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INSIDE THIS ISSUE June 2017 5 Upfront

Gift ideas to make Dad’s day

7, 9, 10 News & Notes

Helping you make the most of living locally

13 Nene People


OESN’T our countryside look wonderful at this time of year? Such a patchwork of colour and, up close, a profusion of scents… every outing in recent weeks has been a real feast for all the senses! There’s plenty to nuture mind, body and soul, too, in this issue – from a spot of personal pampering (p27) to tasty local produce (p21) and newgeneration beers (p15), tales of church restorations (p7 and 23), a fascinating local history project (p47) and an invitation to meet local artists in their own homes, studios and galleries (p49), we’ve put together a veritable pick-and-mix of articles to inform and entertain this month. Sadly, details of Oundle Gilbert & Sullivan Players’ summer concert (above) reached us too late to make it into our Out & About pages (p5152) but I’m happy to pass on the news that more than 40 excellent performers will be on stage at the Stahl Theatre for What’s In A Name? Their production coincides with the town’s always-popular Food Festival (p38) and Fringe Festival (p52)… if it’s a while since you’ve spent time in Oundle, this is surely the month in which to do so. Wherever you are and whatever you do in June, enjoy!

Gillian Bendall Editor INCORPORATING


23 Back to the future

Layers of ancient history are being uncovered at St Peter’s Church

24 Health & Beauty

The latest tips on looking good and feeling great

Mum-of-three Frances Mansergh on her work with the Royal Naval Reserves and Oundle International Festival

15 The best beers in town! Where to find a brew with a difference

17 Italian independence Food and drinks at a city centre favourite

Fashion for men from some of our fabulous local retailers

27 Quality time

Spa breaks and pamper packages to enjoy by yourself or with friends

31 Local business

35 Cake at the Cathedral New food and drink venue with a great view

The soft fruit season gets under way at a local familyrun farm

37 Back to basics, aiming to be best How The Falcon Inn aims to make the everyday extraordinary this summer

Editor Gillian Bendall Write to Nene Living, PO Box 208, Stamford, PE9 9FY Advertisement Manager Bridget Steele 01733 707538 Head of Design Steven Handley Designer Sarah Compton Advertising Copy Rachel Beecroft 01780 765320 Publisher Nicholas Rudd-Jones 01780 765571 Published by Local Living Ltd, PO Box 208, Stamford, PE9 9FY Printed by Warners of Bourne


A preview of the Oundle Food Festival, plus a summer salad recipe to get your tastebuds singing

40 Independents day

Exciting times at Byre Vets, and how you can get a forever-green lawn

21 A taste of summer

38 Food & Drink

45 Interiors

Delcor expands into bedroom furniture

47 Our very own ‘Cinderella’ story The tale of two orphans is brought to life

49 Prepare to be inspired! Your invitation to Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios

51 Out & About

June events you simply mustn’t miss

COVER: Colour in the Nene countryside by Tim Sandall.


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UPFRONT Father’s Day is fast-approaching – time to say ‘thanks’ for all he’s done and offer a well-chosen treat or two to show you really mean it.Here’s a selection of gifts from local retailers that might just help make Dad’s day!

Casual Friday shirt, £44.99, Asha’s Male Room

Limited Edition spotted tie, £15, M&S

Eight-piece shoe shine kit, £12.50, Romejo’s

South Audley watch, £35, Asha’s Male Room

Spectrum DAB/FM portable shower radio, £49.95, John Lewis

Hemp Hand and Nail set, £6, The Body Shop

‘His’ bike mug £5, John Lewis

McLaggan Smith Daddy Bear mug, £9.50, John Lewis

Paul Smith pen print card holder, £89, John Lewis

Moleskine mid-year diary, £18, Paperchase

Golf-lovers clock, £27.50, Romejo’s

Happy Fathers Day H Box, £12.50, Hotel Chocolat

STOCKISTS Asha’s Male Room, The Bazaar, West Street, Oundle PE8 4EJ. 01832 275605.; Romejo’s, 14 Market Place, Oundle PE8 4BQ. 01832 272165.; John Lewis, M&S, Hotel Chocolat, Paperchase and The Body Shop, all Queensgate Centre, Peterborough PE1 1NL.



NEWS & NOTES Helping you make the most of Nene living

Bells ring out in Cotterstock


HE village of Cotterstock is celebrating the completion of an exciting project to refurbish the bells and bell frames in its ancient church – work made possible due to fundraising by and generous donations from villagers, along with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Two of the St Andrew’s Church bells were cast by Henry Penn of Peterborough in 1708, the other three by John Taylor Bell Foundry of Loughborough in 1878, who have refurbished them and cast a new WWI Memorial Bell, to be known as the Rita Bond Bell, in memory of a villager. The bells were taken down last June and trundled through the churchyard in a manner reminiscent of when they arrived over three centuries ago. They return this month, and can be viewed in the base of the church tower on the weekend of 3 and 4 June from 12noon to 4pm, alongside a display by the artist Angela Wright who, earlier this year, exhibited in Southwark Cathedral, London when its newly-recast bells were dedicated, baptised and blessed.

The City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra is playing against a background of the film The Battle of the Somme on Saturday June 17 at the Voyager Academy in Mountsteven Avenue, Walton. The movie was made by British official cinematographers Geoffrey Malins and John McDowell, and gave its 1916 audience an unprecedented insight into the realities of trench warfare, controversially including the depiction of wounded and dead soldiers. At 6.30pm there will be a pre-concert talk by historian Roger Smither, former keeper of the Imperial War Museum’s Film and Video Archive and Research Assistant at IWM until 2016 – the museum was responsible for the restoration the film. There will also be an exhibition of WWI memorabilia and photographs. Concert hall doors open at 7pm and tickets are priced £12.50 (adults), £10.50 (concessions), schoolchildren free – available on the door or at •

To mark the completion of Cotterstock’s project there will be a celebratory weekend on 17 and 18 June. The church, dating from 1330, will be decorated with floral displays, organ recitals will take place, ‘flowerpot people’ will be in evidence throughout the village, gardens will be open, and home-made teas will be served

in the village hall – all from 12noon to 4pm. At 6pm on Sunday 18 June, the bells will be rung for the first time and the Bishop of Peterborough will rededicate them in a special service to which everyone is welcome. • The Church of St Andrew is at Mill Lane, Cotterstock PE8 5HH. www.

Local expert’s spotlight on Costa Rica


HIS small lush country on the narrow isthmus of land between the Pacific and Caribbean has an enlightened approach to conservation; approximately a quarter of the land is protected by national parks and wildlife reserves. Costa Rica is a natural wonderland of active volcanoes, bewitching cloud forests and verdant rainforests, packed with exotic birds, wildlife and flowers along with stunning beaches. The best time to visit is between December and May. Central America has a long rainy season; the mornings are bright and sunny, followed by afternoon showers. On the coast at a lower altitude it is hot and humid throughout the year. Throughout the country you can take walks on well-marked trails with expert local naturalist guides who will point out humming birds, monkeys, frogs and much more. Paula Cockcroft from Oundle Travel says: “Our two favourite places are The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, a magical place surrounded by whirling mists where you can visit orchid gardens and coffee plantations, and Tortiguero National Park where you journey by small boat through waterways in search of alligators, iguanas and myriad birdlife. The three-toed sloths in Manuel Antonio National Park are not to be missed either!” After exploring Costa Rica’s many highlights, most visitors opt to relax on one of the golden sandy beaches that line its beautiful Pacific coast. • Oundle Travel is offering a fully escorted 14-night Cost Rica Adventure with beach extension with direct flights from London Heathrow from £2,995 per person. For availability and more details call 01832 273600 or email NENE LIVING JUNE 2017

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NEWS & NOTES Summer sporting injuries: what you need to know.


UMMER is the perfect time to embrace a healthy lifestyle and enjoy exercise. We should all start to feel more motivated now that the days are longer and the weekends are sunnier. Thinking about increasing our training activity or playing our favourite outdoor sports has now become a reality; the kit has been washed and cleaned and the trainers are ready for some serious action! However, whilst this enthusiasm and momentum must not be dampened, it’s important that we take extra care because it’s during this time of increased activity that we can become more prone to injuries to our joints and tendons. The team at Avicenna Clinic, a newly opened purpose-built private healthcare clinic in the heart of Peterborough, knows all about summertime injuries. And it has a team of specialist consultants and practitioners who can help you on the road to recovery if you are unfortunate enough to experience a sporting-related health problem. Hany Elmadbouh, founder and lead consultant at the clinic recommends that you never ignore any change in feeling that arises after exercise, and always seek the advice of a professional if you notice any change in the way you feel or move, or if you are experiencing pain or inflammation. Exercising in summer can come with more issues than other seasons because of the heat so remember to: • Stay hydrated • Stay cool • Warm up the muscles beforehand • Stretch the muscles afterwards If you are unfortunate enough to suffer an injury, Avicenna Clinic offers a unique onestop service that means patients can benefit from same-day in-clinic diagnosis and treatment planning. This is a flexible and convenient service for patients, designed to lessen the overall waiting times and stress related to waiting for results that can normally stretch over several days or weeks. Hany says: “The longer a period that treatment is delayed, there is more opportunity for further damage and downtime. It is our priority to get our patients back on the road to recovery quickly so that they can get on with their life and


Have a good journey


OGS, unlike many other pets, often enjoy travelling with us, but sadly there are some that find travel unsettling, or even terrifying. If your dog is reluctant to get in the car or shakes when the engine starts there are some things you can do to help. The first and most important point is to go slowly and don’t progress to the next step until the dog is confident and relaxed. With the engine off and a car door open, feed at least one of his meals in or near the car. Your dog will determine where he is comfortable to eat. At first you might see a flicker of reluctance to be in or near the car, but in a few days/weeks he’ll be bouncing to the car for his dinner. When he is happily eating in the car without hesitation you can shut the door. He’ll take a step back at this point so don’t rush it – continue at this stage until he stops noticing the door shutting. The next step is starting the engine, but he’s not ready for a drive until he eats without stopping as you start and stop the engine. As well as his meals it’s good to get him eating ‘high value’ chews in the car – things that take a little longer than his meal but are really tasty so it’s like a treat to go in the car. When he’s happy with the engine it’s time to move the car. This is only a few feet at first but if you have taken the first steps slowly you might be surprised how quickly this stage can progress. Once he is happy, progress to driving him to his favourite walking areas. These need to be very near home to start with. By now your dog should be happy with short local journeys. If your dog needs to go on a longer car journey before he is ready, it is worth talking to your vet about specific car travel medication. And if you need further help, email Wood Green The Animals Charity offers a low-fee advice service for dogs and cats. If you would like behaviour or training advice for your pet call 01480 830014 ext 1281

get back into enjoying their recreational and fitness activities.” Masood Shafafy, a highly experienced spinal surgeon practicing at Avicenna Clinic, says: “During the summer months, I see an increase in spine injuries, particularly with children and trampolines. “Adults will often come to me with spinal injuries from diving in shallow waters along with watersports injuries and bike and motorcycle injuries.” As well as leading experts, Avicenna Clinic has stateof-the-art technology which includes the only open MRI scanner in the region. This facility is great for patients who suffer from claustrophobia and anxiety with confined spaces because it does not have the usual ‘tunnel-like’ scanning area associated with conventional MRI machines. • Avicenna Clinic is at 1 North Street, Peterborough PE1 2RA. 03302 020597.

Holiday club makes history fun


NEW weekday holiday club is starting up in Peterborough city centre this summer. The historythemed club, called Time Explorers, is for youngsters aged eight to 13 and will include archery, making gruesome grotesques and marvellous medicines, preparing a fabulous feast to serve in a real medieval hall, sports, stories, medieval movie-making and lots more. The action-packed programme runs from 31 July to 11 August, and again from 14 to 25 August, 9.30am to 4.30pm, and is based at Peterborough Cathedral. Cost per child is £25 for a day, or £100 per week, and sibling discounts are available. • To book or to find out more contact Alex Carton or Judi Horspole on 01733 355307 or email NENE LIVING JUNE 2017

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Six simple ways to save tax for the family Our tax system in the UK can be complex, and some of the easiest ways of saving tax can often be overlooked. Here, Kerry Hilliard of Stephenson Smart Chartered Accountants shares six taxsaving tips for the family… • Claim your Marriage Allowance – this is worth up to £230 in 2017-18 by allowing you to transfer £1,100 of your personal allowance if you are married or in a civil partnership. To be eligible to claim this allowance you must meet certain conditions, including that the recipient must be a basic rate taxpayer. • Pay no tax on savings – the Personal Savings Allowance (PSA) allows basic rate taxpayers to earn up to £1,000 tax-free on savings interest, and higher rate taxpayers up to £500. A transfer of £1,000 of savings income from a higher rate taxpayer who has used their PSA to a spouse who is a basic rate taxpayer with no other savings income could save £400. • Share your dividends – if you receive dividends from shares or investments you will receive the first £5,000 tax-free (this reduces to £2,000 from April 2018). Ensure that where possible these allowances can be used by both spouses. • Maximise child benefit – where your income is above £50,000 you may have to pay back some or all of the child benefit that you receive through the High Income Child Benefit Charge. You might be able to reduce your income below £50,000, for example by making pension contributions, so that you keep the child benefit. • Tax-free childcare is being gradually rolled out for children under 12 from April 2017. Under the scheme the relief will be 20 per cent of the costs of childcare up to a maximum of £10,000 per year, so £2,000 per child. • Contribute into your child’s Junior ISA – you can put up to £4,128 into a Junior ISA in the 2017/18 tax year. The ISA is a tax-free way of saving for your child’s future and the money is locked away until they reach 18. For more information and advice on personal taxation, contact Stephenson Smart on 01733 343275 or go to




BC antiques experts will be giving their time next month to help raise money for a major local conservation project. Fotheringhay Antiques Valuation Day will take place in the village from midday to 5pm on 2 July – The Friends of Fotheringhay Church, which has organised the event, will welcome the likes of George Archdale, John Benjamin, Bunny Campione, Dendy Easton, John Foster and Lars Tharp, who are all familiar faces to viewers of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. President of the Friends, Lady Victoria Leatham, will also be reprising her former role and valuing items on the day. She said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming experts from the BBC to Fotheringhay to help to raise money for our £1.5m restoration project.” Valuations will be limited to two per person and visitors are encouraged to bring silver, clocks, jewellery, dolls, toys, collectables, painting, furniture, ceramics and other miscellaneous objects. Entry to the event costs £5 per person (under 12s free) and valuations cost £2.50 each with all proceeds going towards the conservation of the iconic church of St Mary and All Saints. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a craft fair and teas in the Village Hall. • Memberships to become a Friend of the church and receive two free valuations on the day plus discounts to future events are available at Fancy a walk with a purpose? The Stroke Association’s Step Out For Stroke sponsored walk takes place at Ferry Meadows on Saturday 17 June. Enter now to join stroke survivors, their friends and families in spreading awareness of stroke and raising vital funds for the charity’s work in supporting the stroke community locally. The fun begins at 11am and you can sign up at

Kick your career into touch


HEAR it all of the time: ‘I’d love to work in the football industry, but I haven’t got a clue where to start’. That was the main reason I started the One Touch 16+ Academy and Football Scholarship,” says head coach Glenn Vaughan. The scholarship is aimed at anyone aged 16-18 who leaves school this year, with two courses available – one in Peterborough and one in Oakham. All students will study a BTEC Level 2 or 3 in Sport (equivalent to three A-Levels), provided by Coaching Connexions (rated ‘good’ by OFSTED), as well as football training by UEFA-level coaches focusing on technical and tactical sessions, strength and conditioning and fitness training. All students will also compete in a competitive league against other colleges as well as fixtures against professional clubs. The two-year course opens the door to a plethora of potential careers within the football industry – games will regularly be watched by professional club scouts, and it is also hoped that students will go on to become managers, coaches, sports therapists, physios or nutritionists. Some may opt to access a Sports Degree pathway, or apply for a Football Scholarship in the USA or a 12-month coaching contract with one of the One Touch partners. • Trials take place on Friday 2 June at Oakham Football Club, Main Road, Oakham LE15 7EE from 10am-12noon and at Netherton Utd Football Club, The Grange, Peterborough PE9 3ES from 1pm-3pm. To find out more contact Glenn by email: glenn@ or visit

Rutland Cycling is hosting two special events at its local HQ on Ham Lane near Ferry Meadows this month. On Tuesday 13 June there’s an E-Bike Night Ride which starts at 6.30pm and gives cyclists the chance to try out the latest electric mountain bikes. Cost is £10 including e-bike hire, free if you bring your own. Book via email: On Saturday 17 June the Breeze Weekend Pedal follows a scenic route around Ferry Meadows, with a coffee and cake stop at the end. It’s £5 to hire a bike for this event, or you can join in for free with your own bike. Book via email: •

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Frances Mansergh Widely known for her work with the Oundle International Festival,mother-of-three Frances Mansergh has just returned from a six-month tour of duty with the Combined Maritime Forces as part of her work with the Royal Naval Reserves in Bahrain. She talks to Rebecca Downey about her work both home and away


T would appear Frances is an expert at multi-tasking. Not only is she wife of Andrew Mansergh, geography teacher and head of the Combined Cadet Force at Oundle School; mother of Felicity (11), Rosamund (9) and George (3); she is also the Communications Manager for the Oundle International Festival. It’s a compliment she shrugs off modestly with the response: “I’m just a mother!” When asked how she manages the transition from the Arabian Gulf to the comfortable rural market town of Oundle, Frances says: “I’m quite good at ‘parking it’ – I’ve always had the ability to move on to the next job with a sense of purpose. “The RNR send you on a ‘dismount course’ which helps to deal with adjustment or trauma. The hardest aspect of being involved in quite serious world situations is interpreting this for the children and educating them.” Frances always knew she wanted a career in the Navy, like her grandfather before her. Showing an aptitude for languages, she studied at the Britannia Royal Navy College in Dartmouth and met her husband in 2003 when they were both serving on board HMS Ocean. Marriage and children briefly interrupted her career, but she is committed to the RNR and sees a real value in what she is doing. The CMF is a task force bringing 31 nations together to provide security and stability to the straits and choke points where there are critical pieces of infrastructure and vital shipping channels. The aim to counter terrorist and piracy threats and respond to humanitarian crises is not just a mission statement; on this tour, Frances’ team intercepted three groups of traffickers smuggling heroin and hashish, thus thwarting illegal trade and the funding of terrorist groups. Frances’ expertise, however, is in media operations. She has hosted media visits to ships to highlight the purpose of the navies in the region. She also facilitated the visit of media

FESTIVAL FEVER Starting over 30 years ago, the Oundle International Festival has expanded to become a nine-day assemblage of cultural events including opera, theatre, art, talks, walks and open gardens, ending with the ever-popular Party At The Wharf. Frances has worked hard with the South Bank in London to raise the profile of the festival and has helped to secure big names such as the ebullient Rev Richard Coles, as well as keeping the fantastic Illyria Children’s Theatre company on the agenda. “We’re really excited about the Oundle on Show weekend,” says Frances – this year visitors can stroll around the town’s private gardens and attend short concerts from skilled artists and amateur performers. “The festival is less highbrow and has more texture to it now. The Back to The Future screening at the Wharf came top in a poll we ran, so we hope this will be a big hit.” Frances with the CO of HMS Ocean, Captain Rob Pedre

“The hardest aspect of being involved in quite serious world situations is interpreting this for the children” and UK defence correspondents when Theresa May went on board HMS Ocean in Bahrain and when the Prince of Wales visited the base. “The armed forces is no different to any other brand; public opinion is everything and my job is to communicate the important work we do and the human interest stories,” she says. And this is where her skills transfer adroitly to her other role – both jobs are about promoting campaigns while keeping up a positive and excellent reputation within a community. The Mansergh family at Christmas during Frances’ two-week leave

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ALL CHANGE! Back at home, we sample Yemeni honey and the children explain how it works when their Mum is away. Felicity had an important exam over that period but is very proud of her Mum, while Rosamund says she does feel a bit worried at times but adds: “We do Facetime and we have Gina Hallam,” who appears to be a superb substitute in the form of a reliable big sister-style nanny. Andrew confirms the practicalities are all sorted – it is dealing with the emotional side of things that is more difficult. Three-year-old George is most definitely unscarred by his mother’s absence and with the confidence of a much older child, offers me a gingerbread and shakes my hand goodbye. Next term Andrew takes on the role of Housemaster of Crosby so life will change again for the Manserghs, but for now Frances is focusing on foundations and preparing for a festival extravaganza! • The Oundle International Festival team is small and relies on volunteers to help with stewarding, running bars, hosting performers, etc. If you would like to offer your help and have the opportunity to see a performance for free, contact Administrative Director Camilla Sherwin via the box office on 01832 274734. • NENE LIVING JUNE 2017



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Anyone hankering after beers with a difference will be pleased to know that Peterborough and Oundle now offer a stunning range – often with ingredients you wouldn’t believe – that’s probably unequalled in the whole of the UK. Jonathan Craymer reports


N days of yore there were almost as many little breweries as there were villages across these sceptered isles. Mass production changed all that, bringing agonised cries of ‘rubbish beer which all tastes the same’ from some quarters. But in the last 10 years or so a combination of a revolution in micro-brewing and the availability of commercial units in Peterborough and the surrounds has created an upswing in the number of interesting brews, and some fascinating new places in which to drink them. Of particular note in Peterborough are The Frothblowers in Werrington (which opened in February), The Bumble Inn in Westgate, The Stoneworks on St John’s Square/ Church Street and Puzzles? on Bridge Street. These have joined the ranks of wellestablished city pubs like The Brewery Tap next to Queensgate and The Ostrich Inn behind Beale’s on North Street. Far from seeing the new arrivals as competition, Simon Benton of The Ostrich welcomes the opening of these new outlets. “I think it’s fantastic. We’ve long needed an influx of small, independent businesses in the centre to balance out the chain establishments. Now with a proliferation of small independents like the Ostrich and those aforementioned independent pubs and bars we can become a destination city for people again, highlighting the benefits of drinking in small venues and paying a fair price for drinks. “The ‘Fabulous Four’, as I call them (Bumble Inn, Stoneworks, Puzzles? and Ostrich), between them offer everything – great drinks, good entertainment – and are all owned by young(ish) aspiring local people trying to provide something different for the people of the city. What sets us apart from bland supermarket-style pubs is great customer service, a personal attachment to our patrons and great products. We’re working together to put on regular events between the four establishments, and hopefully a larger scale event encompassing other independent pubs for a City Of Ale Festival.” The Bumble Inn opened its doors in June 2016 in a former pharmacy. Proprietor Tom Beran has until recently been running it alongside his old job with wife Michelle at the Coalheaver’s Arms, but now the pair concentrate on The Bumble. “We’re a real ale specialist with five hand pumps,” said Tom, chatting to me while cooking up some of the Bumble’s interesting menu items (including a Piri Piri Pork Pie which I sampled – delicious!). But the policy here is clearly to keep things varied. “We’re about to celebrate selling 500 casks of beer, only 10 of which have been repeats. We trawl the UK for the best beers we can find. The five pumps we aim to provide carry a traditional stout or a mild, a traditional bitter and a couple of pales.” The Bumble offers a tasting ‘paddle’ (a piece of wood holding three third-of-a-pint glasses) allowing customers to taste new beers. “We’ve had brews from Scottish, Cornish, Welsh and even Orkney Island breweries. I don’t have to travel to all these places. Having NENE LIVING JUNE 2017



best beers in town! been in the industry for 14 years I have a fair idea of which breweries create good products and which to avoid. I look at social media, especially the rating apps to see what scores beers are getting. Also, my cellarman Dave Botton, who’s also involved in the Peterborough Beer Festival, has an extremely broad knowledge.” I have to admit that before starting to write this, I’d no idea about some of the terminology being thrown at me. What, for instance, is a ‘session’ beer? “The name implies it’s not very strong, under 4%. In other words, a beer you could drink all evening without feeling too affected,” explained Tom patiently. He originally set up his micro-pub under a slightly different name (similar to Bumble, but with one letter different) then found someone else was already using the name – and changed it to Bumble. Having said that, there’s still a reference to the original name painted on the wall of the pub saying ‘You bimble in – you bumble out’. So what does the future hold for such micro-pubs? “The micro-pub movement is growing fast, enthused Tom. “There are already up to 400 establishments like ours across the country and we’re pleased to see others like the Frothblowers in Werrington open up, as there’s clearly plenty of demand in this area.” Dick Simpson, co-owner of the Tap & Kitchen and Nene Valley Brewery at Oundle Wharf, explained the growth in designer beers and micro-pubs thus: “Firstly, in the last 10-15 years, people have become aware of the range of hand-made, artisan or ‘craft’ beers available. Secondly, brewers in America have started using much more interesting ingredients – like coffee – in their beers as they weren’t so stuck on the UK’s concept of producing mainly ‘bitter’. “So, whereas micro-breweries in the UK originally specialised in selling more traditional beers, the Americans were prepared to be much more adventurous. They also have much more interesting flavours in their hops, as do the Australians – which is why we tend to use mainly hops from those two countries in our own beers. “The trend towards more interesting beers may have been originally driven by



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US hipsters, but it has now spread to other countries including the UK, resulting in a much more interesting spectrum of drinks. Also, beer is a ‘food’ product, so why not make it more interesting? It doesn’t have to be a boring brown beverage. Having said that, 80 per cent of the beer-drinking public probably wants something traditional, but perhaps 10-20 per cent are interested in trying less mainstream flavours, and are prepared to pay more for them.” While many micro-pubs seem to stick to five pumps, The Stoneworks in Peterborough, which opened in July 2016, has no less than 22! As co-owner Sean Page started to explain what they all were, he was firing names of beer styles at me I’d never even heard of. “At the minute, we have an Imperial Stout, a Porter, a Saison, a Sour, a Red, a Speciality, a Coffee Porter. Saison for instance is a brew style. We have a board where the names of the beers are displayed above the actual serving taps, full of representations of the modern beer world. “So, there’s everything from an IPA – that’s Indian Pale Ale – to low ABV pales. Our ABVs at present range from 3.3 to 11, and the average is about 6%. Talking of the 11, one thing you might want to say is that we don’t sell pints. We sell thirds, halves and two-thirds. I don’t want to be giving out an 11% pint to anyone. “I grew up drinking rubbish lager, and then I got bored with that and started drinking spirits, which is totally unsustainable on a night out. Then I tried real ale but found that what I really enjoyed was something slightly carbonated and colder than normal. That’s how I came to drink this sort of beer. Then I started to try beers like nothing I’ve ever tasted before. Stouts combining flavours that might sound very odd when you say them out loud, but which taste very pleasant.”

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By way of an example Sean gave me a tiny sample of a pale ale containing ginger, pomegranate, molasses and grapefruit. The whole five-a-day thing suddenly looked a lot more appealing! “I believe the ‘90s drinking culture has died off,” said Sean. “People are now drinking with a different mindset. Not just thinking ’I want to get drunk’ – they want to drink something nice. Another thing about this place is that you’re almost forced to converse with the bartender, as the board deliberately contains very little information about each beer. We suggest people don’t just pick one from its name, but ask what it is, and you’ll find the person serving you can tell you everything about it. Or you can just ask for something simple like a pale beer, with no unusual ingredients, and we’ll let you try every one we have.” At this point, Sean introduced me to Steve Saldana, co-owner of The Stoneworks and proprietor of the Bexar County Brewery (Bexar is pronounced ‘bayar’) based in Fengate. He actually hails from Bexar County in Texas, but has lived in the UK for 12 years since he and his wife – a dentist – came to help solve a dental practitioner shortage. “I don’t generally brew anything twice. Mostly it’s ‘concept beer’ that’s constantly changing. Sean and I met at the Peterborough Beer Festival 10 years ago. One thing led to another and we decided to set up this place. Everything we brew comes through here but we also sell a lot as far afield as Scotland.”

N the last fifty years many Italian communities have settled in Peterborough, so we are fortunate to have some great independent Italian restaurants in and around the city, as well as the larger chains. The Pizza Parlour and Music Café that opened in September 2016, however, stands out from the crowd; small but perfectly formed, it has already proved a bit hit. At 8pm on a Saturday evening the restaurant was full and the first thing I noticed was the open kitchen with its huge traditional wood-fired pizza oven – chefs were efficiently churning out pizzas one after another. I asked the waitress about the dough they use, and she explained the chefs make their own sour dough that proves for 24 hours. Tomato and ragu sauces are made by an Italian ‘mama’ who uses traditional recipes that simmer for hours to achieve their rich, deep flavours. I was particularly pleased to see on the menu the 12in standard pizza could be ordered as a half portion with a choice of side dish. The four of us had pizzas and were most impressed: the bases were just the right thickness, not at all doughy, and the toppings – although the usual choices – were delicious. Too full for desserts, we enjoyed a cocktail and listened to the music (not so loud you couldn’t have a conversation, but adding to the lively ambiance) and shots of Limoncello were offered around the restaurant which was a welcome gesture and went down very well. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings after the kitchen has closed for the night, tables are cleared, lights dimmed and the restaurant is transformed into a wine and cocktail bar. A comprehensive choice of Italian wines is available by the glass or bottle and there’s an enticing cocktail menu too. Music plays a large part in this establishment; there is a drop-down stage that is used on many evenings for local artists, and Tuesday is ‘Open Mic’ night. The Pizza Parlour and Music Café is also open to non-diners and has created a fun and safe environment where people can enjoy a late night drink or two that’s quite different from sitting in a pub. The Pizza Parlour and Music Café is run by warm and welcoming people, and in my (and fellow diners’) opinion offers the best pizzas in town. • 5 Cowgate, Peterborough PE1 5LR. 01733 902233.





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Back to the future Layers of remarkable ancient history are being uncovered as part of an extensive programme of modernisation at St Peter’s Church in Oundle – and it’s all for the benefit of the local community


SERIES of six building phases – costing approximately £200,000 – is designed to develop, improve and enhance the church building both as a place of worship and also as a major venue for local events. A fascinating glimpse into its past is also being unearthed, which has shed greater light on the town’s former residents and the history of local schools. A medieval Parvis, or Priest’s Room, above the church’s main entrance is being modernised. Believed to have been constructed in the 1480s, the room – accessed via a tiny, narrow spiral staircase – deteriorated steadily across the centuries and had been completely mothballed owing to its instability. “The tiny door to the staircase is so cute – like an opening into Narnia,” says one church member. “The stairs themselves are so narrow and steep that it must be assumed that its users over the centuries, including the priests, have been young, fit and thin!” As the cobwebs were parted, experts were greeted with a time capsule which first needed immediate forensic investigation. Specialists from both Leicester and Nottingham

Universities were called in to assess the timber in the room that will be transformed into a modern meeting space and office for church clergy. They discovered that Death Watch Beetle had been responsible for much of the decay. Further investigation revealed burn marks on the fireplace lintel which were inscribed, it is thought, in a pre-Reformation practice designed to ward off evil spirits. The lighting of fires may have helped in this regard, but the experts believe that one has not burned there for 300 years. Dendrochronologists analysed the tree rings and discovered that they ranged in age from the 16th century to the 1720s. It was even possible to identify the exact woodland in nearby Apethorpe from which the timber was extracted. The traditional hallmarks of the original joiners have been uncovered – as well as graffiti, some as recent as the 1960s. It is widely accepted that local lad William Laxton was educated in the room during the 1500s before, in classic Dick Whittington fashion, he headed south to become Lord Mayor of London. The most recent work in the church has involved the building of new toilets, a crèche

and a special choir balcony. The need for loos was vital; one annual community event hosted in the church is a massive wine-tasting event to which more than 500 people are invited! Other recent building work has included new wrought iron gates at the building’s west end, the transformation of the main entrance with automatic glass doors and new disabled access and the re-ordering of the Lady Chapel. The Friends of the Parish Church have donated funds for this current project, as have East Northamptonshire District Council, both of whose vital contributions underline the recognition of St Peter’s as a growing and significant community space. It is hoped that new kitchen facilities may also be installed in the future. “To be a church which welcomes everyone is at the heart of who we want to be at St Peter’s,” says Rev Stephen Webster. “This is what drives our desire to ensure that our building meets the needs of people in the 21st century; a building which helps us to serve everyone in our community, including those in our steadily growing church family.” • NENE LIVING JUNE 2017


HEALTH & BEAUTY Bridget Steele has the latest on looking good and feeling great

A scientific approach to fitness If you’re looking to lose weight or are working towards a specific fitness goal, you may be interested in the bespoke scientific approach that Stefan Taylor and Rachel Banks of recently opened Vincit Pro Fitness in Oundle can offer. Co-founder Stefan has 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry and explains: “VO2, lactate profiling, blood biomarker analysis and functional threshold power testing all take away the guess work from training or a weight loss plan – therefore people become aware of their own potential and are able to achieve results faster, often exceeding their own expectations.” Nutrition advice, injury rehabilitation and exercise physiology testing is also available at Vincit Pro Fitness – their Oundle Wharf location is one of the few locations in the country to offer this type of service. Appointments are available Monday to Saturday, and out of hours consultations can be organised too. • 01832 274440;

Clinical reflexology Liz Brock worked as a registered nurse for 24 years before training as a Level 5 clinical reflexologist and has her own clinic, Lily Holistics, in Wansford. Inspired by a holistic approach, she uses her clinical knowledge to not only help people achieve a balance in their lives, but also uses reflexology to help with more specific concerns such as fertility issues, cancer care and chronic conditions like ME, fibromyalgia and asthma – all by stimulating the lymphatic reflexes in the feet. Liz explains: “The aim of fertility reflexology is to enhance the chances of natural conception by reducing stress in the body, balancing hormone levels and therefore helping the organs in the body work as efficiently as possible.” • For more information Liz at Lily Holistics on 01780 789919 or 07545 578844.

Advanced beauty Tansor beauty specialist Elysia is now offering even more anti-ageing and advanced procedures. If you’re noticing dark circles and puffiness under your eyes, fine lines and sagging, or skin tone is not as bright, healthy and firm as it used to be then PRP treatments may be for you. A small amount of your blood is taken and placed a sterile tube which is spun in a centrifuge to separate the red and white blood cells from the platelets and plasma. As a result, the plasma contains a higher than normal number of platelets – cells in the blood that help tissue to heal and grow new cells – and is called Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP. The blood is reinjected into specific areas, stimulating collagen to grow and improve tone, tightness and texture. Treatments now available at Elysia include an eight-point facelift; PRP that can treat the face, breast volume, hands, hair loss, stress incontinence, sexual dysfunction for men and women; mesotherapy; advanced skin peels; advanced laser and tattoo removal; wrinkle-relaxing injections; dermal fillers; enhancement of tear trough; chin corrections and lip enhancements. • Lisa and the team at Elysia have an open evening on Wednesday 28 June when there’ll be canapes and bubbles on arrival, exclusive event offers and experts on hand to explain the treatments available. Booking is essential. Elysia, Tansor PE8 5HP. 01832 226328.



Life Coach Julie Larrington shares some frequently asked questions on the subject of hypnotherapy Will I lose control? Hypnosis, when used in the clinical setting, is simply deep relaxation. You remain conscious and in control throughout and aware of all that is going on. Some people feel heavily relaxed, others feel floaty; everyone enjoys the experience. How many sessions will I need? For lasting change, most people will need a minimum of eight sessions and many will need more. When clients have been suffering from anxiety, anger and depression, they will often have been suffering for a long time. This cannot be ‘fixed’ overnight, but is a gradual process leading to lasting change. If hypnotherapy is required for a specific phobia, such as fear of spiders, this takes just four sessions in total. Why can’t you just hypnotise me to be different, like they do on TV? Television shows are purely for entertainment; the people involved have been carefully chosen and are willing to be involved in an entertainment scenario. The changes in behaviour last for a short time. Solution-focused hypnotherapy looks at the way the brain works, why we create anger, anxiety and depression and how we can change that long-term. I am often the ‘last stop saloon’ and my clients will have been suffering for a long time, entrenched in negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours. I help them to understand why they feel the way they do, give techniques they can use for long-term self-care, a hypnotherapy CD and enjoyable sessions to help them to be positive and achieve all that they want. The changes are deep-rooted and longlasting. • 01733 685249/07963 753717;



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Feel the need to unwind? Sue Parslow suggests a selection of local spa destinations with pamper packages – perfect to enjoy with a friend or by yourself for some tranquil ‘me’ time

Perfect for a birthday celebration — a pamper day with Champagne at Alwalton Hall

A relaxing hot stone massage for two


This new spa opened at the end of March in a stunning Georgian country house, once home to the 4th and 5th Earl Fitzwilliam and latterly local entrepreneur, Frank Perkins. It’s an ideal location for a relaxing pamper day for friends, couples and groups. In addition to the individually-themed treatment rooms, there is a heated outside pool and Arctic Spa pool, Regency reception rooms to relax in, as well as attractive grounds to explore. The Morocco room can accommodate two, three, or even four people for simultaneous treatments and the three-room Cleopatra luxury couples’ suite is the setting for a sumptuous three-hour experience if you’d like to take your other half. Beauty brands include Decléor, CACI non-surgical anti-ageing treatments and OPI nail products. Choose


Stableyard Spa at historic hotel Rushton Hall offers a wide range of treatments with brands including Elemis and REN, Leighton Denny and Fake Bake. Spa packages include the use of the indoor swimming pool, indoor and outdoor spa pools, a steam room, a sauna and gym, as well as fitness and relaxation classes. The Stableyard Café offers lunch, snacks and drinks. The Time For You package is priced at £35 per person on weekdays and offers a choice of manicure or pedicure and use of the fitness facilities. Desborough Road, Rushton, Northants NN14 01536 714 910

from a selection of packages — or request a bespoke programme. Prices start from £80 for a half day and £120 for a full day. Lunch and afternoon tea are served in the impressive

Alwalton Hall drawing room. Church Street, Alwalton PE7 3UN 01733 391166


Relax, renew and revive at historic Wadenhoe House where the Cabbage Patch Spa offers two treatment rooms – a single and a double – plus a relaxation area, hydrotherapy hot tub and outside sun area. With wholly organic products from The Natural Spa Factory in Bath, massages, facials, manicures and pedicures are all backed up by Wadenhoe’s unique levels of customer service, food and drink. Custommade massages, facials, full-body exfoliations at the Body Shot Scrub Bar – with names like Mojito Body Shot, Englishman’s Garden and Espresso Martini they hint at a treat for all the senses! – and a selection of full and half-day packages are all on offer at this just-opened spa, set within the grounds of one of the region’s most popular wedding and special occasion venues. Not a needle is in sight for a Natural Botox: £75 for a facial that promises radiance for those trying to turn back the clock, and of course there’s accommodation available if you want to extend your stay or book for a group getaway. Wadenhoe, Peterborough PE8 5SR 01832 720777; NENE LIVING JUNE 2017



Catch up with friends in the pool area at Orton Hall’s Imagine Spa




Enjoy a relaxing massage.

In Peterborough the facilities at Imagine Spa in Orton Hall include a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and relaxation room Choose from half or full day themed spa packages (referred to as ‘Experiences’) with intriguing titles The Discover, The Enrich, and The Indulge. A half day costs from £55, a full day from £90 – this includes a light lunch and use of the facilities. Body massages are divided into ‘sensory’ and ‘effective’; there are a choice of facials, hand and feet treatments, as well as waxing and tanning, using brands including Babor and Jessica. If there are just two of you, why not try the Serail Mud Treatment that promises to relax, cleanse and moisturise the skin? Healing mud, chalk, cleansing slats and mineral oils are applied before you enter the two-person chamber. The warmth is said to activate the ingredients to cleanse the skin. Guests relax with soothing music and gentle lighting before showering to remove the mud. This 45-minute experience costs £80. Sign up to Imagine Spa’s e-news via the website below and you can get 25 per cent off your first spa treatment! The Village, Orton Longueville, Peterborough PE2 7DN 01733 234245

So beautiful... the view from the open air Jacuzzi


Part of a nationwide group of health clubs, Peterborough’s Bannatyne Spa offers guests the opportunity to treat themselves to a day of relaxation, beauty and massage treatments, try out the well-equipped gym, swim in the large pool and use the Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms. There’s a full programme of fitness classes to dip into, and a spacious café bar serves snacks and healthy lunch options. Bannatyne Spa, using products from Elemis, Bare Minerals and OPI nails, presents a variety of different packages and offers on a monthly basis. As an example, in the Spa & Share Day for two, priced at £49, each person has a choice of energising facial, manicure or Swedish back massage (treatment time - 25 minutes). On a £99 Time Out & Tea for Two guests both enjoy an Elemis Welcome Touch Facial followed by a Swedish back, neck and shoulder massage to help relieve tension and stresses – and afternoon tea! Papyrus Road, Werrington PE4 5HW 03442 483789 spa-days




A village spa with a focus on tranquility, And So Beautiful offers a range of treatments and boasts an open air Jacuzzi hydrotherapy pool. The latter is part of a relaxation area which the owners recommend booking in combination with treatments. You can relax and chat in the pool on the raised patio, overlooking an attractive garden pond and woodland, before returning to the salon to enjoy a facial or body massage, after which you chill out in the dedicated Relaxation Room. The salon offers an extensive range of facials and massage options using Decléor, Sienna X-Spray tanning, Jessica manicures and pedicures, and CACI anti-ageing treatments. This small salon can cater for parties of up to six people, and is ideal for girly get-togethers. Turn it into a special occasion by adding a light lunch, cream tea and cheeky glass of fizz! The ‘Make up party with friends’ (£45) is ideal if there’s a special occasion coming up. Alternatively, owner Rebecca can put a package together for you according to your wishes. If you live closer to the city, there’s an And So Beautiful salon in Orton Waterville too! Willowbrook Farmhouse, Pound Lane, Woodnewton PE8 5EG 07905 926902;

The Grange Spa’s Speciality Heat Experience includes a 12m pool

All set for a pedicure for two at The Grange Spa


This multi-award-winning purpose-built rural retreat and spa is located a short drive north of Bourne. Ideal for those looking for a relaxing escape is The Grange Spa’s Speciality Heat Experience featuring a 12m pool with soothing waterfall, along with ‘experience showers’ and aromatic baths to enjoy, and an Ice fountain to stimulate the immune system. Using brands including Terrake, Thalgo and Germaine de Capuccini, there’s a menu of eight facials, and a selection of tempting massages and treatments for hands and feet, so there’s plenty of choice. Themed day packages are available, but it’s also possible to create your own bespoke

day. A half-day (four hours) starts at £50 and includes use of all facilities including the gym; full day (10am to 6pm) is £80. Lunches, as well as cakes and a selection of drinks, are available. New promotions are changed seasonally. The midweek Beauty Brunch is on offer until the end of July – book a treatment and receive a 15 per cent discount. Millthorpe Road, Pointon NG34 0NF 01778 440511


Chill and chat between treatments at Ragdale Hall


Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa, a few miles from Melton Mowbray, combines state-ofthe-art facilities with the charm of traditional Victorian architecture. It was crowned the UK’s best spa in the international Spafinder Wellness Travel Awards last year, placing it among the top health spas in the world. Ragdale The spa at also scooped awards in the categories Best for Girlfriend Getaways and Best for Ragdale Hall has Affordability/Budget. won many The three-hour Evening Spa Experience (£59) is perfect for a celebration awards evening with friends. Enjoy the spa facilities including the thermal spa with candle pool, indoor/outdoor waterfall pool and series of heat and water experiences, the main pool with cascade, whirlpool and massage jets, as well as a two-course meal in the Verandah Bar. Newly launched and exclusive to Ragdale Hall is the Elemis Ultimate Biotec Facial. Billed as the ‘ultimate red carpet treatment’, it lasts almost two hours and is said to target wrinkles, improve skin tone and encourage cellular repair to ‘lift and rejuvenate skin for a smooth, energised and glowing complexion’! Ragdale, Melton Mowbray LE14 3PB 01664 433033;

Situated with views across Rutland Water, Barnsdale Hall Hotel offers Spa Day Packages with a wide range of beauty, ‘maintenance’ and massage treatments available, using Espa products. Facilities include a Dead Sea Salt Floatation Tank for a relaxing experience. Guests can enjoy a meal in Barnsdale Hall Hotel’s restaurant and may also use the hotel’s swimming pool and gym. Treatment packages start from £55 for a Top to Toe Treat that includes a back massage, light lunch, and a wash and blow dry. Barnsdale, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8AB 01572 771313



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Putting pets – and people – first Exciting things are happening at Byre Vets,the independent practice in Werrington, Peterborough…


YRE is now owned by the same team who run the successful Oundle, Thrapston and Corby veterinary surgeries. “We have a very simple ethos where we firmly believe in putting our patients and their owners first, and making sure they are cared for with the respect and attention they deserve,” says Caroline Hudson, Clinical Director. The practice occupies purpose-built premises with plenty of free offroad parking and a large waiting room with separate areas for cats and dogs. Behind the scenes – which owners are more than welcome to have a look around – there’s extensive theatre space, an on-site laboratory for rapid diagnostic testing, comfortable kennels and a state-of-the-art cattery. Caroline heads a team of three vets in a ‘first opinion’ or GP clinic for companion animals such as dogs, cats and rabbits, supported by qualified veterinary nurses who – as well as looking after surgical and hospitalised in-patients – also run hugely popular clinics to help keep pets happy and healthy. The first opinion clinic is the bedrock of the Byre site and Caroline and the team know the importance of the service they provide. “The local veterinary practice should, in our opinion, be an important part of the local community,” says Caroline. “People look to us for advice, care and attention when their much-loved family pet is ill and we very much see our role as trying to prevent such problems wherever possible.” An extensive programme of preventative health measures is actively promoted by the team, and there’s a popular practice health plan to help

clients spread the cost out over the year. The practice can help, too, with finding the best insurance policy for your pet to take away the worry if expensive intervention is required. ’’We are all really excited about the future,’’ Caroline says. ‘’As well as building on the first opinion clinic, we plan to have a specialist out of hours emergency service provider in place which will allow our own clients – and also those of any other local practices who want to use the service – access to experts in the field of emergency and critical care. “Another project already under way is to develop an on-site veterinary service referral service. At present, when we have a patient who needs a specialist to perform a particular piece of surgery, or when we need a detailed CT scan, for example, we have to refer the patient to another site. These referral centres are often a long way away and are often corporately owned, with the feel of a very busy, clinical environment. Many can also be prohibitively expensive, and the referring vet does not always have control over the case. “We want to change this by having a local referral centre. We are already offering an orthopaedic referral service, alongside a veterinary dentist who can deal with the more complicated cases involving the mouth, and a veterinary behavioural expert to complement our existing behavioural specialist. We will soon be adding dermatology, opthalmology, physiotherapy and cardiology, to mention just a few specialities.’’ • Byre Veterinary Surgery is at 32 Papyrus Road, Werrington, Peterborough PE4 5BH. 01733 325007.

The future is… green


DDERLY Green specialises in the installation of artificial grass and landscaping – anything from a beautiful, maintenance-free ‘grass’ area to a perfectly flat golfing green. The possibilities with artificial grass are endless and the results are amazing. When laid correctly the grass will last for years, it’s also backed by a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty and is pretty much maintenance-free… no more cutting and feeding, weeding and edging. The finished grass is child- and pet-friendly and requires only an occasional sweep over. Udderly Green has almost 10 years’ experience and has built a reputation for a quality product and quality installation team. The company also designs and installs patios, drives and decking, and sometimes a combination of all of these. • For further information, to discuss your garden project or arrange a no-obligation survey call Matthew on 07753 278273. NENE LIVING JUNE 2017


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Cake at the Cathedral Boasting the East of England’s best view from a window (according to a 2016 public poll!), Becket’s Tea Room recently opened in Peterborough Cathedral precincts. Sue Parslow reports PHOTOGRAPHY: MATTHEW ROBERTS

Peterborough Cathedral continues to offer free entry and guided tours. A new visitor centre opened last September, with previously unseen exhibits illustrating the building’s history and plenty to engage schoolchildren. New interpretation boards will be unveiled in the cathedral itself in the near future and two new guidebooks are in the pipeline. There’s a whole lot more planned in terms of events this year and particularly next, when Peterborough Cathedral – indeed the city itself – celebrates its 900th birthday! PRC Ventures will cater for many of the events, the first of which will be the Heritage Festival’s Civil War Supper this month.


OUSED in the newly refurbished Becket Chapel, the tea room is a collaboration between Venture Catering, a division of Peterborough Regional College (PRC) Ventures, and the cathedral. Profits will be divided between both organisations. Its creation is part of an exciting plan to give the cathedral a wider appeal and it will play a role in future events and activities. Since it opened at Easter, locals and visitors alike have been enjoying coffee, tea and generous slices of cake, breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas and ice cream. Everything served is prepared from scratch on the premises from locally sourced ingredients. It can accommodate around 60 people, with tables, chairs and sofas, as well as seating outside on the terrace. Customers can relax and make use of the free WiFi, or grab a sandwich and a hot drink to take out. Children’s lunchboxes are ideal for picnics on the green. The facility is also available for business meetings or receptions during and outside normal hours. An additional entrance with a ramp will be built later in the year, funded by Perkins Engines. The cathedral has not had a café of its own for about three years and it’s taken 15 months to get this one to fruition, partly because of the restrictions that come with its Grade I and scheduled monument status.

Stuart Orme, Head of Operations at the cathedral, reveals that a café was top of the wish-list among visitors in a recent survey. “We were really excited about the tea room opening in time for the summer season,” he told us. “With Venture Catering’s high standards of food preparation and service, and the cathedral’s spectacular setting, we know we can offer something unique to our customers.” Venture Catering currently offers training and work experience at the city’s college campuses where it provides nutritious meals and snacks for thousands of students and staff, and will do the same at Becket’s Tea Room. Barbara Grange, Managing Director, explains: “Venture Catering staff are chosen not only for their professional expertise, but also for their enthusiasm for passing on their knowledge.” Stuart Orme comments: “Anyone who chooses to eat or drink here can be sure that any profits are helping to support the education of students at the Regional College and the maintenance of the cathedral – two outstanding Peterborough institutions.” • Becket’s Tea Room opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am-4pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am-4pm. 07702 948216. You can find Beckets Tea Room on Facebook.

Furniture for the tea room and the relaxed seating area was donated by Peterborough-based AHF

The Becket Chapel dates back to medieval times. It was dedicated to Sir Thomas Becket, an Archbishop who was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170. Relics kept at the chapel were used for worship by visiting pilgrims. On the Dissolution of the Monastery, the chapel housed the new King’s School and remained so until 1885 when it became the first home for Peterborough Museum. Since then it has been used as a Chapter House, meeting room and rehearsal space for the cathedral choir. NENE LIVING JUNE 2017






FOOD & DRINK Back to basics, aiming to be best It’s long been the go-to for those celebrating a special occasion or seeking to impress, but this summer The Falcon Inn aims to make even the everyday extraordinary


HE honey-coloured hostelry sits in the shadow of a majestic church amid the historic village where Mary Queen of Scots met her fate… as locations go, The Falcon at Fotheringhay really does have it all! Inside, it’s a pretty pub with fresh flowers, log fires and a handsome conservatory, plus a separate dog-friendly Tap Bar and a gorgeous garden complete with built-in barbecue and pizza oven. It also has an excellent reputation as a restaurant-of-choice amongst foodies out for a treat – my social media feeds are often a-buzz with friends and family celebrating anniversaries, birthdays and romances with a meal there. That’s a renown of which owner Sally Facer is, rightly, proud, though she’s quick to pass the credit on to her trusted team of top-notch chefs, kitchen and waiting staff who day-in, day-out deliver upper-crust gastropub food. “I couldn’t do any of it without them, we’re like family,” she said whilst talking us through an a la carte menu and ‘specials board’ full of appetite-whetting promise. Thirst-quenching drinks in hand (a glass of the Macon Lugny ‘Sainte Pierre’ which was fresh, fragrant and, as Sally suggested, a great alternative to Chablis, plus a refreshing pint of Aspalls) we made our selections and enjoyed the bowl of warm bread and creamy butter brought to us. A shared fish platter to start was, at £18, excellent value and a feast for all the senses – colourful, fragrant and full of contrasting and complementary flavours, it transported us straight back to the Suffolk coast we’d been

enjoying just 24 hours earlier. I’m still learning to love fish and seafood, but I wolfed down the briny crayfish tails and was in ecstasy over the smoked haddock scotch egg… delicious! Fearing we’d peaked too early, we were relieved to see the delicacy of our mains – a new season Barnsley lamb chop with chorizo and potato gratin, spring greens and rosemary jus for him opposite, free range breast of chicken with rosti potato, bacon and bean roll, veg and thyme gravy for me. And we certainly had no need of desserts – but the Turkish Delight panna cotta with poached rhubarb (just… wow!) and a decadent selection of chef’s chocolate puds were irresistible. The proof was definitely in the pudding – plate and slate looked licked-clean by the time we’d finished!

New menus, new era Looking for an a la carte treat over the coming months? I’ve already chosen mine: the

The Falcon is offering Summer Sunday BBQs – gourmet bbqs and delicious pizzas from its wood-fired oven – from 5.30-8pm, 28 May to early September. These are hugely popular events, so booking is strongly recommended.

summer menu (launched on June 1) includes the tastebud-tempting grilled fillets of plaice in a lemon, caper and cockle sauce with new potatoes and samphire (or asparagus, whichever is best on the day) and, for dessert, a lemongrass crème brulee with citrus shortbread. But this summer – and after some extensive customer research – The Falcon is getting back to basics in its own inimitable style, with a new bar menu that’s all about tried-andtested traditional dishes at reasonable prices: two courses for £15, three for £18. Choose from classic prawn cocktail, chicken liver paté, beer battered haddock, local baked ham and eggs, lasagne, fruit crumble, lemon syllabub and lots more… many of the dishes have proved popular on recent ‘retro nights’ and Sally says: “We came to the conclusion that there’s no reason not to serve fish and chips, for example, as long as they’re the best fish and chips!” There was a sharp intake of breath from loyal locals and food lovers from further afield earlier in the year when it looked like The Falcon might change hands. But Sally is now in full-time residence and very much looking forward to an exciting new era for the inn. “I’m really pleased with the new menus for summer – whether people are ordering a la carte or from the bar menu, there’s plenty to choose from and a skilled team in the kitchen looking to deliver quality with every dish.” • Editor Gillian Bendall and photographer Tim Sandall were at The Falcon Inn, Fotheringhay PE8 5HZ. 01832 226254. NENE LIVING JUNE 2017


FOOD & DRINK Eat, drink and make merry! Street Market will be bigger and better than ever this year


HE Oundle Food Festival is a mustn’t-miss for local foodies, and this year the jewel in its crown, the Street Market, will bring more than 75 stallholders to the town. The market takes place on Saturday 24 June from 9am-4pm but there’ll be events, special menus, product launches and offers in the week before, providing opportunities to learn about the food and drink that is lovingly created in the region and to meet those who grow, raise, cook, bake, brew, distil and make the many treats on offer. The Street Market, which will be held in the Market Place and New Street, is a bunting-bedecked sight to behold, and with the addition of music and dance from the Oundle Fringe Festival, street entertainment from Corby’s Balls Up Juggling Club and games from the World Conker Championships, it is an event enjoyed by visitors of all ages. A Park & Ride service provided by Oundle School will be available from Oundle Wharf, where Food Festival attendees can also have a look around the shops of sponsors AGA Oundle and Hambleton Bakery. Whilst many stallholders, such as Yum Yum Tree Fudge, New Lodge Farm, Munchy Seeds, Profumo Coffee Company, Riverford Organic Delivery, Saxby’s Cider and Lincolnshire Poacher will return by popular demand, there are also some newcomers. Lincolnshire farmer Amy Jobe, attending her first ever Food Festival, will be serving up burgers and wraps using beef from her homereared Lincoln Red cattle, and Melt’on Ice Cream will delight with their range of luxury ice-creams. Other new additions include Macaron Marlo’s handmade French macarons, Taartie’s delicious donuts and Nassington-based Jar & Spoon’s pickles and preserves with a twist. Especially for you… See p52 In the run-up to the Festival, Oundle retailer Stu-Pots, for more on butchers Seven Wells and Trendalls as well as nutritional Oundle Fringe therapist Katie Atkinson are offering discounts on production of a Food Festival flyer, and the Nene Valley Brewery will launch a new beer to mark the festival on 23 June. AGA Oundle is running several events about AGA cooking, one of which includes wines from Amps Fine Wines, and the excellent Tap and Kitchen restaurant at Oundle Wharf and BrewBabu, Oundle’s unique boutique brew bar, are offering special festival menus. • Further details are available in the Food Festival flyer (inside this issue), on the website and on Facebook @ OundleFoodFestival. For more information on the Oundle International Festival and Fringe Festival, see and



Broad bean, beetroot, Sussex slipcote and spelt salad with chilli and mint dressing Serves 4-6, prep 15 minutes (overnight if using wholegrain spelt), cook 40 minutes You can use pearled spelt, which takes approx 40 minutes to boil, or wholegrain spelt, which takes about an hour if you soak it the night before (a little longer without a presoak). • 8 small bunched beetroot (approx 400g), trimmed of any leaves & root • 200g broad beans (podded weight) • 6tbsp olive oil • 2tbsp lemon juice • 1 red chilli, deseeded & finely chopped • Small bunch of mint, leaves shredded • 100g cooked & cooled spelt • 1 bunched/2 spring onions, finely sliced • 50g watercress sprigs • 1 Sussex slipcote sheep’s cheese • Wrap each beetroot in a little piece of foil and put in a baking dish. Roast at 190˚C for approx 40 minutes or so, depending on size, until tender – insert a sharp knife

to check. • Remove from the oven and leave to cool, then rub off the skins. Cut into halves or quarters, depending on size. • Boil the broad beans for 3-5 minutes, depending on size. Drain, plunge into a bowl of cold water to refresh, then drain again. If the beans are large, you could double pod them (peel off the outer skins to reveal the inner bright green bean), but don’t bother if they are small or you are short of time. • To make the dressing, whisk the olive oil and lemon juice together in a small bowl. Stir in the chilli and mint and season with salt and pepper. • Mix the spelt, broad beans and onion together in a serving bowl. • Add half the dressing and toss together. • Dot the beetroot and watercress in amongst the spelt and beans. Crumble over the cheese. • Drizzle over the rest of the dressing to serve.



Polka dot shirt £119 worn with dark denim jeans £125, all from Paul Smith at Maysons




Independents day Sally Stillingfleet seeks out some fantastic independent shops offering high fashion for men


INDING fresh looks for men is easy in both Peterborough and neighbouring Oundle. In the city, there’s a good mix of contemporary fashion fits for the younger ‘urban’ guy at Clues, where owner Gary has worked hard to improve the style mix and has introduced some great new brands including Raw, Gym King, G Star, SikSilk and Eleven Degrees. Further along the Westgate Arcade at Maysons, Sean and his manager Mark offer a fantastic breadth of designer labels and help is always on hand. And sandwiched between the two shops, Gerry and the team at The Oculist are skilled at finding the perfect frames, whether you’re shopping for those all-essential glasses or the new season’s sunglasses. Just on the other side of the Queensgate shopping centre is Niro, the original designer menswear shop in Peterborough. Owner Paul has great brands including Armani Jeans, CP Company and Dolce & Gabbana – he says he’s definitely seeing a more casually dressed man and the clothes reflect that trend. Over in Oundle, Barbara and Tony at Asha’s Male Room have sourced fantastic brands for casual stylish weekends – go and see for yourself!

PHOTOGRAPHY: ELLI DEAN Above: Arran wears pink shirt £44.99, jacket £69.99 and dark blue chinos £59.99, all Casual Friday at Asha’s Male Room Left: Pale pink zipup top £334 and jeans £156.99, blue lightweight jacket £499, all Stone Island from Niro Right: Denim shirt £44.99, dark blue chinos £59.99 and long khaki bomber jacket £109.99, all Casual Friday. Vitali leather weekend bag £199. All Asha’s Male Room




Independents day

STOCKISTS Asha’s Male Room, The Bazaar, West Street, Oundle PE8 4EJ. 01832 275605. Clues, 2 Westgate Arcade, Peterborough PE1 1PY. 01733 703546. Maysons, 27 Westgate Arcade, Peterborough PE1 1PY. 01733 342347. Niro, 2 Cumbergate, Peterborough PE1 1YR. 01733 564077. The Oculist, 24 Westgate Arcade, Westgate Arcade, Peterborough PE1 1PY. 01733 555621. • Many thanks to Arran for kindly agreeing to model for us. Photography by Elli Dean. 07932 055548.

Above: White Ralph Lauren short-sleeved shirt £75, worn with khaki shorts £65, also Ralph Lauren, from Maysons Above right: At the Oculist, Rob carefully chose the perfect frames for Arran and we shot inside the beautiful shop – such a shame the sun wasn’t shining! All frames from a beautifully edited selection Right: Eleven degrees khaki T-shirt £30, with SikSilk beige skinny fit coloured jeans, £60 and Nicce light jacket £55, all from Clues

In the April issue we unfortunately gave an incorrect email address for our model Louise, who makes the amazing cakes for Coffee at the Chapel which is above Asha’s Attire and Asha’s Male Room in Oundle. Her correct address is:



Summer Arrives at Asha’s

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Delcor expands into bedroom furniture

Monaco range

Natasha range


ELCOR has recently extended its offering into beds and bedroom furniture and the results are impressive – stylish, excellent craftmanship, good value and a range of looks to suit different design themes and preferences. A large part of the top floor of the Bath Row showroom in Stamford has now been given over to bedroom displays, and a visit is thoroughly recommended so that you can gain a real feel for how each of the ranges could work for you. All the well-known Delcor benefits apply to the bedroom ranges - all British-made, solid beech frames, a range of sizes – from Single to Emperor; and the option to add storage under the bed. There are also matching end-of-bed benches and blanket boxes. Also, other pieces of bedroom furniture – chests of drawers, bedside lights, mirrors, even the odd throw and cushion. The mattresses are also British, from Spink & Edgar, established in 1865 and famous for their superb quality and sleepability. The Natasha range gives a classic contemporary look. The Empire range has straight lines and a slight Art Deco feel about it. The Monaco range offers a fresh, modern feel. And The Metro range conjures up an urban vibe. Place an order in June, July or August and you will benefit from the Summer Sale. • Delcor Furniture Ltd, 30 Bath Row, Stamford PE9 2QX 01780 762579;

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Easton Garford Endowed CE School Part of the Peterborough Diocese Education Academy Trust

This term at Easton Garford School…

Class 1 have been to visit Warwick Castle to learn about Medieval England and the whole school had a fantastic day on World Book Day dressing up as their favourite book characters.

Easton Garford School has undergone many recent positive changes: • Academy Conversion in July 2015 • New catering contract with ABM Catering • £100,000 of redevelopment • Executive Partnership with Polebrook School

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Our very own‘Cinderella’story A special performance this month brings to life the story of two orphans adopted from Chicago and brought to Peterborough in the 1920s Inspired by ‘Life with Auntie B’, the children have asked their relatives and other local residents about life over the last 90 years


UPPORTED by a £6,500 Heritage Lottery Fund grant, Peterborough Creative Action has been working with local schoolchildren to bring to life the story of two American orphans adopted by the Marchioness of Huntly of Orton Hall in the 1920s. Children from St Botolph’s C of E Primary School have been using the original transcripts of Marjorie Meuser Wagner, great niece of the Marchioness of Huntly, to develop the play The Tales of Orton Hall. The group made contact with Dale O’Brien, Marjorie’s niece, who now lives in Sebastian, Florida and made the transcripts available. She says: “I am delighted that the children are enjoying learning the story of my mother and aunt, Isabelle and Marjorie Meuser Wagner, and their life with ‘Auntie B’. Their story reveals an Orton Hall reminiscent of Downton Abbey, and is a Cinderella story for our time.” The orphaned sisters arrived to live at Orton Hall from Chicago in 1928 following their mother’s death and were adopted by the Marquis and Marchioness of Huntly. Marjorie’s audio recordings include vivid descriptions of glamorous Auntie B and her elderly husband the Marquis of Huntly, and are full of details of what it was like to live in Orton Hall in the 1920s and ‘30s. The orphans also spent time with the Marquis and Marchioness in their flat in Grosvenor Square in London, which later became the American Embassy. Although desperate to become part of British High Society, Auntie B had a heart of gold. In many ways she was before her time, encouraging her nieces to be independent and self-reliant. Heritage Lottery Funding enabled Shan Barcroft, Chair of Peterborough Creative Action, to undertake training with The Oral History Society and National Life Stories project at the British Library, to learn skills in adapting oral histories and transcripts into plays and dramatic performances. The Tales of Orton Hall forms part of a range of heritage projects focused on Orton Longueville over the last 12 months. Inspired by the Queen’s 90th birthday, a special focus of the project has been engaging and honouring local residents over 90, exploring and sharing their

heritage. The launch of the project on the Queen’s official birthday last year involved the creation and installation of a ‘coronation’ dress at Peterborough City Hospital made entirely out of donated sweet wrappers – symbolising the unwrapping and often-vibrant detail of people’s memories. Attached to the dress is a train where the names of local residents aged 90-plus continue to be added. Inspired by ‘Life with Auntie B’, the St Botolph’s schoolchildren have also interviewed their grandparents and older local residents about their childhood and key events over the last 90 years. These audio recordings will be stored as part of the City Archive Service, are available on CD, and can be accessed via Peterborough Creative Action. Examples of oral histories include Luca Rosella, exploring with his grandad, Gino (who came to Peterborough from Italy 50 years ago) what it has been like being an ice-cream man for 50 years; and 93-year-old Elsie Plumridge talking about her wartime exploits as a volunteer fire watcher. In addition, as part of a programme of local heritage community workshops, Karen Harding from Peterborough Creative Action has worked with local glass artist Cathi Prince to involve the community in developing designs for a portable stained glass window – over 500 local residents developed a design depicting a ‘Tree of Life’ surrounded by pictures of the nine decades of the Queen’s life. The project culminates in a free performance of The Tales of Orton Hall at Festival on the Green on Sunday June 11 at 11am. This will follow the unveiling and dedication of the community stained glass window and will also include a parade led by a local schoolgirl in the sweet wrapper dress. All are welcome. Jackii Crockett, Headteacher at St Botolph’s C of E Primary School says: “We are delighted to be working with Peterborough Creative Action and value the skills the children are learning and sharing through understanding and communicating our local heritage. The project reflects the three core values of the school: courage, compassion and community.” • For more on Festival on the Green see p51 NENE LIVING JUNE 2017


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Prepare to be inspired! Arts and crafts lovers are invited to support local talent during this year’s Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios event


AOS is a membership group of local, talented artists who live or work in the Greater Peterborough (PE postcode) area. The organisation was started in 2000 by two artists and has grown in strength over the years. Artists open their homes, studios, galleries and often gardens to showcase their work over three separate weekends in June and July – this year the event takes place on 24 and 25 June, and 1, 2, 8 and 9 July. Artist Tony Nero, who looks after marketing and social media for PAOS, says: “This year we have a total of 93 individual artists exhibiting at 41 locations with 22 new artists joining us this year. Visitors will have the opportunity to see many art forms including textiles, jewellery, ceramics, mosaics, digital art, printmaking and painting in its many forms – something for everyone! I am proud to say that we have a truly vibrant art scene.” The PAOS website and brochure gives details of the artists, their locations and opening times, together with contact details and a brief overview of their artistic disciplines. There’s a helpful map to help you plan your journey and full artist details and other important information is also available on the event’s website. Tony says: “Visitors will get a warm welcome at all of our venues, many of which are the artists’ own homes. In some you will be able to look around their gardens and/or enjoy refreshments, so look for the symbols in our brochure next to the artist’s information. “In some venues there will be more than one artist exhibiting. Sometimes you will be invited into the artist’s studio to see work in progress as well as finished work; in other venues you will just see the finished art on display. You will be able to talk to the artists about their work and methods and in some venues you will be able to see demonstrations. There will be work for sale wherever you go. Entry is free and there will never be any obligation to buy. Please note that whilst cash and cheques are usually acceptable, a few artists may accept cards. “As most venues are private homes, disabled access may be limited so if in doubt, please telephone the artists in advance to discuss your needs.” •

COMMUNITY SPIRIT One of the new venues for this year’s PAOS is the Thistle Drive Centre in Stanground, where four artists will be showcasing their work. Tony Nero says: “We are also pleased to have Art Stars joining us again this year, over in Deeping St James, where the children are producing excellent works of art with Ellie Sandall. And we are also excited that United Arts Network, a small group of learning disabled artists working together to promote independence, individuality and autonomy, have joined us this year too.” The Arts Network works together to share and inspire each other, whilst also actively engaging with artistic practitioners and groups in the community. The group meets at Rob Bibby’s Woodnewton Pottery Studio, having found great support, friendships and further networking opportunities through this vibrant and engaging community hub. Co-ordinator Ruth Williams says: “The network has flourished in this setting, finding strength, connection and a sense of belonging to a much wider artistic community. The cross-pollination of artists Following the success of last year’s prize draw, PAOS is once again offering visitors the combined with new ideas and interactions chance to win £100 worth of vouchers to spend on an artist (or artists) of choice. You’ll has provided a fantastic springboard for need to visit eight or more venues to enter and collect a sticker in your brochure from development in which the artists continue to each venue – full details on how to take part are in the brochure which can be found at thrive and grow.” any of the venues.

Free prize draw



Pipewell Hall relaunch their stunning waterside historical wedding Venue for 2017 onwards


Sunday 4th June 11am – 3pm

Glass of Fizz on arrival and canapĂŠs by Thomas The Caterer For more information, contact us on Tel: 01536 760563 Email: Pipewell Hall, Pipewell, NN14 1QZ

OUT & ABOUT So much to do,see and enjoy this June... the subject of watercolour street scenes led by Stephen Martyn. 7.30pm. Members £2, visitors £4. 7.30pm. St Mark’s Hall, Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2SN. www. peterboroughartsociety. Sunday 4 June King Lear in Brooklyn: An Evening with Michael Pennington One of the world’s leading Shakespearean actors, Michael Pennington appeared triumphantly as King Lear in New York in 2014, his performance on a par with his great predecessors, Paul Scofield and Sir John Gielgud. King Lear in Brooklyn, published in June 2016, is Pennington’s meditations on grappling with Shakespeare’s greatest role, and gives a fascinating insight into the punishing mental and physical impact it can have on those who are brave enough to take on the challenge. 7-8pm. St Peter’s Church, Oundle. £8, concessions £6, £1 off early bird tickets bought before 27 May. Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle. 01832 274734. www. Sunday 4 June Rutland County Show The highlight in Rutland’s event calendar, this show prides itself on keeping its traditional values: showcasing local food, farming and craft. The Rutland Showground, Showground Way, Oakham LE15 7TW (LE15 6US for satnav). 01572 757110. www. Monday 5 June Watercolour street scenes Peterborough Art Society presents an evening on

Friday 9 June Nature Writing Workshop with Bridget Holding Bridget is a tutor in creative writing for The University of Exeter, as well as a writer and psychotherapist. She also runs Wild Words, which explores the connections between the writer, their words and the natural world. Nature writing is

now one of the fastest growing genres. Find out about the market and how to write for it at this event. 6.30-8.30pm. £16 (limited to 20 places). The Kingfisher Café, Barnwell Country Park, Barnwell Road, Oundle PE8 5PB. Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle. 01832 274734. www. Friday 9 June to Sunday 11 June St Botolph’s Festival on the Green Now in its 11th year, this popular event has something for everyone – it begins with snail racing in the giant marquee and finishes with a spectacular performance from Wyton and Brampton Military Wives Choir performing a tribute to Dame Vera Lynn! On the Green itself there’ll be a vintage car

display, over 40 stalls, local dance groups and singers, a dog agility show, martial arts performance, funfair rides, a cake competition and a performance of Tales from Orton Hall (see p47 for more). Botolph Green, Peterborough PE2 7WG. botolphgreen

Saturday 10 June Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival Up to 52 crews battle it out over a 200m course, each team racing a minimum of three times, to raise funds for the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. Peterborough Rowing Club, Thorpe Meadows PE3 6LN. 01780 470718. www. peterborough

Saturday 10 June Icons of the ‘80s Burghley Park plays host to three star names from the 1980s – Go West, Nik Kershaw and T’Pau. 5pm. £39.50 plus service fee. www. Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 June Flower Festival Enjoy seasonal scents and sights at one of the city’s popular Anglican churches. £1, children free. 10am5pm Saturday, 12-4pm Sunday. All Saints Church, Park Road PE1 2UL. www.allsaints

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Friday 9 to Sunday 11 June Peterborough Cathedral Organ Festival Internationally-renowned musicians celebrate the now pitch-perfect sounds of Peterborough Cathedral’s organ. Friday 9 June: 7.30pm, Opening Recital by David Briggs. Saturday 10 June: 10.30am, Into the Organ Loft – Cathedral organists get in amongst the pipes to give a virtual tour, shown on screen to the audience. 3pm, Hauptwerk and the Cathedral Organ – Ben Trenchard shows how the recording of the organ at its old pitch has been used to create a virtual instrument, using Hauptwerk software. 7.30pm, Festival Concert – Grammy Award-winning conductor David Hill conducts a concert for orchestra, choir and organ. Sunday 11 June: 10.30am, Festival Eucharist with Brass 1.30pm, David Humphreys, Assistant Director of Music, performs a new composition by David Briggs, commissioned especially for the Festival. 3.30pm, Festival Evensong

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OUT & ABOUT So much to do,see and enjoy this June...

Saturday 17 June Walking tour of Peterborough’s Blue Plaques This tour, led by the Civic Society’s architectural historian Henry Duckett, will take you on a figureof-eight walk to all 20 of the city’s new blue plaque sites. Free but numbers limited so booking essential. Meet at 2pm in the plaque exhibition in the new Cathedral Visitor and Learning Centre. www. peterboroughcivicsociety. Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 June Peterborough Heritage Festival The UK’s largest multiperiod city centre living history festival and this year celebrates the 375th anniversary of the start of the English Civil War. Make your way to the city centre to experience over 300 re-enactors, over 3,000 years of history and over 37,000 people, all in one big weekend of fun – a free day out for all ages. heritage/heritagefestival-2017

Sunday 18 June Elton Village Fete Children’s fancy dress, afternoon teas and the Nassington Brass Band – everything you’d expect of a quintessentially English village fete. 1.30-5.30pm. Elton Hall. Adults £7, children (over 5) £3 including entrance to the Hall. All proceeds are for the refurbishment of All Saints Church, Elton Wednesday 21 to Saturday 24 June Revellers Go to the Movies It’s up, up and away as Peterborough Revellers Dan Johnson and Joseph Aldred perform foottapping singalong songs in the local musical society’s next production. £12.50 includes fish and chips in the interval. Peterborough Indoor Bowls Club, Burton Street, PE1 5HA. 01778 349534. Saturday 24 to Sunday 25 June Nassington Open Gardens Enjoy 20-plus open gardens in one of Northamptonshire’s finest rural villages, including medieval Prebendal Manor, the county’s oldest remaining dwelling. 1-5pm each day. £5, accompanied under-16s free. Proceeds to St Mary’s Church Nassington, where refreshments will be served.

Friday 30 June to Friday 7 July Oundle Fringe Festival Visit Oundle during Fringe week and you’ll find the town buzzing with entertainers of all kinds, from tribute bands to poetry, blues to rock, comedy performances to choirs, storytelling to swirling and kicking dance teams. Now in its seventh year, Oundle Fringe was first organised to provide a showcase for local performers and to create an exciting programme of daily events. On Saturday 1 July, for example, you can take your pick at lunchtime from an acoustic session from Courtyard Jukebox at Café at No.4, acoustic rock and pop from Mick Shaw at The Ship Inn, or an early afternoon rock and pop set from The Weekenders in the lovely lakeside setting of the Kingfisher Café at Barnwell Country Park. Then wander back into town ready for the evening, and a choice of classic pop, blues, folk and jazz from Re-Strung at Onkar Indian restaurant, acoustic rock from Double D at Dexters, and pop and rock classics at The Ship from Stamford/Peterborough band Dirty Rumour. During the week you can hear the world’s only Anglo-Latvian zydecajun ceilidh band Ock ‘n’ Dough, stories and folk from Aldous Pinch, Oundle band Desperate Measures, bluegrass from

Friday 30 June Gareth Gates Live & Acoustic Live in concert with an acoustic band, up close and personal to the audience – fresh from the UK Tour of Footloose the musical, this is your chance to hear Pop Idol’s



Fringe favourites The Down County Boys, folk from Lincolnshire band Pennyless, classical and flamenco guitar from Sean Bean, singing from Rushden’s NN10 Community Voices and more. There are three ticketed events in the Victoria Hall: two in the run-up to the Fringe and one on opening night to help toward running costs. The Fringe’s first ever Quiz Night is on 23 June (tickets £5 from jstronach555@gmail. com). There’s also a ceilidh with Five String Thing on 24 June (£7) after the Food Festival (featured on p38). On the opening night Friday 30 June you can

learn to jive then bop away the rest of the evening to rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues band One Eyed Cats (£7). Tickets from Oundle Box Office, www. All other Fringe events are free. • For the full programme, updates and latest additions to the line-up of performers, see or the Oundle Fringe Facebook page.

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