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Chipping Sodbury Hare Trail 2017

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Chipping Sodbury Hare Trail 2017 In addition to the four hares located in Chipping Sodbury in connection with the Cotswold Hare Trail, there are now a further twenty smaller ones to be found in the windows of shops and other business premises around the town, constituting Chipping Sodbury’s very own hare trail for 2017! Organised by Sodbury Chamber of Commerce to help support interest in local businesses that are members of the Chamber, the Chipping Sodbury Hare Trail 2017 is also showcasing the work of local artists. All the hares on display are sited in the windows of businesses that are members of Sodbury Chamber. This year’s Chipping Sodbury Hare Trail will be live until 10th September, 2017, the end date coinciding with that of the more extensive Cotswold Hare Trail. Where are the Hares? How to be a Chipping Sodbury Hare Hunter this year? Well, when it comes to… Read more »

The Big Lunch Chipping Sodbury 2017

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The Big Lunch Chipping Sodbury 2017: Seaside Sodbury Join us on Sunday 4th June from 12:00 noon to  6 p.m. for a fantastic fun family day centred around Broad Street in the heart of Chipping Sodbury! It’s the return of The Big Lunch, Chipping Sodbury’s annual festival combining elements of picnic and street party. This year’s event has been named Seaside Sodbury and will have a beach theme. Dozens of beach huts lovingly hand-painted by the organisers of the event will be installed to set the scene and put you in beach party mood despite the inland setting! But will it feel more like the English seaside or the beaches of Rio de Janeiro? Strange question, you might think? Well, among the star attractions will be a live samba band! Yes, those relaxingly serene Brazilian percussive grooves, that for many decades have been filling discerning listeners all over the world… Read more »

Cotswold Hare Trail comes to Chipping Sodbury

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On Saturday 25th March, the annual Cotswold Hare Trail gets underway for 2017! The Cotswold Hare Trail this year takes in over 25 towns and villages in the greater Cotswold region and is set to feature upwards of 75 large sculptures of hares, each of them uniquely hand-decorated by one of almost 70 different local artists and painters. From Bristol in the South West to Gloucester and Cheltenham in the West, Chipping Campden in the North, Witney and Woodstock in the East, and Cirencester, Cricklade and Malmesbury in the South, there is a hare spot near you! The idea behind the annual trail is to put on a fun event that celebrates, supports and nurtures the community spirit of the Cotswold region, and gives exposure and appreciation to the region’s artists. At the same time, it offers a wonderful opportunity for family outings and weekend excursions that adults and children… Read more »

The History of Bathrooms and Toilets Part 2: Early Modern Era

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The History of Bathrooms and Toilets Part 2: Early Modern Era Welcome to the second part of JMI Bathrooms and Kitchens’ look at the fascinating history of bathrooms and toilets! Following on from Part 1, we now guide you through the early modern era, from the 1700s to the mid-20th century.   18th Century Developments in Bathrooms and Toilets   In the 18th century, the first public water supply networks (examples of old water supply piping pictured above) were installed in London by private companies. They served limited areas of the city, allowing the wealthy to access fresh water on tap. Washbasins were installed in bedrooms and used as part of people’s dressing routines, but mainly for washing the head and feet. This was often done in social company.     18th century doctors sometimes prescribed bathing in mineral water springs (overseas example pictured). A hospital was opened at Bath in… Read more »

The History of Bathrooms and Toilets

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The History of Bathrooms and Toilets Welcome to JMI Bathrooms and Kitchens’ whirlwind tour through the history of bathrooms and toilets! In this first carefully researched instalment, we look at the provision of bathing facilities and lavatories from ancient times through to the Renaissance, stopping by in the Middle Ages. Have you ever wondered when the first flushable loo was made, or how your ancestors kept clean? These and other fun facts await if you venture onward!   Ancient Baths and Toilets Baths are recorded as having been in use in three major continents as early as 3000 BCE: cold baths in Asia, and steam baths in Europe and North America. Communal baths set apart from living quarters were a common feature of early settlements.     Washing was religiously associated with purification, and often required before entry to sacred spaces. By 2800 BCE, toilets with wooden seats, and bathing… Read more »

5 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Your Kitchen

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Brighten things up! Surround yourself with new textiles and vivid colours. You can change your curtains to lighter ones, kiss the old tea towels goodbye and choose a bunch of new ones with summery patterns , or go crazy with fun seasonal accessories like bunting, prints and illustrations, ice-lolly moulds and cocktail glasses. And if you want to go the extra mile, give the room a total makeover by painting the walls in bright colours or going for some new colourful tiling as your kitchen splashback. Feed your senses This is the right season for spoiling yourself with healthy meals and little treats that won’t leave you feeling guilty. A basket full of fresh fruits and berries will give you the perfect smoothie: packed with nutrients and vitamins, and it will serve as a perfect decoration for your dining table. If you feel like you’re running out of ideas for… Read more »

The Great British Kitchen: Complete Kitchen Era Guide

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  Making and preparing food has always been part of human life, but having a separate room dedicated to cooking is a relatively recent development in our history. Here at JMI Bathroom & Kitchens we love kitchens (obviously!) so we created this handy kitchen era guide on how the great British kitchen has evolved through the ages. From grandiose Tudor banquets to exciting Georgian spices and the lavish Victorian dinner party: read on & tell us what is your favourite kitchen era? A Roman kitchen                               Image credit: Mediatus Origins: Open hearths At first food was cooked on an open fire. The fire was placed at the centre of a dwelling to allow heat to travel and smoke to dissipate through a hole cut into the roof. Some dishes would have been wrapped up and buried in the embers to cook. Early human houses were little more than single rooms where… Read more »

5 Bathroom Re-modelling Tips

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Re-modelling your bathroom can give you more space, increase and sale value of your home and be a haven to return to at the end of a busy day. We’ve detailed the top 5 bathroom re-modelling tips in our new infographic to help you choose the perfect design for your lifestyle. Let us know what you think!         5 BATHROOM RE-MODELLING TIPS   Re-modelling your bathroom can be a difficult task – how can you make sure your bathroom looks bigger, is the right design for your lifestyle, stays within your budget, can still be enjoyed in 5 years’ time and simultaneously maximise your return on investment? It’s a big ask. Bathrooms, big or small, need a design that is both functional and can create a beautiful haven for you to relax in. Here are our 5 top tips for remodelling your bathroom.   1. Play with… Read more »

5 TIPS TO DESIGN THE BEST KITCHEN

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THE FIVE ESSENTIAL KITCHEN DESIGN CRITERIA   Are you having a new kitchen ? Know the measurements when designing your kitchen! Read this article to make sure you tick off the five essential kitchen design criteria. While the living room may be the social hub of the home, many of us spend a lot of time in our kitchens which makes it all the more important to make sure your kitchen works practically before you make any other decisions.   1. THINK AHEAD – When redesigning a kitchen plan for the sink, fridge and cooktop to form a triangle.  To begin designing your kitchen, take exact measurements of available floor space, then place the basic elements. Use these guidelines: Form a triangle The work triangle is an important design concept that improves a kitchen’s functionality by minimizing walking distance between the sink, refrigerator, and primary cooking surface. For comfort and safety, the sum… Read more »

5 SIGNS YOU SHOULD INVEST IN A NEW BATHROOM

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1. I THINK IT’S ABOUT TIME PEOPLE STOP FEELING SEA SICK WHEN THEY USE YOUR BATHROOM HERE’S SOME ADVICE FROM OUR DESIGN EXPERTS ON THE BEST COLOURS TO USE IN A BATHROOM: Get a colour wheel Although you probably don’t know it, most colour schemes come directly from the rules of the colour wheel. Why do purple and yellow go together? Well, they are across from each other on the colour wheel, making them complementary. How about green and blue? They’re next to each other, making them similar. So give yourself a good background, as well as quick and easy solutions to your colour questions, and use a colour wheel. Choose three colours The rule of three is a great principle to follow when creating a bathroom colour scheme. Pick one neutral, one rich colour, and one accent. To do it successfully, think about proportion and rely on a 70/20/10… Read more »