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As harvest closes at Thatchers Cider, amongst the apples that have been collected are those from a special “100 Tree Trial”, that has seen 10,000 new trees of different apple varieties planted in Somerset.

So called because the trees are planted in rows of 100, Chris Muntz-Torres, orchard manager at Sandford-based Thatchers explains, “These are varieties that have either done well in our Exhibition Orchard, or have a reputation for producing excellent cider. This is the first time that the trees have been grown in the hedgerow style that Thatchers has developed, where the trees are trained along wires and shaped to allow more sunlight to reach the growing fruit. We’re looking forward to seeing how these varieties perform under new conditions and how the fruit presses into cider.”

Being the first year of planting, the crop of apples on these new trees is at early stages, but they’ll still be producing sufficient fruit for the cidermakers at Myrtle Farm to produce a small amount of cider from them this year. Normally an apple tree needs around seven years for it to start cropping fully.

The apples that are being trialled include: Bloody Turk (a dark red skinned bittersweet apple, originally from Herefordshire), Broxwood Foxwhelp (a medium bittersharp apple dating back to the 1920s, producing a full bodied juice), Muscadet de Dieppe (a small bittersweet fruit with an orange red skin), and Cider Lady’s Finger (a mild, sharp apple, originating in South West of England).

Thatchers Exhibition orchard in Sandford is already home to 458 varieties of apples, being preserved for future generations. The trees in the Exhibition Orchard originated in the former Long Ashton Research Station in Bristol, which was dedicated to cider making research. John Thatcher has made it his mission to preserve these varieties, including apples such as Bloody Ploughman and Fair Maid of Taunton. All 458 varieties have been blended into Thatchers Cider Barn 458 cider.


Redcliffe Place

Redcliffe Place

Press Release
6 March 2018


Discover a new lifestyle by moving into a three-bed apartment at Redcliffe Place.

A short walk from the buzz of central Bristol, you can move into these beautifully converted homes now and start immediately enjoying this peaceful location, which is only minutes from Temple Meads Station, Bristol Harbourside with its vibrant eateries, and the city’s retail centre.

Redcliffe Place is the meticulous renovation of former offices by Change Living which includes a collection of generously proportioned three bedroom homes.

Selected units have their own private entrance and all enjoy either spacious terraces or balconies, some with views over the Bristol skyline towards the countryside, as well as access to the attractive landscaped car park and cycle storage, via a secure electronic gate.

These are remarkably spacious apartments where floor to ceiling windows ensure that the rooms are light and airy. The family bathrooms and en-suites have been designed with the highest attention to detail and the sleek Porcelanosa kitchens feature integrated Neff appliances, contemporary matt finished units and silestone work surfaces and splashbacks.

The space and modern luxury found in these homes make them ideal for a variety of buyers and especially families or downsizers, who will enjoy the tranquil waterside location but will also relish the myriad of activities, entertainment and dining options on their doorstep.

Radiating vibrancy and style, owning a three-bed apartment at Redcliffe Place could be the start of your new lifestyle in the heart of the city.

Show home address: 3-8 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe, Bristol BS1 6SP
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Women in Property tour Redcliff Quarter

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July 2017


The South West branch of the Association of Women in Property have been given a guided tour of work in progress at Redcliff Quarter.

Redcliff Quarter, which is being developed by Change Real Estate in a joint venture with Cannon Family Office and ICG Longbow, is one of the city’s most exciting regeneration projects. The £180 million, 600,000 sq ft development will transform a derelict and little used area in the heart of Bristol into a vibrant centre that will make a positive contribution to the city. The mixed-use development will comprise residential, restaurants, hotel, offices and a European style food hall, and will provide much sought-after link between the Harbourside and new development around Temple Meads.

With the first phase of development well underway – comprising 128 residential units for private rent – the Women in Property group saw at first hand the 3.3 acre site, and heard from contractors Galliford Try about the project. Phase one is due for completion in July 2018. It is anticipated that preparation works on phase two, including archaeology, will start later this year.

The freehold of phase one has been sold to A2Dominion, who will market the units under their FABRICA brand for private rent.

When complete Redcliff Quarter will make a positive contribution to the local economy, creating around 4-500 jobs and an estimated £7million per annum.

Rachael Sherratt from Noma Architects, who organised the Women in Property event said, “The event created a lot of interest from members and non-members demonstrating how keen people are to see what developments are happening in the heart of Bristol.  It is a great opportunity to see a construction project in progress and appreciate the challenges associated with of a project of this scale located in the city centre. There is talk of another visit closer to completion and we are looking forward to that.”

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Luke Mills joins Change Real Estate

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Luke Mills joins Change Real Estate

Real Change luke Feb 2017

Change Real Estate has appointed Luke Mills to the role of Project Manager. Luke is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and has a MSC in Surveying from University College of Estate Management.

Joining Change Real Estate, Luke will be working on the developer’s ongoing schemes in Bristol, including Redcliff Quarter, Redcliffe Parade and The Old Brewery.

Luke brings to Change Real Estate experience as a consultant project manager and quantity surveyor across the South West, most recently working for national developer The Guinness Partnership.

Ron Persaud, Director at Change Real Estate says, “We’re delighted to welcome Luke to our team at a very exciting time as our developments in Bristol at Redcliff Quarter and Redcliffe Parade begin to take shape.”


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Connectivity will be critical to delivering housing growth

Infrastructure and connectivity is going to have a huge impact on how the West of England delivers the new housing required to support economic development. A new report launched by Bristol property adviser GVA outlines how the electrification of the Great Western Mainline will be a key driver of economic growth, unlocking significant change and development.

GVA’s report, “Great Western Electrification: Unlocking future growth” launched at a breakfast event in Bristol entitled Evolving Bristol, takes an indepth look at the opportunities being opened up by infrastructure investment and the importance it will play in the continued evolution of Bristol and the South West region.

GVA breakfast meeting 31th Jan 2017

Jo Davis, Regional Senior Director at GVA talked about how infrastructure and connectivity is going to have a huge impact on how the city moves forward.

“The electrification of the Great Western Mainline will be a key driver of economic growth and the redevelopment of and around Bristol Temple Meads station will be a game-changer,” she told the audience. “It will unlock significant change and development at Enterprise Zones and commercial hubs around Bristol, Bath, Swindon and Chippenham. Yet this all needs to be considered in the context of housing growth forecasts for the region.  With the West of England considering a target to provide 85,000 new homes over the next Local Plan, connectivity and accessibility are critical to delivering housing that supports economic development in a sustainable way.”

Re-opened rural railway stations at places such as Saltford, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wilton and Corsham provide important opportunities to consider as locations for sustainable, long-term residential growth. Other locations that will be increasingly connected to the Great Western Mainline corridor through new stations or capacity improvements such as Portishead, Cirencester and Long Ashton would also support a mix of uses with new floorspace for businesses.

GVA welcomed two guest speakers to the Evolving Bristol event, Mr Barra Mac Ruairi, Strategic Director of Place at Bristol City Council, and Dr Jo Michell, senior lecturer economics at UWE.

Speaking about the wider economy and prospects for growth in Bristol, Mr Mac Ruairi said, “Bristol is well placed to maintain our economic momentum as we proceed towards Brexit. We are a resilient city and our productivity continues to outperform, in fact we have the highest employment rate of any UK Core City. However, we should not take these strengths for granted; as a city we need to address the issues that saw the UK vote to leave the EU. We need to ensure that our growth is inclusive and not exclusive. We need to collaborate to compete, and through devolution, and any other means, continue to press Government for the best possible support for our city region.”

Dr Jo Michell, Senior Lecturer Economics at UWE, supported this view, “Bristol is close to the top of the table when it comes to productivity compared to other city regions in the UK, and we’re above the UK average. However, alongside a dynamic, broad based economy, and strong educational levels second only to London, Bristol also has a wide poverty gap which cannot be ignored as we move forward in an uncertain, post-Brexit economy.”




Height adjustable toilets aid wheelchair transfer

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Height adjustable toilets aid wheelchair transfer


Pressalit Care Height Adjustable Toilet with control

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Transferring from a wheelchair to the toilet can be an overwhelming experience for many frail or disabled users. The installation of the Pressalit Care height adjustable Select toilet bracket can make the world of difference, not just from a practical and safety point of view, but importantly in retaining the dignity and independence of the user.

To meet with the requirements of the British Standard, toilets installed in bathrooms used by those with disabilities should be at the same height as a standard wheelchair, to limit the risk of falls.

With the ability to raise or lower the toilet however, ease of transfer can be aided even more with the assistance of gravity.

With the use of a hand-held control, the toilet pan can be adjusted to slightly below the level of the wheelchair, thus helping transfer across. To move back, simply raise the toilet back to a height slightly higher than the wheelchair.

Andrew Lowndes, UK Sales Manager for Pressalit Care observes, “If you transfer from a wheelchair to a toilet higher than your sitting position, you would need significant upper body strength to transfer across and pull yourself up. The risk of losing balance and falling, or the wheelchair toppling over, is also great.

“Safety is of paramount importance. The height adjustable toilet bracket provides the flexibility to position the toilet to suit the position of the wheelchair user and ease transfer in a safe and controlled way.”

The Pressalit Care Select toilet bracket, designed in a choice of contemporary colours to complement bathroom decor, features smooth lines and surfaces, with minimal slits and grooves, for ease of cleaning.

Available in both electric and manual lifting options, the brackets allows for an adjustment of 300mm with the manual version, and 400mm with the electric version. The electric hand control is operated with the simple press of a button, and is ideal for multi-user bathrooms where frequent height adjustment is required. The manual option is operated by means of an easily accessible handle which can be mounted on either side of the toilet, and is the preferred option for bathrooms where periodic adjustment is the norm.

The Select toilet bracket can be used alongside the Select height adjustable basin bracket; integrated into the Pressalit Care Plus system, which features a horizontal track for additional flexibility; or can just as easily stand alone as a one-off installation. Colour coordinated with anthracite, lime green or white brackets, optional coordinating hinge support arms can also be fitted.


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Thatchers introduces its Guide to Pairing Cider with Food

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Thatchers introduces its Guide to Pairing Cider with Food

Fourth generation cidermaker, Thatchers Cider, has produced a new Guide to Pairing Cider with Food. Written by national drinks writer, author and TV broadcaster Susy Atkins, the Guide talks through the steps on how to recognise the characteristics in a cider that will make a perfect match with different food styles.

The Thatchers Guide to Pairing Cider with Food not only demonstrates the versatility of cider when it comes to serving it with a meal, but also the characteristics that enhance tastes and flavours in food.

Susy Atkins, who has been writing and broadcasting in the drinks industry for over 25 years, says, “There is nothing more delicious and satisfying than a great marriage between food and drink. And that ‘drink’ most certainly includes cider. Matching the liquid in your glass to the food on your plate is well worth aiming for – it can help bring out the very best in both. In fact, a great pairing enhances the whole meal. And anyone can do it; the basic guidelines that help us choose the right matches are surprisingly simple and straightforward to follow.”

She explains, “Cider is incredibly diverse and complex.  Consider the many different apple varieties – bittersweet, bittersharp, culinary, dessert – and the very different styles created by our cider producers – dry, bubbly, strong, oak-aged, sweet.

“Just as you wouldn’t have any old wine with a particular dish, so it pays to think beyond just having a generic cider with your meal. To find the ideal partnerships, you need to look at what kinds of cider suit specific recipes. Sweeter, drier, richer, lighter, oak-aged, still or sparkling ciders – what will deliver the truly blissful marriages with your favourite dishes?”

The Guide, which is available in full at, looks at the characteristics of ciders, and then explains why certain foods work well.

Susy explains that perhaps the most important factor is a drink’s sweetness level. The important rule is always balance ‘like with like’ in this respect, she says. “So dry drinks must go with savoury food – they will taste harsh and too tart alongside sugary dishes. But sweet drinks work mainly with desserts and also with certain cheeses and rich patés. Sweet and medium sweet ciders, where the most luscious flavours of the juice of sweet apples really shine through, can dazzle here.”

Martin Thatcher adds, “There is so much to discover about pairing cider with food. This Guide will be of enormous help to all lovers of cider, and to those who want to add a new experience for their customers. In fact, to everyone who has a love of food and drink and who wishes to expand their horizons with new adventures, I would suggest this is a very worthwhile read with some very valuable advice.”

Thatchers Guide to Pairing Cider with Food

Over recent years Thatchers has worked with chef Tim Maddams and Indian cookery specialist Bini Ludlow to produce a series of recipes that pair perfectly with its range of ciders. The recipes can be found at