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June 2017 // issue 94


une can often feel like a bit of an inbetween month those first days of spring feel like a long time ago, but it’s not quite time to jet off on those longed for summer holidays. Don’t worry though, our June edition is stuffed full of ideas for how you can pass the time! Some of the best events of the year are coming up over the next few weeks, including Frome Open Studios and, perfect for cycling enthusiasts, the Warminster Wobble (p14). We preview both, and take a closer look at Frome Festival, which will be heading our way from early July. On the food front we have great salad recipes to try at home (p31) plus there’s the chance to win a vegbox worth £25 from Lovejoys Wholesale (p30). We meet the new head chef at Woolley Grange Hotel (p34) and have all the latest goings on from around the area too (p36 & 38). If you’ve enjoyed the coverage of Chelsea and want to go out and enjoy some great gardens yourself then we have some fantastic options right on our doorsteps - see our top ten (p43) local gardens to explore over the coming months.




All that, and we still have all your usual favourites, plus ideas on great gifts to give your dad this Father’s Day. Enjoy.

Lisa Rockliffe, Editor Follow us on Twitter... @westwiltsmag Read online...

in this issue... LOCAL LISTINGS What’s on in June


LOCAL NEWS Round up of news & events Frome Open Studios Warminster Wobble TT Cycles open a new store Frome Festival preview

12 14 14 18 20

FOOD & DRINK Eat The Seasons Salad recipes Meet the chef at Woolley Grange Food News

30 31 34 36

HOMES & GARDENS Whitehall Garden Centres


Stay cool in bed this summer Cheverell Chantry Court retirement village

54 60 64

FEATURES Father’s Day gift ideas 10 great gardens to visit Changes to social care?

23 43 62

BATH RUGBY We review the 2016/17 season


COMPETITIONS & PUZZLES Win a vegbox from Lovejoys! Quiz, wordsearch & sudoku

14 72

COMMENT The Last Word



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With its world-famous arias, La Traviata is the perfect introduction to Glyndebourne. A VOICE FOR NEPAL 16 June, 7.30pm Tickets: £10 An evening of singing and music with Steeple Rock Choir and others

Professor Lord Robert Winston, Wiltshire Music Centre


Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES Box Office: 01225 709887 For full listings go to the website.

PIRATES VS MERMAIDS / PETER PAN 24 June, 11.45am Tickets: £9 (Concs £7) Children from Our Little Characters at The Arc Theatre present: ‘Pirates vs Mermaids’ then Characters Bath Group present: ‘Peter Pan’ - by Piers Chater Robinson. Suitable for all the family, this Characters double bill is a must see.

THE MANFREDS 1 June, 7.30pm Tickets: £21 Manfred Mann is now considered, more WILTSHIRE MUSIC CENTRE Ashley Rd, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1DZ than ever, one of the finest and most Box Office: 01225 860100 respected bands from that era. For full listings go to the website. THE ARC THEATRE College Road, Trowbridge, BA14 0ES BATH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Box Office: 01225 756376 11 June, 3pm Tickets: £15 Dance around the world: a concert for BEAUTY & THE BEAST JR. the whole family. 7-9 June, 2pm & 7pm Tickets: £8 (Concs £6) LA TRAVIATA: LIVE FROM Based on the original Broadway GLYNDEBOURNE FESTIVAL production Disney’s Beauty and the 14 June, 6.45pm Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the Tickets: £15 story of transformation and tolerance.



GBH BIG BAND WITH LIFTED VOICES CHOIR 18 June, 3pm Tickets: £15 Who’s afraid of the big-band wolf? PROFESSOR LORD ROBERT WINSTON 21 June, 7.30pm Tickets: £17 (Concs £8.50) Modifying Humans: where does genetics stop?

POUND ARTS CENTRE Pound Pill, Corsham, SN13 9HX Box Office: 01249 701628 For full listings go to the website.

DAME NATURE, THE MAGNIFICENT BEARDED LADY 9 June, 7.30pm Tickets: £12 (Concs £11 ) Moisturise. Oil. Comb. Repeat. Dame Nature is a bearded lady who has been looking after her facial furniture for as long as she can remember. Join her on a journey of self-discovery, as she uncovers the exploitation that has trapped her for decades. Age guidance 12+






Ian Hunter & The Rant Band

Andy Parsons

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

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| events TINBONE 10 June, 7.30pm Tickets: £10 Tinbone bring their unique folk rock style to The Pound with songs from their new album. Proceeds to support Julian House. RICHARD DURRANT: STRINGHENGE 24 June, 7.30pm Tickets: £14 (Concs £13) Stringhenge is unplugged allowing you to hear and feel the vibrations of the wood in some incredible guitars. It’s real roots music linking the mesolithic to the 21st century. BARTOSZ GLOWACKI 28 June, 1pm Tickets £7 (Concs £4) Polish Young Musician of the year in 2009, Bartosz is one of the leading lights of a new generation of accordionists. EDINBURGH COMEDY PREVIEW: ED GAMBLE & AHIR SHAH 29 June, 8pm Tickets: £8 Ed Gamble Ahir Shah come to the Pound Arts to test the material for their upcoming Edinburgh show. EDINBURGH COMEDY PREVIEW: MATT FORDE & NAZ OSMANOGLU 30 June, 8pm Tickets: £8 Matt Forde and Naz Osmanoglu road test material for their Edinburgh show.


Bath Rd, Frome BA11 2HG Box Office: 01373 465949 For full listings go to the website. SOHO CINDERS 10 June, 7.45pm Tickets: £10.50 Written by Stiles and Drewe in collaboration with Elliot Davis, Soho Cinders is a hilarious, satirical take on the classic tale of Cinderella.



NTL: PETER PAN 11 June, 3pm Tickets: £16 (Concs £10.50) All children, except one, grow up… Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale comes to the Merlin this summer. MY FRIEND LESTER 16 June, 7.45pm Tickets: £15.50 (Concs £13.50) Billie Holiday and Lester Young recorded such great music together it was impossible for many to believe they were not lovers… or were they?


Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2LG Tel: 01249 730459 Normal admission applies unless otherwise stated PLANTS IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT Until 18 June, 10.30am FREE (normal admission applies) An exhibition of botanical photograms by scientist and artist, Jan Ramscar, at the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - NETTIE EDWARDS Until 30 June, 11am LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS FREE (normal admission applies) 21- 24 June, 7.30pm Throughout weekdays in June, artist Tickets: £10.50 (Concs £7.50) in residence Nettie Edwards will Selwood Academy presents this spoof be demonstrating how to create of a 1950s sci-fi movie. beautiful ethereal images called anthotypes. She will be using dye NTL: SALOMÉ made from crushed plants and 26 June, 7pm exposure to direct sunlight. Tickets: £16 (Concs £10.50) Acclaimed director Yaël Farber draws TOWN HALL ARTS on multiple accounts to create her Trowbridge Town Hall, Trowbridge urgent, hypnotic production which BA14 8EQ will be broadcast live from the stage Tel: 01225 774306 of the National Theatre.

THE ATHENAEUM CENTRE 18-20 High St, Warminster, BA12 9AE Box Office: 01985 213891 For full listings go to the website.

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (Cert 12A) 14 June, 7.30pm Tickets: £5.50 This acclaimed comedy tells the story of a national manhunt ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush. BACKWARDS BROADWAY 17 June, 7.30pm Tickets: £10 A Warminster School Production in aid of Dorothy House featuring songs from well-known musicals.

PRINT PLUS MEET THE ARTISTS Until 24 June 12 Noon FREE The members of Somerset Printmakers use print techniques including lino, woodcuts and etching to cover a broad range of subjects from pure abstraction to figurative and landscape images. NT Live: Peter Pan, Merlin Theatre

Shiny Duo Fern, Chris Kampf

Sculpture to Enhance a Garden

15 & 16 July, 11am-5pm, Entry £3 at the gate. at 165 Newbridge Hill, Bath BA1 3PX. Three local sculptors, Hayley Jones, Karen Edward & Chris Kampf, come together to share their love of nature through sculpture. SCULPTURES ALSO AVAILABLE FOR SALE.

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| events BACON 30 June, 7.30pm Tickets: £11 (Concs £9) Pip Utton is taking on the role of Francis Bacon following his stunning performances as Maggie Thatcher, Churchill and Hitler.

5 The Bridge, Frome BA11 1AR Box Office: 01373 455420 For full listings go to the website.

BATH ARTISAN MARKET Green Park Station, Bath BA1 1JB Every 2nd & 3rd Sunday, Bath’s biggest monthly gathering of independent artists, designer-makers, vintage sellers and local food producers.

IAN HUNTER & THE RANT BAND 17 June, 8pm Tickets: £22.50 Ian Hunter is one of rock n roll’s most compelling performers, as well as one of its most articulate songwriters.

ACOUSTIC OAK The Royal Oak, Corsham SN13 0HF 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 June, 8pm Tickets: £2 Singers and spotlight nights for more info go to


LEBANESE DEMO, DINNER & DANCING Neston Farm Shop, Atworth SN12 8HP 16 June, 7pm Tickets: £25 Join the fabulous Wafaa Powell for an evening of Lebanese food demos, dinner and dancing! For those of you who know Wafaa, you will know her favourite thing alongside cooking, is Bellydancing! Joining in isn’t compulsory but you know you’ll love it if you give it a go!


Lamb Inn, Mortimer Street, Trowbridge Doors open: 7.30pm OPEN MIC NIGHT 16 June Tickets: £3

BRADFORD-ON-AVON FOLK CLUB AT THE SWAN Website: Email: Contact Phil Deverall on 01380 870734 ANTOINE ARCHITEUTHIS 27 June, 8pm FREE Antoine is a singer/songwriter who creates his own brand of acoustic folk rock using the beautiful Irish bouzouki. SINGAROUND 6, 13, & 20 June FREE, 8pm

OTHERS CORSHAM CREATIVE MARKET Springfield Community Campus, SN13 9DN 3 June, 11am-3pm


FREE One of Wiltshire’s best up and coming craft markets where over 30 local stallholders gather to sell handmade, home produced goods. For details email


ROMEO & JULIET The Tithe Barn, Bradford on Avon BA15 1LE 28 June – 1 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £12 (Concs £10) The multi-award-winning Bradfordians are proud to present Shakespeare’s greatest love story in the wonderful atmospheric setting of the Tithe Barn. BOX UKELELE FESTIVAL The Queen’s Head, Box SN13 8NH 8 July, 2pm – 10pm A fun afternoon and evening of ukulele music and mayhem, with all proceeds going directly to Dorothy House Hospice Care.

THE THREE HORSESHOES Frome Road, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LA Tel: 01225 865876 All gigs are FREE and start at 9pm


WILTSHIRE FARMERS MARKETS BRADFORD ON AVON 3rd Thursday of the month in Westbury Gardens CORSHAM Every Tuesday, 9am – 1pm DEVIZES 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month, 9am – 1pm TROWBRIDGE 2nd & 4th Friday of each month, 9am – 1pm WARMINSTER 1st & 3rd Friday of each month, 9am – 1pm

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


St Augustine’s Catholic College,

St Augustine’s is one of the top performing non-selective schools in the country

Trowbridge has been educating young people since 1967 and has established a tradition of high academic standards and bespoke pastoral care. It is a vibrant and inclusive school that encourages, stimulates and inspires its students. The school is proud of its academic excellence and students enjoy a dynamic and modern curriculum that is delivered by outstanding professionals who consider teaching to be their vocation. Exam results at GCSE and A Level are outstanding and St Augustine’s is one of the top non-selective performing schools in the country, with many pupils going to their first choice universities, higher level apprenticeships and careers of choice. St Augustine’s also provides a framework that supports the growth and development of pupils as a whole, preparing them to lead fulfilling and purposeful lives so they can contribute positively to society.

Headmaster Joe Alsop, says, “St Augustine’s is a happy place where children achieve, have selfdiscipline, a feeling of self-worth and confidence. Our website and prospectus can only convey a small

insight into our wonderful school and I would like to invite you to our Open Evening on Wednesday 12 July 2017 at 6pm.” •

TAPESTRY: HERE & NOW AT THE HOLBURNE MUSEUM Running from Friday 23 June to Sunday 1 October, Tapestry: Here & Now at the Holburne Museum celebrates the vibrancy of tapestryweaving today. The exhibition brings together the work of international makers to showcase the most innovative approaches to the art of contemporary tapestry. Alongside British tapestry weavers, the exhibition features artists from



Australia, Norway, Latvia, Japan and the USA with over 20 artists represented, including Erin Riley, Caron Penney, Ai Ito, Jilly Edwards, Yasuko Fujino and Fiona Rutherford. Their work explores themes of enduring relevance including how we respond to nature and the urban environment, how tapestry can tell personal and political stories, and the skill of the handmade.

The Holburne’s ‘Arts’ tapestry (1934-5) by Edward McKnight Kauffer will also be on show for the first time. • Joan Baxter ‘Hallaig 2’, wool, silk, lurex

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WESSEX MIDSUMMER VINTAGE SHOW The Wessex Midsummer Vintage Show will be held over the weekend of 17 & 18 June on the A361 Trowbridge to Devizes Road, Semington. You’ll find classic cars and vintage motorcycles, commercial vehicles, tractors, full size and miniature traction engines, stationary engines driving a variety of vintage machinery. There’ll be old trades, living history groups, model boats, trade stands, a craft marquee and children’s

fairground rides; plenty to keep the whole family entertained. Full bar and catering facilities are on site and there’ll be live music from Mustang Sally too. Admission is £4 for adults and accompanied children under 14 go free. The event is held in support of the Children’s Hospice South West. For more information see the website. •


On Saturday 24 June, from 11am to 2pm there’s a Free Cooking Demo at Knees Home and Electrical in Trowbridge. Find out why Miele appliances are so popular as Knees host one of their regular cooking demonstrations with one of Miele’s expert Home Economists. They will be cooking a range of delicious recipes using some of Miele’s most popular appliances, including built in ovens and induction hobs. Check the website for details. •


Devizes Arts Festival has a wellearned reputation for bringing an eclectic mix of professional performance to the town every June – and 2017 promises to be no exception. From 1 – 18 June the town will come alive with a line-up of

artistic talent that span the arts, including music of every type, drama, poetry, comedy, film and talks – not to mention a free Fringe! Highlights include appearances and performances from Sebastien Faulks, Dan Cruickshank, Helen Lederer, Jay Rayner, Matt Forde and many more.

Events take place at many different venues around the town, including Devizes Town Hall, Corn Exchange, The Wharf Theatre, various public houses and a number of churches. Book tickets online or via the Festival Box Office at Devizes Books, Sidmouth Street. Visit the website for details andto book online. •


Neston Park Farm Shop & Kitchen is hosting a Little Farmer’s Fiesta on Saturday 1st July from 10am. This great family day out will include the chance to meet the animals, enjoy tractor rides, head to the forest school and much more! More information on everything going on at Neston and Hartley Farm Shop & Kitchen (hartley-farm. can be found on the events pages of their websites. • THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE


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Frome Open Studios 2017


his year the ever-popular Frome Art Trail, running from 8 - 16 July, promises to be bigger and better than ever! There are a record number of artists and makers involved occupying 29 venues in and around Frome. These will be open 11am - 5pm on both weekends of the festival with many artists also opening from Wednesday

to Friday. To see full details of each venue check the website or grab a brochure. These are available around the area but the main outlets are in Frome - namely the Cheese & Grain, Black Swan Arts, The Library and Tourist Information Centre. This year’s event is being launched with a party at the WHY Gallery,

Alexandra Howell, venue 27

Stony Street, Frome on Thursday 29 June from 6 - 8pm. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun! There have many new and exciting entrants this year covering a range of disciplines including painting, printing, ceramics, photography, textiles including knitwear, re and up-cycled clothing, hats, accessories and rugs, jewellery, stained glass and interior design pieces!! This year’s trail will be a treat for the senses and the artists are looking forward to welcoming you into their studios, homes and gallery spaces. You can follow Frome Open Studios on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date and get sneaky peaks at some of the works too! •

The 9th Warminster Wobble


he product of a crazy idea between two like-minded cyclists while on a bike ride around Longleat Forest, The Warminster Wobble has grown and grown over the last nine years and is set to get bigger, better and hopefully, more inspirational!

The festival is split into two parts and kicks off on Saturday 17 June at 11am in the Warminster Town Park. This part, the fun day, features the Mad Sports Stunt Team, Donald Trump Mexican Climbing Wall, whacky bikes and spin art, graffiti wall, circus skills, martial arts, a turbo

Get out with the family and enjoy a Warminster Wobble!

challenge and much more as well as trade stands, food and drink stalls and live entertainment. The heart and soul of the Wobble is the ride day on Sunday 18 June (Father’s Day!), starting from 11am from the town park. Choose from an easy road ride (27 miles) with a stop off, a hardcore 40 mile road ride full of climbs and descents to get the blood pumping and the legs burning, a guided mountain bike ride and an easy going family ride where you can bring the everyone along for a 10 mile jaunt. The Wobble caters for all abilities and fitness levels, and is a great opportunity to get our on your bike and enjoy the stunning local countryside. Find out more on the website. •



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Dorothy House Bubble Rush


laces are selling fast for the bubbletastic Dorothy House Bubble Rush on Sunday 25 July at Castle Combe Circuit near Chippenham and now’s the time to get involved!

2pm. Entry for children aged 16 and under costs £10 and adults (aged 17+) cost £25. There is no minimum sponsorship amount but participants are encouraged to raise

as much as they can for Dorothy House Hospice Care to help fund vital patient care. •

Sign up today to join the family friendly 5km run, walk, skip or dance along a route filled with huge bubbly clouds of rainbow-coloured foam. The Bubble Village will be party central with jazzy pre-event warm up routine, live entertainment, children’s activities and lots of yummy food! There are no age restrictions and the route is child friendly. The circuit is not a race and is suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and prams. There will be three waves, which take place at 12 noon (sold out), 1pm and

The Bubble Rush takes place at Castle Combe Circuit on 25 July

Artist-in-residence: Nettie Edwards

These enormous works are part of a major two stage show, Relationships: An exhibition by Sophie Ryder, which runs until 3 July. Even better, this May you can get involved yourself! A dye is made from crushed plants, which is then applied to paper and exposed to sunlight. The colour of the image all depends on the plant being crushed and Nettie has been working closely with Lacock head

gardener, Sue Carter, to grow specific plants.

‘We’ve been growing ‘Bull’s Blood’ which is a fabulous red-leaved beetroot for Nettie to use in her anthotypes,’ says Sue. ‘I’m really looking forward to seeing her images during the residency.’

admission charges apply. Lacock Abbey and the Fox Talbot Museum are open to visitors throughout the year. National Trust members and under 5s go free. • Versailles Sweet Pea Anthotype

Nettie’s work is particularly pertinent to Lacock; Herschel was a good friend of William Henry Fox Talbot, who famously invented the first photographic negative at the abbey in 1835. You can see Nettie working in the Botanic Garden during weekdays from Monday 5 to Friday 23 June which will include three demonstrations each day. Normal

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TT Cycles opens new store This popular independent bike outlet has recently expanded into great new premises in Bradford on Avon. So, head on over to the new TT Cycles for all your cycling needs. And don’t worry, if you are still on the lookout for a bike or canoe hire, you can still do all that from the Frome Road store too. •


T Cycles was derived from Towpath Trail Cycle Hire when in 1990 Dick & Jane started a bicycle hire cafe on the Kennet and Avon canal in Bradford on Avon. The café offered a great place to stop by the canal with the added extra of bike and canoe hire and a small shop and workshop. Over the last 20+ years TT Cycles has expanded in size and knowledge of all things bike related, so much so that they have just had to open a new store to accommodate this growing independent business. The new premises, in the Elms Cross Business Centre (behind Sainsbury’s) in Bradford on Avon offers everything the old shop did but even bigger and better than ever. There are more bikes, more brands, more accessories, a hugely expanded workshop and Shimano Service Centre and even late night opening every Thursday. Whatever



your dream bike, they can supply it, and staff have the expertise to help you with your decision. Should you wish to, you can even find out more about their new selection of e-bikes. In store you’ll find a wide variety of bike brands, including Focus, Cube, Ridley, Genesis and Ridgeback, and as enthusiasts of all things on two wheels they cover all cycling disciplines, road, commuter, mountain bike, cyclo cross and kids bikes too. Their parts and accessories cover all your cycling needs, from day to day service parts up to HD cycle cameras from the likes of Go Pro. If you want your bike fixed or serviced the fully kitted out workshop should be just the thing and all of their full time staff are fully Cytec qualified to work on your bike. Call 01225 867167 to book yours in.














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2017 Frome Festival The award-winning Frome Festival is just a few weeks away and runs this year from Friday 7 to Sunday 17 July. Frome Food Assembly tasting extravaganza and pop up market


xcitement is building throughout the town as this year’s festival brochures make their appearance with an image of Jane Austen riding into town on a motorbike by festival illustrator Sholto Walker. There are so many things to see and do this year, and so many choices to make from Friday 7 to Sunday 16 July. Events this year include Germaine Greer, Andy Parsons, Dutch Gypsy Jazz Quartet ‘The Busquitos’ and a talk from the Frome Tunnels team at the newly renovated Trinity Church. New to the festival, are tours of the ‘jewel in Frome’s crown’, historic St John’s Church with its Holy Well and unique external Via Crucis, and the Frome Food Assembly tasting extravaganza and pop-up market. Festival-goers are encouraged to try something new this year with many workshops to choose from, from



Learn Bollywood dancing

Bollywood dancing to beekeeping. Whether it’s classical music, comedy, opera, folk music, literary or children’s events, drama, exhibitions, walks or talks there is something for everyone. Many events are free or low cost. For the full line-up see the festival brochure, website or app. Treasure Hunt Clue sheets, Hidden Gardens Maps, Edward Thomas event flyers and

Germaine Greer will be speaking

Open Studios brochures will all also be available this year as downloads from the website. The box office is open to the general public in person and online (at now. Alternatively you can call to book on 01373 455420. •



From leather jackets to suits, work boots to shiny shoes and mohicans to combovers, you’ll get a warm friendly welcome at The Three Horseshoes.

Trowbridge Chiropodist Peter Wilkinson M.Inst.Ch.P


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Celebrate Father’s Day with... A Family Pottery Party

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Private Throwing Tuition or Adult Pottery Classes


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Father’s Day Treat your dad on Sunday 18 June with one of these great gift ideas...


If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach then why not treat your dad to a slap up Sunday lunch at Woolley Grange? He can relax with a paper, enjoy a three course lunch and even play in the Woolley Family Boules Championship – every dad wins a prize! The cost is £25 for 2 courses, £30 for 3 courses, and children’s menus are also available. Lunch is served from 12-2pm and must be pre-booked. Call 01225 864705 to reserve your table. •

Enjoy lunch and boules at Woolley Grange


Does your Dad see himself as a bit of Gordon Ramsey? Perhaps he’s at the opposite extreme and a novice in the kitchen but would like to know more. A gift voucher for Vaughan’s Cookery School could be the perfect Father’s Day present. With a wide range of hands-on cookery courses, there is something that will appeal to everyone: Sharpen Up Your Knife Skills, Seafood Special, Basic Bread, Foraging and Feasting etc. With experienced tutors and small

groups, everyone can work at their own pace, whether they want to be helped or challenged. Visit the website to find out more. •


Following the success of The Great Pottery Throw Down recently screened on the BBC, many more men are realising that pottery is for them. Enigma Pottery has seen a huge increase in bookings by men wanting to come to classes or learn to use the potter’s wheel. Why not book a session for the man in your life to get their hands on some clay? You can join in the fun or relax in the beautiful walled garden with light refreshments. At the Engima School of Pottery in Frome they do it all; classes, workshops, parties and pottery painting. Vouchers are also available to give as gifts, just give Jenny a call on 07791 699770 or visit the website for details. •


Drive-Tech offers exciting and fun outdoor driving experiences for everyone aged 10+ any time of the year from its base at Castle Combe Circuit. As well as kid and adult karting you can opt for Skid Control and learn lifesaving skills in extreme driving conditions and have fun at the same time. Alternatively a 4x4 adventure makes the perfect Father’s Day gift. The 4×4 off road course is the ultimate challenge, driving Land Rover Discoveries, their

Your dad can take a course at Vaughan’s Cookery School

Enigma Pottery are offering the chance to learn to use a potter’s wheel

highly skilled experts will show you just what these 4×4 vehicles are capable of and teach you to tackle obstacles that would be impossible for any normal vehicle - giving you a thrilling off road adventure! Drive-Tech is easy to reach from M4/ M5 motorways and they offer gift vouchers from £36. •


Stadia UK hosts greyhound racing in Swindon 52 weeks a year, and with live racing, restaurants, licensed bars and free parking available, you’re guaranteed a great night out. If you visit during the day you’ll get free admission and a free racecard during the afternoon meetings. THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE


| gifts weekends away. Be sure to sign up to the newsletter on the website for an exclusive £10 off your first order – all Father’s Day purchases come with a free stylish card too! •


Yeovilton International Air Day is one the region’s most popular events. A spectacular day out, over 40,000 spectators will be there on Saturday 8 July to witness over five hours of amazing flying displays, static displays featuring historic naval aircraft and their modern-day counterparts and a A night at the races would be a great fun way to spend a night with your dad huge array of ground attractions, from engineering fairs to the latest For pure excitement though the wheel of some amazing sport defence technology exhibitions, nothing beats the energy and cars & supercars, on real roads! Don’t service displays, trade stalls and atmosphere of night racing, and the worry, there’s plenty for the rest of arena displays. For the thrill seekers, evening meetings are held every the family to do too; why not visit the there will be simulators, fairground Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Museum or enjoy a pit stop in Café rides and helicopter pleasure night. Pick your dog, place your bets 750 – it has everything from delicious flights to enjoy too. Advance tickets and enjoy a great time – an ideal snacks to fully loaded lunches. It all are £22 for adults (16+), £7 for Father’s Day gift! Admission and takes place over the weekend of 17 children (5-15yrs). racecard for weeknight evening & 18 June, and there are five cars to • meetings is £5 per adult but take choose from, including a McLaren along their voucher on the opposite MP4-12C, Aston Martin V8 Vantage At Drive-Tech choose from a range of page and enjoy free entry and a free and Mustang GT V8 (RHD). See the options, including off road driving pint to get your night started. website for more information and • to book. •

“For a present your dad will talk GET HIM SOME NEW THREADS about for years to Treat your dad to something truly come, take him special this Father’s Day – the art of along to Haynes master craftsmanship. Haus, a luxury Motor Museum online store based in Bath, sources for a Father’s Day beautiful handcrafted items from driving experience to artisans across the world, offering its customers the chance to buy pieces remember!”

they will love forever at prices you would see on the High Street. Perfect For a present your dad will talk about treats for your dad include their for years to come, take him along to supple and stylish leather babouche Haynes Motor Museum for a Father’s slippers (available in three colours), Day driving experience to remember! padded for comfort or beautiful The 30 minute experiences offer hand stitched leather weekend great value option for getting behind bags, perfect for business trips or




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Lovejoys Larder After 20+ years of supplying the catering industry with the best fruit and veg in the area, Lovejoys has recently created Lovejoys Larder.


ovejoys Larder is an offshoot of Lovejoys Wholesale. The new company launched last year following a huge number of requests from existing customers to extend their wholesale fruit and veg service to also supply their store cupboard essentials.

As well as offering wonderful fresh fruit and veg, through their new venture, Lovejoys Larder, Lovejoys now also supply great quality dry goods

The new business is thriving, thanks in large part to Lovejoys’ commitment to offering the same exceptional 6 days a week delivery service they have always had with their veg business, as well as the option for customers to speak to someone in person should they need to. Lovejoys Larder’s attitude is different to many other wholesalers – they would much making fabulous gelato for rather provide chefs chefs who like quality with the products but don’t have the they really need, time to dedicate not just what to making their they already have own. They offer in stock! The over 30 flavours, product range all made from real has evolved to fruits, top quality supply an extensive chocolate and espresso. range of daily Lacock Dairy ice cream essential dry goods cannot get more as well as sourcing local to Lovejoys – it’s Find great quality local produce made just a couple more unusual and specialist items. The of miles down the Larder now has its own warehouse road in the picturesque village of opposite Lovejoys Wholesale, Lacock, using cream from the enabling it to increase the size and Selves dairy herd. Both of these range of the products stocked. delicious offerings are available in large tubs for the professional Over recent weeks more local kitchen. products have been added to the range, including some great local Lovejoys Larder can also source ice cream and gelato – ideal for a wide variety of cheeses for the summer season. Dolcetti are a you, specialising particularly in Cirencester based family business the many delicious local cheeses



including some from Brinkworth Dairy and Neston Park. So, if you are a local business looking for new wholesaler, or if you are a local producer looking to supply more local pubs and restaurants, give TRACY HILLIER a call today on 01225 790674 for a chat or to arrange a visit. •

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We are available to Lovejoys Larder supply Lovejoys Larder source as much produce speak to our customers an extensive range of daily essential dry goods locally as possible and personally whenever they require assistance or through to more unusual only look further afield where the product product information. and specialist items. necessitates. If you need it, we will We are ambitious, source it. Quality of produce is enthusiastic and always the principal aim of willing to learn and Deliveries are available Lovejoys Larder and expand our personal 6 days a week delivered we strive to balance knowledge of products. in temperature providing the best Offering a great customer controlled vans within an possible products at service package is a major hour of our premises in the best possible price. part of what we do. West Wiltshire.

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

t is a great month for locally grown produce with an abundance of fresh salads and vegetables. Most of our salads come from New Forest Leafy Salads, near Salisbury and (of course) vegetables from Bromham, including baby carrots, beetroot, new potatoes, spring cabbage, spring onions, radishes, peas and broad beans. To go with our local salads we

It is now safe to plant out any sensitive plants like courgettes and pumpkins. Keep an eye on those pesky slugs!

WIN A VEGBOX! This month we are delighted to be giving away a fantastic vegbox, bursting with seasonal produce, worth £25!

“Most of our salads come from New Forest Leafy Salads, near Salisbury and (of course) vegetables from Bromham, including baby carrots, beetroot, new potatoes, spring cabbage, spring onions, radishes, peas and broad beans.”


have organic watercress and fresh herbs from Warminster. This is the last month for English asparagus, so make the most of this wonderful seasonal vegetable.

Email me with any of your veggie questions at any time on

If you have an allotment, the recent rain in May was a welcome sight and what a difference it makes compared to tap water (or no water!). Keep sowing carrots every 14 days, if you like the baby ones.

Find out more at



To be in with a chance of winning simply email your answer to this question to enquiries@, putting ‘VEG BOX COMPETITION’ in the subject box. Don’t forget to include your name, address and contact telephone number so Lovejoys can contact you if you win! LOVEJOYS’ SPECIALISE IN THE SUPPLY OF LOCAL PRODUCE, BUT WHERE IN WILTSHIRE DO MOST OF THEIR VEGETABLES COME FROM? Email your answer now. Good luck! Closing date for entries is 30.06.17. Over 18s only may enter. Prize is non transferable and vegbox will be filled with seasonal produce available at the time.

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Enjoy the warmer weather with some delicious salads. Try these delicious offerings from Waitrose…

Fruity lamb koftas with cucumber, feta & tomato salad

Ingredients 50g bulgur wheat 250g lamb mince ½ small onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed ½ tsp ground cumin ½ tsp ground coriander 40g Ocean Spray Pomegranate Juice Infused Craisins 25g flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped 1 cucumber portion, halved & sliced 270g cherry tomatoes, halved 125g feta, crumbled 25g pack fresh mint, chopped Juice of ½ lemon 1 tbsp olive oil

Method Place the bulgur wheat in a small pan, cover with cold water, bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes until the tender, then drain well. Place the lamb in a food processor with the bulgur wheat, onion and garlic. Add the cumin, coriander, Craisins and half the parsley. Pulse until combined, then divide into 12 equal portions. Preheat the grill. Take a portion of the mixture and press tightly round a skewer to form an oval. Repeat

Serves 4

to make 12 skewers. Place on a grill pan and grill for 10 minutes, turning until nicely browned and completely cooked through. For the salad, place the cucumber, tomatoes, feta and mint and remaining parsley in a bowl and toss gently. Stir together the lemon juice and olive oil and drizzle over. Serve alongside the koftas. Cook’s Tip Delicious served with a spoonful of houmous or Greek yogurt. If using bamboo skewers, soak in water for 15 minutes before cooking to prevent the skewers from burning. THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE


| recipes 2 x 100g Waitrose Chèvre Blanc 50g hazelnuts, roughly chopped 85g rocket leaves Method Place the vinegar, lemon zest and juice, honey, chilli and garlic in a large bowl and whisk together. Thinly slice the courgettes and add to the bowl, turning to coat in the dressing. Chill for 10–15 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the broccoli in a pan of boiling water for 3 minutes until tender. Drain and cool under running water.

British summer salad with honeymustard dressing Serves 4

Ingredients 4 free range eggs 750g baby new potatoes, halved 250g green beans, trimmed 1 tbsp cider vinegar 1 tsp wholegrain mustard 1 tsp clear honey 2 tbsp rapeseed oil 250g cherry tomatoes, halved 100g radishes, thinly sliced Punnet salad cress Method Boil the eggs in a pan of simmering water for 9 minutes, then drain and cool. Shell and halve the eggs.

Whisk the vinegar, mustard and honey together with a fork, then whisk in the oil until well blended. Arrange the tomatoes, radishes and eggs on top of the beans and potatoes. Drizzle over the mustard dressing and scatter with cress to serve. Cook’s Tip A few capers or anchovies scattered over the top before serving would add a nice salty balance to the sweet dressing.

Line a baking sheet with foil, brush lightly with oil and top with the goat’s cheese. Add a drizzle of oil, a grinding of black pepper and scatter over the nuts. Grill under a high heat for 3–4 minutes until golden. Divide the leaves, broccoli and marinated courgettes between 4 serving plates. Break the goat’s cheese into pieces and scatter over the top of each salad along with the nuts, and serve. Cook’s Tip The flavours in this dish would work well with griddled halloumi in place of the goat’s cheese.

Courgette salad with grilled goat's cheese Serves 4



Ingredients 2 tbsp white wine vinegar Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon 1 tsp clear honey Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in 1 red chilli, deseeded & finely a pan of boiling water for 8–10 minutes until tender. Add the beans chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed and cook for a further 3 minutes until both are tender. Drain and cool 600g courgettes 220g tenderstem broccoli, halved under running water then transfer 1 tbsp olive oil to a serving platter.

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Meet the Chef

This month we spoke to ISTVAN TOMAY, head chef at Woolley Grange Hotel, about homemade ice cream and cooking for Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. What is the most memorable event you have cooked for? I have cooked for many high profile events for politicians, presidents and celebrities. The most meaningful was cooking for Hugh Fernley Whittingstall at Bordeaux Quay and meeting him afterwards. I like his approach and attitude to ingredients and his food style. Do you have a favourite season for cooking and if so why? This is the best time of year, May to July, there are so many wonderful ingredients to cook with, including asparagus, artichoke, broad beans and lamb.

What was your first job in catering? I was an apprentice in a large 5 star hotel in Budapest, Hungary. It was a tough environment but I received classic training, which has stood me in good stead for my career. Where have you worked previously? I have been in the UK for 12 years and in addition to Rookery Manor Hotel & Spa I worked at Bordeaux Spinach risotto

Quay in Bristol for 6 years. I’ve been at Woolley Grange for six months. What was the first dish you mastered? I trained in pastry first of all, creating a Hungarian version of trifle. When I moved to the UK it was a delicious baked chocolate mousse. Where do you source your ingredients and do you have any favourite local suppliers? Our own kitchen garden where we produce amazing fruit, vegetables, herbs and our gardener forages every week. We have just finished a glut of wild garlic. What is your favourite dish on the menu? Chervil gnocchi with beetroot puree and Helford White cheese, oyster mushrooms, pak choi and roasted beetroot.



Which local pubs and restaurants do you like visiting? The Ethicurean in Wrington, Bristol as it’s interesting to see how they are inspired by their walled garden produce, Sam’s Kitchen in Frome and Wallfish Bistro in Clifton. What’s your favourite kitchen gadget? My ice cream maker – for producing beautifully silken ice creams flavoured with some of the produce (including flowers such as lavender and elderflower) from the kitchen garden here at Woolley. Guilty pleasure? Chocolate! Call 01225 864705 to book. Choose between family dining in The Orangery or a sophisticated meal in the fine dining restaurant. •




Kevin & Louise invite you to visit The Westbrook. It offers an inviting bar, a beautiful sun deck, garden and a new children’s play area. The menu is bursting with superb value traditional pub classics and top notch specials. • FRESHLY COOKED FOOD • DAILY SPECIALS • FAMILY FRIENDLY • LARGE GARDEN • CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA • REAL ALES • CAR PARK

BOUNCY CASTLE AVAILABLE ON SUNNY DAYS! Bromham, Chippenham,Wilts SN15 2EE tel 01380 850418


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Visit The George Inn this summer


f you’re visiting Somerset and wish to immerse yourself the unspoiled architecture of a bygone era, look no further than The George Inn in Norton St Philip. The village is filled with cottages boasting mullion windows and stone-tiled roofs. The George, housed within a Grade I listed building, is 700 years old and remains at the heart of the village, offering much more than just history and a warm atmosphere. Quality, seasonal fare is served in the impressive 16th Century dining room, and when it comes to food, provenance is high on the agenda. Eggs and poultry are free-range and meat is sourced from award-winning local suppliers. There’s a new locally sourced breakfast menu, two and three course lunch offers and daily changing specials to choose from. Now fully accredited by Coeliac

UK, the team at The George Inn can offer 100% gluten free meals all day, every day. The George is also getting ready for the Norton St Philip Big Weekender on 8 & 9 July. It includes the village fête and cricket club weekender so

expect stalls, a bar, BBQ and fun for the whole family. There’ll also be some fantastic raffle prizes to be won including theatre trips, spa vouchers, afternoon teas and much more! •

Be inspired to cook professionally


oining the likes of Leith’s School of Food and Wine, Tante Marie Culinary Academy and Ashburton Cookery School & Chefs Academy, Vaughan’s Cookery School has become an approved teaching centre for the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality. Now offering a 90 hour course leading to Level 2 Award in Culinary Skills, this is designed not only to enhance current culinary skills, but also can lead to employment. It would help get a good job in a ski chalet, holiday villa, yacht crew or as a junior chef in a commercial kitchen. It is also suitable for career changers who would like to get into the industry or want to run their own food business. The course covers all the basic skills and techniques that will give you a sound culinary foundation. It



also covers good kitchen practice and includes a food safety award validated by the Royal Society for Public Health Visit. Peter Vaughan, a highly experience chef with 26 years in culinary training, leads a team of well qualified staff who deliver an interesting, practical, hands-on and inspiring programme. He is a member of the well-respected Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. Visit the website to find out more. As well as professional courses, Vaughan’s also runs a series of recreational courses covering all manner of cooking styles and bespoke courses that make ideal corporate events, parties and special occasions. •

The George Inn Norton St Philip - Since 1397 The George Inn is the country’s longest serving inn. Built in the late 1200s and licensed in 1397, it is also one of the South West’s best kept secrets. With medieval architecture, 14 letting rooms, freshly cooked local produce and one of the best views in the area why would you not want to spend your summer with us?!

Diary Dates Jazz @ The George Live jazz from the garden (weather permitting). 3rd Thursday of every month. Simply book a table, enjoy some great food and wonderful live jazz!

Village Weekender The 8th & 9th July sees the village fête and cricket club weekender. Expect stalls, a bar, BBQ and fun for the whole family! High Street, Norton St Philip BA2 7LH • 01373 834224 •

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Enjoy a Taste of Corsham


aking place on Saturday 17 June, Taste of Corsham is an interactive food and drink experience with something for everyone, featuring artisan market stalls showcasing local and regional companies, sampling tents, food and drink retail, master classes and guest speakers. Taste of Corsham is teaming up with the Pound Arts Centre who will be bringing you music and entertainment on the Taste Stage, as part of the Blue Sky Festival (15-18 June). There will also be street theatre, face painting, garland making and lots more fun for all the family.

Enjoy some great food at this year’s Taste of Corsham event

You can also get involved with the Great Get Together, in memory of

MP Jo Cox. Pin a message on the Tree of Hope opposite the Taste Stage and enjoy the Big Lunch, all the while soaking up the vibes on stage and tasting all that’s on offer from the local producers. And can you Taste all of Corsham in one weekend? Visit a selection of Corsham’s finest cafes, pubs and restaurants, many of which will be offering food and drink tasters during the festival weekend, and be sute to enter to the competition to win a case of Champagne (donated by Octavian Wine Services). To find out more contact Rachel Avent on 01249 702130 or email •

Riverford Master Veg Classes


o you want to cook with a seasonal veg box? If so, Riverford’s two-hour, hands-on classes are the best way to get started.

Together you’ll turn a brimming box of veg, fresh from their farm, into an inspirational organic feast. You’ll get stuck in, learning lots of essential skills – such as the best way to slice greens and segment citrus, and how to make sure your onions never catch in the pan again. By the time your first box (included in the price of the class) arrives the following week, you’ll be bursting to dive in and try out all your new tricks and recipe ideas. It’s very relaxed – people of all abilities are welcome, and class sizes are kept small so there’s lots



of opportunity for questions and individual guidance. After the class, everyone sits down to enjoy their creations together. Spaces cost £40, including meal with drinks, a Riverford cookbook, and home

delivery of your first medium-sized veg box (8 varieties of veg). To book visit the website. •

Riverford’s Master Veg classes cost £40, which also includes a Riverford cookbook and delivery of your first veg box

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The Friends of Great Chalfield is a local Asssociation supporting development of the gardens at Great Chalfield

Summer Events Programme 2017 5th & 6th August

English Civil War Society Weekend The Marquis of Winchester’s Regiment will re enact the Royalist occupation of Great Chalfield that took place in September 1644. Admission £5 for Adults, 16 years & under FREE.

26th & 27th August

Local Food Festival

Details to be announced on our Summer Food Fair.

23rd & 24th September

Shakespearean Theatre Malford Players perform Shakespeare’s As You Like It in the Great Hall. Further details in due course at Admission charges for adults, including National Trust members, at these events contribute to maintenance and development of the Arts & Crafts gardens at Great Chalfield.

gardens | The view across the lake at Stourhead © Clive Nichols

10 GREAT GARDENS Our region is blessed with some truly wonderful gardens. Here are some of our favourites for you to explore this summer...



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1. Iford Manor

Iford Manor has a Grade I Listed, internationally renowned, Italianate garden famous for its tranquil beauty. Designed by architect and landscape gardener Harold Ainsworth Peto, who lived there from 1899 to 1933, this unique and romantic hillside garden is characterised by steps, terraces, sculpture and magnificent rural views. It is open to the public from April to October. From midsummer through to early August, the gardens and cloister play host to a series of opera performances and jazz concerts, as well as a series of free “3-to-tea” concerts on Sunday afternoons by amateur and not-so-amateur artists. Throughout the quiet, rural valley there are also beautiful walks along public footpaths, offering a complete escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life and a fine extension of your day out at Iford. Admission: Adults £5.50, Concessions £5 (OAP, Student, Child) •

“From midsummer through to early August, the gardens and cloister play host to a series of opera performances and jazz concerts.” The stunning Italianate Peto garden

The magnificent gardens at Great Chalfield Manor

2. Great Chalfield Manor

Robert Fuller employed artist Alfred Parsons RA to create gardens to complement his restoration of Great Chalfield 110 years ago. Parson’s spaces, walls, flagstone paths and terraces with the soft masses of yew pavilions offset the fine medieval architecture. On Arts & Crafts principles Parsons copied the roll top coping of the churchyard walls to mark new boundaries. Flat top walls for sitting out mark old foundations around the well. He kept the large medieval lawn and added a terrace looking out over the farmland. South facing stone walls wwith warm borders below replaced grass banks. He put a Garden House under a new spreading cedar. For thirty years Patsy Floyd, wife of Fuller’s grandson Robert, and Neil their gardener have planted the main borders using a soft palette similar to Alfred Parsons’ watercolours. Edwardian roses are abundant, Madame Caroline Testout climbs opposite the parish church, Lady Waterlow overlooks the well. Parsons painted roses in beauty, his drawings were republished by the RHS and Graham Stuart Thomas OBE in “A



Garden of Roses”. The rose arbour, planted with white Bennet’s Seedling, Iceberg and starry yellow Clematis Tangutica was created after The Other Boleyn Girl film in 2006. Beyond, behind the stables Patsy has created a vibrant border of autumn colour. On the first Tuesday of each month (except August and January) there is a Quiet Garden retreat day hosted by the parish church of All Saints’ which adjoins the Manor forecourt. Admission: FREE to NT members, Adult £9.50, Child £4.70 (Manor tour & gardens) •

3. Lacock Abbey

You can see why Ela of Salisbury chose this spot for her abbey in 1232: nestled alongside the River Avon in a rolling Wiltshire landscape. Seasonal colour provides interest all year round, from colourful spring blooms through to the deep reds and oranges of autumn, meaning there is always plenty to see on your visit. Why not enjoy a leisurely picnic on the South Lawn, admire the blooms in the Botanic and Rose Gardens or gently amble your way along level, well-maintained paths, taking in the

gardens | spectacular views of the surrounding Wiltshire countryside? Let your mind unwind to the sound of birdsong and the soft rustling of leaves, or follow in William Henry Fox Talbot’s footsteps and bring your camera.

time again. Keen walkers can pull on their walking boots and experience Stourhead’s diverse countryside with a guided walk. You may see orchids and butterflies in as you walk through ancient woodlands, across historic parkland and over chalk. Walks take place on 30 June and 28 July – call 01747 841152 for details. Admission: FREE to NT members, Adult £16, Child £8 •

If you’re looking to entertain the children, pick up one of the fun family trails, explore the medieval cloister with its various nooks and crannies, or simply let them run off some steam around the grounds. Admission: FREE to NT members, Adult 5. The Courts This curious English country garden £12.70, Child £6.30 in Holt is a real hidden gem. Garden • rooms of different styles, shaped 4. Stourhead by the vision of past owners and When Stourhead first opened in gardeners, reveal themselves at every the 1740s, a magazine described it turn. You’ll find herbaceous borders, as ‘a living work of art’. The worldquirky topiary, a peaceful water famous landscape garden has at garden, arboretum, kitchen garden, its centrepiece a magnificent lake naturally planted spring bulbs and a reflecting classical temples, mystical redesigned sunken garden. grottoes and rare and exotic trees. Stourhead House is a treasure packed Discover the history of the garden and Palladian mansion and a family home seasonal highlights in the Orchard where you can immerse yourself in Room, pick up tips from the friendly tales of inheritance, illness, tragedy gardening team or find inspiration and transformation. Then step outside for your own garden with the help and find a spot to relax on the picnic- of our handy border plans. For little perfect lawns. explorers, there are trails, spotter sheets and a hidden wildlife garden. Twisting paths lead you through the landscape garden where trees, The Rose Garden tea-room serves plants classical temples and grottoes lunches and afternoon teas, and are reflected in the glistening lake. there is a range of plants and Hidden views are revealed at every seasonal kitchen garden produce turn and each season paints a different grown in the garden for sale. picture, tempting you back time and The Courts Garden is open to visitors from February to October, and is closed on Wednesdays. As well as the gardens, The Courts also hosts Open Air Theatre over the summer from The HandleBards, with ‘As You Like It on 28 June and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on 20 July. Admission: FREE to NT members, Adult £7.40, Child £3.70 • Lily Pond at The Courts garden

The Landscape Garden at Hestercombe

6. Lydiard Park

Lydiard Park is a beautiful historic estate on the western edge of Swindon, with the Palladian House, Church and Walled Garden, set in 260 acres of parkland. The children’s play area, Cafe & Tea Rooms, events and education programmes make Lydiard Park a great destination for a family day out. It also runs events all year round, including Open Air Theatre (Great Expectations is being performed on 9 June), Birds of Prey and Auto & Retro Festival. The Georgian ornamental fruit and flower Walled Garden has been faithfully restored with stunning displays of flowers, fruit trees and topiary and in the park, there is more evidence of this once-great country estate, including the castellated dam wall, Ice House and grand avenues. Dogs are allowed in the grounds and the park is a lovely destination for a walk, run or bike ride. There are BBQs available to hire in the summer and lots of picnic spots. Admission: Adult £6.50, Child (3-15 yrs) £3.50 (House & Garden) •

7. Hestercombe

You can lose yourself within the 50 acres of Hestercombe – it lends itself perfectly to family visits and is great for exploration. Around the Landscape Garden arching trees create a dappled effect as the sun bursts through the branches, and the trail winds past the Pear Pond, the spectacular Great THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE


| gardens Cascade, into wooded areas and over bridges. In the Formal Gardens explore hidden garden rooms, which attract a variety of bees, butterflies and birds. The Victorian Terrace is a burst of colour and the Grey Walk offers calming greys and greens. Gaze over the Great Plat for a stunning view across the gardens and further still across the Blackdowns. The Orangery Lawn offers the perfect place to sit and enjoy the view, stretch your legs on a blanket, shaded by the sweet chestnut tree. Wind your way down to the orchard where you’ll find One of the most famous gardens in the county at Bowood House the wildlife in all different shapes, sizes and colours. Admission: FREE to NT members, Adult landscape, Bowood is a must-see for garden lovers. Awarded the HHA/ £11.90, Child £6 This year Hestercombe celebrates its Christies Gardens of the Year in 2014, • 20th birthday, and has launched it the formal terraces and gardens at the Hestercombe Gardens Appeal to raise 9. Prior Park front of the house provide abundant £1.5 million to secure the gardens for One of only four Palladian bridges of its colour throughout the season and type in the world can be found at Prior provide a beautiful place to enjoy the future and restore a number of Park, which was created in the 18th important features. the view of the landscape beyond. century by local entrepreneur Ralph Admission: Adult £11.50, Child (5-15 The 4-acre private walled garden at Allen, with advice from ‘Capability’ years) £5.75* includes voluntary the rear of the House can be enjoyed donation to the Hestercombe appeal Brown and the poet Alexander Pope. by pre-booking a guided tour. The • adventure playground and Tractor The garden is set in a sweeping Ted’s Little Farm also ensure this is a 8. Dyrham Park valley where visitors can enjoy fully family friendly attraction. The grounds at Dyrham Park in June magnificent views of Bath. Restoration have so much to offer. From the of the ‘Wilderness’ has reinstated The Woodland Gardens open wildflower meadows of Whitefield the Serpentine Lake, Cascade and annually between April and June and Nichols orchard to the formal Cabinet. Whilst parents enjoy the on showcasing amazing vistas of borders of the Avenue and Sphynx site tea shed by the lake, kids can burn colour from Rhododendrons and court. Take a walk around the beds off steam and run wild in the natural Azaleas. You can opt to visit just the and shrubberies of the pool borders play area, which offers supplies for woodlands from £7.25 per person. or take a shady arbour stroll through den building, bugs to hunt and some Admission: Adult £12.50, OAP £10.50, the Nut Walk, with its carpet of wild giants stepping stones to conquer. Junior (5-12 yrs) £9.50, Child (2-4 yrs) flowers. A number of flowering trees £7.50 from the Quince Walk to the Judas • A five-minute walk also leads to the tree, the Manna Ash to the Medlars. Bath Skyline, a six-mile circular route The beehives at Dyrham Park June is great for the heavenly scent of encompassing beautiful woodlands the oranges of the greenhouse and and meadows, an Iron Age hill fort, West Terrace too. For a longer walk Roman settlements, 18th-century set off into the dappled shade of the follies and spectacular views. wooded terraces or into the designed Admission: FREE to NT members, Adult landscape of the parkland and enjoy £7, Child £3.40 magnificent views across to Wales. • Throughout June there are several walks and talks you can book onto 10. Bowood that are all garden themed - visit the One of the most famous gardens in website for details. the county, with its ‘Capability’ Brown






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ith the addition of a new site in Woodborough, Whitehall now has three centres, located in Lacock, Whitchurch in Bristol, and Pewsey. What began as a simple passion for the outdoors, and a desire to help the community of Lacock, has grown into Whitehall as it is known today, with three of the best destination garden centres in the South West. Whitehall offers one of the largest garden furniture ranges in the UK, with prestigious brands such as Bramblecrest, Kettler and Hartman. They pride themselves on the quality and luxury of their garden furniture and have specially selected this year’s range to guarantee it offers something for everyone, including outdoor sofas, dining sets, bistro chairs, hanging chairs and loungers. Whitehall are so confident in the quality of the plants they sell that they offer a 5 year hardy plant



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The award-winning gift department, named Best Garden Centre Retailer of gifts for both the Lacock and Whitchurch sites by the Greats Gift Retailer Awards, aims to create a unique shopping experience, and includes brands such as Gisela Graham, Parlane, Emma Bridgewater and Susie Watson.

The centres also have three garden clubs; Whitehall Garden Club, Little Acorns & Nature Tots. The younger garden clubs aim to create an interest for gardening amongst the younger generation, with fun filled activities Lavender Lodge Tea Room & Bistro and events specially designed for at the Lacock site is the ideal place children. The adult Garden Club for customers who are looking meanwhile provides customers for a more sophisticated dining with special discounts and offers experience, offering a selection throughout the year, along with the of breakfasts, hot meals, salads, exclusive Budding News Magazine, baguettes, cakes, pastries and scones, Weekly Emails, Garden Club Days and along with their exclusive afternoon points collecting scheme. high tea, perfect for special occasions or just a leisurely afternoon treat. •



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Keep cool this summer


The National Bed Federation offers some advice for keeping cool in your bedroom this summertime.

un-starved Brits may welcome high-end temperatures this summer, but over-hot nights can play havoc in the bedroom.

The National Bed Federation has advice for sleeping well on hot summer nights

“When the sun comes out we can enjoy days in the garden, a picnic and dusting off the BBQ – but we forget the effect the warm days can have on our bedrooms at night,” said Simon Williams of the National Bed Federation (NBF). “A baking bedroom can impact on our comfort and sleep. An ideal bedroom temperature should be around 16-18°C (60-65°F) and it can be difficult to get comfortable and fall asleep in a hot and stuffy bedroom, leaving many suffering from a disturbed night’s sleep. Continued Simon: “Your body temperature needs to drop slightly before you go to sleep which is why you just can’t sleep when you’re too hot. Below are some simple, very effective steps to take to ensure you stay cool and comfortable in bed this summer.”

KEEPING COOL IN BED THIS SUMMER • Keep windows and doors open to allow air to circulate. • Keep curtains or blinds drawn during the day to keep the sun out. • If you’ve got an attic, try opening the hatch. Hot air rises and this will give it somewhere to go. • Get rid of the duvet and blankets - just use a cotton sheet. Or a duvet with a low tog rating. • Wear light cotton nightwear.



“An ideal bedroom temperature should be around 16-18°C and it can be difficult to get comfortable and fall asleep in a hot and stuffy bedroom” This is actually better than wearing nothing at all as natural fabric will absorb any perspiration. • If you’ve got long hair, tie it back. Hair around your neck can make you feel warmer. • Have a cool shower or bath before bedtime to lower your core body temperature. • Drink plenty of cold water during the evening and keep a glass by the bed. • Avoid too much caffeine, alcohol or a big meal. They can all make you feel hot and steamy in the middle of the night through dehydration and over-active digestion. • Put a hot water bottle filled with ice cold water in bed. • Cool a pillow case in the fridge

before bedtime or try one of the new cooling pillows that are available to buy. • Cool socks in the fridge and wear them. Cooling your feet lowers the overall temperature of your skin and body. • Use an electric fan – the remedy for 20% of people. If it’s really hot, put a tray of ice and a little water in front of the fan which will cool the air even more. • Next time you buy a new bed, look out for one that incorporates new temperature regulating technology. • And, if you share a bed, make sure it’s big enough for two people, so you can sleep without disturbing each other: 5ft wide should be your minimum.

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easily be catered for from the off. Cheverell have created hundreds of unique spaces in a variety of styles including contemporary, architectural and traditional.


A bathroom should be a sanctuary. Whether you are a power showering technophile, or prefer candles round a deep, scented tub, you need a room that reflects you, and no one else. Cheverell have the capacity On the same site as the showroom to cater for any space, from literally the smallest room in is the workshop, where all the house to lavish bathrooms their kitchens and furniture are in country houses. Again, as handmade using traditional is customary, all are specially joinery techniques and the finest designed and carefully managed quality materials, fixtures and from concept to completion. fittings. Their craftsmen hand select materials to bring together the components needed for each BEDROOMS & STUDIES Bedrooms are a peaceful retreat at project, giving you a finish that is the end of the day, but they also second to none. practical spaces where flexible storage is essential. Similarly KITCHENS studies need to be practical but Cheverell create stunning for those who use them often they kitchens, designed around have to also be stylish, calming or your space and how you live. inspirational. Cheverell take time Right from the start careful consideration is given as to how to understand your requirements, designing your space and furniture you will use your kitchen, and with your individual style in mind, any special requirements can

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Will a new Government ignore or reform the elderly care System? We asked ANDREW DOUGLAS, a partner at Awdry Bailey Douglas Solicitors who specialises in elderly care, for his views. THE DECISION TO HOLD A SNAP ELECTION?

care is essential. The Green Paper announced in the budget will be forthcoming. Inevitably it will be delayed because of the election.

Clearly the decision to hold a snap election was not because of the ongoing crisis in the elderly care system, which is caused by too much Discussion points are likely to include soft issues such as how to recruit and demand and too little funding. train people in the sector. Will robots be on the agenda as a means to THE ISSUES ARE MANY, an end, as is the case in Japan? The A LONG LIST COULD BE hard issue is of course how to fund, COMPILED. therefore the following may be put These include self-funders paying forward: 43% more for the same care bed compared with somebody funded • Unify the NHS and Social Care by their local council; the quality budgets to make the system more of care failing the ‘Mum test’; the flexible minimum wage in the sector going • Create a Care ISA to encourage up but some cash-starved councils people to save for their long term “Discussion points are care and which can be inherited by the next generation if not fully used likely to include soft • A compulsory Social Care Levy on issues such as how to estates over a certain value recruit and train people • Re-introduction of the Social Care CAP as originally proposed by the in the sector.” Dilnot commission • Make it easier to release equity only paying the equivalent of £2.25 from a persons home per hour; care homes charging for rooms after a resident’s death, not ARE THERE DANGERS to mention a fear of complaining in case care homes serve notices to quit WITH THE GREEN PAPER? on residents. This list could go on. There certainly are in the sense that there have been some 21 Green DOES A NEW and White papers not to mention GOVERNMENT OF consultations over the last 20 WHATEVER COLOUR HAVE AN ELDERLY CARE years. Most, if not all, of which have been kicked into the long grass. AGENDA? This time there is no reason The answer is yes. No matter who to suppose things will be is elected they know that root different. As we all know and branch reform of adult social



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| later life

Life at Chantry Court

Chantry Court’s ethos is centred around the belief that the quality of life is enhanced when residents can maintain their independence. The restaurant is a great way for new residents to meet their neighbours


hantry Court Retirement Village offers a mix of one and two bedroom apartments to rent and/or purchase (shared equity is also available). The village enables people who have long been homeowners to continue to own their property. The apartments are all spacious with a choice of layouts. Some have outdoor space and there are various common areas on site where residents can sit outside, with a new garden area being added this summer. Talking with residents and their families one soon gets to know some of the benefits offered by living at Chantry Court; the village has been designed to reduce trip hazards, it isn’t necessary to climb stairs if they are a problem and showers can be accessed without thresholds. Another reason residents choose Chantry Court is to combat the loneliness and isolation that can increase as one gets older. New friendships have been forged at the



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domiciliary service to meet their individual needs, on a regular or ad-hoc basis. The additional service is dedicated to client-centred care and is provided by a small team of carers who are NVQ 3 in Health & Social Care trained or are working toward the qualification. Chantry Court provides the opportunity for residents to enjoy a stay to see if they would wish to make a permanent move. This allows them to get a flavour of what it is like to live in the village. There are also many excellent incentives available and staff are more than happy to answer any questions prospective residents may have. For more information call 0800 014 7552 or email

Of course, some residents who move to Chantry Court are very • private people, and their privacy is utterly respected by staff. There are a number of ways new residents are able to meet their new neighbours, a most natural form of interaction for a new resident is the restaurant where many residents choose to have their main meal of the day. The restaurant leads to a spacious lounge area with a licensed bar facility, plus also on site you’ll find a cinema room, library and hairdressing salon. A move to any supported living facility may or may not be needs driven, and there are several options available. However, common to all is the fact all residents live in their own home, with their own front door, sitting room, bedroom and kitchen, and are very much in control of their lives. Residents can use the in-house

| later life

Goodson Lodge The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) is looking forward to opening the doors of its newest care home development in Trowbridge. Sara MacCormack


oodson Lodge will be home to 64 older people, who will be supported and cared for by a dedicated, professional team of carers, catering, ancillary and administrative colleagues. This team will be led by home manager Sara MacCormack, who will be supported by a deputy manager. Sara has over 10 years’ experience in the care sector and has worked in a variety of care settings across

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the South of England. She began her career as a care assistant in West Sussex, working in a residential home for older people. She progressed to team leader and took up a position in a learning disability home, gaining valuable experience with a different group of vulnerable people, before relocating to Bristol to return to her first love of caring for older people. Since relocating, Sara has worked in both residential and nursing settings, primarily caring for people with a diagnosis of dementia and helping homes to improve the service they provide, work she finds incredibly rewarding. She has completed her Dignity Championship, and Level 5 QCF in Leadership for Health & Social Care and is always looking to develop her own skills as well as those of her team.

Sara is excited to be leading the team in a brand new care home, and is keen to lead Goodson Lodge in providing excellent standards of care to people with dementia. She is an enthusiastic supporter of OSJCT’s five fundamental values – Dedicated To Caring, Respecting Each Other, Empowering Individuals, Promoting Communities and Securing Our Future. As such, she believes in creating a compassionate and caring environment where she and her team can foster a culture of autonomy and positivity, as well as building strong relationships with the local community. The whole team looks forward to welcoming people to live and work at Goodson Lodge. For more information visit the website. • goodson-lodge



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Season Review T

The highs and lows of the 2016/17 season for Bath Rugby

he season has definitely been a rollercoaster ride, and to be honest, ended with a fizzle rather than a firework as successive losses away at Worcester and Sale meant they finished outside the top four having been in it almost all season. A heartbreaking loss in their Challenge Cup semi final at Stade Français meant a season that promised so much ended up delivering very little except for solid, if unspectacular, fifth placed finish. Player of the Season: Kahn Fotuali’i Following his arrival from Northampton Fotuali’i has been a revelation, providing real zip from the breakdown, an accurate boot when required and more turnovers than any other Bath player. He’s proven to be a top addition to the squad. Notable mentions: Tom Homer, Nathan Catt, Tom Ellis, Semesa Rokoduguni Best moment: The Clash A great day out at Twickenham as 60,000+ Bath fans made HQ a home from home. The icing on the cake was a fantastic Bath comeback and Anthony Watson’s match-winning try. Notable mentions: Leroy Houston's fantastic return to the Rec in September. Roko’s try to win the game against Exeter at Sandy Park Best performance: Bristol (Away in ERCC) For sheer rugby brilliance it has to be the display against Bristol at Ashton Gate in the Challenge Cup. The game finished 57-22 to Bath and the team was scintillating from start to finish. Notable mentions: Bath’s home win v Saracens, second half versus Gloucester



Worst defeat: Saracens (Away) Unfortunately there are a few contenders here too. The defeats at Worcester, Newcastle and Bristol were all pretty woeful, and the game against Wasps the Rec was dreadful, it was one way traffic and Bath were lucky to only lose 24-3. The worst though was against Saracens at the Allianz, it finished 53-10. Bath were close at half time but were blown away in the second half. Areas to improve There is plenty for the coaches and players to work on but showing greater steel on the road is probably one of the main things. Bath won only 5 games away from home all season, losing 12, not good enough if you want to compete for trophies. They also had one of the lowest try scoring rates in the league – they will need to score more tries next season for sure. Ins and Outs Bath say goodbye to Adam Hastings and David Sisi, who are both off to pastures new, whilst the George Ford saga has been an unfortunate

sideshow all season. In Freddie Burns Bath have a popular replacement who found a rich vein of form towards the end of the season. Bath have also secured the services of flanker Sam Underhill, fly half Josh Lewis and scrum half Darren Allinson. Blackadder and Matson have also worked hard to keep the bulk of the squad together. Verdict With so little time to prepare for the new season, Blackadder and Matson did really well to get the team off to a good start, credit for that must surely go mainly to Darren Edwards and Toby Booth who led most of pre-season training. That the season petered out the way it did ensures there is much to work on, but the squad is now larger and, seemingly, more content than it was 12 months ago. With fewer off field distractions (hopefully) and more preparation time hopes are high for next season as the new coaching team and squad bed in. There is also Champions Cup rugby to look forward to too. • Kahn Fotuali'i has been Bath's best player this season

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Phil ‘The Magazine’


aking a trip down memory lane the other day…as you do, I was struck by how many of the places I used to drink and socialise in no longer exist. The Top Spot and Trowbridge snooker clubs, The Unigate Club, The Axe & Cleaver, The George, The Carpenter’s Arms and, saddest of all, Peewee’s. There are many others in Trowbridge, the surrounding towns and villages (not that I was an professional level drinker you understand, just an

he didn’t mind showing to all and sundry.

“I knew I was going to like the place the first time I entered. I was greeted with a set of characters you only ever get in one room together if alcohol was involved and ‘Hand Me Down That Can Of Beans’ was booming out of the speakers”

There were many, many more and as is always the case when you get a large group of people together not all were pleasant, most were though and they could always be counted on for a shoulder to cry on, someone to laugh with and at least one of them would stand you a drink if you found yourself a bit short. I used to see some of these guys when I was in the supermarket or walking through town and it is very strange when you see people out of context. Trying to make conversation with someone you don’t really have a lot in common with (especially sans alcohol) and while stood in the frozen section of Tesco can be quite a daunting task.

enthusiastic amateur) and it’s a real shame they couldn’t keep going. Times have changed though and the local pub/club is no longer the draw it once was. My family hail from Edington and when I was young a village that small managed to support three pubs!

I have a very different life now but occasionally I do wonder whether The Pete’s are still ‘Tyre’ and ‘Camera’ or have they moved on and do people call ‘Not Bob the Dog’ by his real name or has he just given in and changed it to that by deed poll anyway!

One of the pubs I used to frequent towards the end of my drinking career (I stopped drinking in 2009) was an absolute classic of a genre which may, politely, be called ‘a bit of a hovel’. It was fantastic. Not by today’s gastropub standards perhaps but who needs ham hock terrines with homemade pickles served on a roof slate when you can have curly ham sandwiches made that very morning by your friendly landlady?! If you were very lucky you might be


able to purchase a pickled egg too, which I am fairly certain constituted a dessert!!!


I knew I was going to like the place the first time I entered. I was greeted with a set of characters you only ever get in one room together if alcohol was involved and ‘Hand Me Down That Can Of Beans’ was booming out of the speakers….yes they actually had the soundtrack to Paint Your Wagon on the jukebox. The people clustered around the bar were a diverse crowd, male and

female, old and young, well dressed and shabby. There were people of all races and creeds, tall and short, fat and thin… get the picture. There were two lads called Pete and to distinguish between the two one was Pete ‘The Tyre’ and the other was Pete ‘The Camera’… Can you guess what they did for a living? You also had a chap who used to stop in every night while walking his dogs… Bob ‘The Dog’. Just to confuse matters there was also a man who looked like Bob, but it wasn’t actually him, so he was called ‘Not Bob the Dog’, his name was actually Nigel! ‘Wolfie’ always wore one of those wolf fleeces, ‘The Hustler’ fancied himself as a bit of a pool player - even bringing his own cue with him - whilst ‘Sock Man’ had an array of very fancy socks which

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The West Wilts Magazine - June 2017  

The West Wilts Magazine is a local lifestyle title that caters for all of West Wiltshire and beyond!

The West Wilts Magazine - June 2017  

The West Wilts Magazine is a local lifestyle title that caters for all of West Wiltshire and beyond!