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Local talents show us their studios

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Stamford Garden Centre reviewed

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21 Service with a smile Behind the scenes at local b&bs

24 A right royal reminscence Folksworth folk think back

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28 Health and beauty notes Choosing sunglasses for kids

30 Living history

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33 Water, water everywhere So why are we in a drought?

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38 Thirty years of Queensgate The shopping centre celebrates

41 Peterborough to Lille on Eurostar A weekend break

42 A bed for the night in Norfolk Affordable breaks on the coast

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What better way to spend a summer’s evening than catching up with friends over a picnic and a glass of wine while listening to legendary ABBA show Bjorn Again in the great outdoors? Well, that’s exactly what you can do if you attend Oundle Festival’s Picnic in the Park on Saturday July 14th. World famous ABBA act Bjorn Again will headline the show with support acts including world music group Grupo Lokito and Oundle Rocks, a showcase of talented young local bands. The event kicks off at 5pm on July 14th. You can bring your own picnic, drinks, tables and chairs or enjoy the catering and bar options on site, including a hog roast, locally brewed ales, traditional ice cream and much more. If you fancy a boogie, you can dance the night away on a big dance floor in front of the stage. The evening will be rounded off by a stunning firework display. Tickets are on sale now, from

£22.50, via www.oundlefestival.org.uk, in person and from Oundle Box Office at 4 New Street, Oundle or by calling 01832 274734. Children aged five and under are free. We have one prize of four tickets to give away to this year’s Picnic in the Park. Visit our website, www.bestlocalliving.co.uk and answer this question: In which year was Bjorn Again founded? a) 1996 b) 1988 c) 1999 Clue: If you’re not sure, visit www.oundlefestival.org.uk Closing date, June 30th. • Picnic in the Park is part of Oundle International Festival which runs from 13th-22nd July. It includes classical music concerts, organ recitals, theatre and kids’ events held in and around Oundle.

The East of England show is probably the most famous family event in the region, and this year, it’s 44th at the showground, it has been updated with new dates and a fresh look. As well as the traditional favourite features, such as livestock and equine shows, the Championship Dog Show and the floral and garden competitions, there are a host of new ideas, with loads of interactive events taking place at the newly rebranded Peterborough Arena on July 6th, 7th and 8th. A live, Saturday concert, featuring X Factor finalist Marcus Collins and Irish singer Janet Devlin, will take place in the evening, and Friday is VIP Ladies’ Day. The show is divided into villages, including a popular retail village, as well as an impressive food court displaying the best local and regional produce. There really is something for everyone to enjoy. To be in with a chance of winning one of three sets of family tickets (admitting two adults, two children to Sunday July 8th only), visit our website www.bestlocalliving. co.uk and answer this question: How many years has the East of England show been taking place at Peterborough showground? a) 10 b) 44 c) 75 Closing date June 22nd.

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Look after your feet Healthy feet should never hurt, but there are all sorts of conditions which can cause pain and discomfort. Sue Arnold, principal podiatrist at InStep Foot Clinic, the region’s leading foot and ankle clinic in Wansford, has treatments for all kinds of lower limb problems, including nail surgery, acupuncture and specialist injections to relieve pain from arthritis. Sue also has an extensive range of verruca treatments. Each treatment plan is carefully shaped to suit individual patients’ particular problems. Sue prides herself on being friendly and approachable and she is very experienced in her field of Podiatric Medicine. If you have persistent pain, strain or unsightly feet, call Sue on 01780 783 982. The clinic is at 19 Elton Rd, Wansford, PE8 6JD

Royal honour for local pupil

A year nine pupil from Prince William School, Oundle, is to play for the Queen at her Diamond Jubilee lunch on June 5th. Cellist Ellen Porter from Thrapston will perform with the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain in front of her Majesty and 700 guests at Westminster Hall in London. Ellen, who has been playing the cello for five years, says: “this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and so exciting. It is such a prestigious event and something that we will remember for the rest of our lives.” The NCO’s main orchestra numbers over 100 talented musicians, aged 12-14 years, from all over the UK. Auditions for 2013 are now open. For information, visit www.nco.org.uk or phone 01934 418855. Full bursaries are available, to help those who may have financial concerns. NENE VALLEY LIVING JUNE 2012

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Five minutes with Alison Newcomb, founder of the Oundle Food Festival, which takes place on Saturday July 21st

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SPOTLIGHT ON CRETE By Paula Cockcroft at Oundle Travel

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ummer in Crete begins in May and the island basks under deep blue skies until late October. East of the busy waterfront capital Iraklion is Aghios Nikolaos, a fishing village with a delightful inner harbour and a buzzing atmosphere in the height of the season, but best of all is Chania, one of the prettiest harbours in the Mediterranean: tall, Italianate houses edge the quayside where bars and restaurants overlook the water’s edge. The snow-topped White Mountains frame the town. There is good walking in the hills, most famously the spectacular Samaria Gorge, a demanding 10mile hike to the south coast. For Summer 2012 and beyond Oundle Travel recommends the following: (All holidays include flights from local airports and private car transfers, all holidays are subject to availability at the time of booking). MINOS BEACH – AGHIOS NIKOLAOS Boutique luxury with whitewashed cottages decorated in a contemporary style. Rooms have a private terrace with garden views. Sumptuous breakfast is served in the main restaurant. Greek specialities are prepared at the Terpis Taverna and the acclaimed La Bouillabaisse offers gourmet Mediterranean cuisine in a memorable setting. Villas with private pools available on request. From £1399.00 per person - 7 nights - August 2012. THE CRETA MARIS BEACH RESORT - HERSONISSOS This 4* hotel is located on the beach and offers a superb all inclusive option for the summer with a choice of four restaurants. The resort has six large outdoor swimming pools and the ever popular family rooms. For complete indulgence, The Spa Centre offers a range of health and beauty experiences. From £1362.00 per person – 10 nights – August 2012. THE ELOUNDA GULF VILLAS AND SUITES - ELOUNDA The Elounda Gulf Villa and Suites enjoy a breathtaking location overlooking Mirabello Bay. Thoughtfully designed interiors and carefully chosen antique furnishings create a luxurious ambience. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this never fails to impress. From £1420.00 per person – 7 nights – September 2012. For more information, advice and recommendations contact Oundle Travel – 01832 273600 www.oundletravel.co.uk

MUSIC, MUSIC EVERYWHERE  The Corby Male Voice Choir at Highgate Hall, Elton on Friday June 1st, 7.45. Tickets, £8 (concessions £6) from Dorothy Osbourne, 01832 280633  Oundle’s annual carnival takes place on Sunday 24th June. Parade, with an Olympic theme, departs from Milton Road at 11am. An afternoon of fun follows at Oundle Rugby Club, including a Mountain Biking Display team and a parachute drop.  Peterborough Symphony Orchestra’s summer concert at the Voyager Academy, Walton, on July 1st at 3pm. Tickets, £12.50, £10.50, concessions, from Peterborough Destination Centre and www.cpso.org.uk. Music by Berlioz, Faure and Canteloube.

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Presumably you’re in the midst of organising this year’s third Food Festival? Yes, I’m busy trying to confirm which food writers and chefs we have coming to the Festival. I’ve already organised 50 market stalls in the Market Place, with local growers, producers and street food. The traders who come have to be producing English food and it has to be good. I say ‘no’ a lot! What’s the motivation behind the Festival? I ran a restaurant called cotto in Cambridge for three years and we had wonderful suppliers. When I came back to buying food in Oundle, there wasn’t a great deal of choice and I wanted to do something about it. Did you use your restaurant contacts to start with? I had a few contacts, but really it was a case of getting on the phone. People were receptive to the idea of a food festival, but with no history, it was hard. At 7.30am on the morning of the first one, I panicked, wondering if anyone would turn up! But then the public started streaming in. This year, we have some funding from the Northamptonshire Community Foundation and the Town Council, but the aim is for it to be self supporting in the future. What treats are lined up for this year? There will be cookery talks and demonstrations throughout the day at Victoria Hall, and we have The Eden Project coming to run events for children. Some of the best local restaurants, such as Oundle Mill, the Pheasant at Keystone and the Kings Arms Polebrook, will be offering a fixed price festival menu for lunch and dinner, and we’ll be having a pop up sushi restaurant. There’ll be a Big Food Debate, with speakers from Weetabix, the Co-Op and the Marine Council, discussing Feeding the next Generation. People will be able to submit questions in advance. Then there’ll be street theatre, and performances from the Fringe Festival throughout the day. A frequently updated list of exactly what is happening will be at www.oundlefoodfestival.co.uk • See next month’s issue for more on the Food Festival, plus chance to win dinner for two at a top local restaurant!

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WOOSTER INTERIORS EXPANDS Local company Wooster Interiors is set to expand with the opening of a new design showroom in Brigstock in the next couple of months. Susie Wooster established her soft furnishings business eight years ago and today she produces top quality blinds, curtains and soft furnishings for clients all over Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Bedfordshire. Business is booming, so Susie and her husband Nick are now converting a 1,000 square foot barn on their farm into a beautiful workroom and showroom. The idea is that customers will be able to browse through an enormous selection of fabric books, including top fabric houses such as Colefax & Fowler, GP &J Baker, Jane Churchill, Ian Mankin, James Hare Silks, Romo, Harlequin, Sanderson and many more. Clients can visit the new Wooster Interiors showroom for an informal, free and friendly chat, where Susie will be on hand to discuss and interpret ideas for window solutions in a style to suit customers’ tastes and budgets. The company offers a full service, from choosing fabrics and designing schemes, to fitting poles. The aim is to come up with bright and innovative ideas for using the latest designs to create interiors which won’t date. Susie is also happy to visit clients at home to discuss schemes. And in addition to fabrics, Wooster Interiors will supply rugs, Brinton carpets, Limehouse lighting, English bespoke sofas, occasional chairs and footstools. An upholstery service is also available. For more details, or to make an appointment, call Susie on 01536 373747 or 07884430321. The Barn, 6 Sudborough Rd, Brigstock, Northants NN14 3HP www.woosterinteriors.co.uk

Thread veins, warts, verrucas and age spots may not be a serious health concern, but most people would rather not have them. Advanced Electrolysis can be used to treat a wide range of skin blemishes, without the hefty fees of private hospital treatment. Jayne Reading at Pure Health and Beauty in Glapthorn is now offering Advanced Electrolysis in relaxed surroundings at her salon. The treatment involves the use of a tiny probe, about the size of an eyelash, which is used to discharge a tiny energy current on the line of the capillary which is causing the problem. It dries up and destroys the vessel which often disappears as it is being treated. Further treatments may be needed but it depends on the nature of the blemish. The problem won’t return on the same spot, but others may occur, depending on the root cause of the blemish. Advanced Electrolysis is suitable for blood spots and milia (tiny white spots on the eyelids and face), and skin tags. You pay for the length of time you are treated, with a minimum of 15 minutes, and Jayne says: “we are very happy to do free, no obligation consultations if people are unsure if we can help.” Pure Health & Beauty, The Old Stables, Church Farm, Main St, Glapthorn, Oundle, Peterborough PE8 5BE Tel: 01832 272310/07807 879459

KING’S CLIFFE ARTIST’S EXHIBITION Crispin Heesom will be showing his work at the Robert Fogell Gallery at 23 High Street, Stamford for two weeks from June 14th.

JOHN LEWIS WEDDING LIST EVENT Brides-to-be and their grooms are invited to join the team at John Lewis on June 2nd for a Wedding Gift List scanning event. Enjoy a glass of bubbly while Gift List advisors offer practical advice on how to put together your wish list. To reserve your place, email customersupport_ peterborough@johnlewis.co.uk

THE RIVER NENE: FROM SOURCE TO SEA

NVL contributor Dave Phillips has written the definitive story of the River Nene and the settlements along its valley, from Northamptonshire, through Cambridgeshire and on to the sea in Lincolnshire. It includes chapters on famous people with local connections,, as well as fishing, boating and wildlife. It’s the second edition of the book, first published in hardback in 1997 and long out of print, but this new e-book version is completely updated and revised, and lavishly illustrated with many new photographs. The River Nene from Source to Sea is priced at £3.91 on Amazon’s Kindle store. It can be read on any Kindle reader or tablet device, as well as a home PC. To order, go to www.amazon. co.uk/kindle and type in “River Nene from Source to Sea.”

VIKINGS IN PETERBOROUGH Peterborough Museum’s new exhibition will give a unique opportunity to discover amazing Viking finds from all over Britain. A coin hoard, jewellery and dress accessories will feature in the hands-on, interactive exhibition at the wonderfully restored Museum. Admission is £4.50 for adults, £3.50 concessions, and £2.50 for a child. NENE VALLEY LIVING JUNE 2012

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Artists at work

This month, as around 60 of the region’s artists prepare for Peterborough Artists Open Studios, we asked three leading local talents to show us where, and how, they work. Words: Fiona Cumberpatch Photos: Lesley Anne Churchill

Jeni Cairns Jeni Cairns’ delightful studio, just outside the Fenland village of Coates, is a happy accident. She was telling her father how she needed a shed to store her lawnmower, when he pointed to a heap of metal and wood laying in the grass, and said “what about this?” It was a 1940s Nissan hut, which Jeni’s grandfather had purchased at the end of the Second World War, and never erected. Jeni and her husband found instructions on the internet, and pieced it together. “It took two days to build, but as soon as we laid it on the ground, I knew I’d found my studio,” explains Jeni. Insulating the hut took longer to achieve, but now it’s an inviting space, full of the quirky collections and intriguing objects which enable Jeni to create her paintings, ceramics, collages and relief work. “I like old things,” says Jeni, “and most of the objects I have in here relate to my work.” Jeni’s paintings are “either abstract or figurative. Sometimes I work from life, or I might just start painting and see what happens.” She is intrigued by the different ideals of beauty, and describes herself as “a people watcher. I don’t sit and sketch in public, but I love to observe.” Having opened her studio for the first time last year, Jeni is looking forward to doing so again. “I try to make it as friendly and inviting as I can. People can wander round the garden, and have a tea or coffee. Some people like to chat, others prefer to just have a look and go.” Her artistic eye is apparent in Jeni’s beautiful garden (she also has a garden design business). An oasis in the flat countryside around her, she

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has designed it with willow arches and borders, which she wove herself, and a loose planting style. “This was my grandparents’ house, and I’d always been drawn to it. Now, I really don’t think I would ever want to live anywhere else.” 60 Cross Drove, Coates, Whittlesey PE7 2HY. Tel: 01733 840372. Open on weekends one, two and three, 10am-2.30pm. www.juniperhousegardendesign.com

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Prue Pye It wasn’t until she was in her forties, and had a 20 year teaching career behind her that Prue Pye found her talent for art and undertook formal training. Now, she works on her painting in a studio in her Peterborough garden, which her husband and son built for her using second hand wood and windows from a static caravan. “I’ve had it for 10 years, but I’ve always called it my shed: studio sounded too pretentious!” Prue’s space is spare, with few distractions. “I’m focussed mainly on life work now, so often, I’ll go to where ever I can access a model,” she says. “I’m currently doing a series of paintings about movement.” Originally from Zimbabwe, Prue’s work often incorporates the hot colours of her childhood, especially in her loosely blocked landscapes and wonderful abstract paintings. She enjoys the social nature of Open Studios, “as an artist, you work in a vacuum,” and will be taking part for the sixth year, opening both her house and her studio.

“People are really intrigued to see where you stand, where the paint spills, it makes it more human,” she suggests. “And it’s always good to talk to others about art.”

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About PAOS For the twelfth year, Peterborough’s burgeoning community of artists will be opening their homes and studios to display a huge variety of painting, sculpture, jewellery, ceramics, embroidery, mosaics, woodwork and textiles on the weekends of June 9th and 10th, 16th and 17th and 23rd and 24th. It’s a great opportunity to see the artists at home, and perhaps purchase some unique items direct from the maker, although there is never any ‘hard sell.’ Some artists offer hot drinks, a slice of cake and a chance to look around their gardens, too. You’ll find a map, and all you need to know, on the website www.paos.org.uk When you’re looking for the locations, watch out for the big red banners outside participating venues.

René Viner “My inspiration doesn’t come from my studio, it’s from the sky, the sea and the seasons,” explains René Viner. “But I don’t work in a literal way, it’s always an impression of what I’ve been inspired by.” Her large, semi abstract canvasses are extremely atmospheric. “I like flow in my paintings, and the freedom to make changes if I need to.” René’s studio is in the middle of a peaceful garden in central Peterborough. “I get incredible light here, the afternoon sun streams in,” says René. “If my children are in the garden, I am still engaged with them, and I can see the butterflies, birds and bees. It’s insulated, and I have electricity. Having this space gives me a kind of privacy.” Growing up by the coast in South Africa, René still feels an affinity for the sea. “We’re landlocked in this area, but I can’t help being influenced by

my upbringing,” she says. “When I go to the coast, I bring bits back with me and I like to have all my stuff around me in my studio.” She often uses texture in her paintings, to create shadows, adding it as she goes along: “it makes the painting more alive.” During the Open Studios, René will show her own work in her home, and she’ll be joined by ceramicist and jewellery maker Denise Brown, and ceramicists Helen Roberts and Christine Withall. There will be demonstrations of raku pot firing outside, and coffee, tea and cakes on sale. 13 Thorpe Lea Rd, Peterborough PE3 6BX Tel: 07816 877819 www.reneviner.co.uk. Open weekends one, two and three. NENE VALLEY LIVING JUNE 2012

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e know how much our readers enjoy hearing about new places to try for coffee or a light lunch, so we were very keen to visit Olive Grove Nurseries’ new venture, an Italian gelateria, coffee shop and delicatessen. What a bold and brilliant idea this is: owners Jackie and Tim Thackeray gained a grant to build a large oak framed extension, which is flooded with light. Modern, spacious and stylish, it’s a very appealing space. The curved bar houses a selection of Italian ice creams, a selection of cakes and some serious coffee machines. Wine is also served. The savoury offerings were, on our visit, quite limited, but include options such as bruschetta, and toasted Panini with salad. We chose smoked trout and rocket rolls, accompanied by two cappuccinos. Having ordered at the counter, we settled into two enormous white leather chairs. Staff were very friendly and efficient, and served us two of the best coffees we’ve had in some time. The beans are freshly roasted, and you can tell. Considering that the Olive Grove is situated on a country road between two villages, Ashton and Polebrook, we were amazed how busy it was. But Jackie explained that word had spread fast. Once we’d eaten, we browsed the deli, where large freezers house a delicious selection of frozen food. Forget Birds Eye, this includes chunky roasted Mediterranean vegetables, paella and stir fry, all sold loose and by the scoop. Sweet options include cinnamon rolls and croissants. You can purchase singly, and just pop them in the oven when you get home. There is also a selection of pasta sauces, olives, and olive oil sold by the litre. We had seen very few of the brands before, and Jackie has spent hours sourcing supplies that aren’t available elsewhere. On warm days, you can sit outside on the sheltered terrazzo and see the olive trees and Mediterranean plants that are for sale. We highly recommend it. Fiona Cumberpatch Olive Grove Nurseries, Oundle Rd, Polebrook, Northants, PE8 5LQ Open Tues – Sat 9am-5pm. Sundays, 11am-4pm. Tel: 01832 275660 www.olivegrovenurseries.co.uk

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garden centre may not be an obvious choice for an evening dinner, but diversifying is the new watchword. Stamford Garden Centre is fast gaining a great reputation for its food, and, having been for lunch before, when I was very impressed with the innovative menu, I was keen to try one of the fine dining evenings which are held on the first Friday of each month in The Orangery. The menu is simple: four starters, four mains and four desserts. I loved its simplicity and particularly its pricing, with a standard cost of £19 for two courses or £23 for three courses with no hidden supplements or extras for side dishes. The wine list also suits all pockets and tastes. I chose the beetroot and goats cheese terrine for starters with dressed leaves, a perfect combination, others in my party were equally impressed and the wild boar and pistachio pâté with granary bread was a great hit with the men. For my main I chose the pan fried Gressingham duck breast, served with garlic fondant potato, savoy cabbage and cumberland sauce - again perfectly cooked and presented and it tasted sublime. For dessert, I had caramelised fig tart with nut brittle - an unusual combination but one that worked and I savoured every mouthful. The Fine Dining evenings are popular and must be booked, not surprising when the food is this delicious. I felt that James Lamb and his team were truly enthusiastic about what they do here, and it made for a great experience. A special Jubliee menu will be served on Friday June 8th. Bridget Steele For more information contact: Stamford Garden Centre, Road End Farm, Great Casterton, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 4BB Tel: 01780 765656

TEA FIT FOR A QUEEN Nicola Dudhill, aka Rosie Ribbons, is hosting a Jubilee tea party in Castor Village Hall on Sunday June 10th, 2.30-4pm. Expect a splendid spread including sandwiches, scones, and handmade treats such as truffles and the Queen’s favourite Victoria sponge. Tickets are £10 each, in advance only, from 07917 095390 or email nicoladudhill31@yahoo.co.uk

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FOOD AND DRINK

THE TALBOT RETURNS After seven months of building work, the historic Talbot Hotel Eatery & Coffee House is transformed – and open for business again. Fiona Cumberpatch reports. Photos: Lesley Anne Churchill

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ince it was first built in 1626 from the ruins of Fotheringhay Castle, The Talbot Hotel has been through many different incarnations. But over the last few years, it was clear that it needed major investment and some very careful thought to bring it into the 21st century. The Bulldog Hotel Group have done just that, and now, after seven months of behind the scenes activity, the premises has reopened with a look that makes the most of the historic features such as wood panelling and huge old stone fireplaces, while adding a fresh new twist. A previously overlooked garden area has been revamped, and uplighters installed, there is a modern glass sided restaurant extension which floods a previously gloomy area with natural light, and the old bar at the front of the hotel has been treated to a complete facelift, and will specialise in cocktails. “Our aim here is to be friendly, professional and informal, while insisting on quality in everything we do,” says new manager John Robinson, who was previously at Leeds Castle in Kent. “The whole point is that you can come and eat what you like, when you like and where you like.” There are many different areas, each with a slightly different atmosphere. In The Pantry, there’s a pastry counter, with cakes that will change on a daily basis, but might include orange and poppy seed drizzle cake or chocolate and marshmallow brownie. There’s a huge selection of loose leaf teas to accompany them. The Sun Room offers sofas and a coffee table, for a very relaxed atmosphere. The

Oak Room is ideal for parties of ten or 12, whether they are family gatherings or business meetings. If you want to get away from the hubbub, The Study or The Reading Room offer peace and quiet. The Garden Room, which is the main body of the Eatery and Restaurant, has a slightly more formal feeling, and seating for 40-50. “But we serve the same menus in all areas, so it’s really up to you to choose,” points out John. An attractively curved, broad pavement snakes through the centre of the Hotel, and will be lined with tables and chairs in summer. At Christmas, there’ll be a huge tree here. “It is a thoroughfare. We want to encourage people to walk through,” says John. “We really do want to be part of the town, and a meeting place for everyone.” All the rooms have been refurbished: on the ground floor, close to reception, there is a suite designed for disabled access, which includes a wet room. Above all, the alterations do not obscure the characterful, historic parts of the building. So far, no one involved in the restoration has seen the ghost of Mary Queen of Scots, who is said to haunt parts of the building (the oak staircase was imported from the castle where she was executed). “Ah, but ghosts tend to appear after refurbishment, not during,” says John. And I think there is a twinkle in his eye. • The Talbot Hotel Eatery and Coffee House, New St, Oundle PE8 4EA Tel: 01832 273621. Opens June 1st 2012.

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Breakfast • Porridge with berry compote, muesli, seeds, fresh fruits or honey, with a warming dram of Whisky £4 • Eggs Benedict: toasted English muffin, smoked bacon, poached egg and Hollandaise sauce £7 • Petite Talbot: Oundle sausage and smoked bacon in stone baked bread with flat capped mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and egg on the side £8 Afternoon tea • Talbot Cream Tea: two scones, butter, clotted cream and jam £6 per person • Talbot Afternoon Tea: a fine selection of finger sandwiches, biscuits and sweet treats from the pastry cabinet £11 per person Afternoon mains • Crab linguine, Portland crab with dill, lemon, chilli, crème fraiche and Parmesan shavings £8/£13 • The Talbot burger, Angus beef burger with treacle cured black bacon, Colston Basset Stilton, hand cut chips and cheesy coleslaw £12 Dinner • Slow braised rolled shoulder of Lincolnshire lamb with carrot purée, fondant potato, redcurrant and rosemary jus and apple and mint jelly £17 • Grilled fillet of black bream with crushed potatoes, runner beans, baby spinach and green herb salsa £14 • Roast breast of Aylesbury Duck, with roasted sweet potatoes, green beans and warm raspberry dressing £17 NENE VALLEY LIVING JUNE 2012

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THE OLIVE BRANCH GREAT BRITISH TASTING MENU

Nicholas Rudd-Jones was invited to the trial night of the Olive Branch’s newly introduced six-course tasting menu

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ean Hope and his team invited a lucky group of Olive Branch aficionados along to try out their new tasting menu, inspired by the wish to experiment with new flavours and textures and push further the boundaries of the kitchen’s cooking skills. We met in the Barn, a delightful private room alongside the main restaurant area that can seat up to 20, ideal for parties, celebrations and meetings, and chatted over a rhubarb cocktail (with a choice of non-alcoholic or alcoholic) before the meal. What followed was a gastronomic sensation. We kicked off with Olive Branch crab cake, with mango and mint salsa and a vanilla bisque, that worked exceptionally well with the shellfish; then cold pressed salt beef with bone marrow and a ‘deconstructed’ Waldorf salad, which as well as being delicious added great visual interest to the plate; then hot smoked salmon, with carpaccio of beetroot and horseradish, using three types of beetroot – the familiar deep red, a golden and a crisped one. Then we moved on to the course many voted their favourite – a chicken & leek pie with Chantenay carrot purée and roast shallot. As Sean modestly said when he introduced this dish, great quality ingredients are the key to the end result, and the chicken was stand out for its flavour, in a delicious sauce with a hint of sherry and tarragon. Wherever possible, Sean

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has sourced his ingredients locally, and the chicken is from Fosse Meadows near Lutterworth. And then we moved on to savoury, with an ingenious cheese and ham toastie accompanied by a prune purée (a personal favourite); and then to finish everyone’s favourite, a truly yummy dessert – passion fruit & raspberry Eton Mess with White Chocolate Mousse. That was quickly demolished, and by the end of the meal I felt replete but not over-full and I had experienced a taste and texture sensation in every course. The tasting menu is terrific value at £45, or £65 if you have the accompanying drinks, which naturally we did. The wine for each course is designed to complement the dish, and we found much to like in the selection, especially the Devil’s Corner 2008 Riesling from the Tamar Valley in Tasmania which accompanied the salmon course. Two of the courses are accompanied by beers, my favourite being the Innis & Gunn Original, brewed in whisky kegs in Scotland, which we had with the savoury course – rich and delicious. The tasting menu is now available throughout the week in the Barn for between 10 and 20 people, and we heartily recommend it. In the coming weeks many of the dishes will also be available on the pub menu. • The Olive Branch Pub, Main Street, Clipsham, LE15 7SH tel: 01780 410355 www.theolivebranchpub.com

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PERSPECTIVES

BEHIND THE SCENES AT A BED AND BREAKFAST

A brand new purpose-built bed and breakfast set in a rural Northamptonshire farm, a charming cottage home in a Nene Valley village, a hideaway in a Victorian walled garden by Rutland Water. Three owners share their experiences of running a Bed and Breakfast business. By Charlotte Newby

The Walled Garden Bed and Breakfast, Barnsdale, Rutland Charlotte and Phil Newby It was rather nerve wracking welcoming the first guests to my bed and breakfast back in April 2010. I must have plumped the cushions a dozen times and checked for cobwebs in places that quite frankly even a spider couldn’t get to, just to make sure it was perfect. These days I take it more in my stride, but ensuring it’s immaculate is still top of my list of priorities. I decided to run a B&B for a few reasons. Firstly, we had a small cottage in the garden – originally outbuildings, then a summerhouse - which we had run casually as a very basic holiday let in the past. It seemed wrong not to use it, and we realised that it would only deteriorate and cost us money if we left it completely uninhabited. We figured that if we invested in repairs and put in a bit of elbow grease ourselves, we could refurbish the building and generate a small income. The latter was my second reason: our children are still quite small and I wanted to earn some money without taking a job that would compromise our family life. I should add that I have done a fair amount of hospitality-type work in the past, so it was an idea I felt quite at home with. What I love about B&Bs is that they are all unique. In fact I’d count it as one of the best aspects of running a B&B, that you can do it completely your own way. When someone stays at the Walled Garden, they get their own cosy little cottage that sits within the walls of our somewhat rambling but rather enchanting

garden. Breakfast is an informal continental affair. I bake fresh bread and cakes every day and, along with homemade jam and marmalade, fruit, yogurt, cereals, juice, tea and coffee. These are laid out in the kitchen of the cottage for my guests to help themselves. The benefit for my guests is that they can take breakfast any time it suits them and without the need to make polite conversation with me! It’s a formula that seems to be working well. In the time that we’ve opened our cottage to guests, we’ve been very lucky and on the whole it’s gone without a hitch. There are exceptions of course, like the couple who decided to light a fire in the now out-of-use wood burner that sits within the cottage. When I heard the fire alarm ringing out at 10.30 at night and saw smoke billowing out of the windows and doors, I hurtled across the garden in pyjamas and wellies expecting the worst. The guest was unfazed, and casually explained that he thought the chimney was “probably blocked”. And he was right - which was why we don’t use it any more (and state as much). But I felt like escorting him off the premises! A couple of days of airing the place and things were back to normal, but I guess it comes with the territory that things will get broken and damaged, and that some people will

not be careful. Fortunately that’s unusual and we have met some delightful people, many of who have returned to stay again, or have sent their friends. For me, running the B&B is a flexible parttime money-earner, which I enjoy. I love baking and I get genuine satisfaction out of making the cottage look gorgeous and welcoming. The Walled Garden Bed & Breakfast is set in a two-acre garden on the south facing shore of Rutland Water. Perfect for a romantic weekend, for cyclists, bird watchers, sailing enthusiasts and country lovers. The Walled Garden Bed & Breakfast, Stamford Road, Barnsdale, Rutland LE15 8AB, 01572 720388, www.barnsdalewalledgarden.co.uk  NENE VALLEY LIVING JUNE 2012

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Lower Farm Bed and Breakfast, Barnwell Caroline and Robert Marriott Lower Farm Bed and Breakfast lies in the picturesque village of Barnwell, just three miles outside Oundle. The surrounding countryside is beautiful, Red Kites fly overhead and it’s peaceful and unspoilt. Caroline Marriott and her husband Robert opened the B&B at the end of January this year. They wished to add to the existing income generated by the wheat farm and realised that the area was short of accommodation for tourists. It was a serious undertaking, which took around five years from concept to completion. Caroline and Robert approached the Rural Development Programme (part of Defra) to apply for a grant in order to help part-fund the development. And after a great deal of time and dedication, they secured finance and the plan started to take shape. Caroline and Robert have converted a row of dilapidated outbuildings into ten comfortable rooms, which look out onto an elegant courtyard. There’s a bright and spacious breakfast room where guests can enjoy breakfast freshly prepared by Caroline and which includes bread baked in the village and weekend specials such as steak and eggs. The B&B also boasts some impressive green credentials including air source heat pumps, solar panels, under floor heating and low energy lighting inside and out. Caroline worked for many years in hospitality before opening the B&B, and she seems made for the job. She is incredibly welcoming and easy to chat to and it’s clear that she loves what she does. The rooms are immaculate, thoughtfully laid out and tastefully furnished. In the short time the B&B has been open, Caroline has already attracted regular guests who stay while doing business in the area. She goes out of her way to accommodate the needs of her guests: “...unusual dietary requirements, toothpaste late at night, that sort of thing,” says

Caroline. “There’s only been one occasion so far where I’ve been unable to help,” she continues, “when a lady guest arriving from Shanghai planned to buy a Man United t-shirt from the local village shop!” Well, you can’t please everyone all the time. Lower Farm Bed and Breakfast is ideal for those wishing to visit Oundle and the surrounding Nene Valley. Local activities include cycling, walking and canoeing along the River Nene. Lower Farm Bed & Breakfast, Main Street, Barnwell, Peterborough, Northamptonshire PE8 5PU, 01832 273220, www.lower-farm.co.uk

Bridge Cottage, Woodnewton Judy and Rod Young

Judy and Rod Young’s pretty B&B garden overlooks the Willow Brook and rolling fields

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Judy and Rod Young have been running Bridge Cottage B&B from their home in Woodnewton for the past six years. Judy is the sort of person you could chat to all day: incredibly warm, full of conversation and in possession of a wicked sense of humour. Judy, like Caroline and I, also studied Hotel and Catering Management and has catered weddings in the past. It’s what gave her the confidence to go into the B&B business, she says. Bridge Cottage looks out onto unspoilt open countryside, the Willow Brook runs through the bottom of the garden and there’s a summerhouse where guests can relax and watch the birds or the sunset. It’s a warm and welcoming place, informal and homely. Judy speaks enthusiastically about running a B&B: the flexibility of working from home, meeting lots of new people, the way it means the house is earning its own living. She says she frequently spends her mornings chatting with her guests over breakfast. Judy explains that sometimes people arrive for a weekend looking stressed out, and hot and bothered and leave on a Sunday completely chilled and relaxed after staying at the B&B. It’s clear that Bridge Cottage feels like a home from home for her visitors and it’s an aspect Judy finds very rewarding. She’s rather good at meeting her guests’ strange requests too. She was once handed the warm kidneys from a freshly shot muntjac by one of her guests. Judy obliged by frying them for his breakfast! On another occasion, Judy tells of some German visitors who arrived, shattered after a long journey. The fire alarms had been playing up that day and sprang into full ear-piercing action in the middle of the night. So as not to disturb their guests, Rod grabbed the first item of clothing to cover himself up, this being Judy’s petite and rather delicate dressing gown, and dashed into the guest’s bedroom to pull the offending alarm off the ceiling. “It wasn’t a pretty sight”, Judy laughs, “but the guests slept straight through and knew nothing of the event in the morning.” It would seem that this couple will go to any length to ensure you’re guaranteed a good night’s sleep at Bridge Cottage! Bridge Cottage Bed and Breakfast is four miles from the historic town of Oundle and perfect for walkers, bird watchers and cyclists. There is an excellent pub nearby, The White Swan, in Woodnewton. Bridge Cottage Bed & Breakfast, Oundle Road, Woodnewton, Peterborough PE8 5EG, 01780 470860, www.bridgecottage.net

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PERSPECTIVE

As a nation gets ready to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, local people remember the year of the Coronation. Yasmin Bradley reports

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Above: A day out

THEN: 1958 Above: Frank and Jean Coles Wedding Folksworth Village Hall 1958 1 June 12. Left: Folksworth Village Hall. Below: Frank and Jean Coles in their garden today.

NOW: 2012

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HE’S been a good Queen, a brilliant Queen straight, honest and good,’ asserts Frank as he relaxes with his wife, Jean and their old friend, Ray Frost in their cosy living room. Frank has just celebrated his 80th birthday; Jean and Ray are a little younger, but along with only a handful of other Folksworth locals, they have lived here for some 75 years. Today, they reminisce about life 60 years ago, when Elizabeth II came to the throne. Life has changed beyond belief, probably more for their generation than any other. When Frank was born in the house next door, there were only 40 dwellings, including eight thatched cottages. In one, a family of 14 lived with windows so low down that the children escaped at night! Their bath was an outside ‘copper,’ a cast-iron, flame-heated cauldron used by most other families for the weekly wash! With neither electricity nor gas, water was fetched from the drinking pond or the village pump behind the horse chestnut tree a young Frank had planted in 1937 to commemorate King George VI’s coronation. In 1952, everyone kept pigs. Every year, Frank’s father killed two and sold six more. “Horrible!” grimaces Jean, remembering them being salted and hung. “The men liked the fat then,” she notes. Except for those employed at Hotpoint, where tank and plane parts had been manufactured until the end of the war, the men did local, active, outdoor jobs: setting hedges, making bricks, tending cows. Jean’s father owned a small dairy in Washingley and hand-milked his cows before and after work; otherwise you fetched milk from Manor Farm. Rationing was still on, but a baker’s and a butcher’s van visited the village regularly. Ray and Frank first attended the tiny Church of England primary school; Frank then walked to school in Stilton until at 14 he started work, whereas Ray went to Fletton Secondary on one of several buses a day. Jean also caught the bus from Lutton to school in Oundle, having cycled from Washingley. For Saturday evening entertainment, the youngsters also biked to one of the fortnightly, village hall dances, although Ray owned a Talisman Twin 250 motorcycle.

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High days and holidays With just one television in the village requiring a magnifying glass on wheels for full effect, the village dance is their most enduring memory of the time. Washingley Hall had finally been pulled down, but Folksworth Village Hall had just been built, and they celebrated with a live band playing Viennese waltzes and quicksteps. The girls swirled round in floral skirts and the young men preened themselves in floppy trousers and shiny shoes, and there were no teddy boys, except in Yaxley! ‘Maybe we had a street party,’ muses Frank, ‘but that was more in town. You’ve got to remember we worked hard for a living: we’d paid for a war, paid the Americans for stuff on lease-lend and we couldn’t afford anything lavish.” Ray nods, “afterwards, nothing was ever quite the same.”

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Bridget Steele rounds up news from local health and beauty businesses

health & beauty notes New beauty salon in Oundle

The Beauty Room opened in Oundle in March. The salon includes a hairdressers and specialises in Dermalogica skin care, O.P.I gel nails, Sun Junkie Tanning, Lash Perfect eyelash extensions and High Definition Eyebrows as well as many other beauty and holistic treatments. I tried the popular HD Brows eyebrow treatment. My brows are a bit sparse, and badly shaped, so salon owner Kirsty went to work on them. The treatment took about 20 minutes, and started with waxing, tinting and threading. Kirsty explained that to change the shape of my eyebrows and get perfect arches I would need to resist the temptation to pluck over the next few weeks. I love the new defined bolder shape that feels natural and was quick and easy to achieve. Kirsty suggested I have follow up treatments every four to six weeks and a treatment costs £25. The Beauty Room is open six days a week with late evenings until 8pm on Monday to Thursdays. Appointments are not always necessary. For more information contact The Beauty Room, 14 West Street, Oundle, Peterborough PE8 4EF Tel: 01832 273989.

Soothing your senses

morning sitting at a desk and the class level was suitable for beginners and the experienced. Lunch time classes are available on Thursday from 12.30 and Friday from 12.15. Evening Classes are an hour long and run on Tuesday from 7-8pm and Thursday 6-7pm. A lunch time session is £5 and evening classes are £7. If you book six classes in advance the seventh is free. There are introductory offers available on physiotherapy and sports massage, and if you would like to give a Pilates class a try, the first class is £2.50 at lunch time or £4 for an evening class. Ultimate Performance Lifestyle, Gateway Park, Newcombe Way, Orton Southgate, Peterborough, PE2 6SF Tel: 01733 235226 www.ulimateperformance lifestyle.com

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Aromatherapy is an ancient healing treatment that has been used to treat physical and emotional conditions as far back as 3000BC. I visited Liz Brock at her practice, Lily Holistics in Wansford. Liz has a medical background, and her confident, knowledgeable manner immediately made me feel relaxed and comfortable. We discussed suitable oils for my back, neck and shoulder massage and decided on Eucalpytus, Geranium and Lavender. I opted for an invigorating treatment and although I wanted to savour every minute, the wonderful aromas and warm room soon sent me to sleep. An hour later, Liz advised me to drink water and avoid caffeine and alcohol so my body could get rid of any toxins. My back felt relaxed and supple. Treatments cost from £25 for a thirty minute back, shoulder and neck massage to £40 for a 90 minute full body massage. Liz also offers life style advice and blood pressure checks as part of her consultation. For more information contact Liz Brock of Lily Holistics, 4 Old North Road, Wansford, Peterborough, PE8 6LB Tel: 01780 789919, www.lilyholistics.net

Protecting your child’s eyes

Our eyes are much more sensitive to UV light than our skin. In children, 70 per cent more UV light reaches the retina than in adults because they have larger pupils and clearer lenses. Children tend to spend much more time outside than adults and the World Health Organisation estimates children may get 80 per cent of a lifetime’s UV exposure before they are 18. Cumulative UV exposure is one of the main risk factors in developing cataracts and age-related macula degeneration (AMD), so it is a cause for concern. But there are precautions you can take to protect your child’s eyesight. • Babies and young children should always wear wide brimmed hats in the sun. • There are special sunglasses available for babies and toddlers that are held on with a stretchy band. • When choosing sunglasses, look for the CE mark, which means they conform to certain standards. Toy or poor quality sunglasses can do more harm than good. Judith Day Optometrists in Oundle can advise you on suitable sunglasses and will stock a variety of styles that can be made supplied with or without prescription and adjusted to ensure optimum fit.

For more information contact Judith Day Optometrists, 5 Market Place, Oundle, Peterborough PE8 4BA Tel: 01832 272974 www.judithday.co.uk

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Living history

Peterborough celebrates its history and heritage this month in a new festival. Sue Dobson investigates

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Roman legion is on the march, Vikings are rampaging, Civil War muskets fire, medieval knights joust…welcome to Peterborough’s colourful Heritage Festival. It’s the UK’s only city-centre, multi-period, living history festival, and it’s free. Previously part of the Peterborough Festival, the Heritage weekend proved one of the most popular events in the city’s calendar. Now in its fourth year, it has grown to become a festival in its own right, complete with a Fringe, spanning two weeks from 16th to 30th June. At its core is the Living History weekend on 23rd and 24th June, which will see 2000 years of history come to life as costumed re-enactors take centre stage in front of the Guildhall on Cathedral Square. Watch battles rage and falcons fly. Back in their encampments in the Cathedral Precincts, visitors will be able to meet characters that have shaped the city down the ages, from Saxon warriors and Roman soldiers to Civil War Roundheads, Napoleonic Redcoats and World War II airmen (complete with a Spitfire). While archers show off their longbow skills in the Dean’s Gardens, demonstrations of traditional crafts and trades offer the opportunity to buy some suitably historic gifts at the period market on the Cathedral Green. In the Cloisters, jesters and storytellers are among the entertainers in the Children’s Zone, which offers an array of games and activities. Among the highlights here are a Victorian travelling Cabinet of Curiosities, an Egyptologist and his Mummy, tales from a big game hunter and the chance to get a 360o view of Peterborough through a Camera Obscura. As costumed characters mingle and musicians play period music, displays by local

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history societies, community groups and historic attractions shine more light on the city’s heritage. There’ll be dancing to wartime swing from the 1940s, plenty of suitably themed refreshments and local crafts on sale from stalls along Long Causeway.

Fringe events Fringe events reveal different aspects of Peterborough’s many-faceted story. On the Gladstone Street Heritage Tour, a guided walk reveals the history of the buildings, streets and residents over the past 150 years and visits many of the community and faith buildings where local residents tell their stories. Going way back in time, Sir Robert Thorpe and his wife Lady Margaret will be ‘at home’ in Longthorpe Tower to tell of life there 700 years ago. The costumed interpreters add another aspect to the tower that boasts medieval wall paintings deemed the finest in western Europe. For two Heritage Festival Specials, locations not usually visited are being added to Peterborough’s famous Ghost Walk and there are more sinister stories on the Crime and Punishment Walk. Ramble from River to Rail will

be a much more peaceful stroll. Organised by the Nene Park Trust, this Ranger-led walk along the River Nene to Wansford includes a visit to the Nene Valley Railway Station and return to Ferry Meadows by train. At Thorney, Park Farm’s open weekend coincides with a national gathering of Vintage Machinery enthusiasts. As well as animals and historic machinery, expect to find traditional Romany vardos and three barns of displays, stalls and activities for children. Talks by historian Geoffrey Hindley on the Magna Carta and the bestselling historical fiction writer Conn Igguiden are on offer at Peterborough Central Library’s John Clare Theatre, while the festival-long Art of Print exhibition at the John Clare Cottage in Helpston explores the heritage and skills of printmaking. There are behind-the-scenes tours of Flag Fen, Peterborough’s internationally renowned Bronze Age archaeological site, and the beautifully refurbished Museum in Priestgate, where the summer blockbuster exhibition Vikings! will be on throughout the Festival. Find out about the Heritage Lottery funded Buildings in Need Project at a free Celebration Event in St John’s Church on Cathedral Square and if you think you know a lot about Peterborough’s heritage and history, get a team together for the Heritage Pub Quiz at the Brewery Tap! • The Living History weekend events on 23rd and 24th June from 10am to 5pm in the city centre are free. Some of the Heritage Festival’s fringe events such as walks, talks and behind the scenes tours have admission charges and require advance booking. Visit the Festivals pages on www.vivacity-peterborough.com or Tel: 01733 864663 for details.

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WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE... So why is there a hosepipe ban? Dave Phillips puts Anglian Water on the spot

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ater is something we know all about in the Nene valley. This spring we were awash with the stuff as the region recorded its wettest April ever (even though we’re apparently still in drought). But did you know that the water we get out of our taps has already flowed past our homes in our local river? Admittedly it makes a short detour from Wansford to Rutland and back again, but it’s the very same stuff. To find out more – and to ask why we can’t use a hosepipe to water the garden or wash the car – I put the questions to Antony Innes, communications executive at Anglian Water We’re currently in drought. Why? Simply, it all comes down to a lack of rain. Our region has just had the driest 18 months for a century, including two dry winters that have denied us the rain we need to replenish rivers, reservoirs and aquifers. Hasn’t the wettest April ever recorded helped to replenish our stocks of water? It has been a welcome relief but the challenge we have is that they are starting from a very low level. We’ve taken the opportunity to refill our reservoirs, and some of them are recovering quite well. Levels at Rutland Water and Pitsford (Northampton) remain 15 per cent lower than the target we have for this time of year. At the time of imposing the ban these levels were 20-25 per cent lower than they should be. But it won’t have done much to help replenish groundwater supplies. These are the underground aquifers that account for almost half of all the drinking water we supply. These are more resilient to drought as they take longer to deplete, but they also take longer to recharge. This is why the winter is a vital time for water resources when more of the rainfall can filter down to these stores. Our aquifers take longer to be affected by rainfall, and that’s why these downpours won’t fundamentally change the situation unless it persists for many weeks, possibly months. Our first duty as a water company is to keep supplies for our 4.2 million customers secure. With no way of knowing what weather we face, we must do what we can to make the water go further. How bad is it? This is the worst drought in living memory with less rainfall recorded than 1976 (the only year with less recorded rainfall than 2011 was 1921)

exclusively by pumping river water from the River Nene at Wansford and the River Welland at Tinwell. Rutland is one of our winter storage reservoirs where we store water ready to be treated and supplied to our customers. Rutland Water is the second-largest man-made lake in England, with a capacity of 124,000,000 cubic metres. At the lowest point this winter levels in Rutland dropped to 62 per cent. How much water is pumped from the Nene to Rutland? We have an abstraction license to pump up to 800 million litres per day into Rutland Water – this is regulated by the Environment Agency and we have daily conversations with them about how much water we can take from the rivers. It is incredibly important that we balance the needs of the environment with those of our customers when abstracting any water. Then what happens? Raw water flows out of Rutland Water to Empingham and is then pumped to Wing Water Treatment Works. The early stages of water treatment remove everything that is most visible from the water. Screening removes debris, while a special chemical added to the water encourages unwanted particles to stick together. These particles can then be either floated to the top of the water, or left to settle at the bottom of tanks. Adding ozone then breaks down and destroys any pesticides, herbicides and bacteria. The most important stage is filtration. Water is fed through porous materials of various sizes to remove any remaining sediment. Granulated carbon provides one of the finest filters. It’s a natural process that soaks up any taste or smell. The final stage is to add chlorine. This is used to keep tap water as fresh and as clean as it is when it leaves the treatment works. Depending on how far away from a treatment works you live, your water may be stored in underground tanks or water towers before it reaches you. All drinking water undergoes the same stringent tests to ensure it meets very high quality standards. Anglian Water even employs a human “taster!”

Where does our water come from? Rutland Water is filled almost

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Perspectives How much water does the average person in the region use? 145 litres a day. How do we use that water? Just a few examples: toilets flush between four and nine litres of drinking-quality water every time. Washing machines go through 50 litres per cycle. Dishwashers can use up to 25 litres per load, with some with ‘eco’ settings reducing their consumption to about 10 litres. A full bath can take up to 80 litres. A dripping tap will waste four litres every day. How much is used by businesses, schools and industry? This is difficult to pin down, but industry and businesses account for around 40 per cent of the water we supply daily. There are often reports in the media about wastage through leaking pipes. What is being done to rectify the situation? With a 40,000km underground network of pipes – more than once around the world – some leaks are inevitable. What is important is how quickly we repair them. That’s why we have 300 people looking for and repairing leaks across our region every day. Last year we invested £14 million to tackle leakage and will do the same this year. Our customers have a part to play – they are often our eyes and ears on this – so it’s important that if they see a leak

they report it to us so we can act promptly. Ofwat, our regulator, sets a target level for leakage each year and we have beaten this for 11 out of the last 12 years – including this year. Our population is growing. How will you cope with the extra burden on our scarce water supplies? This is the fastest-growing region in the country; with an estimated one million more homes in the next 25 years, and a predicted 34 per cent growth in the number of households by 2033. Climate change and a fast-growing population mean water will become more scarce and future supplies will only be secure if customers help us. Changing how we see water is vital. We place a high priority on our water efficiency campaign (Drop20), which will see the completion of 87,500 water efficiency audits, with free fitting of water saving devices to homes across our region. We continue to encourage the use of water meters, which reduce household consumption by around 10 per cent a year, and can save around £100 a year on bills too. More than 69 per cent of customers are metered. We’re working towards 80 per cent by 2015. The fact that we supply the same amount of water today as we did in 1989, despite a 20 per cent increase in population, is down to our determination, with the active support of customers.

Help save water with these tips KITCHEN • Wash the dishes by hand instead of half- filling the dishwasher – save 15 litres • Only wash full loads of laundry – save 10 litres • Fix that dripping tap – save 3 litres BATHROOM • Spend two minutes less in the shower – save 16 litres • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth – save 12 litres • Put a save-a-flush device in your cistern – save 5 litres GARDEN • Install a water butt – save 200 litres • Use a bucket and sponge to wash the car – save 150 litres • Use waste water from your bath and shower to water plants – save 1,000 litres

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Look beyond the price tag

Price is usually the most important consideration for new car buyers - but two other figures are crucial when making your decision. Ashley Martin explains

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ll motoring taxes - including Vehicle Excise Duty - are linked to a car’s CO2 emissions so the higher the figure, the higher the tax bill. And, with UK petrol and diesel pump prices at close to record levels a model’s miles per gallon (MPG) performance is undoubtedly critical when making your choice of which car to buy. There is a direct link between CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has published a table (below) highlighting comparison amounts that directly link the respective figures.

However, choosing a low emission company car with first class fuel economy does not mean driving a small car. There are more than 7,600 model variants on sale in the UK and last year almost a quarter (24.3%) had CO2 emissions of 130 g/km or below - the benchmark figure to qualify for the £0 first year Vehicle Excise Duty rate. As illustrated below, new cars in the mini, supermini and lower medium segments have below market average CO2 emissions. Model segment

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Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders New car CO2 emissions dropped to an average 138.1 g/km last year 27.2% lower than 15 years ago (189.8 g/km) and 4.2% down on 2010 (144.2 g/km) - according to the SMMT’s newly published ‘New Car CO2 Report 2012’ . Meanwhile, motor manufacturers will continue to drive down new car emissions as they seek to meet new European Commission environmental targets. The New Car CO2 Regulation demands that pan-European average new car emissions are reduced to 130 g/km in 2012-15 and to 95 g/km by 2020 - the latter figure remains subject to review. One of the reasons behind the reduction in CO2 emissions on an annual basis is the rising new car market share of diesel cars (a record 50.6% last year) and ultra-low emission alternatively fuelled models (1.3% last year). Diesel cars have grown in popularity because emissions are lower and MPG is significantly better than petrol-engined equivalents, but unless motorists are clocking up more than 6,000 miles in a new diesel car (or 10,000 miles in a used diesel) it is likely to be a false economy as the price premium is unlikely to be recouped, according to car valuation experts at Glass’s Guide.

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Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders However, says the SMMT, there are vehicles with CO2 emissions around 30% below the segment average available in every sector, highlighting the low emitting choices available. Where the lowest emitter is shown with emissions of 0 g/km it highlights the sector availability of electric models. Emission and MPG winners So, look carefully and there are some clear emission and MPG ‘winners’ in the various marketplace sectors. For example, order books have now opened for the new Volvo V40 five-door, five-seat lower medium model where the D2 1.6 litre 115 bhp variant has emissions of 94 g/km and returns 78.5 mpg on the combined fuel cycle. The Swedish marque has adopted an emissions-busting ‘DRIVe Towards Zero’ strategy and has recently announced that from model year 2013 cars are now available to order - almost all diesel-powered versions of its S60, V60, V70 and S80 will have emissions below 120 g/km. Late this year Volvo will also launch its V60 Plug-in Hybrid - the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid - with CO2 emissions of 49 g/km (more than 100 mpg) and a range of up to 621 miles.With indicative pricing of between £45,000 and £50,000, the front wheels of the Plug-in Hybrid are powered by a five-cylinder 2.4 litre turbo diesel producing 215 bhp and the rear axle by an electric motor producing 70 bhp. Meanwhile, Jaguar has introduced a 2.2 litre 161 bhp diesel version of its XF model (£29,950 on the road), which emits 149 g/km of CO2 and has combined cycle fuel economy of 52.3 mpg. It really is worth looking at the whole picture before you make your purchase.

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The changing face of Queensgate

When Queensgate first opened its doors in March 1982, it marked the beginning of a new retail landscape for Peterborough. Thirty years on, much has changed and there are plenty more exciting changes to come, as Sam Eastwood, centre director at Queensgate reveals

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s many are aware, Queensgate’s retail offer has continued to evolve over the past 30 years, meaning the centre remains hugely popular with the region’s shoppers. The retail environment is fast-paced and everchanging, and, as a centre not content to rest on its laurels, we work tirelessly to expand our offer to give shoppers a wealth of stores to choose from and keep them coming back.” “With our favourite flagship stores such as John Lewis, M&S, Waitrose and Bhs continuing to thrive, we also understand the need to welcome new brands into Queensgate. By enhancing our fashion offering with national retailers such as Jack & Jones, Pandora, Hotter Shoes, Fat Face, Schuh and with Republic already having expanded its premises and Topshop set to extend its store this summer, we have created an eclectic retail mix which appeals to fashion fans of all ages. It also demonstrates the confidence which national retailers have in Peterborough and Queensgate as the number one shopping destination in the region.” “This November will see the anticipated arrival of Primark, further strengthening the

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fashion and interiors offer. Following a £20 million investment, a 10,000 square foot extension will make room for the megastore that will be stocking a full line of women’s, men’s, children’s and homeware, offering the perfect choice for those seeking a budget buy and further cementing Queensgate as the home of the high-street.” “We have recently been thrilled to announce that Queensgate is bringing popular Italian eatery Carluccio’s to Cathedral Square this summer. This is fantastic news for shoppers who are already enjoying the square’s makeover and burgeoning catering options in Nandos and Patisserie Valerie. A vibrant, bustling café culture has been cleverly created in the city centre, presenting the perfect day out for local visitors and those from further afield. “On top of this, we have made a significant investment into our car parks, with £10 million being ploughed into a four year refurbishment scheme. Visitors to our newly opened Green (Claire) car park are now enjoying the benefits of the complete redecoration, a new cctv system, new and improved signage and refurbished lifts. The programme will also see more parent

and child parking spaces introduced, making visiting Queensgate even easier for busy parents. Work has already commenced on Red (Royce) car park and during this phase of the maintenance programme, the centre toilets on level 1 will also be undergoing a full refurbishment.” “Thirty years on and Queensgate is far more than just a shopping centre as it continues to be an ever popular shopping destination, offering not just a home to popular high-street brands but a complete retail experience. “In reflection of this, despite tough trading conditions, last year saw an increase of visitors to Queensgate – a testament to all of the hard work that has gone into making the centre what it is over the last thirty years. Thus, with so many exciting projects in the pipeline, we look forward to welcoming even more shoppers to the centre as we look forward to another thirty prosperous years.”

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ACTIVITIES

Peterborough to Lille on Eurostar Lille, the capital of northern France, is just over an hour away from St Pancras International station. It makes a great destination for a weekend break, says Fiona Cumberpatch

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hy Lille?” asked a friend when I said that I was heading for the city for a weekend in April. It’s true that it was once known only as a rather grimy industrial centre, but over the last 20 years the place has been transformed with a generous injection of government cash. Now, it’s all about bustling, cobbled streets, large cosmopolitan markets, antique shops, an excellent museum of art and, of course, some amazing food. But perhaps the biggest draw for me was that it is just a short train hop from St Pancras International, and no more expensive than going to York or Scotland for a break. Stepping off the train at King’s Cross, into the newly revamped station (which looks very sleek), my travelling companion and I were in St Pancras International in a matter of minutes. We checked in around half an hour before our departure and were soon heading to France. It just seemed so simple and stress-free. We’d hardly had time to sit down and draw breath, than we were in Lille. We stayed in the 65 room Hotel Breughel, a five minute walk from the station, in a central location. It was a charming two star hotel, furnished simply but tastefully, with pretty antiques and old oil floral oil paintings. Our room was small, but very clean and perfect for a two night stay. We were keen to explore, and, as it was a Saturday afternoon, the town was buzzing. We were five minutes from the main streets, lined with shops such as Zara, Pinkie, Galeries

Lafayette, a large French department store, and many others. The streets are wide and elegant, and you can see the Flemish influence in the architecture, not surprising as Lille lies on the border of the Flemish part of Belgium. There are a number of large squares, lined with cafes and bars. We headed for Vieux Lille, the old town, where there is a maze of streets, housing numerous designer boutiques and interiors shops. Here, you’ll also find the magnificent looking Theatre de l’Opera and the old exchange building or Bourse, now home to a brows-able second hand book market.

Explore the town We went everywhere on foot, and enjoyed finding the landmarks, stopping occasionally to sip a cidre doux or a coffee at one of the many cafes. On Sunday, we headed to the vast Wazemmes market, a multi cultural mix of foods, flowers, clothes, bags and hardware, with a bit of a fleamarket thrown in. So many sights and smells, here, with stalls loaded with rosy radishes and fresh strawberries, chickens roasting on a spit, pastries, bread, herbs and spices. We enjoyed sorting through the junk stalls, emerging with a few treasures to take home. Time for some culture, and I was keen to visit the Palais de Beaux Arts, which is home to a collection of Dutch Old Masters paintings, as well as some Impressionists’ work, including Seurat and Vuillard. There is also a stunning collection of porcelain, and, in the basement, an

incredible series of scale models of the fortified cities of Belgium and France dating to the 18th century. We rounded off the day with coffee and cakes in the charming Le Café-Livres in the old town, where a loved up couple were reading poetry to each other in one corner, and a group of students were having an earnest debate in another. The friendly French owner was keen to get an English opinion on her chocolate brownies (they were really good!) Monday was a very quiet day in town (warning: many of the smaller, quirkier shops are closed), so we browsed the department stores, and then had a great value lunch in a tiny French restaurant. Just ten euros bought us a set menu of three delicious courses, including chicken in a delicate sauce with sautéed potatoes, and home made crème brulee. We headed for our return train, bags bursting with French goodies to eat and drink, safe in the knowledge that we’d back on home turf in just a few hours. Travel information Eurostar www.eurostar.com Fares from £59£99 return, depending on when you travel Hotel Breughel, 5, parvis St-Maurice, 59000, Lille www.hotelbreughel-lille.com Le Café-Livres, 35 rue des bouchers, 5900, Lille Le Pain Quotidien (excellent bakery and breakfast spot), 35 Place Rihour, 59800, Lille NENE VALLEY LIVING JUNE 2012

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GREAT DAYS OUT

A bed for the night in…

North Norfolk With the beautiful North Norfolk coast only an hours drive from Peterborough, editor of North Norfolk Living magazine Lin Murray highlights some of the best beds for the Night in North Norfolk

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f like me, you approach the end of a ‘full on’ week and long to be able to just ‘nip off’ somewhere for a relaxing few days, read on! You want to get away but know that the complicated reality of finding time to fit it in, deciding on a destination, the minefield of finding that special place that won’t disappointment, tends to dampen your resolve to actually go. You might like something a little different or that will suit four legged friends, two legged additions or a house full of good friends who just fancy kicking back for a few days. For a guaranteed ‘phone, book it, get there and just relax’ experience then my choice of hotels include The Hoste Arms, The King William, Titchwell Manor and The Lifeboat. Good service, comfortable rooms, good food and close to the coast. If you want something a little different, read on.

Retro Campers With three beautiful campervans named California Dreamin’, Maggie May and Rockin’ Robin, I think you get the picture! Find a tranquil spot, pop up the roof and put on a brew…or hop skip and jump round the many beautiful campervan friendly caravan sites in North Norfolk. With your home around you and everything you need including the fridge, cooker and the kitchen sink, life’s a beach! You can hire these lovely vehicles for the day, for short breaks, weekly rentals or for weddings and events. www.retrocampersnorfolk.co.uk Hannah@retrocampersnorfolk.co.uk Tel: 01263 821999

The good old B&B In my mind, Wells Next The Sea rivals Blackpool for its B&Bs. From the clean and simple to the absolutely luxurious, Wells has them all! Too many to list here – so go to www.wells-guide.co.uk for lots of ideas. Also see the amazing, if not slightly crazy www.glavenvalley.co.uk for information on virtually everything in North Norfolk!

Clever Campers If you like style but want to commune with nature then a teardrop trailer from Clever Campers is for you. This Norwich-based business supplies tiny curvy caravans with real ‘wow’ factor. Inside the eye-catching little pod is a cosy double bedroom with a mini kitchen nestling under the rear hatch. Hire includes all bedding, cooking and outdoor equipment - so just pack your clothes, set up in seconds and spend more of your valuable free time having a good time! You can collect and tow yourself or take delivery to your chosen Norfolk location. www.clevercamper.co.uk

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Magical Camping Great concept! Pick your favorite campsite. Phone Magical Camping, job done! A fully furnished bell tent will be ready and waiting when you get there. Furnished with luxury items including - beds and bedding, coir carpet, vintage style furniture; they also supply gas cookers, cutlery, pots and pans. Fairy lights and candles are provided to light your evenings and when it is time to go home, Magical Camping take the tent down again! That’s what I call relaxing! www.magicalcamping.co.uk stay@magiclacamping.co.uk Tel: 01362 637 483 / 07525 260 550

North Farm ‘Eco’ Cottages For visitors who want to tread lightly on the North Norfolk landscape North Farm Cottages are two sympathetic barn conversions offering luxury, eco-friendly accommodation on a picturesque old farm near Aylsham. Tel: 01603 737974 info@northfarm.info

Carrington House Locally we call this house ‘the Dinner Party House’! If you have a special occasion to celebrate or just want a bit of ‘hedonistic luxury’ (to quote a very impressed Guardian journalist), this gorgeous house is a must. Sleeping up to 18 people in nine sumptuous bedrooms, Carrington House has everything from I-pod docking stations, wifi and a 6’ cinema screen, to an 8 person hot tub and a dining set up for 20 people inside or ‘al fresco’. Words don’t do it justice, so have a look at their website! www.carringtonhouse.net 0870 850 5405

Glamping For the fair weather campers amongst you – you’re gonna love this! Chosen for their wild camping credentials, quiet, close to nature, big skies, ‘away-from-it-all’ appeal, Wild Luxury Serengeti Safari ‘tents’ are palatial! This is real luxury - kitchen, flushing loo, power shower, living/dining area, wood-fired range, sun decks - all mod cons but all totally ‘off-grid’! Great for families and cool for couples, with 800 square feet of living space to play with you are not going to get under each other’s feet. adventure@wildluxury.co.uk Tel: 0845 544 1757 (Mon- Fri 9am - 4pm)

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PROFILE

BLAKENEY

Could this beautiful coastal village hold the answer to the ultimate property question, ‘Where might I find the perfect home by the sea’?

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hether as a coastal getaway, a retirement home or an escape from the rat race, Kate Cleaver goes in search of the ‘holy grail’ of the property market. I spotted a sales board outside a new development called Samphire Close in Blakeney - it read ‘houses designed for luxury living’. This made me curious to investigate further, to see if these really were the ‘perfect home by the sea’. I was not to be disappointed! The ‘Location, Location, Location’ factor places Blakeney, with its small population of just under 800, a very convenient 129 miles from London, 21 miles from Norwich and 5 miles from the lovely Georgian market town of Holt. In a stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the harbour (still serving small boats) and surrounding marshes are owned by the National Trust. These one-off properties, there are seven, in the heart of Blakeney, just minutes from the sea, have been built as an exclusive and charming community of homes which, on inspection, are definitely setting the benchmark for new house builds on the North Norfolk coast. Designed and built to a very high specification by North Norfolk developers Novus Homes, they combine local vernacular design with contemporary living, using state-ofthe-art sustainable solutions. Their eco-friendly credentials protect both the environment and the new owner from ever increasing future fuel bills! Novus Homes director Chris Wells is proud of his achievements with Samphire Close; “Our most recent project (in Wells next the Sea) was lauded by North Norfolk’s conservation architect as ‘a new gateway development, which frames one of the main approaches to the town.’” The luxurious interiors boast beautiful oak or stone floors with under floor heating, wood burning stoves, carefully designed, energy efficient lighting schemes and fabulous travertine tiled bathrooms. Combine this with sociable open-plan spaces, light streaming in through glazed gables, warm cosy living rooms and these are definitely homes to enjoy! The houses are most definitely stunning but I was keen to see if the amenities in Blakeney completed the ‘perfect

home by the sea’ scenario. Again a 100 per cent score:

There are: • Several pubs including the newly refurbished and very relaxing White Horse. • The wonderfully stocked Blakeney Deli • A post office on the High Street in the small but well loved supermarket • Fresh fish shop • A bus service (the famous coast-hopper) • A thriving village hall • A church and primary school • A range of shops at Holt, just a short drive away If schools are important, the highly regarded Greshams Public School is only a few miles away. There’s even a petrol station

offering full car servicing, an increasingly rare commodity in North Norfolk. You don’t have to take my word for it – Chris has organised a viewing ‘open day’ for interested parties between 11am and 3pm on Saturday 23rd June so…. if it’s a perfect lifestyle by the sea that you are looking for come and take a look! There are two houses remaining, due for completion this summer...it’s not too late to stamp your own style on the finish to these unique properties, if you move quickly... • For more details on these houses or the exciting harbourside development coming soon at Wells next the Sea, look at the Novus Homes website on www.novus-homes.co.uk or contact Andrew Wagstaff at Bedfords in Burnham Market 01328 730 500 / bmkt@ bedfords.co.uk

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WHAT’S ON

Sunday 3 June The Big Green Lunch 11am-5pm Try a whole range of delicious cookery styles representing Peterborough • Contact Ben Middleton, Green Festival Co-ordinator on 01733 866445 or ben.middleton@pect.org.uk

Monday 4 June Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre Jubilee Dance 7.30pm - midnight, Enjoy best-of-British music at the Jubilee-themed disco, buffet and bar. • Tickets: £14 (18+ only). Pre-booking essential. 01780 78225. Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre, Thornhaugh, Peterborough, PE8 6HJ. www.sacrewell.org.uk

Friday June 8 A Magical Summer’s Evening in a Cottage garden with Adam Frost 7pm Learn about award- winning designer Adam Frost’s John Clare garden at Chelsea Flower Show whilst enjoying delicious canapés, strawberries and fizz • Tickets: £15. John Clare Cottage, 16 Woodgate, Helpston, Peterborough, PE6 7ED. 01733 253330

Saturday June 9 – Sunday 10 June Fotheringhay Flower and Music Festival Saturday: 10am- 8pm Sunday: 11 am – 4pm Glorious floral arrangements masterminded by Chelsea Gold medallist, John Chennel; delicious fare; and a superb programme of music featuring local choirs, famous instrumentalists, organists, soloists and children. On Sunday, Selwyn College choir sings Matins at 10.am. • Saturday/Sunday: £7.00/£2.50 in advance; £8.00/£3.00 on the gate; concessions; under- 12s free from Oundle Box Office: 01832 274734.

Diary dates JUNE

St Botolph’s Festival on the Green 12 noon To celebrate St Botolph’s Day: live music, food and drink a-flowing, face-painting: stalls with hand- made jewellery and cards; jams, chutneys and cakes, and gifts for babies and mums-to-be; the popular “Walk on Water” activity; on Saturday evening family entertainment and dancing, with sport on Sunday. • Botolph Green, Orton Longueville, PE2 7. www.boltophgreen.net. Contact mariagilbert@hotmail.co.uk. 07725 336733.

FRIDAY

Saturday 23 June to Sunday 24 July

Yasmin Bradley selects interesting events for June

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Oundle Art Group - Summer Exhibition 10am-4pm daily (not during Church services) Lovely watercolours, oils, acrylics and more. • St Peter’s Church, Church Street, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 4EE. For details, call Jane on 01832 226495.

Saturday 23rd June Music for a Summer’s Evening 7.30pm From the golden melodies of Arthur Sullivan to the sophistication of William Walton, and the wit of Flanders and Swann, Peterborough Choral Society’s annual concert offers something for everyone. Wine and canapés served. • St Mary’s Church, Orton Waterville. Tickets £8 (£6.50 concessions), from the church or on the door. For further information visit www.peterboroughchoral.org.uk

Sunday 24th June Villages of Rockingham Forest Bike Ride Cycle 25 or 50 miles through the picturesque Rockingham Forest area in aid of Peterborough British Heart Foundation. • Entry fees: £15 (adult); £10 (age 12 – 16); £12 per team member of 6; £25 (family); contact mtugwell@ sky.com or 01733 234025; cmoore@cmpsarch.fsnet. co.uk or 01780 470636.

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Saturday 16 - Sunday 17 June Abbot’s Barn, new open garden for The National Gardens Scheme Splendid views; pergola walkways; woodland and orchard; a courtyard with croquet lawn; a beach garden and delightful Pekin bantams. • £3. Abbots Barn, Main Street, Southorpe, PE9 3BX. Contact Angie Jones, janda.salix@virgin.net 01733 222367

Saturday 16 June Titchmarsh Village Fete - 12 noon Rushden Town Band; parachuting teddies, prize draw and Pimms and cakes; bar, barbecue, bouncy castle plus a chance to visit Titchmarsh House gardens and tour St Mary’s Church. • Free entry. Titchmarsh near Oundle, NN14

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