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Published by Wired Publishing Editor Lisa Rockliffe Contributors Fran Stevens, 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: Christmas Gin from Still Sisters in Frome

ur November edition is always one of my favourite to put together. It seems appropriately late in the year to start talking about Christmas and this always puts people in a good mood. After the last 20 or so months we really could do with the celebration too! There are three main features that I’ll draw your attention to this month, the first is Christmas events (p15). We tell you more about some of the light switch ons, markets, fairs and pantomimes that are coming our way over the next few weeks.

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Next up is Festive Feasts (p23), from butchers to sweet shops and even a farm shop vending machine, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to sourcing fantastic Christmas fare this year. And finally on to shopping! Our Christmas shopping guide (p51) is packed full of local businesses with great gift ideas - it’s been a hugely difficult time for everyone associated with retail so please buy local this Christmas if you can.

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All that, in fact, and much more besides including Christmas over at Longleat (p48). Enjoy! Lisa Rockliffe, Editor Follow us on Twitter... @westwiltsmag Read online... westwiltsmag.co.uk

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in this issue... LOCAL LISTINGS What’s On in November

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FEATURES Advent Calendar Festive Feasts Christmas at Longleat Christmas Shopping Lacock Photgraphy

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LOCAL NEWS Santa & Elf Run Julia’s House Fundraising

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FOOD & DRINK Eat the Seasons One-pot recipes Cru Wines Roasted Lemon Whitehall Vineyard

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Woolley Grange Hotel

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HOME & GARDEN Daykin Estates Garden jobs for November

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LEGAL & FINANCIAL Wansbroughs 69 Goughs 70 HEALTH & WELLBEING Vitality Day Spa

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BATH RUGBY Three players selected for England

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COMPETITIONS & PUZZLES That’s interesting... 78 Quiz, wordsearch & sudoku 80 COMMENT The Last Word

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Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES Box Office: 01225 709887 melkshamassemblyhall.com THE BEATONES 19 November, 7.30pm Tickets: £18 A cast of the UK’s finest musical talent in this spellbinding recreation of the greatest hits of all time. MAJESTY 26 November, 7.30pm Tickets: from £22.50 The Queen tribute that stands head and shoulders above all others.

POUND ARTS CENTRE

Pound Pill, Corsham, SN13 9HX Box Office: 01249 701628 poundarts.org.uk SAM LEE 5 November, 7.30pm Tickets: £16 Sam is an acclaimed, award-winning inventive singer, a folksong collector, and founder of The Nest Collective who’ve helped shake up the music scene and injected life back into the folk trad and world acoustic scenes.

the warmth of a folk gig in this heartfelt one woman show, weaving immersive storytelling with live fiddle, banjo and original songs. 14+

SARA BARRON – ENEMIES CLOSER 10 November 8pm Tickets: £14 The smash hit Fringe stand-up show from acclaimed comedian and star of Live At The Apollo tours the UK for the first time! 16+ THE LITTLE UNSAID 11 November, 7.30pm Tickets: £14 A diverse 4-piece whose expansive song writing and impassioned performances have earned them a reputation as one of the must-see live acts on the independent music scene.

An American folk duo, consisting of guitarist/singer Devin Tuel & multiinstrumentalist, Stephen Harms.

NOWHERE SPECIAL(Cert 12A) 22 November, 7.30pm Tickets: from £6 James Norton turns in a beautifully tender performance in this poignant drama inspired by real events.

TENDERLORE 6 November, 8pm Tickets: £8 Inspired by the likes of Crosby, Stills and Nash, Simon & Garfunkel, Fleet Foxes and Laura Marling, Tenderlore’s sound is the amalgamation of three individual musical identities blending as one.

THE LAST BUS (Cert 12A) 23 November, 11am & 7.30pm Tickets: from £6 Timothy Spall stars in this heartwarming tale of a pensioner who embarks on an epic journey from DISPATCHES ON THE RED DRESS BY John O’Groats to Land’s End – using just public buses. ROWAN RHEINGANS 6 November, 7.30pm NATIVE HARROW Tickets: £12 (Concs £10) 27 November, 7.30pm A Fringe First award-winner, Tickets: £12 (Concs £10) adventurous new writing meets 6

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ÅLESUND 13 November, 8pm Tickets: £8 Imagine a London Grammar and Florence + The Machine hybrid. Got it? Now add ethereal, Nordic imagery similar to that of AURORA, and you’re left with the atmospheric marvel that is Ålesund’.

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events IDESTROY 20 November, 8pm Tickets: £8 Riotous live shows are IDestroy’s calling card. The trio, who met at university, have played more than 300 gigs across the UK, Europe and Asia. KID CARPET 27 November, 8pm Tickets: £8 Many moons ago Ed Patrick visited his local car boot sale with £10 and returned with a plastic guitar, a child’s keyboard and a toy tape deck. He put his name into an online anagram generating machine and Kid Carpet was born.

WILTSHIRE MUSIC CENTRE

Ashley Rd, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1DZ Box Office: 01225 860100 wiltshiremusic.org.uk OAE EXPERIENCE ENSEMBLE 12 November, 7.30pm Tickets: from £10 The OAE Experience Ensemble is a hand-picked group of talented young artists who are currently participating in the OAE Experience Scheme – a prestigious development programme for emerging musicians. TROWBRIDGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 13 November, 7.30pm Tickets: £18 After a two-year break the Trowbridge Symphony Orchestra returns in full strength and eager to re-establish their streak of pre-pandemic sell-out performances. CÒIG 14 November, 7.30pm Tickets: from £10 Transatlantic powerhouse Còig has cemented its status as one of today’s most exciting North American Celtic groups. With a fiery style as its musical core, Còig offers a fresh 8

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and exhilarating mix of traditional tunes, lively instrumentals and contemporary songs. STACEY KENT 19 November, 7.30pm Tickets: from £12 Stacey Kent is one of the most successful and prolific jazz vocalists in the world.

IAN WAITE & VINCENT SIMONE... ACT II 13 November, 7.30pm Tickets: from £31 The Ballroom Boys double act are set to return with their brand new show, after the roaring success of their 5 star rated 2019 tour!

ROGER TABOR: CATS V DOGS! 18 November, 7.30pm BATH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Tickets: £11.72 20 November, 7.30pm Roger Tabor entertainingly explores Tickets: from £7 our tangled relationship with our Bath Symphony Orchestra perform an closest pets, the independent cat and uplifting programme of classical and the gregarious dog! romantic orchestral music. MEATLOUD – BAT OUT OF HADES LEON MCCAWLEY 27 November, 7.30pm 27 November, 7.30pm Tickets: £18.28 Tickets: from £11.50 MeatLoud cover songs from a range Three late sonatas by three great of Meat Loaf’s albums from Bat Out of composers, Mozart, Haydn and Hell to Bat Out of Hell III. They present Schubert. a number of Meat Loaf’s greatest hits, mixed in with Jim Steinman’s songs NEELD ARTS for Bonnie Tyler and songs by Cher.

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FROME MEMORIAL THEATRE Christchurch Street West, Frome, BA11 1EB Tel: 01373 462795 fmt.website

PAUL ZERDIN - HANDS FREE 4 November, 7.30pm Tickets: £20 Paul shows us what it’s like to be able to throw your voice in everyday

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events situations where anything and everything can talk back. BARRY STEELE IN THE ROY ORBISON STORY 5 November, 7.30pm Tickets: £23.50 Barry Steele and a fabulous cast of musicians take you on a journey from The Black & White Night to the Traveling Wilburys and beyond. FORBIDDEN NIGHTS 26 November, 7.30pm Tickets: £25 Fantasies don’t come any better than this with sizzling new acts and stunning routines. ADULTS ONLY

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LE PETIT ORB 5 November Tickets: £28 A pared-down iteration of The Orb, featuring Alex Paterson, tours the UK. POLICE DOG HOGAN 11 November Tickets: £22 A high-energy, eclectic 8-piece, combining fiddle, trumpet, mandolin, drums and guitars with 4-part harmonies in an exuberant fusing of pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass. Craig Charles, Cheese & Grain

SHOWHAWK DUO 12 November Tickets: £16.50 Classically trained guitarists Mikhail Asanovic and Jake Wright deconstruct funk, rock and dance to remake it in their own unique acoustic style. DREADZONE 13 November Tickets: £22.50 One of the best live bands around. FISH 15 November Tickets: £36 Fish returns to UK stages with his final album ‘Weltschmerz’. CRAIG CHARLES FUNK & SOUL CLUB 19 November Tickets: £19.50 Mr Craig Charles is in the house, bringing his acclaimed Funk & Soul Club to The Cheese & Grain following his previous sell out performances! ASWAD 20 November Tickets: £22 With 21 studio albums stretched across 5 decades, Aswad are one of the most important reggae groups to emerge from the UK. AN EVENING WITH FRANK BRUNO 24 November Tickets: from £25

The former world champion and British boxing icon comes to the Cheese and Grain. HALF MAN, HALF BISCUIT 26 November Tickets: £22 A band blessed with a capacity to make the most jaded of listeners fall back in love with music again. THE SWEET 27 November Tickets: £30 Sweet continue to tour to sell out audiences around the globe.

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BOX CHRISTMAS MARKET

Selwyn Hall, Box 12 December, 2-5pm The annual Box Christmas Market will be throwing open its doors at Selwyn Hall, on Sunday 12th December from 2 - 5pm. This fun-filled, festive event provides a shopping experience with a difference and all under one roof. There will be stalls to delight with gifts available from a range of local businesses, a cafe selling delicious cakes and refreshments and an amazing raffle. There will also be plenty to entertain the younger generations, with games, festive craft activities and Santa’s grotto. • fb.me/e/NNuIe96h

accompanied by Christmas Carols and the Mayor’s speech. This will be supported by lots of outdoor entertainment, including bungee trampolines and bumper cars, a merry-go-round, and live music with Christmas carols, karaoke Christmas songs and a Santa’s grotto!

CHRISTMAS MARKET

The George, Bradford on Avon On Saturday 27 November The George in Bradford on Avon is hosting its own Christmas Market. Entry is free and it runs from 10.30am to 2pm. There will be lots of local sellers in attendance selling local artwork, candles, jewellery, The Gift Fair, open from 4pm until glassware, floristry, cards and gifts, 8.30pm in St Margaret’s Hall, will have but as you might expect given the stalls galore. There will be plenty of venue there’ll be plenty for food ideas for presents with a difference, lovers to browse too, including including handmade artisan gifts and chutneys and pickles, wines, stocking fillers, Christmas wreaths, foodie gifts and more. You can handmade jewellery, games, and reward yourselves for an excellent so much more. There will also be an morning’s Christmas shopping by opportunity to enjoy festive food staying at The George for lunch too! stalls and delicious refreshments, • thegeorgebradfordonavon.co.uk including a mulled gin bar!

LIGHTS SWITCH ON & GIFT FAIR

Locals and visitors to the town can enjoy some late-night shopping in Lamb Yard and join in with even Bradford on Avon more Christmas singing, with Bradford on Avon is celebrating this year with the Christmas Lights switch choirs and a Christmas karaoke on and a Christmas Gift Fair on Friday performance. So, take a car free Friday, travel stress free with the train 26 November 2021. or bus into Bradford on Avon for what will be a great evening. The traditional Lights switch on • bradfordonavon.co.uk is at 6pm in Westbury Gardens,

"There will also be an opportunity to enjoy festive food stalls and delicious refreshments, including a mulled gin bar!" Bradford on Avon

CHRISTMAS FAYRE

Great Chalfield Manor On Saturday 18 December, from 10am until 3pm, Great Chalfield’s beautiful manor house will be hosting a Christmas Fayre that’s perfect for getting Christmas started. The house will be decorated with large Christmas tree in the Great Hall for all to see, and carols sung on the minstrels gallery too. There will be food and gift stalls aplenty as well as a barbecue in the courtyard so no one will go hungry! There will also be Christmas wreaths and decorations, candles, jewellery, pottery, smoked meats and fish, charcuterie and many other amazing stalls. Lots of fun for all and it’s also a great way to raise funds for the Friends of Great Chalfield. • greatchalfield.co.uk

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Hope Nature Centre, Southwick A Magical Christmas at Hope Nature Centre will see the return of the massively popular festive event, featuring a whole host of festive activities, as well as a meet with Santa himself.


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christmas Visitors start their trip on the Snowflake Express land train. During the day those onboard will be able to spot a variety of animals, and during the twilight sessions, there will be a variety of light up displays, making the trip to Santa’s grotto that little more exciting. After disembarking, visitors will walk through the sparkling lights of the Woodland Walk, before arriving at Santa’s Woodland Grotto. Visitors to the centre, with is at Southwick Country Park on the

outskirts of Trowbridge, get their own meet and greet with Santa, with children receiving a present. Adults can enjoy a hot chocolate and mince pie from our new Picnic Lodge afterwards, included in the ticket. The event is running on selected dates between 20 November and 24 December. Tickets are pre-book only, and some dates are already sold out, so be quick! Head to the website to book tickets. • hopenaturecentre.org.uk/ christmas Melksham is renowned for its spectacular Christmas lights

CHRISTMAS MARKET

Innox Mills Building, Trowbridge Taking place at Innox Mills in Trowbridge from 19-21 November, visitors will be able to browse a wide selection of products including artisan gifts, local ales and spirits, plus decorations, holly wreaths. Refreshments will include delicious street food, spiced cider and mulled wine, with live music and carol singing all adding to the festive atmosphere against the backdrop of the beautiful Grade 2-listed Innox Mills building. • theatm.co.uk

“Refreshments will include delicious street food, spiced cider and mulled wine, with live music and carol singing all adding to the festive atmosphere” Innox Mills Christmas Market

CHRISTMAS FAYRE & LIGHTS SWITCH ON

You can meet Santa at Hope Nature Centre

Melksham Market Place & Melksham Assembly Hall The volunteers who bring Christmas to Melksham are working hard to make 2021 a spectacular comeback! Saturday 4 December will see the Market Place and Assembly Hall once again full of Christmassy food, drink and gifts, with fairground rides and something for all the family. Father Christmas is also looking forward to visiting Melksham, where he is happy to join us in following Covid safety guidelines. The Fayre is open from 1pm to 5.45pm, with the much celebrated Melksham Christmas Lights being switched on at 6pm. Melksham Town Council is working with the Melksham Christmas Lights volunteers who brave the wintry weather to provide our stunning lights display every year, and Sara

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christmas Land who organises the Fayre. For "Once a month, Trowbridge town centre more information get in touch with comes alive with the Weavers Market setting Melksham Town Hall on 01225 up stalls down Fore Street and in the Town 704187 or towncouncil@melkshamHall and Emmanuel’s Yard." tc.gov.uk. Or for stalls contact Sara on together community, creativity sklroo2@gmail.com or 07826 600088. Hall and Emmanuel’s Yard. As well as the stalls for shopping there is and independent traders with the • melksham-tc.gov.uk also live music all day, street food ultimate goal of making Trowbridge for lunch and circus workshops a better place for everyone to CINDERELLA for the kids and kids-at-heart. This live. By purchasing items from Theatre Royal Bath community-run market was set up the 60 independent local traders, With a brand new joke-filled script in 2019 to increase local businesses Trowbridge residents can be by Bath’s own award-winning in town and to support creative assured that they are bringing writer and all round pantomime endeavours in the area. business back into town, reducing legend Jon Monie, Cinderella their shopping carbon footprint promises great family fun and Peta Knott, Communications and most importantly, taking home festive frivolity this Christmas. This Officer on the Volunteer Organising unique and hand-crafted items spectacular production will delight Committee says: “I enjoy working made locally. with its enchanting story, sidewith all these creative people to splitting comedy, lavish settings bring the market to life once a There are two remaining markets and adorable miniature ponies. month. It is so rewarding to see the for 2021 on 13 November and 11 BAFTA award-winning actress amazing products they have for sale December from 10am until 4pm Dani Harmer stars as the Fairy at the market. Trowbridge has a lot of and don’t forget to visit all the stalls Godmother. Dani who plays the talent that isn’t so hidden anymore in Emmanuel’s Yard, Fore Street and legendary Tracy Beaker in the BBC thanks to the Town Hall. series of the same name, and was market!” • trowbridgeweaversmarket.co.uk also a Strictly Come Dancing finalist, returned to the role again this year JACK & THE The aim in My Mum Tracy Beaker on CBBC. BEANSTALK of the No stranger to the stage Dani has Wyvern Theatre, Swindon market is starred in numerous pantomimes, The Wyvern Theatre are back with to weave as well as musical theatre in the their much-loved panto for 2021, West End and on tour throughout and this year it's the infamous the UK. Jon Monie returns for his Jack and the Beanstalk! fifteenth consecutive year to play Buttons and to help create Follow Jack (played by all the festive hilarity and Louie Spence) and climb tomfoolery that make a beanstalk of gigantic Bath pantos so much proportions to cloudland in the fun for everyone. spectacular family pantomime • theatreroyal.org.uk Jack and the Beanstalk. Doomed to sell his trusty cow, join Jack as he WEAVERS Dani Harner as fights to save the beautiful Princess, MARKET Cinderella outwit the evil giant and win riches Trowbridge Town beyond his wildest dreams, and the Hall & Fore Street hand of the girl he loves. Once a month, Trowbridge town Expect laughs, music, special centre comes alive with effects, magic beans and bundles of the Weavers Market audience participation in this giant setting up stalls of a pantomime! down Fore Street • swindontheatres.co.uk and in the Town 20 THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE


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bronze turkeys and geese as well as all your usual Christmas favourites, including superb beef, ducks and cockerels, local pork and lamb as well as Sandridge Farm dry cured bacon and products. You can order online via their new website, with the option of free local delivery or click and collect, whichever suits you. For more information email info@cjrobbins.co.uk or call today. 01985 213052 | cjrobbins.co.uk

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18 High Street, Corsham Sitting on the High Street, The Deli CJ ROBBINS ALLINGTON FARM is your one stop shop for some 76 Market Place, Warminster SHOP of the finest foods in the region. CJ Robbins is a Warminster Allington Bar Farm, Allington, It is a licensed delicatessen and institution; having occupied its Chippenham cheesemonger offering a superb premises in the Market Place for At Christmas Allington Farm Shop selection of artisan cheeses, as well three generations it is owned and is packed full of delicious seasonal as continental and local cold meats. run by Chris Robbins. Business is goodies, premium Christmas trees thriving largely thanks to the simple As you would expect there are and great gift ideas including also many other deli favourites fabulous hampers tailor made to your principle of offering a good quality including delicious freshly baked requirements. There are a huge range product at a reasonable price. pastries and quiches, a selection of of baskets ready to be filled with your They source many of their wares olives and award-winning chutneys, from local established micro food favourite seasonal produce. There is pickles and jams. You can also an extensive range of locally sourced wholesalers, including farmers, take home some aromatic freshly cheese makers and egg producers, goods on sale (any of which can be ground coffee and impressive included) from local cheese, chutneys all of whom value the small business wines. Why not request a delicious and biscuits, fine wines, local ales and and operate exacting welfare codes, hamper, made to order? They producing free range food with ciders, preserves, luxury homemade create a unique gift for Christmas Christmas cakes and chocolates to an complete traceability. or any other special occasion. Or entire Christmas dinner! They are now taking orders for for the busy host ask about their locally reared Woolley Park Farm ‘Christmas Made Easy’ boxes – full Orders are now being taken for Christmas in the inhouse butchery. CJ Robbins is a Warminster institution As well as home reared turkeys, the butchery specialises in local free range cockerels, chickens, geese, ducks and home cooked hams, all cuts of pork, beef and lamb as well as local seasonal game, dry cured bacon and gammon joints and homemade sausages and faggots. Christmas trees are also on sale from 27 November. 01249 658112 | allingtonfarmshop.co.uk

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The Cheese Shop

Retailer of fine cheese, quality delicatessen produce, gifts & hampers

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We are now taking orders for our locally reared Bronze Turkeys and Geese as well as all your Christmas favourites. All our staff are qualified to offer an efficient, reliable and personal service, using traditional methods of butchery. tel: 01985 213052 | www.cjrobbins.co.uk 76 Market Place, Warminster BA12 9AW

The Deli at Corsham TRADITIONAL BUTCHERS

Come to us for Turkeys, Cooked Ham Joints, Geese, Pork, Lamb & Beef. All meat is locally sourced & supplied.

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"ask about their ‘Christmas Made Easy’ boxes – full of basic essentials as well as yummy indulgent treats!" The Deli at Corsham

The Fairfield Farm Café is serving a delicious array of Christmas treats, as well as tasty breakfasts and lunches, and is the perfect place for a catch up with friends. There is also a lovely Animal Walk where you can visit and feed an array of farm animals, which younger visitors always enjoy. 01373 823028 | ffc.ac.uk/services

produce as well as being able to offer produce which cannot be bought from supermarkets. The team looks forward to serving you and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 01380 860968 | 5adaybox.co.uk

HOLLYCHOCS

Poulshot Lodge Farm, nr Devizes Hollychocs is a multi-award-winning ELLIOTT’S family run chocolate studio created TRADITIONAL by chocolate engineer Holly Local Delivery BUTCHERS Garner. With a degree in chemical This year order your Christmas food High Street, Westbury engineering and a successful career from Heritage Fine Foods and enjoy Elliott’s has a great local reputation for at Cadbury behind her she brings a the freshness of their produce for their high quality, keenly priced meat. scientific approach to the creation your most important meal of the year. All locally sourced and supplied, of delicious handmade chocolates. Delivery is FREE and every box order owner Andy Elliott and his team are The company works in an ethical contains a free gift too. getting ready for Christmas and will and eco-friendly way using only be offering local free range bronze the finest Fairtrade (and where Last Christmas Heritage delivered turkeys and turkey crowns as well possible, locally-sourced) ingredients nearly 1,500 Christmas boxes from as free range geese, Gressingham and high-quality biodegradable their Devizes base to local homes ducks and locally reared pork, lamb packaging. Their studio shop is in the week up to Christmas. They and beef. They have smoked and open for you to browse Thursdays, will be launching their Christmas unsmoked back bacon, gammon Fridays and Saturdays between 10am orders page on their website in early joints, sausage meat, chipolatas and November and will be delivering from and 2pm where you can find their pigs in blankets too. They will also be Monday 20 to Thursday 23 December. award-winning chocolates alongside offering Christmas Meat Boxes – filled bake-at-home kits, wedding favours, Contrary to reports in the press they to the brim with everything you limited edition monthly boxes and foresee no issues with availability of might need if you are entertaining much more. They are currently product or delivery slots. friends and family. They aren’t taking selling delicious advent calendars bookings this year; it will all be Heritage Fine Foods enjoy a fantastic and have a wide range of gift boxes available on a first come, first served available too. If you can’t make it to relationship with local farmers and basis. Call or pop in to find out more. the studio you can buy online too. other food artisans which gives 01373 865948 | Find us on Facebook info@hollychocs.co.uk | hollychocs.co.uk them a great supply of seasonal

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FAIRFIELD FARM SHOP High Street, Dilton Marsh Don’t miss a visit to Fairfield Farm Shop & Café this festive season. The farm shop is stocked full of festive goods, much of which is homemade on-site by the students at Fairfield Farm College. The popular Christmas puddings, chutneys, cakes and homegrown vegetables are just some of the items available to purchase. What’s more the on-site Post Office is ready to help send all your Christmas gifts and cards. Don’t forget to pick up a lovely handmade wreath! 26 THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE

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LITTLE SUGARUSH 7 Maristow Street, Westbury Little Sugarush is an independent sweet shop in Westbury that’s the perfect place to head if you are buying for someone with a sweet tooth, whatever their age! Their emporium of sugared delights is packed with more than 90 pick ‘n’ mix options, a huge selection of traditional sweets as well as milkshakes, slushies (these are BOGOF every Thursday!), soft drinks and much more. If you need to please a crowd they have large mixed sweet boxes in stock and you can also create a personalised gift box full of someone’s favourite sweet treats! 07563 130275 | fb.com/littlesugarush

“Their emporium of sugared delights is packed with more than 90 pick ‘n’ mix options" Little Sugarush MELKSHAM MILK STATION Eastern Way, Melksham Melksham Milk Station is part of a family run business based at Snarlton Farm. Open from 7.30am until 7.30pm 7 days a week the station is a self-service vending machine, selling glass milk bottles, 28 THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE

Melksham Milk Station is a self-service farm shop!

fresh milk, milkshake syrup, butter, cheese, honey, Marshfield Ice cream and eggs. They also sell Christmas trees every year from the end of November. They also have a beautiful florist Elsie Mayflower just next door; if you get stuck with the vending machine feel free to pop in to see her and she will be more than happy to help you. Follow and like their Facebook page to keep up-todate with all upcoming events and new products. fb.com/snarltonfarm

PENLEIGH FARM & BUTCHERS 5 Stony Street, Frome Penleigh Farm & Butchers is an award-winning butchers in Frome. As farmers themselves, they pride themselves on being a bit different, producing all the pork and lamb for the shop from their own rare breed pigs and sheep. Beef from traditional British breeds, free range chicken and game are all sourced from within a 30 mile radius of Frome, and all meat comes from the finest quality produce from ethical high welfare farmers. They also hand make all their sausages, faggots and stock Wiltshire dry cured bacon. Pengleigh have got Christmas covered, with free range white and bronze turkeys, geese, ducks,

LOVEJOYS WHOLESALE B6 Ashville Centre, Commerce Way, Melksham Christmas is an exceptionally busy time in the hospitality industry and this year is so much more important than ever, bearing in mind that last Christmas is best forgotten! Lovejoys helps out its customers when needed by having a fully equipped prep room for when they are understaffed or under pressure. Lovejoys Wholesale is renowned for the quality of the vegetables it supplies; when in season it sources from Wiltshire and surrounding counties, supplying restaurants and hotels in Bath and West Wilts direct from their base in Melksham every day. They are one of very few companies that still go to the market to view the product and buy the very best quality produce fresh on the day, this makes them unique. This Christmas they are supplying most of their vegetables from Bromham, potatoes from Corsham and their Brussels sprouts from near Chippenham. You can’t get more local than that! Not only restaurants and hotels take advantage of the lovely fresh veg. All Lovejoys’ school customers will be cooking a wonderful Christmas lunch for their pupils and staff, celebrating a better school term than they have had in the last 18 months. Lovejoys supplies many local schools so if you are a school or college give them a ring and they can discuss their schools service with you. Alongside fresh fruit and veg they also provide a full service of bread, milk, dairy and ambient larder ingredients for your kitchen. 01225 708838 | lovejoyswholesale.com


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Melksham Milk Station a self-service vending machine farm shop!

+ Farm fresh milk in traditional glass bottles + Local organic free range eggs + Local potatoes + Butter + Cheese + Local honey + Milkshake syrups + Marshfield ice creams + Christmas trees from late November! + Independent Florist next door

Open 7.30am till 7.30pm 7 days a week

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food & drink venison and their exceptional beef, which is aged to a minimum of 28 days. The turkeys are from a local farmer, where they are dry plucked and game hung for a couple of weeks to allow the flavour to develop. These are truly special and certainly different to the usual Christmas turkey.

gifts and foodie treats under one of craft beers, spirits, wines, artisan chocolates and gourmet brownies to roof. As a fully stocked farm shop you can order your Christmas meat and bring even more Christmas cheer. pick up delicious seasonal veg as well as cheeses, jams and chutneys, With a new chef at the helm of breads, artisan confectionary, the pub, the Christmas menu will chocolate, drinks and a whole lot be available from 1 December more. Order online or pop in for a and promises plenty of delicious, booking form. seasonal surprises. 01380 827202 | poulshotlodgefarm.co.uk

Christmas orders are now being taken, you can pop in for a form or email penleighbutchers@gmail. com. There is also a special offer on boneless turkey breast joints running from now until December, with large savings available if you want to buy now and freeze until the big day. 01373 472331 | penleighfarm.co.uk

SPOTTY DOG FARM SHOP Lower Farm, Rowde, Devizes Whatever your Christmas plans end up looking like for this year, at Spotty Dog Farm Shop you can get all your

That’s not all though, Spotty Dog Farm Shop is also a gift shop with ideas for every member of the family. Stuck for a gift idea? Their gift hampers are always popular and always appreciated – choose one of the selections or pick your own

Poulshot Lodge has full traceability of everything they stock

“There is also a special offer on boneless turkey breast joints running from now until December"

Penleigh Farm & Butchers

POULSHOT LODGE FARM Poulshot, Nr Devizes SN10 1RQ At the end of an exciting year for this family-run farm shop, in which they took over the running of their local village pub, Christmas is set to be an even bigger celebration with plenty of pigs in blankets to go round.

Meet Santa at Spotty Dog Farm Shop this Christmas

As well as their own farm-reared, grass fed beef, all the fresh produce sold in the shop and served in The Raven is fully traceable from field to fork and comes from local farmers they know and trust. There are two master butchers in the shop who are always on hand to advise you on the best quality ingredients for any festive feast and would be happy to introduce you to alternative cuts of meat that may inspire your recipe repertoire. You’ll even find a good selection 30 THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE

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food & drink Still Sisters gin is made by two sisters in Frome using a bespoke copper still called Storm

hampers and gift cards too. 01373 474647 | stillsisters.co.uk

TOBY HAYNES 32 High Street, Corsham Toby Haynes traditional family butchers opened on Corsham High Street in late 2015. Six years on and it has established a great local reputation for selling high quality meat at very reasonable prices; winning multiple awards in the process, including being voted Best Butcher in the South West by the Countryside Alliance Awards. Toby Haynes endeavours to source all its meat from the local area, including free range chicken, traditional grass finished beef and wonderful seasonal game. As well as that they also make their own sausages and pies inhouse – delicious! choice of gifts and they will make a hamper up for you. They also have a huge selection of their range online too so you can choose to shop in whichever way suits you best! You can also bring children to meet Santa and play in the snow at Spotty Dog Farm Shop this Christmas! Choose your time slot and book up to 4 tickets to see Santa. He’ll be in his Grotto located in their Christmas Courtyard, he’ll be reading stories from his special storybook and telling them the secrets of his magic key! Children with Gift Tickets will receive

“You can also bring children to meet Santa and play in the snow at Spotty Dog Farm Shop this Christmas!” a lovely Christmas Eve box filled with special gifts and treats that will make them smile and after they meet Santa they’ll be guided outside to play in the snow! Book online today! 01380 720002 | spottydogfarmshop.co.uk

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STILL SISTERS Ashton Park, Handlemaker Road, Frome Still Sisters’ range of London Dy Gin is made by two sisters, in Frome, in a bespoke copper 50 litre still called Storm. Their award-winning creations are blended using locally grown and sourced botanicals from local family businesses. Join Still Sisters for a Gin-filled Christmas! Their Gin & Christmas Tapas packages run from Mon 22 November - Sat 18 December. The packages offer you the chance to enjoy a selection of Christmas tapas served with gin samples, and a double gin and tonic distilled on-site in Frome. Call or book your table online! Alternatively, they are also hosting Christmas Shopping nights on every Thursday from 25 November, where you can find the perfect gift for gin lovers, as well as other locally sourced items. Mix and match the perfect present with their gift boxes,

With expert advice from their friendly staff, you needn’t go anywhere else when looking for a great turkey this Christmas. Theirs are free range and can be bought whole, butterflied or crowned. They also have goose, duck, cockerel as well as gammon, ham, rib of beef and all your favourite Christmas trimmings too. Call or pop in to find out more or to place your order, or alternatively order on the website. 01249 713253 | corshambutcher.co.uk

Toby Haynes is an award winning local butcher


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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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ith winter on the way it is time to tidy up your gardens and allotments. Always best to get any canes or other bean sticks cleaned off and put in the dry for the winter. Also prune back your fruit bushes now and cut down autumn fruiting raspberries. You can plant garlic, onions and shallots ready for next year. At Lovejoys we are planning for a very different Christmas to the one we had last year, which most of us will remember as a bit of a disaster, certainly for the hospitality trade. This lasted pretty much until spring when restaurants and hotels started re-opening. Since the start of summer we have been extremely busy and have even had to call on a few of our

lovely retired staff to come back to help out! This is all good news. The main things to talk about in November are squashes and pumpkins. As well as being fantastic Halloween props, pumpkins (though

minutes at 200°C fan until well browned and caramelising around the edges. Delicious! Quince are around for a short while with English apples and pears and even a few of the last crop of

“why not throw some squash and root veg together in the oven for a lovely autumnal traybake? Add in some thickly sliced leeks, season well and roast until well browned and caramelising around the edges.” not the carving kind) and their squash cousins are delicious in warming soups and stews. They are also particularly good in curries. November also sees the start of the root veg season; why not throw some squash and root veg together in the oven for a lovely autumnal traybake? Add in some thickly sliced leeks, season well and roast for about 45

raspberries and strawberries, these of course are grown in polytunnels but with new handier varieties that can tolerate cooler temperatures and shorter daylight hours. Congratulations to the winner of our September competition, B Webb from Trowbridge. We’ll have another fantastically fresh vegbox prize up for grabs soon! Neil neil@lovejoyswholesale.com lovejoysuk lovejoysuk • lovejoyswholesale.com

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recipes

ONE-POT WONDERS This month FRAN STEVENS, aka The Food Wife, is making some delicious warming comfort food that’s super easy and quick to put together.

INSTANT POT LAMB & BUTTER BEAN TAPAS Serves 3-4 as a tapas This is a real gem. I made this in the Instant Pot and the results were outstanding. Literally five minutes of work, and about half an hour letting the Instant Pot do its thing and I had the most melt-in-the-mouth, rich lamb stew, beautifully sweet from the peppers and complimented so well with the plump butter beans.

You could, of course, do this in the oven, in which case you would need to add a good couple of hours on to the cooking time (instead, fry off the ingredients and put in an oven-proof, lidded dish, and transfer to the oven at 150°C/130°C fan for 2-3 hours). We’ll definitely be revisiting this invention!

Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, halved and sliced 2 cloves garlic 2 roasted peppers from a jar, cut into strips 300g lamb fillet, cut into 2-inch chunks 1 heaped tsp paprika 1 tbsp tomato purée 1 tin butter beans 1 tbsp chopped parsley

the tomato purée and butter beans (including their water).

Method Set the instant pot to sauté mode and add the oil, onion, garlic and peppers and stir for 2-3 minutes.

Remove the lid, season to taste and switch back onto sauté mode for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently, to allow the rich sauce to reduce.

Add the lamb and paprika and stir for a further minute before adding

Add the chopped parsley and stir through before serving.

Put the lid on and ensure it is switched to sealing. Place manually on high pressure for 15 minutes and allow to depress naturally. If you don’t have an instant pot, use a casserole to fry off the ingredients (bar the beans) before putting in the oven. Add the butter beans 10 minutes before the end of cooking.

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recipes Ingredients 2 tbsp (rapeseed or olive) oil 1 red onion, medium dice 3 cloves of garlic, crushed Add the ras al hanout and stir for Spice mix containing: 1 heaped one minute. Then add the garlic and tsp turmeric, ½ tsp chilli flakes, ½ diced pepper and stir for another tsp cayenne pepper, ½ tsp ground minute. coriander & ½ tsp smoked paprika 3 medium sweet potatoes (approx Finally add the tinned tomatoes, 600g), peeled & cut into a 1 inch dice chickpeas, cassia/cinnamon, prunes and preserved lemons. Simmer for 20 2 tbsp tomato purée 500g passata minutes. Season to taste. 400ml vegetable stock (ensure Serve with cous cous or quinoa and a gluten-free and vegan if required) fat-free yogurt, spiced up with some 2 x tins/cartons black beans, drained garam masala (simply stir a teaspoon Salt and pepper of the spice mix through a few 100g frozen spinach tablespoons of the yogurt). You could 2 tbsp chopped coriander also have some salad or vegetables Method on the side. Heat the oil over a medium heat in a large casserole dish. Add the onion and soften for five minutes. Method Soften the onion in the oil for five minutes on a medium heat.

Chickpea & Preserved BLACK BEAN & Lemon Tagine SWEET POTATO STEW Serves 6

I’ve called this a tagine, but I’ve just made it in a normal pan on the hob. If you wanted to make this in a proper tagine in the oven then you can of course, it’ll just take a lot longer! At step four you would transfer it to your tagine and cook at 150°C/ 130°C fan for 1½ to 2 hours. Ingredients 2 tbsp oil 1 onion, large dice 2 heaped tsp ras al hanout 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 1 pepper, large dice 2 pieces of cassia bark/cinnamon sticks 2 tins of chopped tomatoes 2 tins of chickpeas 10 prunes, quartered 2-3 preserved lemons, finely chopped Salt and pepper 36 THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE

I found a recipe for a black bean and sweet potato stew online, it sounded good, but I’ve made some tweaks to make it even more delicious. The great thing is that this recipe is perfect for batch cooking and freezing for a nutritious meal when you can’t be bothered to cook. It’s also cheap to make and contains lots of ingredients you’ve probably already got in your store cupboard.

Add the garlic and spice mix and cook out for 30 seconds, then add the cubed sweet potato and tomato purée and cook for a further 30 seconds, stirring. Add the passata and vegetable stock, along with the drained black beans. Add a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Place the lid on the casserole, and simmer for 30-60 minutes, or until the sweet potato is tender.

Check the seasoning and add more as necessary. Stir in the chopped frozen spinach, until dispersed It’s a gluten-free and vegan recipe and through the sauce. Finish by stirring is perfect served with nutty brown rice through the chopped coriander. and a salad. • thefoodwife.co.uk

If you want a super quick and easy meal then this is perfect. Ready in half an hour but bursting with flavour, this Moroccan-inspired stew can be flung together from a few store cupboard ingredients.

Serves 6


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DRINK WINE & FEEL GOOD LEANNE OLIVIER from Cru Wines talks about how by drinking wine you can help the children at Stepping Stones have a perfect garden... "Join us on Friday 19 November for an online drinks tasting and silent auction on Zoom. Packs are £35 with all profits going to Stepping Stones."

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his month at Cru Wines we are partnering with the Trowbridge-based charity, Stepping Stones to bring you a night of tasty drinks from the comfort of your living room and it's definitely a case of the more the merrier! Stepping Stones is a District Specialist Centre for children aged from birth to 5 years who have special needs. It serves the whole West Wiltshire area. Most of the children who attend Stepping Stones are referred by a paediatrician or other health professional and may have a wide range of different conditions such as Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Autism. Many children have a developmental delay, which means they have had difficulties in learning skills such as walking and talking. Some children have very rare conditions, which mean they have very complex needs. Stepping Stones is a small local charity who

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Leanne Olivier from Cru Wines is helping Stepping Stones fundraise for a new garden

rely on the very generous support of the community to keep their specialist provision open. This year Stepping Stones are attempting to raise £40,000 for their Garden Project which aims to create a suitable outdoor space for the children that attend the centre, and at Cru Wines we’re here to help them! • cruwines.co.uk Join the online wine tasting for £35 for 2 people

Join us on Friday 19 November for an online Drinks Tasting & Silent Auction on Zoom at 7.30pm. Packs are £35 with ALL profits going to Stepping Stones. Just by purchasing a tasting pack, you'll be helping to contribute to the Garden Project. We'll deliver you six different drink samples (enough for 2 people to share), grab a glass and join us online as we talk through a locally produced gin, 2 x beers brewed locally, and 3 x wines. You will receive tasting notes and instructions on how to join the zoom meeting. Members of staff from Stepping Stones will join the event too to talk through how the garden project is going and what else you can do to help contribute. We'll be running a silent auction throughout the tasting so you can help further. Fancy joining us to help the children at Stepping Stones? Order your pack now by finding the Stepping Stones Wine Tasting on the events page of our website. • cruwines.co.uk/collections/ events



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BOOK NOW FOR CHRISTMAS 2 Courses £17.95 3 Courses £23.95 01380 828463 | Seend Cleeve, Wiltshire. SN12 6PX

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PAN FRIED SEA BREAM, CONFIT POTATOES, CHORIZO, SMOKED LEEK, SAMPHIRE, CHICKEN JUS

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CHRISTMAS PUDDING, RUM AND RAISIN ICE CREAM / BRANDY SAUCE WHITE CHOCOLATE PANNA COTTA , RASPBERRY, POPCORN CRUMBLE STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING, TOFFEE SAUCE, VANILLA ICE CREAM CHEESE BOARD The festive menu is available from 1st - 23rd December with booking & pre-order only

01373 832211

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Your wedding day should be the best day of your life, filled with happiness and shared with family and friends. Our Wedding Co-ordinator Janet Harris will be delighted to work with you to ensure your wedding reception is truly memorable.

ALSO AVAILABLE FOR CONFERENCES Frome Road, Southwick, Nr Trowbridge BA14 9QD t 01225 764366 e the.farmhouse@btconnect.com www.farmhousesouthwick.co.uk


WILTSHIRE YEOMAN

Come & try our delicious homemade food!

NOW TAKING CHRISTMAS BOOKINGS! 2 courses £18.99, 3 courses £24.99 LIVE MUSIC NIGHTS See our Facebook page for details ✦ Large children's play area ✦ Doggie friendly ✦ Ample parking ✦ Delicious Sunday lunches ✦ Locally brewed ales

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01225 765370 Chilmark Rd, Trowbridge BA14 9DD www.thewiltshireyeoman.co.uk

Christmas menu served Wednesday - Sunday from 1st – 24th December. Pre-booking Essential.

Starters

Mains

Desserts

Smoked salmon & Roast turkey Traditional Christmas pudding dill pâté Braised beef Homemade chocolate brownie Creamy tomato soup Homemade nut roast Homemade coffee Prawn cocktail crème brûlée Smoked haddock, salmon & cod in a creamy dill sauce Homemade sticky toffee pudding Homemade lentil loaf

2 courses £18.95 or 3 courses £24.95

SMALLER PORTIONS: 2 courses £16.95 or 3 courses £19.95 Please call us on 01225 782581 or book online at theoldhamtree.co.uk


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ROASTED LEMON

Lisa Rockliffe caught up with chef/patron of Roasted Lemon MARIA GRIGORIADI to find out more about this new catering business... Tell us a bit more about Roasted Lemon… Roasted Lemon was a dream that came true! I always wanted to have my own business to provide people with good quality food at a very reasonable price whilst ethically supporting independent business and small suppliers. It is a Mediterranean based catering/ takeaway! I was born and raised on the Greek island of Kos and our country house is full of lemon trees, and this is how the Roasted Lemon was born! We love lemons! What is your background in cooking/hospitality? I have always loved food. As a child I used to follow my father and help him pick fruit and vegetables. I remember in winter we would go and pick olives and make our own olive oil and on our breaks my mother used to make meatballs, bread, feta and we'd sit under the olive trees eating our lunch. I loved those moments. For me cooking is flavours, flavours are memories and memories are special moments with family and friends. I have over 21 years’ experience in hospitality, working as front of house in very good restaurants in Greece before my passion for cooking drove me to study culinary arts and pastry! And here I am. What does Roasted Lemon offer? We offer catering for special events like birthdays, corporate buffets, wedding receptions and wakes. I am busy with private dining, and I work as a personal chef for some families in and around Bath. We also 42 THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE

Roasted Lemon offer beautiful Mediterranean dishes for events with up to 60 guests

"For me cooking is flavours, flavours are memories and memories are special moments with family and friends." offer family meals and pre-ordered bespoke menus. During summer you will find our bicycle in Firs Field park in Combe Down selling Greek pies (spanakopita, feta pie, chicken pie) and traditional Greek puddings like baklava, bougatsa, galaktoboureko and more. What type of food features on your menus? My menus are based on the food of the Mediterranean and use great local ingredients wherever possible. I love shopping, I buy our meat from my S&L Banable Butchers at Moorland Road in Bath and my vegetables from Superstokes on the same road. I want to support small local shops that have great products. What size parties can you cater for? I can cater from small groups up to 60 people.

Do you also offer takeaway and deliveries? If so, tell us more! Yes! We run a daily menu with the classic dishes like pita gyros with pork or chicken and for our vegan friends with homemade revithokeftedes (falafels). To enquire about Roasted Lemon catering your event call 07429 239606. • roastedlemon.co.uk Maria has always loved food and cooking

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WHITEHALL VINEYARD Whitehall Vineyard is an award-winning independent wine grower that brings a taste of rural Wiltshire from the highest quality grapes.

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love of growing, a passion for wine and working with the land, set the Self family on a journey; to hand craft exceptional English wines from their home at Whitehall Farm. Since 1894 and for five generations, the Self family having lovingly worked the land at Whitehall Farm in Lacock, Wiltshire and it is now home to their award-winning vineyard. In spring 2017, 16,000 vines were planted by hand, one by one, covering a total of 11 acres. Situated in Lacock, overlooking the beautiful Avon valley, rich, fertile soils provide perfect conditions for growing. Rondo, Bacchus, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris grapes of the highest quality are cared for and nurtured by a small team. Whitehall Vineyard has delicately hand-crafted wine, with the ambition to create extraordinary and exquisite flavours to enhance any dining experience or to enjoy by itself. Aspiring to bring a taste of rural Wiltshire in every glass, squeezed

The Self family have lovingly worked the land at Whitehall Farm for five generations

“Situated in Lacock, overlooking the beautiful Avon valley, rich, fertile soils provide perfect conditions for growing.” from the highest quality grapes, and committing to making the best possible wine each year. Wiltshire has a long wine-producing history, with vineyards in the county known to exist in Norman times. Today, sheltered by Nethercote Hill, Whitehall Vineyard strives to continue this rich heritage, whilst nationwide excitement grows around the rise of British wines. Since launching four years ago, Whitehall Vineyard has been awarded multiple medals across the full range of wines. Collecting seven medals in the 2021 Independent English Wine Awards, including Gold for the bestselling 2019 Pinot Noir, and six medals in the 2021 Wine GB Awards.

You can buy Whitehall's wines in a beautiful presentation box for Christmas

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If you’re interested in getting involved, Adopt A Vine at the

vineyard, is the perfect way to get hands on with English wine. Offering the rare experience of taking part in harvesting the wine that you drink, and becoming part of the vineyard’s shared story. Available on yearly subscription, the package includes a vineyard tour, a bottle of wine produced from your sponsored vine, 10% off all orders and much more. See the website for full details on what’s included and for pricing. New for Christmas 2021, is the option to gift bottles of wine in a beautiful presentation box, making them perfect gifts for friends and family this festive season. Or treat yourself to a taste of charming British flavours, with a bottle of award-winning Whitehall wine. Shop and view stockists on the website. • whitehallvineyard.co.uk


Enjoy a fabulous Sunday lunch Served every Sunday 12noon - 2pm

Our Sunday lunch menu is carefully prepared by our Head Chef Joe Donson, using local suppliers and homegrown vegetables from our kitchen garden. Private Dining also available | Booking recommended

Now also taking Christmas Bookings

Beanacre, Nr Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 7PU | 01225 703700 | reception@beechfieldhouse.co.uk | beechfieldhouse.co.uk

The Red Lion

W O O L V E R T O N Homecooked food served all day at this family friendly country pub. You can also enjoy great tasting Wadworth beers in our spacious dining room or large garden.

Now taking bookings for Christmas. 2 Courses £19, 3 Courses £25 Available from 1st – 22nd Dec, pre-booking essential 01373 830350 | www.redlionwoolverton.co.uk | Bath Road, Woolverton, Somerset BA2 7QS


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GET-TOGETHER AT WOOLLEY GRANGE

The beautiful setting of WOOLLEY GRANGE HOTEL is perfect for a meet up with family and friends this Christmastime. Dean Westcar is the new Head Chef. A semi-finalist on BBC Masterchef: The Professionals and a previous Head Chef at Restaurant Hywel Jones, Lucknam Park, he sure knows his onions! Using homegrown vegetables from the hotel’s extensive gardens where possible and other ingredients of local provenance, Dean’s menus offer freshness and finely balanced flavours.

The stunning manor house

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here’s something rather magical about Woolley Grange over the festive period. As you enter you are greeted by the sight of this beautiful Jacobean manor house and gardens. Warm lights and cosy log fires draw you in from the cold and friendly staff welcome you in as though you were an old friend come to visit. Here you can feel both completely at home and utterly spoilt! This year the hotel is offering a choice of three festive menus for private groups. Priced at £25, £32 or £40 per person for a three course lunch or dinner, they include sumptuous starters such as crispy Southview Farm egg, cheddar cheese custard, smoked Wiltshire ham hock or wild mushroom, tarragon, hazelnut, black garlic and truffle on sourdough; mouthwatering mains such as

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Kelly Bronze Springate turkey with apricot and chestnut stuffing and all the trimmings or barbequed gilt head sea bream, green beans, potato purée, brown shrimp, herb salsa; and delicious desserts, such as Christmas pudding parfait, orange, blackcurrant sorbet or “XOCOL8” dark chocolate, blackberry, lemon mille-feuille. There is a vegan option on each menu and, with prior notice, all special diets can be catered for. Dean Westcar

There is a choice of selecting one of the hotel’s private dining rooms for groups of 8-22 people or, for smaller gatherings, eating in the hotel restaurant. To book, please email events@woolleygrangehotel.co.uk or call 01225 864705. • woolleygrangehotel.co.uk

"This year the hotel is offering a choice of three festive menus for private groups. Priced at £25, £32 or £40 per person for a three course lunch or dinner"


THE BELL

AT S TA N D E R W I C K

REAL ALES & LIVE MUSIC From leather jackets to suits, workboots to shiny shoes & mohicans to combovers, you’ll get a warm friendly welcome at The Three Horseshoes.

LIVE MUSIC EVERY FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY

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CHRISTMAS IS COMING! 2 COURSES £20.50 | 3 COURSES £25.50 See our full menu online!

We offer a traditional yet varied menu, including a hugely popular Sunday Carvery, and a selection of cask condition Badger Beers. OPEN Tues-Sat: 12noon-3pm & 5.30pm-10pm, Sun: 12noon-5pm

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CHRISTMAS AT LONGLEAT LONGLEAT is being transformed into a magical wonderland of festive fun and adventure this winter.

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unning from 6 November 2021 to 3 January 2022, Christmas at Longleat is a brand-new family event featuring everything from Britain’s tallest Singing Christmas Tree and Santa Trains, to the illuminated hedge maze and festive storytelling featuring real-live flying owls. Britain's tallest Singing Christmas Tree is back with a spectacular 15-minute show featuring 80,000 pixel mapped lights, 3D video projection and flurries of snow while singing and a selection of favourite yuletide tunes.

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A Flight Before Christmas

Visitors can walk through a 50-metre-long tunnel of lights which react and dance to the sounds of sleigh bells, festive cheer and a crackling fire. A display of lights will transform the giant facade of Longleat House into a series of festive scenes as visitors wander among a forest of 100 decorated Christmas Trees.

There will be a winter wonderland snow-strewn trail with illuminated flowers through the Monkey Temple and the pathways of Longleat’s famous hedge maze are being covered with thousands of twinkling fairy lights and glittering disco balls. Main Square will be alive with the sound of carol singing and daily performances, while visitors will be able to enjoy the magical ‘A Flight Before Christmas’ in


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"Visitors can walk through a 50-metrelong tunnel of lights which react and dance to the sounds of sleigh bells, festive cheer and a crackling fire."

The Santa Train will be picking up passengers and bringing them to meet Father Christmas

the Longhouse as festive tales are brought to life by the aerial grace and agility of flying tawny, barn and eagle owls. The hugely popular Santa Train will be picking up passengers from Longleat Central Station to whisk them away to a magical woodland grotto to meet Father Christmas himself. During the day, visitors can enjoy all of Longleat’s animal and adventure attractions, including the Winter Safari Drivethrough, Koala Creek, Jungle Kingdom, Jungle Cruise and ever popular Adventure Castle.

Longleat House at Christmas

Admission prices: Adult Off Peak £36.95, Peak £39.95, Child (3-15) Off Peak £27.70, Peak £29.95, Under 3s Free. For more

information and to book online visit the website. • longleat.co.uk/christmas-at-longleat

The Enchanted Christmas Tree Show

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CROCKERTON, WARMINSTER, WILTSHIRE OPEN MONDAY - SATURDAY 8.30-5.30, SUNDAY 10.30-4.30

01985 217 413 | info@fonthill-lakeside.com


shopping

Christmas Shopping

It has never been more important to shop local, so try to do just that this Christmas with these great local retailers on your doorstep...

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BONBON CHIC

Davies of Westbury have great gifts for cooks

Bonbon Chic was first set up in Frome in 2012 and opened its second store in Warminster in 2018. Both shops have gone from strength to strength, with stock changing on a daily basis. Specialising in a mix of clothing, accessories, gifts, homewares and cards, at Bon Bon Chic you’ll find a mix of textures and colours to delight the senses and make you smile! Goods are sourced from the UK and worldwide and many are handmade and Fair Trade. The shops are located at 14 High Street, Warminster and 9 Catherine Hill Frome and are open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm and on Sundays from 11am to 4pm. If you wish you can browse their online shop too! 01985 219526 | bonbonchicshop.co.uk

If you have a budding artist in the family these workshops are a fantastic gift idea. There are a wide range of workshops and classes on offer including art skills, macrame, silver smithing and kiln formed glass making. What’s more, new workshops are regularly added to the calendar. As well as the opportunity to learn a new skill the classes are an ideal creative outlet, good for mind and body! Visit the website for more information or find them on Facebook and Instagram. 07878 252103 | thecourtstreetgallery.co.uk

Bonbon Chic offers an eclectic mix of items sourced from the UK and worldwide The Court Gallery's workshops are great for creative types

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Davies of Westbury also stock a huge range of gifts for every member of the family. Pick up a catalogue in store and get choosing! The difference between a family run business and the huge superstores is that they can offer you more choice and a much more personal service – as well as free delivery in and around Westbury. 0845 291 6015 | daviesofwestbury.co.uk

"If you have a budding artist in the family DRIVE-TECH LTD these workshops Drive-Tech Ltd are Skid Control, make a fantastic gift Karting and 4x4 Off Road experts. idea." The Court Street Gallery Providing unforgettable Covid-safe DAVIES OF WESTBURY

THE COURT STREET GALLERY

all the Christmas cook needs, from sugarcraft, decorations and ribbons, to cookware, casseroles and small appliances.

If you are getting your home ready for Christmas then head to Davies of Westbury. A family run business, they are celebrating 40 years this year so are very experienced serving the local community. If you need to get the house ready their DIY department is fully stocked, plus they have lots of seasonal decorations in store as well as logs and fuel to keep you cosy. As well as that they have

driving experiences that make great gifts any time of the year for all your family and friends. After a challenging year give some festive cheer. Discover new experiences that'll make perfect Christmas gifts, ready to enjoy and make memories. It’s all about thrills, skills and adventures at this family run business. Vouchers, from £40, valid for 18 months. For a gift that truly lasts see


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YEARS IN BUSINESS

A family run business situated in the heart of Westbury

GIFTS, ladies wear & accessories

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FOR ALL YOUR NEEDS IN & AROUND THE HOME • DIY • Hand & Power Tools • Gardening • Plumbing • Heating • Logs & Fuels • Electricals • Decorating • Cooking • Sugarcraft FREE DELIVERY TO WESTBURY & SURROUNDS OPEN Monday to Saturday 9am - 5.30pm (Sunday CLOSED)

24 Edward Street, Westbury, BA13 3BD

Tel 01373 822431

www.daviesofwestbury.co.uk

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Court Street Gallery

OPEN MON - SAT 9.30am - 5pm SUN 11am - 4pm 14 High Street, Warminster BA12 9AE • 01985 219526 info@bonbonchic.co.uk • www.bonbonchicshop.co.uk 9 Catherine Hill, Frome BA11 1BY • 01373 464412

GREAT GIFT IDEAS!

WORKSHOPS ARE BACK

Visit The Court Street Gallery in Trowbridge to get your creative hit!

We have a range of workshops and classes on offer, these include Art Skills, Macrame, Silver Smithing and Kiln Formed Glass Making. New workshops are constantly being added to our calendar. We also host creative parties, kids & grownups welcome! Gallery opening times are Thursday & Friday from 10am - 2pm, many of our workshops run outside these times. Visit www.thecourtstreetgallery.co.uk for more information

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shopping Drive-Tech's vouchers are perfect for any motorsport fan

Cordens Christmas Shop is open now!

the website or give their team a call today. 01249 783010 | drivetechltd.co.uk

LAKESIDE GARDEN CENTRE

drink and slice of homemade cake. 01985 217413 | fonthill-lakeside.com

RIGHT ANGLE PICTURE FRAMING

A beautiful picture can really set off Lakeside Garden Centre is a family a room, and ensuring it really sings run business that has been serving is a job requiring an expert eye. gardeners in the West of England for Right Angle Picture Framing has over fifty years. The centre is based been part of Corsham High Street in Crockerton, on the outskirts of for more than 35 years, so they’ve Warminster, and benefits from a had a lot of experience framing beautiful position on the edge of a huge variety of items in many a lake, ideal for taking in the view, different ways. Whether you have an even on cold wintry days. antique oil painting, classic album cover, sporting memorabilia, military Whenever you visit Lakeside, honours or even simple family which is open 7 days a week, photographs, they can frame almost you can be assured of a friendly anything and make it look fantastic welcome, top-quality products and – a great gift idea for those who are knowledgeable advice for everyone impossible to buy for! In the last from the novice to the expert. In few years they have worked for the addition to the wide range of trees, American Museum in Britain & the shrubs, patio plants and perennials, Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock. The at this time of year you’ll also find experience and skills they have learnt a great selection of gift ideas, there feeds back into the work they beautiful Christmas decorations, do for their regular customers too. seasonal plants and, from December, If you are keen to mount your own premium quality Christmas trees. pictures, Right Angle also sell readyThat, and you can enjoy the beautiful made frames, mount board by the setting in the café with a warming sheet and moulding by the length.

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They also stock a wide variety of art materials, including Winsor & Newton, perfect gifts for the artist in the family. 01249 716051 | rightanglepictureframing.co.uk

S L CORDEN & SONS Cordens is a traditional ironmongers on Warminster High Street. The store is so much more to local residents though, and operates 10 departments over three floors, covering: kitchenware, DIY, ironmongery, tools, electrical, gardening, camping, locks and key cutting, sugarcraft and gifts. As an independent firm, they are renowned for their helpful and cheerful staff (many of whom have been in the shop between 6 and 20 years), their ability to solve problems, and being able to source unusual items quickly. Their famous Christmas Shop is also now open for all your decoration requirements, pop in and have a look, and if you are looking for gifts and stocking fillers - you won’t be disappointed with their selection. 01985 212115 | slcorden.com

STRAWBERRY BLUE Based in The Shambles, Bradford on Avon, Strawberry Blue is a home and gift store that’s perfect for


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IN CORSHAM

RIGHT ANGLE Picture Framing

For all types of picture framing & art materials too. OPEN MONDAY TO SATURDAY

10am-1pm for collections & purchases 1pm-4pm for consultations (by appointment) 20 High Street, Corsham SN13 0ES

Tel 01249 716051

www.rightanglepictureframing.co.uk

S.L. Corden & Sons We are a traditional hardware store with a modern twist. Come to us for...

An emporium of gifts for every occasion

Christmas Shop Now Open! 6A The Shambles, Bradford on AVon

01225 920290 | strawberrybluehome.co.uk

• Household Items • Sugarcraft • Gifts • Ironmongery • Tools • Paint • DIY • Electrical • Key Cutting • Gardening • Camping Equipment

THE CHRISTMAS SHOP IS NOW OPEN! 4 High Street, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 9AE 01985 212115 | slcorden.com | Find us on

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shopping Strawberry Blue is packed with original and top quality gift ideas

"From jewellery and fashion accessories to home scents, cookware, books and stationery, there’s something for every member of the family."

you need to get prepped for the festive season including beautiful Christmas wreaths and garlands, indoor and outdoor lights, baubles and tree ornaments, decorations, picture frames, calendars, candles and oil burners, gifts, children’s toys and much more!

Strawberry Blue

brands like Emma Bridgwater. There is also a great selection of cards and wrapping paper to make your gifts look sensational. The store is open Tuesday to Saturday – be sure to pop in for a browse or take a look at their fab online store. picking up Christmas gifts. From jewellery and fashion accessories to home scents, cookware, books and stationery, there’s something for every member of the family. Each item in the store has been specially selected for quality, charm and originality and includes top Trowbridge Garden Centre is renowned for its Christmas department

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01225 920290 | strawberrybluehome.co.uk

TROWBRIDGE GARDEN CENTRE Based on the outskirts of our county town this ever popular garden centre has now opened its Christmas department, and as usual it is packed full with everything

And don’t forget the garden! As well as winter hanging baskets, they also carry mistletoe and real Christmas wreaths, holly and ivy as well as indoor plants like poinsettias, bulbs for forcing and all your winter garden sundries. Also on site are Garden Affairs, Room to Groom, The Nail Lounge, Premium Tubs, Paul’s Double Glazing Repairs, Hair by Angela White, Foot Clinic and Kalahari Kitchen as well as the popular Bay Tree Café, serving breakfasts, snacks, hot meals, teas and coffees. 01225 763927 | trowbridgegardencentre.co.uk


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Our Christmas Department is NOW OPEN!!!

at 288 Frome Rd, Trowbridge, Wilts BA14 0DT www.trowbridgegardencentre.co.uk Tel 01225

763927

Christmas Trees, Gifts, Lights, Children’s Toys, Decorations, Wreaths, Garlands & much much more! Also home to The Bay Tree Café, Garden Affairs, Room to Groom, The Nail Lounge, Premium Tubs, Paul’s Double Glazing Repairs, Hair by Angela, The Foot Clinic & Kalahari Kitchen

CHRISTMAS TREES, WREATHS & MISTLETOE ON SALE NOW!

GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE HERE

BEAUTIFUL PLANTS ALL GROWN ON BRITISH NURSERIES

• Bedding & Annuals • Perennials • Veg & Herbs • Trees & Shrubs • Climbers • Roses

PLUS: Pots & Planters • Compost • Fertilisers & Chemicals • Bulbs & Seeds • Tools • Sundries OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK: Monday - Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

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Marsh Road, Hilperton, Wiltshire BA14 7PL Tel 01225 571331


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IN THE FRAME

FIONA TURNBULL from Lacock Photography discusses her Beginner’s Digital Photography course - it's an ideal Christmas gift!

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acock Photography is an independent photography training school based in the historic Lacock village. It was established in 2010 and since then we have run thousands of successful courses and now offer over 20 different photography workshops. Our most popular course is the Beginner’s Digital Photography (Part 1), which is taught by me, and runs several times every month. If you are thinking about taking up photography or improving your understanding of the basics, this one-day workshop is the perfect place to start. Let’s go over the key course details and what you can expect from this great day out!

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE You don’t need any previous experience to come on the Beginner’s Digital Photography (Part 1). The course is suitable for everyone from complete beginners to those looking to brush up on the photography fundamentals.

Class sizes are kept small so everyone enjoys a personalised learning experience

10am, kicking off with a classroombased tutorial before heading out for DSLR, mirrorless or bridge cameras a photoshoot in the heart of Lacock. are suitable for this workshop. If On returning from your village you’re holding off on investing in a camera, we can lend you one free of expedition, I will show you how to download and review your images charge for the day! in Photoshop Elements or Adobe Lightroom, concluding the workshop COURSE FORMAT at around 4.30pm. The Beginner’s Digital Photography (Part 1) gives you all the photography CLASS SIZE knowledge and practical skills you The Beginner’s Digital Photography need to improve the quality of your (Part 1) is limited to six students. photographs. The day begins at For us, small classes are an absolute must, ensuring every student enjoys a personalised learning experience, with plenty of time for questions and individual pointers.

CAMERA EQUIPMENT

PRICE The Beginner’s Digital Photography (Part 1) costs £125 per person. To book your place on the Beginner’s Digital Photography (Part 1) or to have browse through our other workshops, check out our website. The Beginner's Digital Photography course is suitable even for complete beginners

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DAYKIN ESTATES

Wiltshire's newest estate agent is behind a great Christmas inititative, 'Heart of Christmas' that will help bring festive cheer!

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aykin Estates was established earlier this year with the sole purpose of providing a personalised approach to the sales and lettings industry. A family run business with over 20 years' combined experience they have the knowledge and understanding of the full sales and letting cycle to help ensure anyone who deals with them get a top notch experience. As the company looks forward to its first Christmas the team is beginning a new tradition that sees them give back to the community. Their new ‘Heart of Christmas’ inititative is about helping people who need some extra Christmas cheer this year. Marketing Manager Ria Cummins says, "If the pandemic has taught us anything it’s to be kind and think of others around us. So many have struggled over the last 18 months, some have lost loved ones, their jobs and even their homes. We know it’s not possible to help everyone but the 'Heart of Christmas' appeal helps highlight those most deserving of our help." All you have to do to get involved is nominate someone who you think is deserving of a special Chrsitmas surprise. Email your nominations to xmas@daykinestates.co.uk. Alternatively, you can also get in touch if you are a local business who'd like to play your part in planning the surprises! Ria continues, "The heartfelt emails we have received already has shown us the struggles so many have had to endure and the kindness so many

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The team at Daykin Estates

"Their new ‘Heart of Christmas’ inititative is about helping people who need some extra Christmas cheer this year." have shared with others around them despite their own struggles. It’s inspiring to read them all and the decision we make on who to help and how will be a hard one. "As well as the 'Heart of Christmas' our team is also look to helping other people throughout the community by fundraising for local charities and sponsoring local schools and businesses, we feel this is more important than ever. "We will be working closely with Westbury Leigh Community Centre to help them fundraise, by sponsoring and getting involved in various events going forward. The work they do at the Community

Centre is so important and with no financial support from the Government, any extra help is appreciated. "We will also be supporting a local charity, Alzheimer’s Support, with various fundraising events going forward. This will include a charity skydive next year, amongst other things! Again, the work Alzheimer’s Support do across Wiltshire is incredible and is something that is close to several of the Daykin Estates team member's hearts. Remember to email nominations to xmas@daykinestates.co.uk. • daykinestates.co.uk



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Here are some of the top jobs to be getting on with in the garden this month... Clear leaves from paths, lawns and ponds

1. Clear fallen leaves This isn’t just to keep the garden tidy, wet leaves can be slippery on paths, and leave your lawns soggy and brown. It’s also especially important to clear leaves from ponds to ensure water is healthy for fish and other wildlife. Leaves can be gathered up to make leafmould. 2. Raise containers up onto feet to prevent waterlogging In wet weather, raise pots up off the ground on ‘feet’ or similar to keep the bottom of the pot out of the water and prevent compost freezing. 3. Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display Tulips are amongst the most popular of bulbs, valued for their brilliant flower colours and shapes. Plant in autumn for a show of spring flowers. Choose from a large range to suit the situation. 4. Prune roses to prevent wind-rock Shrub and bush roses can grow very tall by autumn; cut back stems by between a third and half their height. This will stop the plants swaying in the wind and becoming loose in the soil. 66 THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE

5. Plant out winter bedding Combining it with evergreens ensures good colour and interest throughout autumn and beyond, and by limiting your colour palette (purple, white and green is a good mix) it looks a bit more contemporary. 6. Cover brassicas with netting if pigeons are a problem. Pigeons peck at leaves, tearing them, often just leaving the stalks and larger leaf veins behind. To avoid accidentally trapping or injuring birds and other animals, always ensure netting is kept taut, and check regularly for holes Plant tulips in November for a great display next spring

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athryn Smith Cowap, a wish to include a formula so that Partner in the Private Client the sum equates to 10% of your team at Wansbroughs net estate (thus qualifying your Solicitors provides an overview of Kathryn Smith Cowap how you might wish to use your Will to benefit charity.

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You might decide to leave the whole or a percentage of your residuary estate – what is left after liabilities, debts, funeral expenses, taxes and cash gifts have been paid – to one or more charities.

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Alexine Moran, an Associate in the Private Client department at GOUGHS SOLICITORS, gives her top tips on making a Will.

part from the usual considerations to have when making a Will, such as choosing trustworthy Executors, Trustees and guardians, ensuring you have replacement Executors and Trustees, it is important to also be aware of the less common factors. Top tips for making a Will: 1. Select who is drafting your Will carefully It’s always better that a professional drafts your Will. That way you will be advised to your individual circumstances, whilst ensuring the Will is executed (signed) in the required format. If it is not it can be deemed invalid and consequently, if there is no prior Will to turn to, your estate will fall under the intestacy rules (and may not reach your intended individuals).

Associate Private Client Solicitor Alexine Moran

explanation, making it easier for everyone to understand why the Will has been prepared the way that it has.

3. Aware of an illness – things to consider When one is not well, or is diagnosed "When one is not well it with an illness, it often prompts a often prompts a person person to review their affairs, and preparing a Will is often a part to review their affairs, and preparing a Will is of that. If the illness could affect the functioning of your mind, for often a part of that." instance, Alzheimer’s or Dementia, it is advisable to have a professional 2. Make your wishes known mental capacity assessment prepared If you have made a provision in your to confirm capacity for making a Will. Will, for example, leaving your estate in unequal shares to beneficiaries, i.e. It will serve as a supporting document children, it may cause upset. When a to your Will and would be very helpful loved one has passed away, emotions should a Will ever be questioned can run high, and some may react in or challenged (in circumstance as a way that is not expected. Therefore, outlined above). Will disputes are on the rise and the more you can it’s always advisable to leave a letter support your reasoning the better. with your Will explaining why it has been drafted in the manner that 4. Store your Will in a safe place it has and explaining the rationale Always store your Will in a safe place, behind it. The letter could offer an 70 THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE

such as a safe, or often the popular choice is at a solicitor’s office in a strong room. It follows that you should have a copy of your Will amongst your paperwork at home, clearly showing where the original is being stored so that when the time comes it makes it easy for your Will to be located. 5. Review your Will every 3-5 years Where possible, try to review your Will every 3-5 years, or if your circumstances have changed, as your new situation may not be in line with the provisions of your Will. Lastly, should you marry, be aware that a marriage revokes a Will and, again, if there is no previous Will to turn to, your estate will fall under the intestacy rules. For more information, or to make or amend a Will, contact Goughs Solicitors on info@goughs.co.uk. • goughs.co.uk



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THE SANTA & ELF RUN IS BACK IN DECEMBER! There is no entry charge for Santa’s little helpers aged under 2.

available for supporters to buy from the Jolly Refectory.

Friends and family are very welcome to come and cheer on the Santa and Elf Run along the route as the runners pass through the grounds of Bath Spa University with refreshments will be

Sign up today on the website - find out more on events page. • dorothyhouse.org.uk/get-involved/ events/santa-elf-run-2021/

This Christmas-tastic family fun run is open to all ages and takes place along a 2.5km course through the beautiful grounds of Bath Spa University; via scenic footpaths, a “castle”, a lake and even a garden temple! Participants can choose to do the 2.5km route once or twice to make it a 5km run. The entry fee is £7.50 for children aged 2-11 (who’ll receive a free elf hat to add to their own elftastic outfit) and £15 for participants aged 12+ (who’ll receive an amazing ho, ho, ho Santa hat, beard, jacket and trousers).

The Santa & Elf Run returns on Sunday 5 December!

GRANDMA’S FUNDRAISING PARACHUTE JUMP

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Bromham-based Grandma has jumped 14,000 feet from a plane to raise nearly £900 to support Julia’s House children’s hospice.

The charity cares for Helen Plummer’s granddaughter Ellie Humphries, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was just six months old.

After several operations, the four-yearold’s tumour is now stable and her family hopes she will start mainstream school next year. Helen said, “It’s been a really difficult time and the care Julia’s House has provided throughout has been incredible – all the nurses and carers are so lovely. And it’s not just Ellie they support, but her brother, mum and dad too.”

Helen Plummer makes her Big Jump for Julia’s House.

“I wanted to do something to give back to Julia’s House, so I decided to take part in their Big Jump event at Netheravon Airfield” said Helen. “Ellie made me do it really – I’m terrified of heights, so I wouldn’t have done it if it hadn’t been for her.” Nicky Clack, Fundraising Assistant for Julia’s House, said, “Helen was incredibly brave to conquer her fear of heights to complete the Big Jump skydive for Julia’s House. The funds she’s raised will help us to keep caring for more local families like theirs. We can’t thank her enough.” You can donate to Helen’s Big Jump Skydive challenge at www.justgiving.com/ fundraising/Helen-Plummer6 Find out more about Julia’s House, and their fundraising events, on their website. • juliashouse.org/together-we-care

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3 BATH PLAYERS PICKED FOR ENGLAND Bath Rugby have three forwards selected in Englands EPS squad for the upcoming Autumn Nations Series.

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of well cooked chicken nuggets, chips and baked beans mind you. The nadir of my experience with my children came when it was the older one’s 8th birthday party. She, knowing I bake every day near enough, said something along the lines of, “Daddy I think I’d rather have a Jurassic World dinosaur cake from the shop rather than you make me one”. Bless her she didn’t know how wounded I was. She didn’t see me slink upstairs and have a quiet weep in a darkened room!!!

In the last year or so I have tackled sourdough (didn’t everybody?!), bread and cakes of all descriptions and from all corners, authentic

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myself I make a mean Christmas pudding and even did a vegan one this year which I think went pretty well. It’s quite a pressure though as obviously you won’t know whether it’s actually any good or not until they serve it on ‘The Day’, by which time it’s all a little too late if it’s not up to scratch! I thought I’d get ahead of the game and buy all the ingredients before I knew how much I would need. All well and good until I realised my 2 pint pudding basins are actually 1 pint so ended up getting twice as much of everything. Cue an interesting

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