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Issue 32, Mar 2021

The Bugle

Resounding for a better Burton

Sue's News   

Hi everyone, here’s hoping this issue finds everyone well and surviving the current circumstances. It’s been a February of firsts for me! First open clump of daffs spotted by Chris Bennett on the 3rd Feb along the main road between Burton and Acton Turville. Well done Chris!

I think they must be the earliest bloom in the area !!……..whoo hoo!

First time I used the weekly post office van (Wednesdays in the OHH pub car park between 12 and 1pm) Very helpful lady and such a useful service for the village.

First attendance at the Burton Book Club run by Amanda Read, a very enjoyable zoom experience and I look forward to meeting all these lovely ladies in the pub when restrictions lift.

Mike and I enjoyed doing the walk that Peter submitted for last month’s Bugle. Proud to say we did the long version (mainly because the shorter version involved too much water and mud on the day we walked) and despite being snowed on for the last half hour, it was very satisfying. The dog slept for several hours on our return. Yay.

Sadly Peter and Lesley are leaving the village soon so these walk suggestions will be ending. Unless some other kind soul feels like producing further suggestions???

See below for a farewell from Peter and Lesley who have been Burton residents for 37 years. The residents of Burton would like to thank both Peter and Lesley for their many contributions to the community over the years and wish them well in their new life. They will be greatly missed.

We are looking forward to dusting off our bikes (sorry, we are fair weather cyclists only) and trying the Ian and Ann Wilson Bike rides.

After the bitterly cold weather we’ve had, (as I write, yesterday was positively spring like) it’s nice to feel the sun making its presence, even if only for a few moments.

In this month’s issue we have a Meet The Team article. (See below)  The Bugle really is a team effort and we all share the work that goes into producing it  but we are also grateful for all the community contributions that are made. This has been so successful that we find we are having a bumper issue every month, instead of the quarterly that was initially anticipated, so bring it on people!

So, what’s March all about? Well of course the Romans named it after Mars and until 1752 was the FIRST month of the year, when we changed to the “New Style” or Gregorian calendar. Who knew?

How’s your Anglo Saxon? Well they called March Hlyd monath which means stormy month!

We’ve a couple of Saints rocking their special days in March with St David hailing for Wales (get yer daffodils out) on the 1st, and the 17th is famous for St Patrick and his shamrocks.

In the olden days, barges carrying oranges and lemons up the Thames, landed at the Churchyard of St Clement’s Dane. Local school children would attend a service at the church and afterwards would be presented with, yes, you’ve guessed it, oranges and lemons, giving rise to the nursery rhyme. All together now……..

For the football fanatics, on the 22nd March 1888 the English football league was formed and on 23rd March 1891 goal nets were introduced for the first time. Gosh, they must have been sick of losing balls to the crowd!

Stop press: Crocuses seen on 17th February at Green Farm Nettleton.

As March will soon be, err, marching on, Easter will hurtle towards us like the Mars Rover exploring that big ole crater, so perhaps it would be nice for the village to celebrate by having a trail for children (and adults) with a related theme? Some ideas that come to mind are traditionally things like an Easter Bonnet display, Bunny rabbit themed display or a general " Easter" window display similar to the Halloween one we did last October. If anyone has any more ideas and/or would be prepared to organise, please get in touch with Chris.

Finally, have a look at our Mother's Day themed quiz kindly provided by Bev. Wishing everyone a happy and glorious Mothering Sunday.

 Until next time - Happy Hlyd monath!

Article by Sue Clark
100 Club Lottery Results

If you wish to join or would like further information please
click here, we currently have 50 members.

Congratulations to our prize winners, the next draw will take place on Friday, 26th March 2021

Winners drawn on the 26th Feb 2021
1st prize £50 was won by John Millican
2nd prize £35 was won by Margaret Packer
3rd prize £25 was won by Graham Read
The draw was made by Hazel Stainer, The Meads, Burton.

Winners drawn on the 29th Jan 2021
1st prize £50 was won by Mike & Wendy Watts
2nd prize £35 was won by Terry & Delores Broom
3rd prize £25 was won by Rob & Lisa Suchet
The draw was made by Mike Bowen, Rectory Orchard, Burton.

If you wish to be a member of the lottery please contact me
click here   or a member of the BCA Committee.

Chris Bennett, BCA Secretary

Who's who in Burton

This month the spotlight falls on a long term resident and well known character in the village – Dan Clark!

Were you born in Burton?

No, but moved here when I was about a day old. I was born at the old Cottage Hospital in Chipping Sodbury, now sadly, long gone.

How many generations of the family have farmed in the area?

Well, my father and grandfather farmed here locally and now my nephew is involved, so I’m guessing 4 generations and counting….. 

Have you lived anywhere else?

Various locations around the village including no. 2 Nettleton Road (before the new houses were developed) and New House Farm. Now I’m in Mulberry House and loving it!

What do you like best about living in Burton?

Everything I want is here. But I might change my mind tomorrow, who knows?

What were your favourite subjects at School?

History and geography and I wasn’t too bad at Maths.

Any subjects you hated? 


Language or Literature?

Both really, couldn’t get along with it or see the point.

What was your first job?

Riding around in the back of the Land Rover, opening gates for father. I must have been about 7 or 8. I left school at 15 and went to work on the farm.

Which school did you attend?

Chippenham Boys High School after I’d passed the 11+. It’s now known as Sheldon School in Chippenham.

Current Employment?

Mainly farming, beef and some corn and of course equestrian activities.

I look for opportunities and try to capitalise on them. I’m most proud of developing “The Plume of Feathers”. We bought it after it stopped being a pub and was de-licensed.  I was also involved with building and developing the new houses known as no. 1 and no. 2 Nettleton Road.

Ange and I are enjoying the Mulberry Farm Supplies business, although it’s mainly Ange’s project, and she started it all, but I get roped in to help and it’s surprising how many people stop for a chat. I really enjoy a bit of socialising, especially while we can’t go to the pub. I’m passionate about local fresh produce. It’s supports local farming and food producers and it help people in the village. It’s not a huge money maker for us, due to the hours involved, but it has so many other benefits.

What do you love best about farming?

It used to be the people that I worked with on the farm, but nowadays there are few workers due to mechanisation, so it’s mostly a solo job. But I love the freedom of being my own boss and being outside.

What do you dislike about farming?

SUPERMARKETS! (Don’t get me started, grrrr)

Your family has been involved with a lot of the development in Burton. What memories do you have of the old Burton?

There were many more businesses within the village. You didn’t really have to leave the village to get anything. I remember as a boy going to the local shop to buy cakes and sweets etc, this was in what is now Dove Cottage and there was a proper Post Office in the premises in Marsh Lane. The Post Box is still there, and there was another shop opposite The Old House At Home next to where Nettleton Engineering is now, all gone now of course.


Isn’t there a road in Burton, named after your Dad?

My Dad died very young, only 52 and I’m older now than he was when he went. It was sudden, he died within 24 hours or so, it was a big shock to the family.

Frederick’s Way. Dad developed the houses here, but he died as the last one was being completed. (1987)

Dad died a year before his own father (Dan’s grandad) and it took several years for the estates to be sorted out, but the capital realised at the end of this, was used to build the 9 houses in Burton Farm Close and on the Street. These were completed around 2000. The profit was used to finance a new dairy unit for the farm.

Hobbies ? Interests?

Riding and hunting. I took it up again after 40 year break when my sister invited me out for a ride, one Christmas Day. I’ve been riding again for about 5 years and I love it. I’m a member of the Beaufort Hunt and pre Covid we were out about twice a week in the season. I’m missing it badly and so are the horses, they are trained for the hunt and they can’t understand why they aren’t being used. We ride them out for exercise, of course, but it’s not the same
Anything else you want to add?

Err, yes, I proposed to Ange last August, just before her birthday, very romantic, in a field watched by several cattle and our clatter of dogs. The wedding date is October 1st this year.

(ooh really! A scoop for The Bugle and we hope the wedding goes ahead without Covid sticking its oar in. Do we all get an invite Dan????? )

Article by Dan Clark / Sue Clark
BCA News & Event

Bus Service for Burton

As previously reported in the March 2020 (edition 26) of the Bugle, the BCA continues to liaise with Wiltshire Council through our Parish Council to progress an initiative raised to seek an improvement to bus services for Burton. Consultations have understandably slowed considerably with our local authorities due to the pandemic, however they remain cognisant of the wishes express by the BCA.
In brief, the request is to look into the feasibility for connecting Burton to the Malmesbury to Yate bus service or to the Chippenham service.

Village Appearance Group

A very small number of volunteers have continued to do some limited work to clear the pavement of grass and vegetation from the pavement on Hillside and improve the safety of anyone walking this route. The overall plan is to clear the pavement and verges between the village and the motorway bridge.
Once the COVID restrictions have been eased and we can get together in groups, members plan to undertake more tasks around the village to improve both safety and appearance. There is a lot more that can be done and we will be looking for more volunteers to join.

Domestic Heating Oil Suppliers

An article published in the last edition (Feb 2021) mentioned the BCA looking into the possibility of utilising the services of a company called Boiler Juice which are an independent Domestic Heating Oil supplier. The BCA have contacted Yatton Keynell Recreation Association (YKRA) to enquire about their experience as a registered organisation to receive cash benefits. The YKRA representative stated there had been no village interaction since registration and so was unable to provide any useable feedback. The BCA committee have decided to wait until they are able to conduct a conventional meeting and discuss more thoroughly before deciding on any next stage. 

 Article by Chris Bennett


Book reviews and reading highlights. Click on links for reviews/descriptions.
New Releases


The highlights of February’s new releases are Nightshift (★★★★)  by Kiare Ladner, a voyage of self-discovery in the liminal world of London’s nightshift workers. In non-fiction, Veronica O’Keane explores how we make memory in The Rag and Bone Shop (★★★★).
Other releases during the month include the Latin noir debut, Repentance ( ★★★) by Eloisa Diaz.
Out in time for Mother’s Day and a great gift idea, The RHS Book of Garden Verse (★★★★) has poetry from Shelley, Wordsworth, Plath and more, and is beautifully illustrated with botanical and horticultural art from the Lindley Library. 
Reading Highlights

During February, Bookmark also enjoyed:
  • Notes from the Underground (1864). Fyodor Dostoyevsky (transl. from the Russian by Larissa Volokhonsky and Richard Pevear) digs deep into the alienated character with this confessional novella, setting out his stall in the opening line ‘I am a sick man, I am a spiteful man, I am an unattractive man.’ Dark and cynical, also hilarious.
  • Pig Tales (1996) Marie Darrieussecq (transl. from the French by Linda Coverdale). A beauty therapist transforms into a pig. This porcine parable of an amoral society is salami-sliced through with (h)amorous adventures. No piggy pun left unearthed.
  • Lolly Willowes (1926) Sylvia Townsend Warner. Spinster aunt turns witch in the Chilterns. Themes of gender roles and social convention.
Book Club Reading
The Burton Book Club is currently reading Barn 8 by Deb Olin Unferth.
When Buying
Support local independent bookshops. The physical shops may be closed during lockdown, but many are still operating online, by email or phone. Check their website for details. Alternatively, order through
Until next time, happy reading.

Article by Amanda Read
Church Information 

St Mary's Church Nettleton & Burton

There is a weekly online service available on
Hobbies & Interests
Burton Cycle Route 4
Burton - Grittleton - Hullavington - Fosse Way - Alderton
               - Littleton Drew - Acton Turville - Burton
                   15.5 miles, 520 ft (160m) climbing, click here to view map

Head east on the B4039 then in a little over a mile turn left opposite the Coachstyle depot. Pass under the M4 then at the top of a rise turn right just before entering Littleton Drew village into an unsigned lane.
Follow this lane to its end and turn left at the T. In 1.5 miles enter Grittleton village. Note the stone milestone set into a wall before reaching the church, marked with distances to (Christian) Malford, Pucklechurch and Bristol - this was once a major route. Continue through the village, pass through the hamlet of Clapcote then at the bottom of an enjoyable downhill stretch turn left at a minor cross-roads. (You could continue to Hullavington on the principal road but, frankly, it's rather a dull stretch of road).
Follow this quiet lane then take the only turn to the right (those who like to explore alternatives with their own maps might note a bridle path off the lane we are leaving, opposite a farm. This rejoins today's route but be warned, if wet, part turns into gelatinous mud!)
Follow this lane until it curves round to rejoin the main road in Hullavington.  Turn left at this T, pass the pub on the left, a possible refreshment stop when it re-opens, continue past the church then after the road curves to the left turn into Hill Hayes Lane.
If you wonder about the "hill" part you find out in due course, with a fairly steep though short climb. Presently the lane runs beside the railway then turns sharply right to cross the line over a bridge. A fine downhill follows then a gradual ascent to a T, where the route turns left. Soon after, turn right at another T (the bridle path previously mentioned comes in here). After half a mile the lane reaches the Fosse Way. Turn left here to join this famous Roman road.
Roman roads were famously straight, although here modern alignments deviate somewhat from the original, but the downside is they make rather dull cycling as they lack the changing views offered by winding lanes. Still, spare a thought for the hapless legionnaires marching along it in bad weather, doubtless missing their warmer homeland.
Half a mile after crossing the railway again, turn right, signed Luckington and Alderton. Turn left at the sign marking Alderton village and pass the outskirts of the village with the duckpond on the right. It's always worth a look to see the exotic species. There's a box on the other side if you feel inclined to help the villagers with its upkeep - 5 years ago 50,000 gallons of silt had to be removed!
Just past the pond turn left at the cross-roads. The lane soon becomes an exhilarating downhill run. At the bottom the railway is met for the third and last time, but wait, on a circular route surely it must be crossed an even number of times? The answer is an unseen tunnel under the lane before Alderton. Be ready for a rough patch of surface and often standing water under the bridge.
The lane ends in a dip then rises to a T, where a right turn is taken.
This lane runs more or less level to Acton Turville.  (At a small grass triangle on a right bend you may see a by-way sign pointing up a farm road. This does offer an off-road option to Burton, but after the farm it becomes grass and can be soft and muddy. Another paved section takes the track over the M4 but the last part is stony and bikes need to be walked. The better track on the left after the bridge is privately owned and naturally we cannot condone using it!).
Enter Acton Turville beside the school. The village has a shop and in normal times the Fox & Hounds pub. Turn left at the B4039, pass over the M4 then end with a fine downhill run into Burton, but don't exceed the 30 limit!

Article by Ian Wilson
Local Information

A Fond Farewell
In the summer of 1983, the first two of a small development of four houses were being marketed and we were fortunate to purchase one of them. As has been the case with many of the residents in the charming cul-de-sac of Toll down Way, we never moved!. Indeed, we have enjoyed a very happy life here in Burton and have witnessed many changes over the years, the majority for the better.

One of the attractions to the village when we first arrived was that it had two pubs, namely The Plume of Feathers and The Old House at Home.  Within the first couple of years The Plume closed and became a private house but The OHAH thankfully was taken over by David and Sally Warburton who transformed it into a gourmet attraction. Sadly, David passed away but sons Mark and Matthew are carrying on the tradition and we hope that there will be a relaxation of lockdown before too long so that the Pub can open again as a social centre for the village.

We have seen the moving of the Burton farm up onto the Nettleton road, together with the developments of Fredericks Way, Burton Farm Close, and the ‘Triangle’ in the centre of the village has become Church Rise and The ‘Grange’ estate on Church Hill, as well as several other single houses. These have all added to the charm of Burton.  Also there has been some affordable housing to provide an opportunity for young people to stay or move within the locality.

We have sadly been aware of the problems that the church has had, in common with so many rural places of worship, but we understand that it has recently had yet another reprieve. We hope that as the community is enriched by newcomers the building can offer space for a number of opportunities moving forward.

The Burton Community Association has been a real success for the village, creating a great camaraderie and raising funds for many improvements including the children’s play area.

As a result of Covid restrictions we are unable to meet other residents, so after a very happy 37 years here we bid our farewell, as we move down South, and we wish those remaining as much happiness, peace and goodwill as we have experienced.
Best wishes

Peter & Lesley Broadhurst
Pizzas come to Burton
For the low carb dieters, Saturday night 20th Feb  was a disaster, as the residents of Burton, in urgent need of some novelty, welcomed the arrival of a mobile ‘wood fired oven’ pizza van,and tasted some extremely delicious traditional takeaway pizzas, freshly cooked on site.
The excitement within the village was almost palpable (we are learning to take our pleasures in the small things!) as people everywhere, suffering withdrawal from eating out, (I hesitate to say cold turkey; a pun too far?) relished the thought of no cooking and minimal washing up!
For those of us still trying to lose our Christmas weight (ahem) it was a blip which was sorely welcome.
The service is provided by The Priory Inn at Tetbury and seems to be particularly popular across the region during this current Coronavirus lockdown period. A large number of Burton families participated in the event which was deemed to be thoroughly enjoyable and successful. We consumed an impressive 92 pizzas. (Come on own up, which household scoffed the most???)
The Priory Inn also donates 10% of the evening’s takings to the benefit of our Community Association for which we are very grateful. The total raised from this donation is likely to be in the region of £85.
We are very grateful to the management of The Old House at Home pub for allowing us to use the car park.
The pizza van service can be arranged by contacting them on 
Local Trades

For a list of local trades please click here.

The Old House at Home 

The Old House at Home pub continues to offer a Farm Shop service to our communities
click here to view the variety of produce available.
In addition we will be donating £5 to the charity MIND for every farm shop menu order received during Lockdown 3.0
Delivery days are currently Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, orders should be made by mid-day for the next scheduled delivery day.
Please note, fish delivery is only on Fridays (excl. Salmon which can be delivered on any of the listed days above).

Olive and Rosie

Artisan Natural Soap, Plant Based Shampoo and Conditioner Bars by Olive and Rosie, Handmade in small batches using beneficial essential oils, clays, local honey, herbs & botanicals - each batch contains an extra dollop of love! If you are searching for that something special for all occasions then please visit at to see the selection available and get ideas. Orders by email to Rose, please click here, for free delivery to the local area.

Mulberry Farm Supplies


Hobbs Bakery, bread and cakes available, pre-order daily, please contact us via email at the address below or by clicking the link below.  We also supply fresh fruit, vegetables, free range eggs and dairy products. 
Order by 12pm and you will receive fresh the following day, deliveries available Monday to Saturday. we now offer pre-built Fruit and Vegetable boxes Classic Size £20 and Large £25.

For further details of our bread and cake selections please visit the website at

Coming soon... 
Mulberry Farm Supplies are in the process of developing their community support by extending their farm shop supplies and offering a tea/coffee shop experience (possibly with cakes etc) in the coming months. They will be moving to a new site, still within the village, based at New House Farm Barn. This is on the right before going up the hill (by the stables) as you leave the village going towards Acton Turville.

Watch this space! More details to follow as plans progress. 

The Burton Baker

You can order for next day delivery.  If you have any dietary requirements we can adapt our recipes to suit your needs.   For further information please click here. or visit us on Facebook or on Instagram @theburtonbaker.
Local Schools Information

It may be of interest to mention, we do have some Burton parents sending children to the Luckington Pre-school and are very pleased to have made this choice.


Minibeast hunting, scorpions and super pups at Luckington Pre-School

Set within the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, Luckington Pre-School provides quality education and care for children age 2 to school age.

The Pre-School aims to draw out the best in each child. Through the Early Years curriculum, each child is given the chance to explore a wonderful blend of child-led activities in a stimulating environment alongside fantastic outdoor learning experiences within the local community.

Stella Woolcott who is the lead at the Pre-School says “The children arrive each day excited to explore their environment. We prepare the environment daily to reflect children’s current interests. Our approach is very much in the moment so that we are flexible and can respond to the children’s curiosity”.

Stella goes on to say “Some pictures that the children have created goes on to tell me about their latest explorations. The children wanted to search for minibeasts so we headed outside with our magnifying glasses. As we were searching the children discovered the most wonderful looking miniature house, this provoked the most fascinating learning opportunity. They were all so excited to explore their ideas about who could live inside the house, they had the most wonderful conversations about scorpions, super pup and fairies. This gave us lots of different learning avenues to explore, continuing to build the children’s confidence in story-telling, mark making through drawing pictures, and lots of imaginative play.”

Strong relationships with children and the families are very important to the Team at Luckington Pre-school and families are very much part of the nurturing community.  One of the parents went on to say “It is small, cosy, bright and a lovely little community. My daughter wants to be here all the time and never wants to leave at the end of the day. The variety of activities and toys are brilliant. The staff are very skilled and caring, and excellent at creating a fun dynamic amongst the child group.”

Luckington Pre-School is a Governor-Led Pre-School under the umbrella of Luckington Community School. Spaces are filling fast for the Summer Term 2021.

For more information contact, call 01666 840297 or visit their Facebook page to see their latest adventures!

Article on behalf of the Luckington Pre-School
Meet the Team

Who remembers this show?  And, can spot the s

After the departure of people from the village who had previously helped produce the Bugle, Chris Bennett put out a plea for help in the autumn of 2020. By early November 2020 a small but perfectly formed team had been established and had a preliminary meeting, this resulted in the first survey being  sent out to ask what the community would like included. .

Everyone had different skills to offer and so tasks were allocated to those who put their hand up!

As time goes on we are refining our roles but also looking to have more resilience so that everything doesn’t fall apart if someone is unavailable.

Editors and Regular Article Writers

Chris Bennett

Responsible for the BCA communications and village events. Chris is our front man and teases articles from the community using a combination of boyish (did auto correct just type boorish, GASP) charm and persistence. He collates all the BCA and Parish council news and generally approves all the articles before publication. Chris posts the finished newsletter onto the village website, FaceBook page and circulates the final editions to our community, actually the most important job of all!

Sue Clark
Writes the regular copy and edits articles by residents who may prefer someone else to do the pen work. Also responsible for Who’s Who in Burton features. No boyish charm here but good at begging.

The back room boys (girls actually)

Tess Olley
Our proof reader and tech back up, Tess produces the paper copy of the Bugle which has to be done using very different software to the online version. At nearly 200 sheets to produce the last Bugle, she’s getting very good at photocopying. Anyone who feels they could manage with just the online version would be doing the trees a favour! 

Lee Jane Hawkes

Lee is our technical wizard and also chases up our regular contributors. She then collates all the information, into a suitable format, to input into MailChimp, the software used to produce the online version. As well as scanning in all photos and inserting hyperlinks, she contributes to editorial decisions and produces the layouts.

(Basically she is the overlord and we are her flunkeys…) Lee’s life ambition is for everyone to send her photos via WhatsApp rather than email which apparently is a painful process to convert into Mailchimp. Good luck with that Lee.
Parish Council Information

For the Nettleton Parish Council website please click the link 

The minutes of the monthly meetings (which are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month),
click the link below
Police / Crime Prevention Information

Rise In Reports of Coronavirus Vaccine Phishing Email Scam, for further information please click here.
Young Readers  

1.  Who is Simba's mother?
2.  What month is Mothers Day in?
3.  What relation is your dad's grandmother to you?
4.  What sort of mother might you find in a Pyramid?
5.  In the bible, who was Jesus's mother?
Adult Readers

1.  In which film would you hear the chilling phrase "mother's not quite herself today"?
2.  In Greek mythology who was the "mother of the gods"?
3.  According to the saying what is the "mother of  invention"?
4.  Who was the famous mother of  Liza Minnelli?
5.  In which Indian city did Mother Teresa found her missionary?

Quiz by Bev Lee
Upcoming Events

21st March 2021 - National Census Day 

You will soon be receiving a letter from the Office for National Statistics with an access code to complete the online questionnaire. Please click here to view a number of Q & A’s concerning the purpose and benefits to completing this mandatory document.
The letter will also provide details for people who do not have access to the online service and can therefore request a written form.

Part 2 – Reducing Threats

As we discussed in the first installment of this series of articles on stress, threats are a component to our RISK=THREAT x VULNERABILITY equation that we can manage, to an extent. We discussed our stress containers and ways to help empty those containers and next installment we will discuss increasing the size of those containers (our resilience) but for now, we are going to deal with reducing threats to stress levels and overall health. So, let’s define THREAT as simply a person or thing likely to cause damage or danger. With this in mind, it’s important to recognise that a threat is not only something that is actually causing harm, but can be perceived to do so – a danger. Therefore, eliminating or reducing threats can help immediately and also have a potential to prevent further possible harm. Not all threats are within our purview to manipulate, but many are, and these are the threats upon which focus must be targeted. 

Take a moment and consider a piece of steel. Steel is strong, not so apparently manipulated, and able to withstand a great amount of pressure. But many factors affect the amount of force it can withstand. The environment in which it’s used (temperature, weather, surrounding support) and the types and amount of force applied (gravitational, applied - twisting, pushing, pulling, sheering, frictional, resistance, tension) greatly affect its’ ability to hold up. Ultimately, if enough force is applied, even under the most ideal of conditions, steel will bend… bending reduces strength, and then…. SNAP! Breakage. By arming ourselves with this knowledge we are able to manipulate the effect – does the steel hold fast and strong or does it break? (For the engineers amongst us – you’re probably thinking this is a debasement of Young’s Modulus – you’re right – but stay with me – I have a point to the fore!)

Now think of yourself as steel. Think of the environment in which you exist. Think about the outside forces, pressures, affecting you. These are STRESSORS. They come from every direction and in forms we often don’t recognise. If stressors can cause steel to be quite easily broken, certainly human beings are susceptible to the same. Being conscientious of our environment, making adjustments as necessary, and recognising the stressors affecting us, we are thus able to reduce our THREAT, which in turn reduces our RISK. Often it is the build-up of these stressors and the time upon which they are present that can do the most damage. These stressors wear us down and weaken us, mentally and physically, reducing our tenacity and increasing our risk for further damage.

Being aware that even the strongest of things can be broken, it is important to frequently and consistently take a look at our environments and the stressors affecting us and reduce or eliminate those which we can control. This is often easier said than done, but remember our overall equation of R=TxV, it all works together. Sometimes, once we reduce vulnerability through building resilience, some threats reduce themselves. Learning how to change some of our habits and the way we think about certain things can certainly positively affect our stress levels. Grasping that there are factors we can control and those we cannot is paramount. We must focus expend our energies upon the stressors we influence. It is also worth noting, not all stressors carry the same amount of influence.  Certainly, for example, a death in the family is generally more stressful than an overly chatty colleague, but reducing or eliminating those stressors that we can, no matter how large or small, will affect the bottom line.

Remember, life stressors affect not only our mental health but our physical health as well. Taking stock of our situations, being mindful of how we are feeling, and controlling the things we can is a great start to reducing our stress levels and risk for illnesses, increasing our resilience, and thus resisting breakage. 

Article by Missy Sell (licensed mental health provider)
Answers - Adult Reader's

1.  Physio
2.  Rhea
3.  Necessity
4.  Judy Garland
5.  Calcutta
Answers - Young Reader's

1.  Sarabi
2.  March
3.  Great-grandmother
4.  A Mummy
5.  Mary
Article deadline date for the April edition
 19th Mar 2021.
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