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Peter Hawkes Editor James Rand

Copy editor

Amana Warwick Area manager NORTH BUCKS Sophie Dubus Area manager MID CHILTERNS Melina Williams Area manager HERTFORDSHIRE Caralyn Bains Area manager WEST CHILTERNS Donna Forbes Web master Rob Bentley

Bookkeeping & accounts

Angela Woodward Distribution co-ordinator Kirsty Wright Mark Cowie

Social media reporter Cartoonist


We are grateful for invaluable help from: Salva Malik, Amber Tokeley, Chloë Ansell, Amy Cronin, Amy Deane, Louise Hickman, Helen Boden, Terry Dean, Keith Ecott, Penny Goddard and Daniel Glasheen.


Designs for LIFEmagazine is owned and published by Hawkes Design & Publishing Ltd ©2013/14. It may not be reproduced in whole or in part by any means without the prior written consent of the publisher. Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the contents of the magazine at the time of publication, the publisher can accept no liability whatsoever for any errors, inaccuracies or omissions, or for any matter in any way connected with or arising out of the publication of the information, including statements made by the advertisers. The Focus Team asks you to note that it does not necessarily agree with views expressed by contributors. We endeavour to acknowledge all copyright sources. All rights reserved.


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Welcome back

This fourth issue of Designs for LIFE is focused on positive thinking – especially the transition from a place of victimhood to one of empowerment. Several of our contributors have battled with major illnesses and setbacks. By harnessing their creative talents they’ve forged a new direction in life, bringing renewed confidence and self esteem. The purpose of the magazine is to throw light on the elements of holistic wellbeing: a healthy environment, plenty of exercise, diverse therapies for mind, body & spirit, good nutrition, and artistic self expression. In this first year of publication we’ve met some wonderful people who are working towards these goals, and have experienced much mutual encouragement. I hope you’ll join us in the next issue.

Peter Hawkes Our area of coverage for issue 4

We distribute to art galleries, garden centres, gyms, therapy centres, bookshops, cafés, salons, surgeries, art and gift shops, libraries and diverse community venues, all across the Chilterns.

Our themes wellbeing

Complementary therapies Exercise and fitness Sport and leisure Holistic treatments Health and nutrition Children and parenting Weight management Counselling

green living

Farming and horticulture Organics Gardening and nature Herbalism Transport Eco products Environmental groups Local food

positive thinking

Changing perceptions Life coaching Diversity and equality Meditation and mindfulness Spirituality

Learning and education Relationships and confidence Philosophy and psychology


hawkes DESIGN & Publishing LTD

EST. 1990

2 Laceys Yard, High Street, Chesham, Buckinghamshire HP5 1BU

01494 793000 LIFE


is an independent group providing a beacon of positivity by connecting like-minded and heart centred people through words and images

(map with thanks to the Chiltern Society)

Art & design Crafts Theatre and drama Music and dance Comedy Photography and printing Film and cinema Festivals

Distribution, stockists & subscriptions

One of our founders, Amy Deane, has now moved to the south of France and we are hoping to hear about her creative endeavours in future issues. Our associate Rob Bentley has moved to Australia and is working hard to create a Designs for LIFE magazine for Brisbane. If anyone has any contacts there, please let us know! In the meantime, we’ll continue to distribute to all towns and villages in the mid-Chilterns. If you’d like a bundle of free magazines delivered to your venue, please contact us. Please call 01494 793000 to subscribe at £10 a year for 4 issues, to cover postage and packing.

Creative founders 2013: Amy Deane, Kirsty Wright, Mark Cowie, Peter Hawkes 2

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