Hello & Welcome

to the October edition of the BAY magazine with editor Lesley Williams

I’m delighted to be able to announce the return of the competition to WIN a family ticket to the opening night of the pantomime. This year it’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with Mr Swansea himself, Kevin Johns back in his pantaloons and lipstick. I can’t wait to be back in the Grand Theatre, it seems such a long time since I was last there – I’ve already booked a couple of events but the big one for me is the pantomime. You’ll find all the details of how to enter in our lifestyle section, so don’t delay, get your entry in now and you might be the lucky entrant to bag themselves a ticket for up to 4 people on the 10th December. Good luck!

I think I may have mentioned in a previous issue, that we won an award earlier this year – Best Lifestyle Magazine in Wales. This was based on the editorial content, so I’m not surprised we came top of the leader board as we do have some amazing contributors every month. I don’t think there is another local magazine that has the breadth of topics – our business section alone is packed with inform-ative articles such as advice for people thinking of starting a business. Neil Franklin has a wealth of experience to help new business start-ups – and he gives his advice free of charge to our readers. Allchurch Accountancy keeps us abreast of all the changes in taxation this month – and how it could affect you. Our solicitors are on hand to give sound advice on co-habitation agreements, LPAs, and how to keep a breakup amicable – remembering that grandparent’s involvement should be considered too.

We say goodbye to one of our regular contributors this month, Fulke Andel is hanging up his gardening gloves and trowel and going into a well-earned retirement. He’s kept us well informed as to what we should be doing in the garden each month, for many years – 8 years in fact. So, we would like to wish him a very happy retirement and to thank him for all the advice and seasonal recipes he’s supplied us with.

Ian Bateman’s walk this month is one of my favourites. During lockdown, when we were restricted to an hour’s walk for exercise each day, Simon and I would walk down through Singleton Park to the foreshore and back up through Brynmill Park. We saw the changes in the trees and shrubs through the seasons and we fell back in love with our green spaces. Judging by the number of people that we passed, we weren’t alone in rediscovering our local area. You won’t need a map for the walk and you can start and finish anywhere along its route.

On the subject of maps, Dr Alyson Hitch’s book of the month is ‘Tolkien: Maker of Middle Earth’ by Catherine Mcllwaine. It contains some beautiful illustrations and maps and would make an ideal gift for any lover of The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings. Another book that would make a great Christmas present is ‘Cooking with Heroes’ which has been published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion. It contains not only recipes from around the UK but from the Commonwealth countries too, some supplied by service men and women and others by celebrity chefs. You’ll find more details on this fine publication and a recipe from it too in our food and drink section.

Private chef Christos has a very autumnal recipe for a shepherd’s pie with a twist – it’s vegetarian and can easily be adapted to vegan and is bound to be a crowd pleaser.

Enjoy October and all that it brings, and we’ll be back in November.