I interviewed headmaster of Ludgrove, Simon Barber, last week. He has been at the helm of this boys prep school in Berkshire, for the last 7 years. Simon tells us how they adapted during the Covid summer term and why he thinks there is more pressure on children from a younger age these days.
Chris Hattam is headmaster of The Elms prep school on the Worcs/Herefordshire border, he talks to me about this lovely school that's part of a full working farm and how they have a lesson in rural studies each week as part of their curriculum.
'I was able to get the arch criminal of the Japanese... a bestial swine by the name of Minami' - An officer's letters to his new wife gave their son a glimpse of life in the Far East after Japan's surrender ended the Second World War
Watch this interesting and amusing video interview for The Grapevine Works with Jeremy Clarkson, a couple of weeks ago. Hear about his farming, his successes and disasters on his farm to date and a bit about ‘The Grand Tour’ and hosting ‘Who wants to be a millionaire?’
This is a truly inspiring video interview with a remarkable lady, Polly Williamson, who suffered a near fatal brain injury in a riding accident 9 years ago. She talks to me about her long road to recovery and her brilliant book she has written called ‘Where did I go’ that I recommend you all read.
Grapevine interviews Stefan Darabus from Hope and Homes for Children. We discuss the charity and their mission to eradicate orphanages all over the world and make sure every child is loved, nurtured and cared for, within a loving family environment.
I interviewed eventing legend Sir Mark Todd recently. He's talkes about his outstanding career as probably the world's most successful three day event rider and his switch in career to becoming a British based flat trainer. Please excuse my rather amateurish first attempt at video interviewing - it will improve I promise!
We thought we should share this article with you about the artisan cheesemaking industry which has suffered an extreme downturn over the last few weeks. Please support small businesses where you can - and if you are a cheese fan, there are several links in the article online where you can make your orders.
Grapevine member, Russell Fowler gives us some advice on the current situation with regards to burials and memorial services. Whilst it's not necessarily a topic we may want to think about, it could be very poignant in the sad event that someone we may love, passes away in this strange time.
I got in touch with our Ambassadors and asked them to give us some suggestions of their recommended watching while we are all without a social life and stuck at home. I hope you will find this helpful and provide you with some good TV to binge on!
Grapevine member, Denise Little, is an Anxiety Management & Confidence Consultant and a Solution-Focused Hypnotherapist. She has kindly written us a blog on how to keep our minds healthy whilst in self-isolation.
Ed Granville from Red Savannah gives us a great example of how your day could take shape when holidaying on a gulet. Once you have read this account, I think you might be as tempted as I am to try this one day, sooner rather than later hopefully!
Sara Davenport has been at the centre of the wellbeing sector for 3 decades. She is the Founder of the Breast Cancer Haven charity and through her work with doctors, nutritionists and therapists she has an unrivalled overview of both traditional and complementary medicine.
Grapevine member Juliet Norman, has kindly put a short piece together for us about the importance of seasonal eating. She is brilliant so if you need any nutritional advice, please get in touch with her.
We arranged for 12 members to pay a visit to top National Hunt trainer and Grapevine Ambassador, Kim Bailey. We had a guided tour of the yard and his stable stars, watching them work on the gallops, followed by a delicious cooked breakfast afterwards.
Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) provide the critical care and air ambulance service for 2.1 million people across the counties of Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire.
The legendary adventurer and TV presenter talks to us about his Survival Academy, the pressures of social media, what he does before he jumps out of plane and how he manages his kid's use of technology. He even tells us why he doesn't mind using maps on phones...
Grapevine have chosen to support Hope and Homes for Children as one of their three charities they will be donating to.No child should grow up in an orphanage - Hope and Homes is on a mission to eradicate them. Every child deserves love, laughter and protection.
Grapevine has chosen to support the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust as we feel it is so vitally important to give people the tools to beat depression which can very sadly all too often lead to suicide. I am sure we all know a handful of people who gone down this dark road.
Here are a few summer recipes to try now the weather has perked up! Sally is available for catering jobs both big and small and she is willing to travel. Please get in touch with her on the email at the bottom of this page. Fire up your barbecues and get cooking!
When your husband or partner says, 'shall we have a bbq?' the following write up is pretty common place! This quite funny piece by Peter and Jane will hopefully make you laugh a lot... all women I think will resonate with this and the men amongst you may roll your eyes! Panda x p.s if you are easily offended by a bit of swearing perhaps don't read this.
We had a really successful evening last month with 40 members joining us at Kelling Designs' stunning new showroom in Chelsea. Wine was supplied by Vinotopia & then we had a talk by Adrian Dangar on Tristan Voorspuy's life and on the biography he wrote on him called 'Life on the Edge'.
Grapevine interviewed Charles Tyrwhitt founder and CEO Nick Wheeler and he gives some wonderfully honest and insightful answers to our questions. Anyone thinking starting or growing a business will hopefully take at least one germ of advice from this interview.
Oasis Events, one of our Grapevine Partners, have compiled a list for members to refer to if they are planning on holding an outdoor party this summer - from advising on where to hire your perfect marquee or tent, down to ordering ice, keeping the children happy and being prepared for some of our (sadly sometimes inevitable) foul weather on the big day!
Hosting a team of keen fishermen and women, Charlie tells us all about his experience; from catching all types of fish, through to drinks and hot-tubbing on deck. This sounds like the adventure of a lifetime!
Ahead of Badminton this week, Jane Wallace gives Grapevine members an exclusive piece on the legend who was Mike Tucker. "The Man behind the Mike' is available to buy via the link below; it would make a great book for anyone - I can assure you it's not short of good stories and laughs! Phil McCallion at The Equestrian Bookshop will also have signed copies for sale at Badminton (by Jane and Angela Tucker) and it has a 5* ranking on Amazon.
I would like to introduce you to Ed Wood. He has helped steer me and Grapevine in the right direction over the last year or so with great support and advice in many areas of my business. I interviewed him a couple of weeks ago and here’s what he had to say.
With a new series on Netflix starting in April, which is forwarded by Sir David Attenborough, called 'Our Planet', Justin Wateridge reflects on our duty to travel sustainably, conserve what we have but also to explore, enjoy and fulfil our dreams when experiencing our landscape, wildlife and the people that are looking after it for the future.
If any of you are lucky enough to have a second home in the UK or abroad, we thought it might be useful to put together a checklist of do's and don't's to enable you to maximise your bookings in the future. Or indeed if you haven't yet rented your home out, how best to make this a successful, profitable earner.