots of communitybased fixtures, including darts, quiz nights and live music events. In August they have an AC/DC tribute band on 3 August (£10), live music and a BBQ on Bank Holiday Monday and Blondie & Ska on Sat 31 August (£10). There is a large open garden in which to soak up the sun and there is also a newly completed children’s play area including a swingset, slide and playhouse! The children’s menu is also great value – with 2 courses for £5 and 3 for just £6! And for the grown ups? From Tuesday to Saturday you can enjoy a 2-course lunch for just £9 (12-2pm).

The Three Magpies

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Friday Lunchtime Fish & Chips

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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 £11.50 Family friendly with a large beer garden and children’s play area 01373 830350 | www.redlionwoolverton.co.uk Bath Road, Woolverton, Somerset BA2 7QS

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MEET THE CHEF

KEVIN FRASER, head chef and owner at The Westbrook in Bromham, talks king scallops, royal tea parties and cooking beef Wellington for friends. What was your first job in catering? At 15 I was a waiter and pot wash at Knockers Wine Bar in Wickham, Hampshire. Where have you worked before? We have owned The Westbrook for three and a half years, having previously run The Greyhound for just under ten years. Before that we worked for Mitchells and Butlers and Whitbread, running various kitchens and pubs, including Dave & Buster's, an American-themed restaurant, where I had 46 chefs working for me. What is the first dish you mastered? Tournedos Rossini, which is one of the dishes I served at a live cooking competition at Hotelympia International Exhibition, where I won gold at age 17. Do you have any favourite local suppliers? Stiles Butchers in the village, V & P Collins, whose fields are at the back Kevin and Louise have been at The Westbrook for three and a half years

Kevin's favourite dish on the current menu king scallops with belly pork

of the pub, Lovejoys fruit and veg , Sandridge Farm Bacon and Padfield Porkies in Seend to name a few. What is your favourite dish on the current menu? Fresh King Scallops served with belly pork, (Padfields, Seend), Stornoway Black Pudding, Apple and Calvados sauce and a pancetta beurre blanc.

wine sat in our beautiful garden at this time of year.

When you cook for friends, what’s on the menu? What is the most memorable event Fresh fish and beef Wellington, served with plenty of wine. you have cooked for? It has to be Maggie Thatcher Are you running any special offers? at a hotel in Southampton; the Tuesday evening is our free to enter atmosphere was electric. We also Quiz Night. Tuesday is also Steak hosted a tea party for Camilla’s Night, with free puddings available. 60th birthday when she came to Our Monday to Friday lunch special the village with Prince Charles. Not forgetting dinner for the Archbishop is also popular, with meals available at £8.50 and puddings at £4.50 of Canterbury, who was also in the area on official business. What is your guilty pleasure? A Sausage & Egg McMuffin on a Which local pubs and restaurants Sunday morning. do you like visiting on a day off? This is usually dictated by our 5 and 7 year old children! They like the Trowbridge eating complex after school. Our pleasure is a bottle of

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"We hosted a tea party for Camilla’s 60th birthday when she came to the village with Prince Charles."

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Keeping you in the know as to what is coming into season each month is NEIL MORTIMER from Lovejoys Wholesale...

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ugust is a great month for foraging with lots of free food to gather. My favourite is the hazelnut (or cobnut). Try and collect them when they are still young and green towards the end of the month, if you leave it too late and the squirrels will have had the lot! Something you won’t fail to miss are the blackberries. Gather them for pies, crumbles, wine, jams, jellies and vinegar. It is easy to find some away from busy roads, just turn up a lane, or follow a footpath into a field and in 2 minutes you will be right away from it all. Beware of the scratches from the brambles though and don’t wear a white shirt! You can also make jelly or jam using crab apples (it goes very well with chicken) but nowadays it might take a little longer to hunt for them as there aren’t so many

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around. It seems to be becoming a more popular tree to have in our gardens because of their attractive fruits. If your neighbour has one perhaps you can ask for a few of their fruits and share the proceeds!?

“Elderberries are very common and you can use them for a refreshing cordial or fruity wine.” Elderberries are very common and you can use them for a refreshing cordial or fruity wine. Remember that a forager has a responsibility to the countryside and you will find guidelines on the Woodland Trust website. Local seasonal vegetables available in your farm shops and village shops are peas, broad beans, carrots, potatoes, courgettes, marrows (cook them in rings and put peas in the middle like I remember my mother doing when

I was a child), and sweetcorn. There are also lovely young runner beans, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries in plentiful supply. The most important job in your garden this month has to be making sure your plants are well watered, this is best done every evening to avoid evaporation during the day.

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Try even more great barbecue recipes this month courtesy of FRAN STEVENS, aka The Food Wife. Her blog is full of great recipes for all occasions.

for at least half an hour in the fridge. Remove from the fridge for 20 minutes before cooking. Serves 2 This is a really quick and easy way to prepare and cook lamb which leaves you with deliciously flavoursome meat that can be done under a grill or (if the weather allows) on a barbecue.

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The combination of olive oil, oregano, lemon and garlic sings of Greece and the quantities here can be easily scaled up.

Ingredients 4 lamb chops 1 tbsp olive oil 1 unwaxed lemon (zest and juice) 2 cloves garlic (crushed) 1 tsp dried oregano Salt and pepper (to season)

Cook under a hot grill or barbecue for a few minutes on each side (approximately three minutes a side for medium/four minutes for medium-well/five minutes for well). Rest for two minutes before serving.

Method Combine all the ingredients in a sealable bag or covered dish (reusable beeswax wraps make a great alternative to cling film). Marinate

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recipes want to go meaty, this would be nice with cubes of pork on a kebab too. Serves 2-3

This recipe is gluten free, and can be made with chicken or halloumi, suiting meat eaters or vegetarians. Using the chicken keeps them dairy free too. A little prep, a couple of hours marinating and then ten minutes cooking and you’ve got some pretty tasty kebabs. I’ve called them sunshine kebabs because they taste wonderfully summery and the orangey-red of the marinade makes me think of summer. Coupled with colourful peppers it’s sunshine on a stick!

If using chicken aim to remove it from the fridge 20 minutes before assembling the kebabs to bring back to room temperature. Just before cooking, assemble the kebabs by skewering alternate pieces of pepper and chicken/halloumi carefully onto the skewers. Cook on a barbecue for a few minutes on each side until cooked through and scorched slightly from the heat.

Ingredients For the marinade: 3 tbsp mirin (gluten-free if required) 3 tbsp light soy sauce (gluten-free if required) Juice of 1 orange 1 tsp dried nori flakes For the kebabs: 1 red pepper, cut into 1-inch squares 1 red onion, quartered and separated into petals 12 mushrooms 12 cherry tomatoes 4 pre-soaked wooden skewers Method Combine the marinade ingredients in a dish or sealable bag and mix. Add your prepared vegetables and leave, covered, to marinate for about 2 hours.

Take your kebab sticks and skewer your vegetables on, ensuring you have different pieces next to each other. Start and finish with a mushroom to ensure things don’t Serve with fresh salad and freshly go AWOL. Have two mushrooms pickled red onion (thinly slice red onion Ingredients and two tomatoes per skewer. N.b. and drizzle with fresh lemon/lime juice 1 heaped tsp smoked paprika The onions will have softened in the 2 tsp garlic-infused oil (or 2 tsp oil with or a little red wine vinegar and a pinch marinade; this will make them extra of salt and leave for an hour or two). 1 clove of minced garlic) sweet when cooking. Great stuffed in a pitta or in a wrap! 1 tsp dried oregano

Method Two hours before cooking, soak your wooden skewers in water and prepare the marinade by combining the paprika, oil, oregano, lime juice and a pinch each of salt and pepper in a bowl. Toss the chicken or halloumi pieces so they are well coated, cover and leave in the fridge to marinate. 34 THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE

Cook on a hot barbecue for a couple of minutes on each side, turning to ensure they don’t burn. Makes 6 When providing veggie or vegan fare for a BBQ it’s nice to offer something a little different. This marinade has Japanese flavours from the soy, mirin and seaweed and the orange adds a citrus hit (although if you can find it, try it with some yuzu juice instead).

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The seaweed is really powerful in the marinade and holds up against the other flavours well. It gives off a definite seaside scent but don’t worry, this transforms when cooked. If you

Juice of 1 lime Salt and pepper 2 chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces or 1 block of Halloumi, cut into 1 inch cubes 1 yellow and/or red pepper, deseeded and cut into 1 inch pieces 4 pre-soaked wooden skewers


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PARC LIFE LISA ROCKLIFFE took a trip to Longleat’s Center Parcs in time for its 25th anniversary.

The Wild Water Rapids

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travel chair and cot – no need to put it on as a special request – this was a big plus and ensured that on arrival you could just drop your bags and head off to explore.

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o, it turns out that Center Parcs has been open at Longleat Forest for 25 years! I had no idea it had been in situ that long and must confess only considered going to it fairly recently. How often do you really think about going on holiday 20 minutes from your own front door? It wasn’t even on my radar to be honest. More recently though, with the arrival of little people, having a holiday with a total travel time half that of even getting to the airport suddenly became a huge selling point. And once we arrived, and ventured into the forest, we could have been hundreds of miles away from home. It felt like we’d travelled to an exotic far flung destination, perfect! Still a huge hit with guests from the south west of the UK and beyond, Longleat Forest welcomed 442,328 visitors for short breaks last year. The site also employs 1,663 people, 81% of whom live less than 15 miles away from the village, making it a big employer in the local area. The accommodation we had for our 3-night weekend stay was a 3-bedroom woodland lodge. Based

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The Subtropical Swimming Paradise

near the Plaza, which houses the resorts Subtropical Swimming Paradise as well as an assortment of shops and restaurants, it had recently been refurbished and updated so was all sparkly new as well as being decked out with 21st century technology essentials like USB port sockets and HDMI connectors. All very useful and family friendly. Another big family friendly box was ticked by the fact that each lodge has a utility cupboard containing a high

The site is large, as you would expect, encompassing some 400 acres within the Longleat Estate. The ground is undulating and to cover the ground a bike is very helpful. We hired some from the cycle centre on site, as you can get tag-a-long and trailer options to make it easy for the whole family to get around. Armed with said bikes we embarked on our first activity of the weekend, a Treasure Trail. Setting off from the Sports Plaza, near the site’s boating lake, it is a specially designed bike trail that is great for family bonding and for orienting yourself with the site as you solve the clues dotted around the forest. It’s also great for getting the blood pumping (up the hills) and enjoying the fresh air. Next up was a visit to the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, which, it turned out, would be where we would spend the majority of our stay. Heated to

"Next up was a visit to the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, which, it turned out, would be where we would spend the majority of our stay" The beach and lake


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The Pancake House is a popular breakfast option!

29.5°C all year round and decked in lush green tropical plants and trees, it’s positively balmy. You have unlimited entry during your stay so you can enjoy the wave pool, take on the Wild Water Rapids and kids (of all ages!) will love the flumes, slides and water play areas, separated out into areas for toddlers and older kids. For the ultimate relaxation, you have the option to hire a private Family Cabana, complete with TV, refreshments and loungers. If you were staying poolside all day it would be a great option.

When it comes to food you are welcome to self-cater the whole thing, eat out for your entire stay (The Pancake House is a particularly popular breakfast option) or combine the two. The range of eateries includes well known outlets like Las Iguanas and Bella Italia among others, and some even have their own play areas, continuing the family friendly theme. You can also buy disposable barbecues from the site supermarket if you want to cook outdoors on a warm day or evening.

The sheer number of activities on offer is staggering and vary from the very active to the more sedate. We opted for other family friendly options like den building and adventure golf as we had a range of ages and abilities to cover in our group, but if you had a family with kids who were all six and over you could try the Aquaparc inflatable obstacle course on the lake, and if they’re all over 1.22m tall you can take on an Aerial adventure. See the website for the huge range of options. I even found time to take my little one over to Mucky Pups, a creative activity designed specifically for toddlers aged 18 months to 3 years where they can have access to different workstations with painting, messy play, sand and playdough – fantastic fun!

Center Parcs is not a cheap destination. Our three bedroom woodland lodge cost £679 for a three-night stay in early July, and we paid an additional £69 to be near to the Plaza. On top of that you have to pay for any added activities, which can range from a few pounds each to £40+ and that can add considerably

to the cost of your stay. Our bike hire cost a further £120. It is true that you are paying a premium, but that premium gives you a fantastic, car free destination that is perfectly set up for a family to enjoy a fun filled break away.

TRAVELLERS' TIPS If you wanted to save a few pounds you could always consider getting a larger lodge and going with your extended family to bring down the cost. You can also take your own bikes if you wish and you could also self-cater for the duration of your stay. You wouldn’t even have to do the additional activities if you didn’t want to, the beautiful woodlands and pool are more than enough to keep the family entertained.

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HAMPTON TRENDS Taking place in high summer, Hampton Court Flower Festival is a relaxed, laid back affair. Don't let that fool you though, the gardens are still a serious business. Here are 5 top trends from this year's offerings... CHILD-FRIENDLY The RHS Back to Nature garden hoped to inspire families to spend time in the great outdoors

The RHS Back to Nature garden, which was again co-designed by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, made another appearance at Hampton Court after its stint at Chelsea, again encouraging families and communities to get out and spend time in the great outdoors. Looking at children as the gardeners and custodians of tomorrow, the garden aimed to show how time spent in the natural world helps build a foundation for positive physical and mental wellbeing and that these environments enable children to build skills through active play, building confidence, strength, creativity and resilience. The BBC Springwatch garden, designed by Jo Thompson, also had a strong family friendly theme.

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Wildlife, and our connection to it, was a key theme at this year's show. Our green spaces are not just places for us to enjoy, they can provide a haven for wildlife too. Britain’s private gardens cover an area bigger than all of the country’s nature reserves combined, so by ensuring our gardens are wildlife friendly will make a huge difference. The BBC Springwatch Garden, by award-winning garden designer Jo Thompson, and the RHS Back to Nature garden, led the way, whilst the Urban Pollinator Garden fused design, function and wildlifefriendly values, including bee friendly planting and lots of spaces for creepy crawlies to find shelter. The Year of Green Action garden by Helen J Rosevear and Jane Stoneham from the Sensory Trust, also included


gardens and bird boxes set among woodland trees to encourage wildlife. Meanwhile the Best in Show Smart Meter Garden had a dark barren centre symbolising the burning of unnecessary energy and its effect on our planet, while the garden’s perimeter, with its lush green planting and pollution-reducing trees, represented the future we could have. The Drought-Resistant Show Garden was a real highlight and paid tribute to the great plantswoman Beth a bubbling bronze pool was an Chatto. Her famous gravel garden in ideal area to enjoy quiet moments Essex was celebrated at Hampton of reflection. The polarizing Calm Court with glorious colourful island Amidst the Chaos garden, by Joe beds amid wide gravel paths. It Francis, looked at the pressures of the showed how it is possible to create modern world and how we can find a beautiful space, filled with colour, peace and tranquillity within it. in dry conditions. The Stop & Pause Garden was inspired by meditation

veg planters designed with built-in insect hotels.

HEALTH & WELLBEING Gardening is proving to be a therapeutic prescription for our mental health and many gardens touched on this theme. The Through Your Eyes garden incorporated key Zen principles and asked us to see the “path of life” from the perspective of a giant head, while the Therapeutic Garden shone a spotlight on the benefits of gardening on anxiety and dementia. The Stop and Pause garden was inspired by meditation, and at the Crest Nicholson Livewell Garden

GREEN GARDENING Almost every garden at the show looked at our impact on the planet. The Thames Water Flourishing Garden focused on water usage, and how to plant to cope with the conditions the soil presents us with, with three main planting areas: drought-tolerant, moisture-loving and nectar-rich wildflowers with bug

"The Drought-Resistant Show Garden was a real highlight and paid tribute to the great plantswoman Beth Chatto." The Drought Resistant Garden was perfect inspiration for those dealing with dry conditions

HOT COLOURS Hot colour combinations were very on trend at this year’s show. Lots of burnt umber and oranges, and clashing colours too. The bright yellow of Achillea Moonshine was in evidence across the show, mixing it up with bold tangerine kniphofias, hot pink penstemons and the dazzling purples of salvia Amistad and Caradonna. That it comes later in the gardening season obviously helps, but there were demonstrably hotter tones on display than at Chelsea. Hot colours abounded at the festival

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WOMEN & THE EVOLUTION OF PHOTOGRAPHY Written by professional photographer FIONA TURNBULL. A photograph by Anna Atkins

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he evolution of photography is a fascinating tale full of eureka moments, unyielding determination, and like any good story, a fair bit of controversy. It all started with a simple piece of apparatus called the ‘camera obscura’, which was effectively a box with a hole in it. Flashing forward 2,200 years or so, Joseph Niépce looked out the window of his Burgundy estate and took the oldest surviving photograph. Dying, penniless, in 1833, he left the likes of Louis Daguerre, Fox Talbot and Hippolyte Bayard to battle it out for top spot in the history books. Alongside these ingenuous French and Englishmen, female innovators played an important role in the development of photography, but their contributions have only been acknowledged in recent times. These days, female photographers such as Annie Leibovitz and Diane Arbus dominate the world’s stage, and so it’s important, now more than ever, to learn about the very first female photographers and celebrate the achievements of these remarkable, unsung heroines.

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Not many people are aware that women were involved in photography from the outset. Although there’s debate around who should be named the first female photographer, it seems likely that the title belongs to Constance Talbot, the wife of key player Fox Talbot. Constance was said to be totally enthralled by her husband’s discovery, so much so that she was known to ‘‘virtually elbow him away from the developing table’’ to make her own experiments. She is credited with making one of the world’s earliest photographs; a rather hazy image of some lines of poetry.

religion and her soft-focus style and languid poses were reminiscent of the pre-Raphaelite movement. Unfortunately, Cameron was not appreciated in her own lifetime, and was even ridiculed; critics viewed her work as amateurish and marred with mistakes. Her photographic portraits are now thought of as some of the finest examples in the early history of photography. So, there we have it, a brief snapshot at some of the women pioneers who paved the way for female photographers today. If you’re feeling inspired by these trailblazing ladies, why not book a place on our beginner’s workshop and start your photography journey in the village of Lacock; the birthplace of photography.

Next on our list is Victorian botanist Anna Atkins, who is also often hailed as the first female photographer. A close friend of the Talbots, Fox Talbot taught her all about his "photogenic • lacockphotography.com drawing" technique as well as his "Not many people are calotype process. She’s best known for her photographs of botanical aware that women samples, and for producing the first were involved in photographically illustrated book. Her photography from the publication comprised of cyanotypes, outset." (see pics) a process invented by Atkins’s friend, astronomer and The more artistic style of Julia Margaret Cameron scientist Sir John Herschel, and each page revealed a British algae specimen showcased in an exquisite dark blue and neatly hand-labelled. Skipping forward to 1864, Julia Margaret Cameron, after taking up photography at the age of 48, became one of the groundbreaking photographers of the 19th Century. Cameron was one of the first to regard photograph as an art form; her images often looked to represent myth, literature and


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The property market has demonstrated time and time again that is able to withstand difficult times. The appeal of getting on, or moving up, the property ladder is still high on the agenda for lots of people. Many buyers and sellers agree now is as good a time as any to make a move. Competitive mortgage rates are steering buyers to take the plunge to upsize and the hot market is seeing others downsize to cash in on demand. Re-mortgaging could possibly save you thousands of pounds, it’s definitely worth speaking to a broker to search the full market. If you need any help or advice, our highly experienced mortgage partner will be able to help you with this. For help with selling your home or if you need any advice please call 01225 430776 or visit our website. • EweMove.com/Bradford-on-Avon


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DIVORCE & FINANCIAL ORDERS

ANNETTE TAYLOR, an Associate Solicitor at BLB Solicitors in Trowbridge, discusses the importance of getting a financial order when you divorce.

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any married couples separate and divorce on very cordial terms and are able to agree the financial arrangements arising out of their divorce at a very early stage. However even when the financial arrangements are agreed, it is very important that a financial order recording the agreement is made at the time of the divorce. A divorce financial order, known as a financial remedy order, is a legally binding document. It usually has a clause in it that ends any future claims you may have against each other. If financial arrangements are agreed then the financial remedy order will be called a consent order.

“You should consider a financial remedy order even if you currently have no particular assets, as it will protect any wealth you may develop in the future.� You should consider a financial remedy order even if you currently have no particular assets, as it will protect any wealth you may develop in the future. Otherwise, there will always be a risk that your ex-spouse can make a financial claim against you. A recent case dealing with this issue went all the way to the 58 THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE

Supreme Court, which is the highest Appeal Court. The Supreme Court decided that even if many years have passed since the divorce occurred, it was open to one party to have their financial claims considered, if there had been no financial order made at the time of the divorce. In this particular case the parties had been divorced for more than 20 years. Therefore, it is very important that in every divorce situation where the financial arrangements are agreed and even where there are no assets to be divided, there is still a financial consent order made. In some cases, especially in relation to the sharing of pensions, financial consent orders are definitely required because a pension cannot Annette Taylor

be shared by divorcing spouses without a pension sharing order. It is also important to be aware that the granting of a decree absolute which ends the marriage does not in itself mean that there is a financial clean break between the parties. I am a family and matrimonial solicitor with over 30 years experience in all aspects of Family Law, specialising in high value financial cases and complex proceedings involving children. If you would like to discuss any aspects of separation, divorce or financial claims on divorce then please contact me 01225 755 656 or email me at annette.taylor@ blbsolicitors.co.uk. • blbsolicitors.co.uk


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THE END OF THE POINTED FINGER IN DIVORCE?

HELEN STOTT, Trainee Solicitor at Wansbroughs Solicitors in Melksham, considers the role of blame in divorce.

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fter many demands for it, the Government has at long last confirmed that it will bring UK divorce law into the present day! The current law allows a person to file for divorce (after the first year of the marriage) if the marriage has broken down irretrievably. That the marriage has broken down in this way must be proved by any one of the following reasons: 1. Adultery 2. Unreasonable behaviour (the most used in recent years) 3. Desertion (rarely used) 4. Separation for two years (with consent to the divorce) 5. Separation for five years (no consent to the divorce is required)

be described as “non-fault” based) but they do force the petitioner (the spouse seeking the divorce) to wait a great deal longer to kick off the divorce proceedings – a minimum of two years from the date of separation. While the “fault” based reasons may allow for a speedier divorce, they can also render the divorce process more difficult and more acrimonious than it might be without accusations of blame being banded around. Indeed, it can cause unnecessary conflict between the spouses which has a negative impact on them and any children in the family.

The Government confirmed in April that it would introduce new legislation to overhaul divorce law in the UK. The changes proposed The first three reasons require one spouse to effectively blame the other should simplify the divorce process and remove the notion of fault from it. for the breakdown of their marriage, and as such can be described as “fault” The new legislation is expected to be introduced ‘as soon as Parliamentary based. time allows’. Although they involve pointing the We at Wansbroughs know that going finger, these grounds get the ball for through a divorce is a difficult time divorce rolling straight away, and, and we support any move to make given that the whole process can be completed within a number of that less distressing for all the parties months, this allows the divorce to be involved. While we wait for the law concluded swiftly following a decision to change, we are committed to doing all we can to ease the process that the marriage is over. and support our clients through a very difficult stage in their lives. If The remaining two reasons don’t involve this element of blame (so can you would like further information, 60 THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE

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aving a hobby in later life is key to mental stimulation, combatting social isolation, providing a sense of purpose and can help prevent the onset of cognitive conditions such as Dementia . Social interaction and intellectual activity can go a long way towards warding off Dementia – doing something you love and with others who share that interest is one of the best ways to keep your brain sharp and yourself happy.

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BETTER TOGETHER Pursuing a hobby or interest also provides a perfect opportunity for social interaction. Shared interests can magnify the health benefits of a hobby; improving self-esteem, staving off loneliness and even fighting depression.

MENTAL & PHYSICAL BENEFITS Any hobby or activity that holds our interest can provide a whole host of benefits: • Improved Memory: Puzzles, reading, card games, anything which uses our brain will boost memory. • A Positive Outlook: Anything which involves other people will make us feel better about ourselves and improve our social skills; which can be dulled through being alone.

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BOOK A SPA DAY!

Vitality Relaxation & Day Spa is a family run business that offers 5* luxury holistic spa treatments, in a welcoming and tranquil environment.

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ased at the top of Market Street in Bradford On Avon, the spa is ideally located in the heart of the town, perfect for local residents and holidaymakers. And with affordable rates you can enjoy a luxury massage or an indulgent facial without it costing the earth.

purchase and cost £32.50 each. This exclusive evening at the spa is available on the following dates: - Friday 4 October - Friday 18 October - Friday 1 November Call 01225 309356 to book your spot, only 8 spaces are available per night.

GIN & GLAMOUR NIGHT FREE SKIN Join Vitality Day Spa at Widbrook CONSULTATIONS Grange for all things Gin and Glamour on Friday 13 September. Receive three G&T’s whilst learning how to apply and natural professional looking make up. To book call Widbrook Grange on 01225 864750, tickets are £34 per person.

PAMPER NIGHT Enjoy a Sample Pamper Night at the spa. Simply select your choice of a luxurious 20 minute treatment, enjoy an indulgent foot soak and be served a selection of canapes and a glass of fizz. Tickets are now available for

Vitality Day Spa is in the heart of Bradford on Avon

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as a spa therapist. She will be working on a part-time basis whilst completing her final year at college. Jess has spent months training in facial and beauty treatments at the spa, as well as learning all about their products and ethos.

UPDATES OFFERS & LOYALTY SCHEME

Those who like a bargain should sign up to receive all news and updates, including the treatments of the month, products of the month and all other offers. You can also take advantage of their loyalty scheme. OVER 65s & LOCAL Pick up a loyalty card from the spa BUSINESS OFFERS and save up your stamps to receive On Tuesdays and Wednesdays a free treatment. Looking great has anyone over the age of 65 will receive seldom been more affordable! 10% off all treatments. What's more, all local businesses are able to enjoy Call 01225 309356 or email book@ 10% off all treatments. vitalitydayspa.co.uk to schedule in an appointment. Vitality Day Spa provides free skin consultations for anyone who has concerns or questions regarding their skincare, just get in touch.

INTRODUCING JESS

Jess has recently joined the team

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Peter Wilkinson

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IMPROVING YOUR FOOT HEALTH WE CAN HELP WITH...

• corns • calluses • hard skin • ingrown toenails • footcare for the elderly, diabetics & those with poor circulation • advice & support

Contact us to make an appointment t. 01225 571030 e. trowbridgechiropodist@gmail.com

www.trowbridgechiropodist.co.uk

55-57 Stallard St, Beaufort Mansions, Trowbridge BA14 8HH

Advertise here from as little as £15 per week* Call 01225 807775 or email andy@wired-publishing.co.uk

*plus VAT

Member of the Institute of Chiropodist and Podiatrists

V I TA L I T Y D AY S PA

A sanctuary of relaxation in Bradford On Avon

Vitality Relaxation & Day Spa provides 5* luxury treatments and therapies in a tranquil and welcoming environment, at affordable prices. Only 100% natural and cruelty free products are stocked and used in the spa, and they are sourced from a local company.

TREATMENT OF THE MONTH HAND & FOOT CARE A 30-minute treatment involving a hand and foot scrub, wrap and massage as well as a deeply relaxing scalp massage. £32.

FULL TREATMENT MENU & DESCRIPTIONS AVAILABLE IN THE SPA & ON OUR

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Open Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, evening appointments available upon request 01225 309356 • vitalitydayspa.co.uk • book@vitalitydayspa.co.uk • 8 Market St, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1LH


health & wellbeing

BUILD SKILLS

Help build your child's sporting skills this summer with the holiday activities on offer at Places Leisure Centres.

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t’s a fact - as children get older they become less active. Research shows that just 5% of 2-5 year olds are sedentary for more than six hours a day – by 13 this figure has risen to 20%. Children are often less active at weekends or during the holidays, and Places Leisure are here to help buck that trend!

FAST-TRACK THOSE SWIMMING SKILLS

Places Leisure has carefully designed intensive swimming courses guaranteed to speed up your child’s aquatic ability. From total beginners to experienced swimmers the courses build confidence in the water, from first splash to tumble turns, or diving from the high board.

OUR PLACES Bradford on Avon Swimming Pool 01225 862970 Castle Place Leisure Centre, Trowbridge 01225 762711 Leighton Recreation Centre, Westbury 01373 824448 Lime Kiln Leisure Centre, Royal Wootton Bassett 01793 852197 Melksham Blue Pool & Gym 01225 703525 The Activity Zone, Malmesbury 01666 822533 The Olympiad Leisure Centre, Chippenham 01249 444144 Trowbridge Sports Centre 01225 764342 Warminster Sports Centre 01985 212946 Westbury Swimming Pool 01373 822891 68 THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE

Your child can improve their swimming skills with an intensive course

There’s a range of swimming courses to choose from including: • Stroke improvement • Starts and turns for more confident swimmers • Rookie Lifeguard • Diving from poolside or off the high boards (site dependent) • Swimming courses from pre-school up to stage 9 • Distance badges

even easier for the whole family to get active. If you take out a Premium Gym, Swim & Classes membership, you’re entitled to include up to four children aged 15 or under on your membership completely free. With premium memberships starting at just £32 a month – it’s a great way to get fit together!

FREE SWIMMING FOR UNDER 16’S

Many centres offer mixed ability trampolining and gymnastics courses. Both activities are ideal for building strength, confidence and self-esteem – they’re high energy activities too – which will ensure even the most energetic kids are ready for bed and get a great night’s sleep at the end of a fun packed day!

TRAMPOLINING & GYMNASTICS

Places Leisure are committed to getting your child active – which is why they offer free swimming in the holidays for children under 16. Whether your child wants to practice their swimming skills or simply have a splashing time – all children under 16 are welcome to swim for free in all of our free ‘Just Swim’ sessions. To see what’s on this summer simply visit or get in touch with your local IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR Places Leisure Centre. Visit the Evidence shows good habits are website to find out more – there’s a made at home and families that chance to win a 3 month Premium exercise together are happier membership as well. and healthier. We’ve revised our membership options to make it • placesleisure.org/wiltshire


ADVERTISE WITH US IN 2019 INTRODUCTORY & SERIES DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE

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bath rugby

DE GLANVILLE SIGNS Promising young back TOM DE GLANVILLE is the latest homegrown player to sign a long-term deal with Bath Rugby.

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om de Glanville, son of Bath legend Phil de Glanville, has joined the growing contingent of homegrown players in Bath Rugby’s first team squad, committing his long-term future to the Club by signing his first senior contract. Born and bred in the city, the former Beechen Cliff pupil will graduate to the senior squad having progressed through the pathway over the past five years, picking up valuable experiences as a Bath Academy player and with England age-grade teams. De Glanville joined the squad for pre-season training at the end of July, having spent time at Otley Rugby Club during the 2018/19 campaign whilst studying at the University of Leeds. More recently he helped to guide England to a fifth-place finish in the World Rugby U20 Championship in Argentina, playing at both full-back and fly-half during the competition. The 19 year-old joins Miles Reid and Will Vaughan in the senior squad this summer, with the club committed to develop players through the Academy to reach the highest levels of the game and to produce a senior squad comprising of 50% homegrown players by 2023. De Glanville said: “Having grown up in Bath, there’s no greater thing than playing at the Rec. It’s every boy’s dream in this area and I feel fortunate that I’m in that position where I’m living out my dream. There’s a real excitement in the squad about the season ahead and a real focus and drive to achieve. I grew up watching Hoops at the Rec, so to have him

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Tom de Glanville can play at full-back and fly-half

working in tandem with Rocky and the rest of the coaching setup, it will only help my development as a player.”

academy, so you can expect to see him feature for Bath United soon.

New Director of Rugby, Stuart Hooper, added: “Like Miles (Reid), Tom is someone who has progressed right through the pathway into the senior squad, which is testament to his hard work and skill-set. We are building a squad of young men who care deeply about this club, who have the drive, qualities and ambition to be part of a successful team.

Bath Rugby have been drawn away at Bristol Bears for the first game of the 2019/20 season, the same fixture that started the last campaign. It will mean Bath will immediately face Dave Attwood, who joined the Bears over the summer, as well as fellow Bears new recruit Nathan Hughes. Their campaign begins on Friday 18 October. The Premiership season begins about six weeks later than usual because of the World Cup, which takes place in Japan from 20 September to 2 November.

Another famous name in the ranks at Bath is Max Max Ojomoh, son of former Ojomoh Bath back row forward Steve Ojomoh. Max’s favoured position is at inside centre and it is from there that he played a starring role in Bath Under 18’s fantastic 2018/19 season. The 18-year old has now graduated into Bath’s senior

GALLAGHER PREMIERSHIP

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puzzles

THAT’S INTERESTING...

Each month ADAM JACOT DE BOINOD, former researcher from ‘QI’ and author of The Meaning of Tingo, poses a vocabulary quiz from our local Wiltshire dialect.

1. Ogmeoid a) an eighth b) an unnamed thing, a whatsit c) someone who thinks they are above everyone else

2. Shifty a) untidy, helpless b) the last and least willing sheep to be sheared c) too much for a wheelbarrow but not enough for a cart

3. Buddle a) a badly manufactured tiddlywink, flat on both sides

b) the windward side of a hedge c) to suffocate in mud

4. Nog a) a pathway upto a steep hill b) a rough block or small log c) a person who enjoys eating fine food, a glutton

INTERESTING FACTS Abbreviations have always had their rightful place in our language. A common form of abbreviation is the acronym. At one stage in wartime communication required the briefest of messages so love letter acronyms became fashionable with renderings such as: MALAYA - My Ardent Lips Await Your Arrival, BURMA - Be Undressed Ready My Angel’. Then with

Thatcherism came the social groupings spawned by YUPPIEs (Young Upward Professionals) and recently including HENRY and high earner not rich yet and WOOPies well-off older people. Mobile phones have thrown up some interesting usages. Through texting came the shortened versions of muchused phrases or ‘netspeak’: IDC – I Don’t Care; AFAIK - As Far As I Know; DUR - Do You Remember; CID - Consider It Done; CIO – Check It Out; KIT - Keep In Touch. Then there’s FOMO - Fear Of Missing Out which may well happen if confronted with FOGO, the Fear Of Going Out. And there’s the endless confusion over LOL (Lots Of Love or Laughing Out Loud). ANSWERS 1C, 2A, 3C, 4B

Can you guess the correct definition?

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puzzles

TEA BREAK TEASERS

ASTRONAUT WORDSEARCH

What/who is missing from the grid? ALDRIN ARMSTRONG BEAN COLLINS CONRAD

SUDOKU

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GORDON HAISE IRWIN LOVELL MITCHELL

ROOSA SCOTT SHEPARD SWIGERT WARDEN

WIN A £20 iTUNES VOUCHER! Email your answers to these trivia questions to comp@wired-publishing.co.uk by 23.08.19 to be in with a chance of winning a £20 iTunes voucher. Good luck!

Q1: What was the first human-made object to touch the Moon and on what date? Q2: Who was the last man to step off the moon? LAST MONTH’S SOLUTIONS Wordsearch missing word: Bournemouth Quiz answers 1: .1284 2: Old Harry Rocks 3: Ian McEwan 4: Broadchurch 5: Shout

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Q3: Which country landed the first spacecraft on the far side of the moon in January 2019? Q4: What was the name of the lunar lander aboard Apollo 15? Q5: What were the names of the crew members who died at the launch of Apollo 1 (pic’d above)? Be sure to include your contact details so we can get in touch with you if you are our winner!


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FEELING HOT HOT HOT

o, the hot weather has arrived and up and down the land people are complaining. In Britain we love talking about the weather and nothing makes us happier than complaining that we “haven’t even had a summer we’ve just had rain”, or that “it’s so hot you could fry an egg on the pavement” (delete as appropriate). Well now it seems even the unions are getting involved. It recently made the news that the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has announced that employers should allow staff to work flexibly and have a relaxed dress code during heatwaves. TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s in bosses’ interests to provide a cool and comfortable work environment.” The union wants people to be able to travel at different times, work from home and wear more casual

large office building in Bath. It was top floor and looked out over the city centre. Fantastic views but unfortunately it had no air conditioning and being at the top of a large building in the middle of a city did make it a trifle stuffy. Our employers, to their credit, would set up dozens of fans but they only served to blow the hot air around the room, clearing desks of any paperwork that hadn’t been pinned down and generally making everyone feel a bit icky. One poor soul wore a wig to hide her alopecia…let’s just say that did not end well!! Our employers were though, apparently, way ahead of the times. On warm days they’d send a few people off on afternoon ice lolly runs and would allow us to ditch the shirt and tie in favour of something looser

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fitting and cooler. The TUC would be so proud. I have to say though, it wasn’t all great. You see the problem with allowing employees this much sartorial freedom is that they, well, think they have sartorial freedom and that idea is apparently open to very wide interpretation. We had much to deal with, tiny vest tops that were much too tiny and frankly much

too vesty, women who deemed super mini-skirts as being office appropriate, and colleagues whose hygiene regimes were clearly not as rigorous as others wearing sleeveless tops. It wasn’t fantastic. Then there was the chap who decided to take donning shorts to the next level. He was a bit of an athlete you see, and where most of the men wore chino or combat-style shorts, he instead opted for running briefs. He may have presented us with an image we couldn’t now unsee but I’m sure they kept him nice and cool! Phil Rockliffe


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The West Wilts Magazine - August 2019  

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A local lifestyle magazine covering West Wilts and beyond!

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