Enterprising children at Cheam School in Headley presented an incredible £7,643.14 to local bereavement charity Daisy’s Dream this week.


The money was raised at the school’s successful Christmas Fair in December and presented to Daisy’s Dream fundraiser Gemma Gittins.


Jacqui Marriott, head of pre-prep at Cheam School said: “We decided to support Daisy’s Dream because we know what a devastating impact bereavement or long-term illness can have on a child.


“Dealing with such issues is never straightforward and is different for each individual.  Daisy’s Dream provides such a fantastic support network not only for the children affected but also for their families, carers and schools.  We believe that this is crucial for ensuring that each child is able to cope with their circumstances whether at home or at school and always has someone to turn to should they need it.”


“The Cheam Christmas Fair was a great success this year and everyone had such a fun time visiting Father Christmas, playing pin the tail on Rudolph, feeding the live reindeer, delving into the lucky dip and shopping for presents. We had such an amazing team of volunteers and want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped us to raise this fantastic sum in aid of Daisy’s Dream.”


Gemma Gittins from Daisy’s Dream added: “To raise such a great amount at a Christmas fair is nothing short of amazing and we are extremely grateful to everyone at the school who contributed.


“The money raised could help us support as many as ten families across the area for a whole year. With increasing demand for our services, we are so indebted to Cheam School for their generosity.”


Daisy’s Dream is a professional support service which responds to the needs of children and families across Berkshire affected by life threatening illness or bereavement.






If you love gin, Earl Grey tea and fudge, read on….

Fudge fans can look forward to two new bespoke flavours thanks to collaborations between award-winning Cornish confectioner Buttermilk and two neighbouring producers.
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Buttermilk has brewed up a partnership with Truro-based Tregothnan Tea to create a fantastic buttery, crumbly Earl Grey fudge with notes of Bergamot.
Tregothnan Tea is the home of England’s first-ever homegrown tea and the current owner Lord Falmouth is a direct descendant of Earl Grey himself.
Annabel Percy-Hughes, marketing manager at Tregothnan Tea, said: “Tregothnan has a rich Cornish heritage dating back to 1334 and a reputation for pioneering botanical firsts. It is with great excitement we have collaborated with Buttermilk to create this Earl Grey Fudge. It is a celebration of the fine flavour of Bergamot synonymous with Earl Grey and a celebration of the premium products lovingly made in Cornwall.”
In another local collaboration, Buttermilk is launching a delicious Gin Fudge after the success of a limited edition Tarquin’s Gin fudge product made last year for Craft GinClub members.  Buttermilk worked with Southwestern Distillery to develop the product further and give it a permanent home within the range.
The gin is made using handpicked violets plus orange to create an aromatic infusion, and much like Buttermilk, Padstow-based Southwestern Distillery cooks up its products in copper stills over open flames in small batches.
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Tarquin Leadbetter, owner of Southwestern Distillery, said: “I’ve been buying Buttermilk fudge since I was a child, popping into the Padstow shop during school holidays, so it was a fantastic idea to collaborate with these brilliant confectioners that are only a few miles down the road from the distillery, and produce something really special.”
Tracy McDonnell Goad, director of Buttermilk, is proud of the family-run firm’s Cornish heritage and delighted to work with local manufacturers that share the same ethos.
She said: “These delicious treats are exceptionally tasty, a little bit different and are perfect with that other Cornish staple, Cream Tea. It’s been great to work with local producers to produce something fun and Cornish through and through.”
The two new flavours are available in 150g bags costing £3.99 from major stockists plus Buttermilk’s own shops in Port Isaac and Padstow. They can also be found in a number of independent farm shops, delis and online at

Wycombe Rye Lido

Two months to the day since my last outdoor swim, I took the plunge after work and visited Wycombe Rye Lido, which I’d only heard about the previous week thanks to the power of social media.

Since the end of 2016, the pool has been open all year round (take note, my local pool) and it’s located just off the A40 alongside the gorgeous park, and by the time I pitched up after work, it was dark and it felt like the calm before the storm. (It was.)

It cost £6.50 to get in and another 50p to park for two hours, but the lady on reception was kind enough to tell me that I could actually pay inside the building and didn’t need to venture back outside the stick the ticket in the car.

The changing rooms were mixed and fairly basic, but reassuringly hark back to the 1930s with high doors and a simple layout.  I went outside and was utterly bowled over by the pool. Thanks to fancy blue lighting, it looked awesome – like the kind of Instagram picture you might see of a high-end luxury hotel or the pool James Bond swims a length in before heading off to kill someone in Shanghai.


There was a head of steam coming off the bright blue water and just three other people in the pool. When swimming back down the pool, you’re treated to a view of people pacing the treadmill or taking in a kickboxing class, so it’s very motivating. I am not sure what the reverse view for the people doing the hard work is like though. 1

Although it is heated, it’s not stuffily hot, the temperature is patchy so it’s warm, cold, warm cold, warm, cold. But I like that  -it makes you feel alive without freezing you.  I swam a mile in the 33 yard pool, which I calcuated to be about 54 lengths; in that time the other three people got out and there was a change of lifeguard who cheerfully rebutted my apologies for making him stand outside in the cold for me on my lonesome.

Two other people did get in finally, making me feel better, but then it was time to get out – however, since there aren’t many other pools that are open at this time of year or that give off such a beautiful blue vibe, I imagine I’ll be back soon.

The Rye, off Bassetsbury Lane, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1QX