Mosaic Magazine Issue 34 (August 2009)
It’s often said community spirit is dead. In this issue we challenge that view with a visit to a small Pennine village where, thanks to the efforts of dedicated residents, the opposite is true. Our reporters visit Summer Wine country to meet an English chef who serves up snacks from around the globe. And we look at an old cinema which has been taken over by a group of comedians. We meet a volunteer who turns dogs in to lifesavers and we take a ride with a retired engineer who has a passion for classic sports cars and motorbikes. If fashion is your passion, we have advice on which shoes and handbags you should be wearing this autumn.
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The property boasts central heating and solid oak double glazing throughout.Whilst enjoying this rural setting, the property is well positioned within a short drive of the M1 motorway network and the local town of Penistone, including highly regarded schools. www.fineandcountry.com HEAD OFFICE: 121 PARK LANE, MAYFAIR, LONDON W1K 7AG BRITAIN'S LEADING NETWORK OF INDEPENDENT ESTATE AGENT AGENCIES SPECIALISING IN THE SALE OF FINE & COUNTRY PROPERTIES COUNTRY HOMES COTTAGES UNIQUE PROPERTIES CONVERSIONS PERIOD PROPERTIES 6 VILLAGE LIFE Meeting place: Hard work puts the spirit back into community PROPERTY Green theme: Architect adds eco credentials to a special creation 1 7 INTERIORS Makeover: Why a designer doesn't have to be daunting CUISINE Iberian twist: Chef Mark Irving's recipes for some eclectic tapas 33 FASHION Black out: Why boutique is going Gothic this season 1 1 30 MOSAIC Published by Acredula Group 47 Church Street Barnsley South Yorkshire S70 2AS Printed by Buxton Press MOSAIC people Ideas for inspiring WELCOME TO MOSAIC It's often said community spirit is dead. In this issue we challenge that view with a visit to a small Pennine village where, thanks to the efforts of dedicated residents, the opposite is true. Our reporters visit Summer Wine country to meet an English chef who serves up snacks from around the globe. And we look at an old cinema which has been taken over by a group of comedians. We meet a volunteer who turns dogs in to lifesavers and we take a ride with a retired engineer who has a passion for classic sports cars and motorbikes. If fashion is your passion, we have advice on which shoes and handbags you should be wearing this autumn. Adam Civico Assistant editor OUTDOORS Dog's life: How top training makes a wonder dog tick 47 LEISURE Punchline: Comedy lurks in the once derelict Abbey Cinema Reporters Adam Civico Joanne Wright John Threlkeld Toby Reece Mark D'Apice 01226 734262 Production Editor Jill Lowe 01226 734203 ALSO IN THIS ISSUE STYLE A blinding look at shutters INTERIORS Shower screens add a touch of glass HOMES Fantastic taps turn on the style 37 Editor Robert Cockroft email@example.com 01226 732495 MOTORING Take a look at a classsic car collection GARDENING The time is ripe for harvest ART Painter makes cricket his muse 23 25 26 41 44 54 Sales Executives Helen Chadwick Richard Storrs Richard Auckland Jillian Kendrick Susan Johnson Jim Phillips Karen Gregory Catherine Copley 01226 734330 Page editors Connie Daley Rory Halkerston 01226 734202 Advertising Manager Mike Shenton firstname.lastname@example.org 01226 734330 The building once cost �100, but Birdsedge village hall is now proof that community is not dead. Karen Johnson reports All smiles: Jayne Armitage puts in the elbow grease at the restored and thriving Birdsedge community centre. 6 MOSAIC VILLAGE LIFE Taster session: Birdsedge village committee member Mike Halpin samples one of the ales at last month's beer festival. In the spirit I t's a warm summer evening. Outside the village hall children are dodging between barbecue and ball game, squeezing the last drop of freedom before bedtime, while the grown-ups' thoughts begin to edge towards the bar and a refreshing drink. Inside, community spirit is flowing and the laughter is becoming more raucous as evening falls. It's an idyllic sight, like a reminder of a golden yesterday when you didn't think twice about your kids playing outside, when you met your neighbours over a casual drink in the pub, when there was an obvious place to go for morning coffees, lunches, classes, concerts and all the small social events that bind us together. It's a sight that's almost disappeared in the 21st century, with commuter lifestyles, a mobile population and a forest of legislation thick enough to deter the most timid of community ventures. Hundreds of villages across the UK have become collections of strangers with no obvious meeting place. But thanks to an ambitious restoration project, this tiny rural village � Birdsedge � now has an enviable social space with a long and increasing list of activities, from toddler groups to comedy nights, sales, quiz nights, tea dances, murder mysteries and film shows. The bar opens at weekends and serves food. You can even take a class in ballroom dancing. It's exactly what a village hall should be. It wasn't always like this. The original 1850s' building had been used as a school and a YMCA before being bought by the villagers for �100 in the 1960s. But it became increasingly dilapidated over the years. Carole Ashley, one of the trustees who's lived in the village since 1972, talked about why she got involved. "When I first came here I would get stopped by people I didn't even know, talking to me in the street. It was all about community spirit. Now it's different. There's no post office, no chip shop and no pub in the village. "There are very few buses � we've had a bit of a history of drinking and driving. "Opening the bar has got a lot of new people into the hall, there are different groups starting to use it, parties booked most weekends. We see a lot of new faces coming in. "It's been a long, long process, and once or twice I have thought about throwing in the towel. At one point the committee was down to just four. It was a bit disheartening, to be honest. If Roz hadn't come in, we'd have been floundering. Roz has brought the business brain." MOSAIC VILLAGE LIFE 7 Lots of hard work: A lottery grant and other charitable donations helped with the restoration project. That's Roz Mears, a commercial finance broker, who moved to the village eight years ago and joined in enthusiastically, despite also working full time. The impending 2004 Disability Discrimination Act spurred them on. "We had no facilities for a disabled toilet, so we either had to build one or pull the hall down," says Roz. "We managed to persuade an architect to draw us some plans without charging us upfront. The planning office kept rejecting them but we kept on." Planning permission came through finally in 2005. They had five years to get the funding before the permission ran out. "The Lottery funding process isn't for lame ducks. We needed to be seen to be in control when we made our bid. You have to do business plans. You have to have outcomes," says Roz. She wrote a 74-page business plan and in 2008 they were granted �235,809. Unfortunately, by then, the building costs had gone up significantly. They managed to persuade other organisations to chip in and local residents and businesses made many donations. The enterprising team also saved money by stripping out the building themselves. Before the builders moved in, the volunteers ripped out the interior and all of the wood was `recycled' into local wood burning stoves. The bar is meanwhile in full swing and a crowded table of local drinkers are happy to chip in with their thoughts on the transformed hall. "It was dire before and now it looks beautiful � and it's become our local. We've all been living in one place for four years but we didn't know each other before." The whole table nods in enthusiastic agreement and I ask how they used to spend their evenings: "We just didn't know each other � if we did we just used to sit in each others' houses and drink wine," says Tanya Austin. Then the whole table is off, again, laughing uproariously and cracking jokes. Finally I ask Carole how she feels about what they've achieved: "We don't really think about it as an achievement," she says. "We've had so many worries and not really thought about it at all to be honest. We don't really know how we've done it, but in the end it's happened." I say good night and wander back to my car, slightly sad to leave a place with such wonderful examples of what community spirit really is. Good taste: The village hall menu board. 8 MOSAIC VILLAGE LIFE Timothy Bilton Making a name for himself Yorkshire Chef of the Year 2009 Showcasing classic and new british style cooking using the best of regional, free range, freedom and sustainable foods offering a truly regional flavour HEPWORTH 38 Towngate hepworth hd9 1te tel: 01484 682361 Sedum House is a blank canvas, waiting for its first owner to put their mark on it � but no expense has been spared on finishing the property as Rachel Parry reports MOSAIC HOMES AND INTERIORS 11 Green with envy? T HE South Yorkshire village of Dore is often described as `green' due to the lush, leafy plants and large open spaces that surround it � and now a new, striking development is reinforcing that label. Recently completed, Sedum House on Dore Road is an individually designed property bursting with green credentials, making it not only beautiful on the outside but on the inside as well. The stunning property went from pen to plot after husband and wife, John and Jo Fenton, who owned the quarter-acre plot on which Sedum House stands, got together with architectural designer Steve Coupland, of Space Design Partnership Limited, to work on a design. "The brief from John and Jo was that they wanted something modern and contemporary but that would still fit in with the surrounding area," said Steve. "From there the design just flowed straight from my pen." Steve concentrated on controlling the mass of the house so it was not overpowering, adding eco-friendly First class: The house's main focal point is a beautiful stairway. touches to the exterior of the building along the way. "A flat roof makes the building appear sleek and allows for a green roof, which is covered in sedum plants," says Steve. The attractive, maintenance-free plants not only give the property its name but also provide added insulation to the property, reducing heating bills and preventing flooding by absorbing rain water run-off. Other green additions include large areas of south-facing glazing which allow huge amounts of sunlight to flow into the building, cutting down on both electricity and heating bills. The timber and cut-grit stone materials used to build Sedum House help the property remain in keeping with its surroundings by incorporating the nearby countryside. "New builds are becoming more and more eco-friendly and I believe 12 MOSAIC HOMES AND INTERIORS being green is something we should embrace in the building industry," says Steve. "It has helped us create something pretty special in Sedum House." The green theme continues indoors with home-office space, underfloor heating, AAA rated white goods and large glass areas encouraging light to pour into the open interior spaces of the property. The current decor could be described as plain or simple � but never boring. A superb contemporary staircase is a main focal point with its glass surround, ash treads and stainless steel handrails providing a dream pathway to the galleried first floor landing. Here the building stretches away as clean, simple lines draw the gaze along the corridor to the property's six spacious bedrooms and a huge black candle chandelier, shipped in from Denmark, which hangs elegantly from the ceiling. 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The dilemma facing one couple was resolved by designer Michael Metcalfe, as Tilly Spencer reports MOSAIC HOMES AND INTERIORS 17 Why it was curtains for a tired interior S tephen and Nicola Kittrick had considered selling their South Yorkshire farmhouse. But after viewing other properties, they felt that they could not match its idyllic surroundings and beautiful garden. After meeting Michael Metcalfe, an interior designer, at the home of a mutual friend, they decided to address the interiors of the house. Seven years had passed since they moved in and it felt in need of a makeover. The couple decided to carry out a redecoration and furnishing project starting with the family/TV room, the living room, the master bedroom and the children's bedrooms, with the kitchen and dining room to follow. Michael says it was important at the first meeting to understand their vision and the practical aspects of the project. Who would use the rooms? When? And what for? He says: "I needed to help them create a space that would fit with their life and also achieve the `wow' factor they were looking for." Appointing an interior designer can be a daunting experience but communication, he says, is key not just for the big picture but for the detail. "Your interior designer should be offering you ideas and guiding you through the thousands of options of products. They should also be your project manager and trouble shooter whilst working to a budget and meeting deadlines." He found the Kittricks easy to work with as they had clear ideas on what they wanted and were responsive to ideas. For the family room, they were keeping an existing brown leather sofa from another room as Nicola felt that leather was practical to use where children would be watching TV and playing games. That apart, they were happy to get rid of everything else and look at a new colour scheme. Designer and client decided on teaming a red and stone colour palette with the brown leather sofa, and with a local cabinet maker, they designed three pieces of American black walnut furniture. An old brown twist carpet was replaced with a wool fine stripe boucle carpet as a key element of the brief was to modernise the room. Michael used fabrics and wallcoverings from the Kimura collection at Romo fabrics. A truffle wallpaper with metallic detail was used on the fireplace wall and a linen coloured paper was used on the remaining three walls. Farrow and Ball Pointing was applied to woodwork and ceiling. Funky stripes and spots were used on the cushions and the new chair helped bring the scheme together. Finally, brushed silver wall lights from The Bradley collection were installed and glass ball lamp, vases and candles Nicola chose from Harpers Interiors. In the living room, a more traditional element was wanted to complement the wood-burning stove. 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I www.tapcentre.com A Designer taps: Top left is the Egon Fall and the Eve LED pull tap is above 26 MOSAIC HOMES AND INTERIORS A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E FR T EN TO EM 0 E G 52 ID NA 380 GU MA 26 H 12 LT L 0 EA L W CA With-Profits investors... beware of the unpredictable The volatility of the global stock markets, combined with the depressed nature of the property market at home, has placed a question mark over the credibility of With-Profits savings. Indeed many funds have failed to recover from the market correction of 2000-2003 and have been forced to cap or reduce rates and in some cases to even cease terminal bonuses. EE 2008 was another rollercoaster year for With-Profit funds. Wealth Management specialist Martyn Davey asks... how is yours performing? calculated, what returns we can expect in the future and whether the investments we have are adequate or worth sticking with. Indeed, some providers' funds are now closed to new business. 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Tapping into tapas T wenty years ago, there were probably fewer than 50 tapas restaurants outside London. Most were Spanish owned and specialised in the traditional snacks that bars in Spain routinely offer their drinkers: patatas bravas, empanadas, gambas al ajillo, tortilla or queso con anchoas. Today, there is hardly a British town that cannot boast a tapas restaurant or bar. Some still rely on a repertoire of Spanish dishes, others have incorporated snacks from other cuisines. Among the latter is Les Caveaux in Holmfirth owned by chef Mark Irving. It began as a French a la carte restaurant with an emphasis on fish but he introduced tapas some years ago and they gradually took over. Now the choice is from among more than three dozen dishes chalked daily on a blackboard. While there is still room for Spanish fish stew, pan-fried Valencia almonds, Serrano ham with bandeliros and seafood and chorizo paella the menu also lists Thai vegetables and noodles, spicy Moroccan lamb sausages, mushroom stroganoff, Arabic chickpea and aubergine and deep-fried spicy Jamaican red snapper. From time to time, Chinese snacks appear. But this eclectic approach to menu planning does not worry him. "What is dim-sum if not a snack, a tapas dish?" he asks with a wry smile. If there's an incongruity about such dishes being served in the stoneflagged cellar of a Victorian warehouse in the middle of Summer Wine country it doesn't show. Irving is more concerned with interest and variety than purism and he's adept at capturing the character 30 MOSAIC FOOD AND DRINK Les Caveaux owner and chef Mark Irving. of other cuisines. Here are three of his recipes that embody his style: Arabic chickpea and aubergine with toasted pitta bread You will need: One onion, one teaspoon of chopped garlic, half a teaspoon each of ground nutmeg, cinnamon, cumin, fennel seed and turmeric, three aubergines, a tin of cooked chick peas, one tin chopped tomatoes, two ounces sultanas, salt, pepper, olive oil, sour cream, yogurt. Put a pan on the heat and add a good amount of olive oil. Dice the onion and put it in a pan with garlic. Cut the aubergines into thin chips, add to the pan and cook over a low heat until they are soft. Add more oil if it becomes dry, then add all spices, season with salt and pepper, add the sultanas, chick peas, tomatoes and cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes. Add chopped fresh herbs of your choice and serve with toasted pitas and sour cream or yogurt. crusty bread and aioli. Kidneys with broad beans and sherry Eight lambs kidneys cleaned and cut into 6, 250g broad beans cooked, 1 bunch spring onions, black pepper, good slug of dry sherry, 1/4 pint cream. Put a knob of butter in frying pan, add kidneys and brown, then add the beans plenty of black pepper and sherry and cream. Cook over high heat until sauce becomes thick. The kidneys should be pink. Serve them on bread that has been fried in a little olive oil and garlic. And don't forget a glass of chilled sherry to go with them. Les Caveaux, Victoria Square. Holmfirth HD9 2DN. 01484 689003. Squid and chorizo 500g cleaned squid cut into rings, garlic, a tin of piquilo peppers, three small frying chorizo, olive oil, fresh parsley. Pour some olive oil into a heavy bottomed frying pan and add the olive oil, garlic, sliced chorizo and fry until chorizo takes a golden colour. Now add the squid and cook over high heat for a couple of minutes, taking care not to overcook the squid or it will go rubbery. Add the peppers, stir for a minute, add parsley, and serve with some MOSAIC FOOD AND DRINK 31 Best Western Hotel St Pierre Newmillerdam Wakefield Open 7 Days a Week Serving meals throughout the day from 11.30am to 9.30pm BOOKING NOT NECESSARY Sunday Lunch 1 course �6.95 2 course �9.95 3 course �12.95 Served every Sunday 12.00 noon to 3.30pm Early Bird Special 1 course �4.95 2 course �5.95 3 course �6.95 Served Monday-Friday 11.30am to 5.45pm Half Price Bottle of House Wine All Day Sunday Why not call in for a leisurely drink? Serving freshly made locally sourced produce - All day every day Best Western Hotel St Pierre Barnsley Road, Newmillerdam, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF2 6QG Tel: 01924 255596 Fax: 01924 252746 email: email@example.com www.hotelstpierre.co.uk Gothic blacks and greys are this autumn's colours says Pollyanna's Rita Britton. Rachel Parry visited the Barnsley store to find out more. MOSAIC FASHION 33 Compact number: YSL Macadam Clutch Bag. Photographs: brittonbrothers.com Bags of style H ANDBAGS and shoes are a weakness for many women when it comes to shopping. After viewing the new autumn and winter collection of accessories at fashion boutique Pollyanna it's clear to see why. Any woman with a passion for bags or shoes would instantly go weak at the knees at the sight of the gorgeous designs that have just arrived in the Barnsley store. From towering platform boots to luxurious leather bowler bags, the latest collection offers something to suit most tastes and a variety of styles. Pollyanna owner Rita Britton says accessories for the autumn and winter season will mainly follow one of two trends � biker-cum-goth or sexy and ladylike. Key colours for accessories will be simple black and greys but oaky yellows and deep purples are expected to creep into clothing collections for the colder months. When it comes to shoes, designers are generally only making two offerings � skyscraper platforms or flat ballet pumps and nothing in-between. For the biker look, tall platform and high-ankle boots are the main focus in leather and suede. Detail is added with chunky zips and suede trim to enhance the gothic image. For those more ladylike, or slightly unstable on their feet, there is a stunning collection of flat, classy ballet pumps that would not look out of place in Breakfast at Tiffany's. These feature dainty designs in soft leather, suede and leather patent with bows added for that extra touch of glamour. Meanwhile Pollyanna's autumnwinter collection of handbags mainly offers beautifully designed oversized day and bowler bags. A particular favourite of Rita's is the Yves Saint Laurent, Y-Rock bag, which fits in perfectly with the biker/goth image. The soft black leather design features the famous Yves Saint Laurent `Y' logo in metal studs making it bold and yet subtle. Rita believes less is definitely more when it comes to branding and expects more designers to adopt `lessin-your-face' logos. Designs that would work well for those following more feminine trends for the upcoming season, include the classic Yves Saint Laurent Easy Bag in leather patent or lizard print as well as the smaller structured Down Town handbag. 34 MOSAIC FASHION Heavenly heels: YSL `Tribute Two' Pump. Fashion classic: YSL `Y-Rock' Bag. Sexy skin: YSL Lizard Print `Easy' Bag. MOSAIC FASHION 35 For 14 years Steve Ward has been training dogs to help find the lost and distressed in mountainous areas of the country. Rachel Parry joined him for a game of `hide and seek' MOSAIC OUTDOOR LIFE 37 Uphill task for super dogs LOT of people train their dogs to perform tricks � sit, paw or roll over � but how many could teach their pet to find a lost or distressed person in the middle of nowhere? Steve Ward, 54, a member of the Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team, has two Border Collies who he trains to do just this. The keen walker and climber, of Shelley, has been a member of the rescue team since the late 1980s. For 14 years he has been training his dogs to help the team find the lost and distressed in mountainous areas of the country. Steve describes a working dog's life A On the hunt: Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team's Steve Ward with rescue dogs Bryn and Ty. PIcture: Jamie Lorriman as one big game of hide and seek, but from talking to the rescue member it's clear that a lot of time and effort goes into training these wonder dogs. In 1995 Steve got his very first rescue dog Dru, a brown and white Border Collie � a perfect breed for working due to their intelligence and strong sense of smell. Today Steve has two Border Collie rescue dogs � experienced seven-yearold Bryn and young pup Ty, who is currently in the training process. "It takes around two years to train a rescue dog," says Steve. "The dogs find people by picking up human 38 MOSAIC OUTDOOR LIFE Taking a well-earned break: Young pup Ty, who is in the training process. Picture: Jamie Lorriman scent, which is carried through the wind � someone could bath themselves in Chanel No5 and the dogs would still find them." Steve explains the training process includes a period of basic obedience and teaching the dogs not to chase livestock, but the main aspect of the training centres around dog toys. "From a young age we get the dogs really interested in toys," says Steve. "They are then taught to find a person carrying a toy and go between their owner and that person until one of them releases a toy for them to play with." Once the dogs have perfected this process Steve says it is transferred to the mountains � the dogs believe they are finding a person who will have a toy for them. "I put on their bells and jackets, then comes the magic word `find' and they know it's play time," explains Steve. Upon finding a lost or distressed person, by following airborne human scent, the dog will run between the person and its owner, bringing them closer together until the stop signal is given by the owner in the form of a reward � a dog toy. "Usually we know the dog has found somebody when they run back to us and bark," says Steve. "However some dogs get a little over excited � we know the eight-stone German Shepherd in our team has made a find when we see his owner getting up off the floor because the dog jumps up when it makes a find. "When the dogs have led us to the person we release the toy and let them have a play to give them a reward � it's all a conditioning process like Pavlov's Dogs." And although sometimes the searches can go on for hours, Steve says the dogs never tire of playing. "A search can last for up to 12 hours but the dogs love it and see it as their job � there is no better feeling than the dogs finding someone alive and getting them home safe." MOSAIC OUTDOOR LIFE 39 Barry Orr has a `small' collection of vintage vehicles that helps keep him young at heart. Adam Civico takes a look MOSAIC MOTORING 41 Sleek lines: Barry Orr in his E-type Jag. Pictures: Scott Bairstow Classic collection WITH a roar that reverberates around the pit of your belly Barry Orr's E-type Jag fires up and a heady scent of petrol fills the air. The 1974, wire-wheeled, red Jaguar convertible is immaculate and is just one of a `small collection' of vehicles belonging to the retired engineer, aged 80. It's not the kind of collection you expect to find in a garage in Penistone but alongside the E-type sits a Jaguar XK, a 1975 Corvette Stingray and, perhaps most remarkably, a 1911 Willys Overland � complete with brass gas headlights, paraffin side lights and wooden-spoked wheels. Then there are the motorcycles � 14 of them. There's a Harley Davidson � a classic Heritage soft tail that he calls the `shopping bike' � a Honda Goldwing, two 1950s' Vincent Black Shadows, a 1978 Honda CX 500, and a 1979 Kawasaki Z1300 with just 707 miles on the clock. Let's not forget the British classics including a BSA, Norton, 1946 Triumph and two Sunbeam S8s, including a 1953 machine with its original tyres. He says: "I don't consider it a big collection. There are people with 50 bikes in their collection. This is a small collection but they all have stories." And with remarkable clarity and passion Barry remembers the details of when and how he acquired each of them. The 1953 Sunbeam came from Cambridgeshire. "I rode that back from Huntingdonshire. It's original and has never been restored." The Corvette, a 5.7-litre V8 beast, comes from when he was project managing a development in Mexico in 1974. 42 MOSAIC MOTORING Pride and joy: Barry Orr shows off his E-type XK8 Jaguars above, and right, takes a ride on his `shopping bike' a Harley Davidson. In order to persuade him to take the job he was offered a company car. "I said I will have a red Corvette Stingray, which I bought in Texas on behalf of the company and drove into Mexico. "There was not another in Mexico and I was only allowed to take it in because I was a foreigner. "At the end of the project I bought it from the company and shipped it back. It has only done 10,000 miles from new. It is a very macho car." The E-type, Barry's favourite, was ordered while he was working in Mexico and was waiting on his return. "I had the great pleasure of flying back to Heathrow, hiring a car to drive to the dealer in Boscombe and driving up to head office in Teeside for a board meeting in a new E-type Jag, which was fantastic." It's still his favourite, although his girlfriend prefers the XK8. "The E-type convertible is the one I always wanted. "Of the bikes, for sheer thrill and adrenaline, especially around the Isle of Man TT circuit, it's one of my Vincent Black Shadows. It's a great thrill on the circuit doing 100mph on a 1951 motorbike." As he talks it's clear his passion for sports cars and motorbikes is undiminished. Barry, of Penistone, is planning his annual trip to the USA to go motorcycling around Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. This year he's planning to do Route 66 again. And he will keep enjoying his collection � even if it costs a lot. "I tell my friends I haven't any money but I have a lot of nice little toys to play with. When you get to my age money is not the important thing; it's the pleasure you can get from the years you have left." MOSAIC MOTORING 43 Delicious: Plant new rhubarb crops now, ready for next Spring. Make use of the August warmth UGUST is generally a lovely month, full of blue skies and hot weather, and as a result watering must never be far from our minds. The tried and tested way to save water in the garden is by placing a layer of mulch a couple of inches deep around your plants � you can even employ lawn clippings as an effective means to preserve water. Then again, you could also consider using your hoe � not only will this kill any weeds, but it will also break up the top soil and stop water being drawn to the surface and then evaporating. Whether you have a great garden or just a few metres, nothing beats the wonderful taste of home grown vegetables. At this time of year it's all about harvesting and enjoying the wonderful variety of flavours the summer garden provides. Courgettes are one of my favourite summer treats and I would advise that you pick them when they are small and tender; and on a regular basis. Take great care when you gather them because of their prickly leaves and stalks � you may even have to wear gloves if you are extremely sensitive. I love them sliced thinly, dipped in a batter, quickly fried and served with a refreshing dip and a nice cool beer � delicious. What more could you want on a summer's evening? It is worth harvesting the A MICHAEL KLEMPERER In the garden majority of salad crops when they are small and tender, simply because they will be far sweeter, and you will get greater rewards for all your hard work. If you are a fan of rhubarb now is the time to plant new crowns or lift established plants and divide before replanting � in anticipation of a super rhubarb crumble next spring. August is one of the highlights of the fruit gardening year, especially with all the rain and sunshine we have had this year. Hence this month should be one of plenty, making it the ideal time to begin preparations for jams, jellies and chutneys. A visit to any of the local fairs should also yield a good selection of delicious local produce � especially if you haven't got the garden space to cultivate your own fruit. If you have too much fruit, consider freezing for a jam and pie making session in the depths of our grey British winter. Many people overlook roses and consider them a touch old fashioned, but there are some fantastic plants to consider and they make a great addition to any garden. Now is the ideal time to plant these shrubs. You can choose from many different types including, bush, climbing, classic, austin and standard roses. Lawns will still need plenty of attention throughout August and if your grass is overgrown following a holiday � lift the height of your cut and gradually bring it back down after several mowings. Remember though, that if we do get a long hot dry spell, try to keep your grass in shape by adjusting the mower blades for a higher cut. If your lawn is still suffering from weeds, you could treat it with a general weed killer throughout August and into early September. If you are not going on holiday, why not visit some of our wonderful local gardens? You will not be disappointed and this area is well represented with Wentworth Castle, Cannon Hall and Wortley Hall all featuring strongly. For more details, visit the website: www.gardensofsouthyorkshire.com. If you crave some impressive colour, then look no further than the ostentatious Rudbeckia, which will reward you with fantastic colourful displays throughout August. G Dr Michael Klemperer is head gardener at Wentworth Castle. 44 MOSAIC GARDENING Barnsley's only H�rmann Doors Showroom and H�rmann Account Holder Main Dealer We are proud to introduce a new product... Rollmatic Roller Garage Doors with Convincing Technology � only from H�rmann! 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Michael Shields went to hear the punchlines Rising talent: Comedian Sean McLoughlin at ABCOM MOSAIC LEISURE 47 The Abbey habit: Comedian Neil Bradbury, above, and compere Simon Gunnell, right. Cheap laughs A crowd gathers in the basement of once-derelict Abbey Cinema in Sheffield, these days an intimate bar. Conversation flows. Were it not for the smoking ban, you could mistake the relaxed ambience for a New Orleans jazz bar. Tables and chairs soon fill with comedy fans eager to be entertained by some of the country's emerging stand-up talent. The emphasis is on nurturing grass-roots comedians. But why pick somewhere so out of the way? Organiser and compere of Abbey Comedy � ABCOM � Gareth Unwin explains the unusual choice of venue: "We have been running it at Bar Abbey since September 2007 and we have loyal fans who come week in, week out. "Depending on the time of year we often get over 100 people in, so see little need to move it." The lads have had reasonable success so far: "We gave an early gig to a comedian from Leeds called Sam Gore, who has recently won loads of awards and is one to look out for," he says. "As it's in a residential area, people like the fact they can pop out round the corner to see some great new acts for a low price." The value-for-money mantra is easy to appreciate when you witness ABCOM in full flow. The cost of entry is �2, and the seven acts tonight range from the absurd to the traditional, all vying for attention in quick succession. Bar Abbey is functional yet smart. The small bar and intimate table and chairs set-up mean the stage is the main focus of attention and the crowd appear to be regulars, familiar with the bar and each other, but at the same time very welcoming. Compere for the evening is Simon Gunnel, 30, who last year won the `OtherSide Comedy New Comedian of The Year' and his quiet, but biting style introduce the night and the other acts perfectly. The first act is the affable Sean McLoughlin, who personifies the modern student, well-dressed, slightly offbeat and very funny. He is an example of what Gareth and Simon aim to bring to ABCOM. 48 MOSAIC LEISURE `The deadpan Al Key follows with one-liners that hit the spot with every melancholy sigh. He shines as the grumpy, Jack Dee-inspired misanthrope' Man at the mic: Comedian Sean McLoughlin "As we showcase new comedians it's inevitable that some show real promise and some should probably never pick up a mic ever again," says Gareth. "Thankfully the general standard is good and we've only ever had a few real stinkers on." The variety of the show is what sticks in the mind. So many of the acts are new or from different schools of comedy, the pace sets it apart from less busy bills. From Geordie comic Tony Jameson, who ponders on aspects of religion, reality television and some risque material to the more traditional, Peter Kay-esque Sam Brady, the quality is generally high. However, evidence that the acts can be hit and miss comes in the form of the nervous Tel Banham, who flits from anecdote to anecdote with no real plan and keeps checking his watch. While not engaging to begin with, he hits his stride a little too late to save an ailing performance. The acts watch each other from the audience, which is pleasing to see. The feel of the night is one of support for new faces and the crowd remain friendly to each one The deadpan stylings of Al Key follow, with one-liners that hit the spot with every melancholy sigh he gives out. He is the real star of the night and shines as the grumpy, Jack Dee-inspired misanthrope. Closing the evening in a more jovial style is youngster Gavin Inskip, who bemoans the ins and outs of popular networking website Facebook, complaining about people speaking in the third person constantly online and it rubbing off in real life. A little forced and scripted at times, Inskip is funny, but knows it, his confidence coming across as arrogance at times. The one nagging question is: how does ABCOM afford to put this much talent on for only �2 a punter. Can the price be kept down? Gareth says: "No, it's going up to �3 in February, we still won't make much money from it, but it's really for the love of the art form that we do it. That sounds really poncy, but it's true." No worries lads, it's a small price to pay for such a great laugh. MOSAIC LEISURE 49 An exclusive development of 18 spacious, two bedroom apartments with 7 remaining Dovecliffe View Visit us to compare the fantastic value of our apartments from Situated along the fringe of old woodland, in an established and popular residential area. 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Telephone calls within the British Isles will be charged at local rate. t u o h g u o r h t n o i ta c i f i c e p s h g i h outstanding semi rural location excellent local schools e g n a h c x e t r a p % 0 0 1 e l b a ta e b n u 1m ot esolc * Artist Mick Wilson watches the ebbs and flows of cricket which he uses as subjects of his paintings. John Threlkeld met him On the boundary: Artist Mick Wilson, right, at Darfield Cricket Club and an example of his painting. Points for a draw I t's 70 F, hotter than Tenerife, and there is an easy grace about the cricket match. The Tickhill bowling attack has reverted to leisurely medium pace and the Darfield tail-enders nudge the score beyond 80. The tranquility is marred only by a lone outfielder clapping and shouting support to his team. The sun blazes but the heat does not affect spectator Mick Wilson, an artist, who is wearing his favourite white cricket jumper. He is far too engrossed in the play to bother about trivialities like soaring temperatures. He never looks at the scoreboard and instead concentrates on the rhythms and the flow of the game, all of which he will use as subjects for his paintings. "The score does not interest me," says Mick, 57. "Brian Johnson, the BBC commentator, was the same. I just love watching cricket. He adds: "I am a bit of a traditionalist: players in white, games played in natural light and afterwards afternoon tea." The Darfield ground, 100-years-old this summer, is the perfect village ground for him. Old trees shade the boundary, the pavilion and scoreboard fit neatly into the setting and an eccentric slope between the square and a boundary peters out at a spot not that far from a street called Cover Drive. He's here rain or shine in summer to absorb the scenes, character and atmosphere of the game before putting the lot on to canvas, sometimes months later. 54 MOSAIC VILLAGE LIFE I was once sat there taking in the game, the batsman struck the ball and I caught it. That's when someone shouted: `Put him on to bowl' His forte is pointillism, the technique of Impressionist painting using tiny dots of various pure colours which become blended in the viewer's eye. Mick, a former mineworker, of Cudworth, who took up the technique in 1985, takes scenes from the various grounds and creates caricatures of players and spectators to complete a montage. His paintings have sold for between �300 and �400 each, the price depends on how much time he spends on each work, and they can be seen all over the country. "I have been here in all kinds of weather, sometimes when there have just been two men and a dog." Then he points to a spot beneath the long line of trees running parallel with School Street. "I was once sat there taking in the game, the batsman struck the ball and I caught it; that's when someone shouted: `Put him on to bowl'. "I have also been here when it's been very, very cold. I have thought: `I'll stay for one more over and go'. Three overs later I have still been here, shivering." Today has been like a day in flaming June of old. A time for the sprinkling of spectators to head to the pavilion for a cool beer, relax in a deck chair or have a picnic on the edge of the outfield. Mike has drummed up plenty of ideas from what he has seen this afternoon and is already in the car park, ready to leave. By now the sun has dropped behind the trees and the pavilion; their lengthening shadows, streaked and dotted with sunlight, have overtaken an outfielder and are creeping towards the square. That scene, with the lone figure in white enveloped by shadows, would have made the perfect painting � but Mick's missed it. He's off home "where the sun never sets on his painting and cricket." What was the score? He has no idea. But his mind is full of cricket. MOSAIC VILLAGE LIFE 55 Selling your property? You need a Home Information Pack (HIP) before the property can go on the market Solicitor prepared HIP we will give you �299 off �100 plus VAT your GM Wilson Conveyancing Fees for your sale gmwilson SOLICITORS established 40 years Wakefield and Barnsley Tel. 01226 794140 Ring Liz Webster or Emma Denton NOW � or order online at gmwilson.co.uk Mean machines: Mazda's MX-5. Marvel of a machine I 'VE been looking back and the car on which I have expended the most words is the Mazda MX-5. Had this been a different car, I may well have undergone a career change but spending time with the little Mazda is never a chore. Nevertheless, fearing that you, the reader, may tire of the same purple prose, I rang the Mazda press office to see if they could shed light on an angle I hadn't yet tackled. Just a couple of days later, two MX5s were delivered for my evaluation. Now Mazda has always been keen to offer a good deal but two cars for the price of one is a rarity. But that's what I got, a brand spanking new MX-5 accompanied by one of its ancestors, a twenty-year-old MX-5 with 60,000 miles under its belt. This seemed a strange move. If the old car was as good as the new I would be advising you all to save your cash and get a near-classic MX-5. If the new car was miles better then how can you recommend people to buy a car that wouldn't last? Against Mazda's advice, I did my first drive in the G-reg MX-5. I have driven a few cars of this vintage recently and have always been amazed at just how far brakes, shock absorbers and steering have come in 20 years. The Mazda though felt great. Agile, responsive and a great reminder of an era before nannying electronic systems like ABS, traction control and stability programmes took over the world. Traction control was taken care of with the computer processing power in my right foot which meant a fair chunk of squirming and wheel spin from the back tyres. This meant I returned home with a ridiculous grin on my face as I headed straight to the internet to see if I could bag one of these for myself. My partner however pointed to the as yet un-driven brand-new MX-5. This was an absolute joy as always. The electronics did actually add to the experience and I found I was happy to push that bit harder knowing the electronics would come to my aid should I run out of talent at a vital moment. That's when it hit me why they had sent two cars. Most people buy an MX-5 with their own money, not as company or lease cars. Buy one new now and if all things stay equal, in 20 years you will still have a car that will entertain and be every bit as good as some of its modern contemporaries. 58 MOSAIC MOTORING The funky Kia Soul is a small car with a large presence, says Mark D'Apice Cubist look: The new Kia Soul Soul of the city I t seems cubism is back. Not only is Nissan thinking of introducing the Cube here, Kia wants to get in on the act with the new Soul. Kia, confident after the success of the Cee'd and Picanto, is introducing what it calls a niche model. It is billing the Soul as a cross between an SUV and a supermini but measuring just 10cm shorter than the mid-sector Cee'd, it may be a tad big to consider itself as competing against Fiestas and Corsas. Kia is keen to point out that the Soul has more passenger space than a Nissan Qashqai. It is inside where the extra length counts. While high-roof cars feel more spacious, the length means that the Soul doesn't rely on high seats to provide leg room. The driving position gives an elevated view which, with the large windows, gives excellent all-round visibility. As a family car, the Soul makes genuine sense. There is plenty of room in the back for three kids and a capacious boot which should swallow enough luggage to take the family on holiday. An iPod connection comes as standard, which should help pass the motorway miles. The Soul has no direct competitors but it will be compared alongside mini-MPVs like the Citroen Berlingo and Nissan Note. It is nicer to drive than any of the mini-MPVs thanks to the firmer ride and plusher interior. There is less body roll and it feels more precise, especially when pushed. Two engine variants are available at launch, petrol or diesel, both borrowed from the Cee'd range. The petrol has a 1.6-litre capacity producing 124bhp and returning 43mpg and the diesel is tuned to generate 126bhp but returns an impressive 54mpg on the combined cycle. Kia hopes to compete against chic city cars like the Mini and Fiat 500 in tempting buyers who want to make a statement. But while the funky looks should appeal to the younger end, the value-aspect should be enough to tempt those at the other end of the age spectrum. 60 MOSAIC MOTORING Picanto from �4,495* including Scrappage allowance 1 2 3 A new Kia from just �4,495* The Government and Kia will give you �2,000 towards a lovely new Kia when you scrap your old car. Mr Darling, we salute you. Cleaner, more efficient cars are cheaper to run. Lower emissions and lower Road Tax = lower running costs. Brilliant. The Government giving away money. Okay, so its the same as reason one, but it's so good we couldn't let it slide. Just hurry, before they change their minds. Rio � from �5,195* including Scrappage allowance cee'd � from �7,995* including Scrappage allowance FUEL CONSUMPTION FIGURES IN MPG (L/100KM) FOR THE VEHICLES SHOWN ARE ARE: URBAN: 47.9 (5.9) � 37.2 (7.6). EXTRA URBAN: 64.2 (4.4) � 54.3 (5.2). COMBINED: 57.6 (4.9) � 46.3 (6.1). OFFICIAL CO2 EMISSIONS ARE: 117 � 145 G/KM. *Models shown: Picanto 1.0 @ �4,495 On The Road (OTR); Rio 1.4 @ �5,195 OTR; cee'd 1.4 S @ �7,995 OTR. Prices include �2,000 Government and Kia Scrappage incentive. Government Scrappage incentive applies to cars or vans registered on or before 31 August 1999 only when traded in against new cars. Scrapped vehicles must have been registered to the purchaser for at least the 12 months preceding the purchase of the vehicle and be MOT'd and taxed. Terms and conditions apply. Prices correct at time of going to press and specification is subject to change without notice. OTR price includes VAT, number plates, delivery, 12 months Government VED and vehicle first registration fee. M OTABILITY NIL ADVA N C E O N P I C A NTO , R I O , C A RE N S A N D C E E ' D - ASK FO R O U R S P E C I ALIST STE VE H A R R I S . 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It's fair to say that the new Ford Ka was designed to keep the price tag down although that doesn't show on the inside. The cabin of the old Ford Ka involved more plastic than Katie Price A but the new car has a better finish. While still built to a price, it is much more stylish. The dials and clock are ensconced in the dashboard and the CD player is nicely blended into the central console. There is no doubt that the best place to be is in the driver's seat. The view of the road in all directions is excellent. There's plenty of shoulder room in the front which can be an issue in cars this size and the rear should accommodate two adults even on a cross-country trip. The boot is not enormous but should comfortably swallow the results of a shopping trip or a small suitcase for a weekend away. There is no doubt that in its heart the Ka is a city car. It feels sprightly and, dare I say it, fun around town. The precise and beautifully-weighted steering makes manoeuvring in tight spaces a piece of cake. Out in the countryside the Ka will need a bit of persuasion but if you give the gear box a good stir and press your right foot through the carpet you will enjoy a revvy engine, a taut ride and huge amounts of grip. Even on the motorway the Ka will happily cruise on or around the speed limit and even though there is some road noise in the cabin, it's nowhere near as bad as some other rivals in this price bracket. For the first time there is a choice of a diesel in the Ka. This little 1.3 oil-burner has got to be the pick of the range. Not only does it only emit 112g/km CO2 which means road tax is just �35 per year, as it is for the 1.2 petrol, it returns an amazing 67.3mpg making it one of the most fuel frugal cars in its class. 62 MOSAIC MOTORING Prudent choice: The new Seat Leon Save with a Seat T HE penchant that the Volkswagen group has for money saving is legendary. A perfect example is the way it has utilised the same platform to supply the underpinnings for no less than 12 different models across the group, from the Skoda Octavia to the Audi TT and more recently, the new Seat Leon. Like the rest of the Seat range, the Leon has had a makeover to bring it into line with the new design cues first seen on the Ibiza last year. Changes have been relatively subtle though. The front gets revised headlights, a new grille and a new choice of alloy wheel designs. At the side the lines have been smoothed out and softened although the `flick' which comes off the wheel arches and continues down the doors is more pronounced. The latest model to hit the line up is the 1.6S Emocion. This car has been designed to sit at the bottom of the range and to provide an entry point to the range for those wishing to take advantage of the chancellor's scrappage incentive scheme. Power comes from a rather frugal 101bhp 1.6 petrol engine which should be good for 38mpg. Standard equipment is still pretty generous with 16" alloy wheels, air conditioning, front fog lights, MP3 compatible CD radio, all-round electric windows, front, side and curtain airbags and remote central locking all being included in the �13,845 on the road price. It's no secret that Seat has been targeting the youth market and this Leon should be particularly attractive thanks to its insurance group. This edition of the Leon has been rated in group five. This will still probably mean a fourfigure quote for those under 19 but it's worth bearing in mind that the equivalent Astra, Focus and Golf are all rated one group higher. The road manners of the Leon are exquisite. On a country road, the Leon feels agile and with plenty of grip, it corners well. The steering is beautifully weighted which gives you confidence when approaching a turn at speed, as do the sharp brakes. Around town the shock absorbers do their job competently. 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