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Hello Autumn!

Cosy fashion buys A day out in Boston Make red onion marmalade Win! Dinner for 4 at Carluccio’s!

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at Classic... visit our showroom

At Classic we are passionate about creating a beautifully designed home for you to enjoy. We pride ourselves on providing superb customer service, whether it is for a kitchen or warm roof, through to windows, doors or just changing your fascia and soffits. If you are considering any home improvements contact us for advice and a free no obligation quote, or visit us and see what is on display in our Stamford showroom.

12 St Leonard’s Street, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 2HN Tel 01780 654321 Email sales@classicstamford.co.uk www.classicstamford.co.uk Open Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm, Sat 9am to 3pm

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Welcome to the October issue of Nene Living

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E have plenty of ways for you to celebrate autumn in this month’s issue. Let’s forget about the dark nights, murky mornings and clocks changing and focus on the positives: hearty seasonal food, the burnished colours in the countryside, local walks, pubs and cafes with log fires and woodburning stoves and cosy jumpers in bright colours. If you’re still not convinced, our feature on embracing the spirit of the season (p26) might help! If you want to get out and about this month, why not explore Boston? Did you know that it has England’s tallest working windmill and a past that is steeped in history? Read our guide and the sights you must not miss on page 37. We’re all about discovering and supporting great local companies. I’ve been doing that myself whilst renovating a house recently. A special mention goes out to Young’s Floor Care of Oundle (www. youngsfloorcare.co.uk) for doing an amazing job in sanding some Edwardian floorboards and bringing them back to sparkling life. If you’d like to nominate any local heroes who go the extra mile when it comes to service, please do let me know. Have a great month.

Fiona Editor

Incorporating Nene Valley Living

Contents Nene October 2018 October 2018 £1.50

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42 Hello Autumn!

Cozy fashion buys A day out in Boston Make red onion marmalade Win! Dinner for 4 at Carluccio’s!

7 Six Good Things in October Peterborough Museum’s Treasures

9 Nene News

The latest from local businesses and charities

14 Creature Comforts

The cosiest, softest knits for autumn

19 Food and Drink News The Kings Arms, Polebrook, reviewed

20 Tastes of the Season

Roasted veg tartlets and red onion chutney

23 Prepare to Party!

Venues for Christmas get-togethers

26 Spirit of Autumn Celebrate the season

28 Outdoor Living Make the most of your garden

32 Caring with Compassion A care home for people with dementia

34 Wellbeing Notes Looking after body and soul

37 A Day Out to Boston

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Cover photo: Ann Graves www.fenlandlottie.blogspot.com Editor Fiona Cumberpatch fiona@bestlocalliving.co.uk Write to Nene Living, PO Box 208, Stamford, PE9 9FY www.neneliving.co.uk Advertisement Manager Bridget Steele 01733 707538 bridget.neneliving@ntlworld.com Advertising Copy Rachel Beecroft 01780 765320 rachel@locallivingdesign.co.uk Head of Design Steven Handley steve@locallivingdesign.co.uk Designer (Editorial) Calum Handley Designer (Advertising) Sarah Patterson inkdesign@virginmedia.com Published by Local Living Ltd, PO Box 208, Stamford, PE9 9FY www.locallivingltd.co.uk Printed by Warners of Bourne Subscriptions; annual rate £25 (UK only). Please write to the Publisher at Local Living Ltd, with £25 cheque payable to Local Living, or go online to www.bestlocalliving.co.uk

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Explore the Fenland city

41 Design for Life

Improve your home with RDV

42 Little Living

Autumn activities for children

45 Out & About

Our pick of the month’s events

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50 Nene People

Claire Morris-Wright’s hedgerow project

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Six good things in

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Halloween at Lyveden involves a new spookily themed trail through the garden landscape and a Family Den. Book through www.eventbrite.co.uk and search Lyveden, Northamptonshire. Admission charges apply.

© Victoria & Albert Museum

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Treasures is a brilliant exhibition at Peterborough Museum showcasing important objects from Peterborough’s past. Borrowed from the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Museum and the Bodleian Libraries, amongst other leading institutions, see the gilded Becket Casket from around 1180, the Roman Water Newton Treasure, excavated in 1975 and a beautiful medieval manuscript, The Peterborough Bestiary, depicting fabulous creatures in pages dating from 1300.

DISCOVER

Your local Vivacity library is about more than just books. Rent e books and audio books, and new for 2018, get free access to 25 different e magazines such as BBC Good Food, Good Housekeeping and Amateur Photography. Or why not explore your family history by accessing the census, birth, marriages and death records? For more information, visit www.vivacity.org/morethanbooks

BUY

Just arrived at John Lewis Peterborough, Hush is a collection of casually cool clothing. Choose from slogan sweaters, relaxed trousers and funky star print shirts.

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Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller is an intriguingly dark and compelling tale of a woman’s obsession with a glamorous couple she meets while documenting the history of a dilapidated country house. Published by Fig Tree/ Penguin, it’s available from The Oundle Bookshop, 13 Market Place, Oundle, tel: 01832 273523.

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AUTUMN EVENT NOW ON

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Nene News People, places, businesses

Simply Wood

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OCAL businessman Mark Harding has started a new venture called Simply Wood. Skilled cabinetmaker Mark’s company will cater for the furniture commission market, offering clients the opportunity to own bespoke furniture to complement their interiors. “People are moving away from the mass produced and disposable markets and are once again seeking out heirloom quality furniture,” says Mark. Working from a dedicated workshop in Stibbington, utilising both modern and traditional tools, he works with clients to take the smallest inspiration and blend it into the design process for the required piece of furniture. Clients are encouraged to visit the workshop and see their furniture in production and gain an insight into the precision that goes into classic joinery. Mark spent 30 years in E have teamed up with Carluccio’s in Queensgate the RAF based both locally and abroad. On leaving the military he turned his hobby into his Shopping Centre, Peterborough, to offer one business by undergoing an intense year of training at the internationally acclaimed Waters and lucky winner the chance to treat their family to a three Acland Furniture School based in the Lake District. course meal. The Italian restaurant, which specialises www.simplywood.co.uk 95, Elton Rd, Stibbington, PE8 6JE

Win! A family meal for four at Carluccio’s

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in fresh pasta, pizza and Italian favourites is the perfect venue for families as it has delicious and authentic food for all ages to enjoy, including classic dishes such as Ravioli Spinaci e Ricotta, Crab and Langoustine Taglioni, Spaghetti Carbonara and many more! To be in with a chance of winning a meal for two adults and two children, simply answer the below question: Which of these is NOT an Italian food: A) Pasta B) Bruschetta C) Pie Please email your answer, along with your name and contact details to fiona@bestlocalliving.co.uk by October 22.

Coast and countryside

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CCOMPLISHED Yorkshire artist Colleen Vaux exhibits vibrant and colourful depictions of landscapes, coastlines and still life drawn in acrylic, pen, ink, charcoal and oil in Oundle this month. You can see her work from Saturday September 29 to – Saturday October 13 at the Yarrow Gallery, Glapthorn Road, Oundle, PE8 4JF. Free admission. www.oundleschool.org.uk/The-Yarrow-Gallery

Terms and conditions: • The prize is valid at the Queensgate Peterborough restaurant only. • The prize is valid for two adults and two children and must be used by November 30. • The winner is entitled to two adult three course meals from the main menu and two three course meals from the children’s menu. • Drinks are not included. • Specials of the day are not included.

Half term fun at Rockblok

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Nene News Income or gains from abroad? Most of us know someone who owns a holiday home abroad. If you buy a holiday home, it is not unusual to do so with an eye on renting it out during periods when it’s not being used by the family. A good idea? Perhaps, but you’ll also need to keep an eye on the tax rules. Kerry Hilliard of Stephenson Smart Chartered Accountants gives the following advice.

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ENERALLY, if you a UK resident for tax purposes, you are liable to UK tax on your worldwide income and this includes rental income and gains from the disposal of property overseas. This topic is very much on H M Revenue & Custom’s (HMRC) radar following an initiative that started in 2016. Legislation called the ‘Requirement to Correct’ was introduced obliging taxpayers to correct their record by reporting any previously undisclosed foreign income and gains to HMRC by 30 September 2018. Those that fail to correct their tax position will be subject to a tougher penalty regime from 1 October 2018. The requirement to report foreign income and gains includes much more than unreported rents and gains on holiday homes. Many people do not realise that straightforward transactions such as receiving income from an offshore bank account could trigger a reportable UK tax liability. For this purpose ‘offshore’ includes the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland. If you are concerned that you haven’t told HMRC about any foreign income or assets, then you should report these to HMRC as soon as possible. For professional advice contact Stephenson Smart on 01733 343275 or go to www.stephensonsmart.com

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ASK THE VET! Caroline Hudson, clinical director at the Byre Vetinary Surgery answers some common questions that she hears from clients. This month: dental hygiene. Why is it important to get my pets’ teeth checked regularly? It is important that your vet checks your pets’ teeth regularly to identify potential dental disease at an early stage and to be able to provide treatment. If left untreated this can cause irreversible damage to your pets’ gums, teeth and jaw. Pets often do not show any sign of discomfort until the disease is advanced. What are the signs my pet may have a dental problem? - Drooling - Red/bleeding gums - Decreased appetite - Pawing at the mouth - Bad breath ‘Halitosis’ What risks is there from the anaesthesia? There are risks with any anaesthetic, however these are minimal. Pre-anaesthetic blood tests will show if there are any concerns before the procedure goes ahead. Anaesthesia-free dentals are sometimes advertised by pet-care businesses, however these usually only provide

cosmetic results and do not provide a full clean or examination of your pets’ teeth. What happens during a dental when my pet is under the anaesthetic? A vet will check each of your pets’ teeth individually and the mouth as a whole and identify any problems. Because your pet is under anaesthesia this examination is very thorough and they are also able to examine and clean below the gum line where tartar can be hidden. Any teeth that need to be removed can be, and the procedure will end with a thorough cleaning (‘scale and polish’). Is there any dental care I can do for my pet at home? Daily brushing of dog’s teeth is the gold standard for home care and while this should ideally be introduced while they are a puppy, it is never too late to start!

Breakfast at Bosworth’s

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E were keen to try the Mulberry Café within Bosworth’s Garden Centre at Elton which was reopened in May. A relaxed Bank Holiday weekend seemed like a good time to pop in for brunch. Refurbished with a stylish, luxe vibe, it makes a great place to sit and make plans. We were greeted by friendly staff who took our orders promptly. We spotted two diners enjoying a full English and it looked so appetizing that we followed suit. I chose the light breakfast (£6.95), with a Trendall’s sausage, a rasher of bacon, grilled tomato, delicious whole grilled mushrooms, and I swapped the baked beans for a hash brown. My husband opted for the Elton Breakfast, at £8.50, a bigger option, with two local free range eggs, two sausages, hash brown, mushroom, tomatoes, beans and a couple of slices of toast. The food arrived quickly and was deliciously fresh and hot. If you want to be healthier than we were, the eggs avocado looked good, as did the breakfast muffini (served with a Hambleton Bakery muffin) and the Eggs Benedict. There’s also granola, pancakes with fresh fruit, or a simple bacon sandwich, amongst other appetizing choices. We accompanied our treat with two excellent flat whites, and rounded off with some plant shopping in the early autumn sunshine. Lunches and afternoon tea are also available in the café. Browse the menu at www.bosworthsgc.co.uk Tel: 01832 343104 Fiona Cumberpatch

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Nene News Light your home

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IGHTING is one of those things that is difficult to get just right. Expert help is often invaluable, but you won’t always find it in the DIY superstore setting. The Lampshade Warehouse in Peterborough is the place to head for if you are struggling, or just fancy a bit of a change and want to see what’s out there. The largest independent lighting showroom in Cambridgeshire, the staff are always on hand to offer valuable advice if you need it, or you can just browse around 300 different lights in the store. There are styles to suit every style of home, from showpiece chandeliers, modern country and antique brass to the on trend industrial look, which is currently a best seller. “LED lighting is coming through, with strip designs combined with crystals,” says managing partner Andy Lobb. “But most fittings are LED compatible.” The store carries stock, or if you need to place an order, it will take around seven to ten days to arrive. As well as ceiling lights, there is a good choice of floor and desk lamps, plus outside lighting too, including battery and mains operated ones, and some solar options. The Lampshade Warehouse, 10 Saville Rd, Westwood, Peterborough PE3 7PR. Tel: 01733 264391

Become your own property expert!

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HE legal process of buying a new home can often seem complex and terms used may be unfamiliar. Simon Pierson, conveyancing executive at Hegarty Solicitors explains the conveyancing process in seven simple steps: 1. Mortgage Agreement in Principle Firstly, you will need to find out how much you can borrow and obtain an agreement in principle (AIP). You can now start to look for a property in your price range and make an offer. 2. Conveyancing Quote Once your offer has been accepted, you will need to appoint a solicitor or conveyancer. Get an instant quote online using our calculator at www.hegarty.co.uk/ conveyancing. 3. Documents Once appointed, your conveyancer will request the following documents: title deeds, a draft contract, the property information form and fittings and contents form. Once these documents have been received, your conveyancer will raise enquiries or questions in relation to the property.

Spooky bike trail with Rutland Cycling

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YCLE the spooky bike trail between Whitwell and Normanton stores by Rutland Water over half term week. Pick up a trail leaflet from the store and start the hunt for clues and collect a prize at the end. The family friendly cycle route starts from either store. Bike hire is available at Whitwell and Normanton. It takes place through October half term, Saturday, October 13– Sunday, October 28. Cost: £1 per person – charitable donation to Sue Ryder Hospice Thorpe Hall. For more information visit: www.rutlandcycling.com/rides.

A concert to remember

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HE Peterborough Cathedral Trust is honouring the Commonwealth’s contribution to the Armistice in 1918 in Forward Together, an evening of military music from across the Commonwealth played by the Band of The Royal Yeomanry on Saturday October 6. It will include First World War songs from all over the Commonwealth sung by choirs from Peterborough Cathedral and Wellingborough, and featuring British favourites as well as songs from the war in Hindustani, Maori and Afrikaans. High Commissioners and their representatives from Commonwealth countries will be present and some will be participating in the evening’s programme. The stories of the Victoria Cross holders will be read out by Sixth Form pupils from schools across Northamptonshire, Peterborough and Rutland. The evening starts at 6.30 pm and lasts until approximately 8.30pm. The Band of the Royal Yeomanry will also play before the event from 6 - 6.30 pm. Standard tickets are £10 or Gold Circle tickets cost £25, to include drinks and canapés with High Commissioners and their representatives after the event. Book online at www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk

4. Property Searches Your conveyancer will apply for property searches including the local authority and drainage or environmental searches if necessary. You will be given a report of the results of the searches. 5. Signing Contract and Completion Date After receiving the contract from the seller’s conveyancer, your conveyancer will discuss what has been covered in the contract with you. You will need to check and sign the contract, transfer deed, mortgage deed and the Stamp Duty Land Tax Return. Additionally, a completion date will need to be agreed with the seller’s conveyancer. 6. Exchange At this stage you will be legally bound to buy the property. Your conveyancer will send your deposit and the signed contract to the seller’s solicitor and request a mortgage advance. 7. Completion On the completion day, your conveyancer will send the balance of the money to the seller’s conveyancer and you will legally own the property. You can now collect the keys from the estate agent or developer and move in! Contact the conveyancing specialists at Hegarty LLP Peterborough 01733 346 333 Stamford 01780 752 066 Oakham 01572 757 565 Email info@hegarty.co.uk Website www.hegarty.co.uk NENE LIVING OCTOBER 2018

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It’s time to wrap up warm and this season’s knitwear comes in jewel colours with some bold and funky motifs. FASHION EDITOR: SALLY STILLINGFLEET PHOTOGRAPHY: ELLI DEAN MODEL: GRACIE

Creature Comforts Red fine knit with leopard print star, £99, Hush at John Lewis & Partners. 14

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Gracie wears Monsoon navy fine knit, £49, jeans from a selection at Monsoon.

Deep rust Mama B oversized jumper, £115, Asha’s Attire, Oundle.

Hush striped jumper £110 from the brand new concession at John Lewis & Partners.

Deep rust Mama B oversized jumper, £115, Asha’s Attire, Oundle, underneath a fluffy, bright orange gilet, £44.99, Diversity Boutique, Oundle.

Fine rabbit motif knit, £59.99, Joules. Laurie Camo Jeans, £65, Vanilla. Fluffy mustard scarf, £22, Monsoon. Wellies from a selection at Joules.

Gracie wears pale grey polo with star motif, £54.95, Duo, Oakham. NENE LIVING OCTOBER 2018

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Creature Comforts

Above: Bottle green tie back Esprit jumper £60 Attic, Stamford, camo jeans, £65, Vanilla, Oakham. Left: Second Female green polo neck jumper, £115 and camo jeans, £65. from Vanilla, Oakham.

Pour Moi black pom pom jumper, £219 from Jacks, Market Harborough. Black Mac jeans, £100, from Attic, Stamford. Cashmere blend pale grey jumper with lips motif, £59, The Rounded House, Oundle.

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STOCKISTS Asha’s Attire The Bazar, West Street, Oundle 01832 275259 Monsoon Queensgate Centre, Peterborough 01733 352261 The Rounded House ( New ladies Fashion Shop now open! ) – 10b West St, Oundle 01832 274687 John Lewis & Partners Queensgate Centre, Peterborough Tel: 01733 344644 Joules Queensgate Centre, Peterborough Tel:01733314585 Diversity Boutique 2a Osyths Lane, Oundle Tel:01832 270330 Duo Boutique 29A High St. Oakham Tel:01572 722116 Fords of Oakham 8 Church Street, Oakham Tel: 01572 722654 Vanilla 23 b Mill Street, Oakham Tel: 01572 757577 Jacks 16 Church St. Market Harborough Tel: 01858 431396 Attic 33 St Mary’s Street, Stamford Tel: 01780 766667 Thanks to our gorgeous model, Gracie.

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Restaurant & Village Pu ub www.whiteswanwoodnewton.co.uk

Tel: 01780 470944

The White Swan is a beautiful stone restaurant & village pub in the picturesque village of Woodnewton. Situated 4.5miles from Oundle, 12miles from Peterborough and 10miles from Stamford. All food is prepared in our own kitchen using fresh locally sourced ingredients. a great range of real ales and fine wines.

OPENING HOURS Monday - 18:00 - 23:00 Tuesday - Thursday 12:00 - 15:00 & 18:00 - 23:00 Friday 12:00 - 15:00 & 18:00 - 24:00 Saturday 12:00 - 23:00 Sunday 12:00 - 22:30

22 Main St, Woodnewton, Peterborough PE8 5EB Email: reservations@whiteswanpubco.co.uk

FOOD SERVED Monday - 18:00 - 21:00 Tuesday - Saturday 12:00 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 21:00 Sunday 12:00 - 15:00

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Seasonal food, reviews and more

Food & Drink News

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Roasted pumpkin salad Serves: Two Prep time: 40 mins Cook time: 45 mins Ingredients • 400g pumpkin, butternut or onion squash, cut into chunks • 150g pumpkin seeds, toasted • 1 tsp sesame seeds • 1 tsp ground cumin • 1 tbsp coriander seeds, toasted & roughly crushed • 1/2 tsp cayenne seeds • 1 tsp smoked paprika • 1 red onion • Splash red wine vinegar • 1 tbsp sumac • Pinch of sugar • 150g bag salad leaves • 150g Wootton white or feta cheese • Handful of toasted pistachios • 1 small pomegranate • 60ml olive oil • 250g leaves, washed

What to do 1. Heat the oven to 180˚C/Gas 4. 2. Toss the pumpkin with oil and salt and roast for about 30 mins. 3. Whilst the pumpkin roasts, make the dukka. 4. In a pestle and mortar grind the pumpkin and sesame seeds until broken up then stir in the cumin, coriander, cayenne and smoked paprika. Set mixture aside. 5. Next, make the sumac onions. 6. Slice the red onion as thinly as possible. 7. Mix with the red wine vinegar, sumac, sugar and a pinch of salt and set aside for at least 30 mins, stirring every so often. 8. When the pumpkin is ready, toss with the dukka mix then cook for a further 5 mins. 9. Remove and leave to cool. 10. Toss the salad leaves with the onions and olive oil and arrange on plates with the pumpkin and dukka. 11. Top with crumbled Wootton white or feta cheese, pomegranate seeds and pistachios.

Riverford Pumpkin Day

Saturday 27th October, 11am – 4pm

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UST occasionally, village pubs can make you feel a little bit like an intruder, but with Ian Campbell (previously from the Chequered Skipper) and Andrew Nicholls now running the newly renovated Kings Arms in Polebrook you are met with a very warm welcome at this establishment. Both Ian and Andrew have heaps of experience in the hospitality business, and it really shows. We visited on a Thursday lunch time and the recently renovated pub feels light, airy and spacious, whilst retaining its country pub feel. We chose a table by the window to peruse the menus; the specials are also printed out to save diners from getting up to look at blackboards. For starters, we shared a portion of tempura squid and a classic prawn cocktail with avocado. The squid was lightly cooked, perfectly enhanced by the crunchy batter and it whetted the appetite, whilst the prawn cocktail was spot on, with a light dressing and perfect flavor combinations. Our starters were served with granary bread from the fabulous King’s Ciffe Bakery. For mains, Tim chose the chargrilled butterflied chicken breast and truffle mash with peas, broad beans and fine beans served with a Madeira and wild mushroom sauce. The combination of flavours worked perfectly, and the mash was a real treat. I had the Summer salad with added chargrilled chicken, lightly blanched broad beans, green beans, and garden peas, I was in heaven! I particularly liked the herby buttermilk dressing, which was not at all oily and one that I am going to try at home! We finished our meal with a lemon thyme panacotta. This was beautifully presented with roasted peaches and amaretti crumbs. We loved the subtle flavours, it had just the right level of sweetness and was not too filling. Portions are generous and appetizing - freshly cooked to order with friendly and efficient service, making it somewhere we definitely want to return. Bridget Steele

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UMPKIN Day is being held at Riverford’s organic farm at Sacrewell, Peterborough, on Saturday October 27, 11am - 4pm. The event is open to all, and as well as choosing a pumpkin from the fields, you’ll be able to carve it ready for Halloween. There will also be tractor rides and plenty of indoor activities like cooking demonstrations, live music, face painting, children’s crafts and some special entertainment. Tickets for Riverford’s Pumpkin Day cost £4 and each child’s ticket includes a pumpkin to carve. Under threes go free. Tickets can be bought in advance at www.riverford.co.uk and www.eventbrite.com. Try this delicious and nutritious Pumpkin recipe from Riverford to use up the trimmings from pumpkin lanterns.

The pub is closed Monday during the day, serves drinks only on Monday evening and is open for drinks only on Tuesday. On Wednesday to Saturday the pub is open for lunch and dinner and Sundays from 12-7pm serving traditional Sunday lunch as well as the usual menu. The Kings Arms, Kings Arms Lane, Polebrook, Peterborough PE8 5LW Tel: 01832 272363 www.kingsarmspolebrook.co.uk

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Nene Living’s food blogger Ann Graves, aka Fenland Lottie, cooks with seasonal produce from her allotment in the Cambridgeshire Fens.

Tastes of October WORDS AND PHOTOS: ANN GRAVES

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CTOBER is a favourite month of mine. A month when Nature wears her most beautiful outfit of gold and red and tobacco brown. The hedgerow, which runs alongside the allotment, rustles in the breeze and the bare skeletons of the bushes are beginning to show once again. Crisp leaves hang from the branches, to be caught by a gust of wind and are then sent dancing merrily to the ground. Though winter is approaching, there is still much

to harvest on the plot itself. A week or two ago, I cut back the canopy of leaves covering the butternut squash to allow the autumn sun to ripen them further, but now is the time to cut them from the vine, leaving a short stem, and lay them out to cure. The red onions and shallots have already been lifted and dried and on one of my trips to the plot I dig up the last of the beetroot. This is the time to make the most of the autumn harvest with some favourite recipes.

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t for about 30 minutes until the vegetables are just soft and turning golden. • Roll out the pastry slightly and cut into rounds or squares according to preference. Lightly score around the edge (about 1cm in) and prick the bottom with a fork. • Mix the ricotta with the beaten egg and spread onto the pastry rounds. • Divide the roasted vegetables between the tartlets and return to the oven for 2030 minutes, until the pastry is cooked through. Serve sprinkled with crumbled feta cheese and drizzle with a lemony dressing.

A hearty soup to warm on an autumnal evening. (adapted from The New Covent Garden Book of Soups) • 500g raw beetroot • 500g red cabbage • 1 medium red onion • 1 medium carrot • 3 tbsp tomato puree • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar • 1.2 litres vegetable stock • Olive oil • Creamed horseradish and yoghurt • Coarsely grate all the vegetables (reserving a little grated beetroot for later) and cook gently in a little olive oil for a few minutes. • Add the stock to the pan and simmer for about 20 minutes until all the vegetables are tender. • Season well with salt and pepper and stir in the tomato puree and vinegar. Blend until smooth and reheat gently if needed. • Ladle into deep bowls. I like to serve this topped with a spoonful of yoghurt mixed with a little creamed horseradish and the reserved beetroot. Read more about Ann’s allotment adventures each month in Nene Living

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Peterborough Arena will be transforming into a Narnia-inspired winter wonderland throughout December. Guests will step through the wardrobe into the realm of C S Lewis’s characters to feast on four courses at Aslan’s table, enjoy the live theatrical performances and dance the night away in this enchanting setting. Tickets (excluding VAT) cost £55 per person Fridays and Saturdays when there is additional entertainment, or £45 on Thursdays. Guests are greeted with a glass of Prosecco and the menu offers a choice of two starters, three mains including a vegetarian option, and two desserts, followed by the Snow Queen’s Turkish delight! The bar is open and a photographer can be arranged at extra cost. All dietary requirements are accommodated ,and preorders are needed two weeks prior to your party. Group bookings range from a minimum of 10 up to 600. 15 December is sold out. www.christmaspartiesunlimited.co.uk 01733 363534 or email: eofearena@amadeusfood.co.uk

Prepare to Party! Booking a festive venue for your work colleagues? Tired of hosting the family Christmas meal? Rebecca Downey has curated a mix of local venues that will enable you to enjoy the season’s festivities without organising them

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With the signs of Autumn in the air, attention turns to the new season and the inevitable plans for family gatherings and parties in the run up to Christmas. Extended families and large groups of friends can make entertaining in great numbers an overwhelming rather than convivial experience, so take the pressure off and book a local venue for your gathering.

The clubhouse and function room at Elton Furze Golf Club has panoramic views of the course and the Cambridgeshire countryside beyond. It is an ideal venue for a lunchtime family Christmas gathering or an evening party with friends and colleagues. Offering a wide range of set menu choices, from traditional turkey to oven roasted rump of lamb plus trimmings, prices start at £19 per person for a two-course lunch menu, or £24 for three courses. The party night is £32.50, including three courses and a disco for revellers. www.efgc.co.uk 01832 280189 or email fee@efgc.co.uk.

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Treat your family this Christmas and book a table at the aptly named House of Feasts. Polish chef, Damian Wawryzniak, has created a destination restaurant in Peterborough’s Eye Green which focuses on simple food with exceptional taste and quality ingredients; locally produced, procured, foraged and home grown where possible. Damian’s experience on the international culinary circuit has seen him create dishes for the rich and famous and now you can treat yourself to his signature taste if you book your Christmas party here from 1-23 December, where a three-course Christmas meal will cost £27 per person. www.houseoffeasts.co.uk 01733 221279 or email: reservations@houseoffeasts.co.uk

Christmas is a special time of year at The Cherry House in Werrington. Chef Patron Andrew Corrick has played host in the 400 year old Grade 11 listed cottage for the last 24 years, creating an array of mouth-watering festive dishes to make Christmas something to savour. This is fine British dining with a respectful nod to classic French cuisine and impeccable service. Diners can enjoy a festive three-course lunch (two course option available weekdays) or dinner, with coffee and seasonal petits fours, crackers, party hats and poppers. A special Sunday lunch menu and a leisurely three-course Boxing Day lunch are also popular. Christmas Day, though fully booked since the beginning of the year, will serve Champagne and canapes on arrival followed by five courses including homemade terrines, a choice of four main dishes including traditional roast Norfolk turkey and a vegetarian option, a cheese course, rounded off with homemade desserts, coffee, mince pies and petits fours. Reservations are well ahead of those last year, so early booking is recommended. www.cherryhouserestaurant.co.uk 01733 571721 NENE LIVING OCTOBER 2018

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The Chubby Castor

Chef Patron, Adebola Adeshina opened The Chubby Castor in Peterborough earlier this year. Here, the focus is on fresh and locally sourced produce, cooked in a modern British way. The building comprises stone, thatch and dormer windows, which convey all the charm and character of its 17th century style and make it the perfect venue for a Christmas Day feast. For £135 per person, guests will receive Champagne on arrival and a five-course dinner. Diners can enjoy lobster, beef wellington or traditional roast turkey, among an array of dishes. From 16 November, the festive Sunday roast dinner will be available Monday to Sunday and is £28 per person for three courses. Four private rooms are available for functions, which can accommodate between four and 20 guests. This can include your Christmas Day gathering or your corporate Christmas party. Menus have been crafted for corporate Christmas parties and start at £40 per person. www.thechubbycastor.com or email reservations@thechubbycastor.com Group bookings (over 8 people) email: events@thechubbycastor.com

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Turkey is still on the menu here but in the form of grilled satay skewers so if you are tired of traditional seasonal fare and looking for a delicious fusion of South-East Asian cuisine offering options such as Teriyaki Crispy Duck or Tamarind Sea Bass, then East restaurant on the upper deck of the converted barge situated at Peterborough’s Town Bridge is for you. East offers three- and four-course festive sharing menus for four people at £28.95 and £32.50 per person respectively. There is also a festive vegetarian sharing menu for two at £20.95 each. East’s prime spot on the River Nene and bar on the deck below with live music and award winning Oakham Ales make for a memorable night out. www.east-restaurant.co.uk 01733 315702

Local pubs and restaurants offering festive menu meals: Wansford Country Lounge

This family run cafe bar, launched in November 2017, serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffee and cake (daily) and evening meals (Thursday to Saturday). The venue prides itself on locally sourced produce and is also available for private functions. For further details and Christmas menus go to: www.countryloungewansfordcafebar.co.uk 01780 593022

The Cross Keys Inn, King’s Cliffe New manager, Ian Cartmell, and his team of staff are offering several deals and a seasonal menu in the run up to Christmas. Steeped in local history complete with snug bar and authentic table skittles, this pub serves delicious food and excellent beers from the village’s own King’s Cliffe Brewery. www.crosskeyskingscliffe.uk 01780 470276

The Kings Arms, Polebrook Oundle Golf Club

From the 3-23 December Oundle Golf Club will be serving its Christmas menu at lunchtimes and evenings in the newly refurbished clubhouse. The cost for two courses is £19.95 per person and £22.95 for three, with a wide selection of traditional homemade dishes by Mel & Gem Catering. The venue offers seamless partying with restaurant, bar, wooden dance floor and a balcony overlooking splendid views of the course. The club’s proximity to the town centre makes this an ideal venue for guests living locally or for visitors with overnight bookings in Oundle. The venue and catering can be booked exclusively for large parties at £20 per head with a free disco and glass of Prosecco on arrival. 01832 273267 ext 3, email: office@oundlegolfclub.com

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The recently refurbished pub is offering a Christmas menu from 30 November to 23 December costing £25 per person for three courses and £20 for two courses (lunchtimes only) with children’s meals at half the price. The pub houses several private areas for larger groups: the Cottage Room and Conservatory can seat 25 each and the Snug seats eight. Pre-ordering is required for tables of six or more. www.kingsarmspolebrook.co.uk 01832 272363 or email: info@kingsarmspolebrook.co.uk

The Montagu Arms, Barnwell

The ‘Monty,’ with its roaring fires, excellent food and atmospheric interior is a fabulous venue for a Christmas gathering. Follow on Facebook to get the latest deals and Christmas menu information. Children, dogs and well-behaved parents are all welcome! www.montaguarmsbarnwell.co.uk 01832 273726

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Forage for berries, walk through woods full of spectacular autumn colour and enjoy seasonal tastes. Celebrate the new season with our inspiring ideas WORDS: FIONA CUMBERPATCH

AUTUMNAL ACTIVITIES OCTOBER 6 APPLE DAY Stamford Community Orchard Group Stamford Arts Centre 10am – 4pm Go along and get your apples identified, see and taste a huge range of local varieties, have a go at apple pressing and visit a range of stalls themed around food and nature. Free entry.

OCTOBER 10 -11 AUTUMN COLOURS BOTANICAL ART WORKSHOP Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust Volunteer Training Centre, off Oakham Rd, Hambleton LE15 8AD Artist Dawn Wright will teach you how to capture the magic of autumn via paints and paper. £180 for two days, including all materials and light refreshments. Booking essential. Email djw.illustrations@hotmail.co.uk

A little further afield… 14 OCTOBER APPLE DAY AT DROVE ORCHARDS, THORNHAM, NORFOLK 10am - 4pm Pick apples, pears and plums in 140 acres of heritage orchards with 160 varieties to choose from, including delicious Norfolk Royal Russets. There will also be stalls and seasonal foods. Free admission

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Nicholas Rudd-Jones, publisher of the Local Living magazines and author of two books about walking, Pathways and Urban Rambles, recommends these tree-lined routes and autumn riverscapes. For more details of the routes, visit stamfordliving. co.uk (April, Aug and Sept 2018 issues).

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Barrowden, Harringworth & Wakerley woods King’s Cliffe and Blatherwycke Oundle, Cotterstock and the River Nene

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Embrace the season with some cosy buys

Leah Chelsea Boot, £99.95 from White Stuff, High Street, Stamford.

OCTOBER 27 RIVERFORD PUMPKIN DAY Sacrewell Farm, Thornhaugh 11am-4pm £4 per person, each child’s ticket includes a pumpkin to carve Visit Riverford’s organic farm to celebrate all things pumpkin. Pick one from the fields and learn to carve it ready for Halloween. Tractor rides. Snacks and light bites using fresh, seasonal produce from the farm.

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FORAGE FOR A FEAST

BEECH NUTS Ripening in October, the fruit of the beech tree is contained in a spiky, three sided case which can be found on the forest floor. If you open one carefully, you’ll find an edible nut. These can be roasted in the oven on a baking sheet, and then sprinkled on salads as a crunchy topping.

BULLACE (WILD PLUMS) Not to be confused with sloes or damsons, these small, tart, purple fruits can be spotted in hedgerows during October and November. Gather them to make jam, crumble and a fruity gin or vodka.

ROSEHIPS

• 415g hazelnuts • Pinch salt • Pinch cinnamon • Pinch sugar Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade and pour the shelled hazelnuts on to a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast the nuts for 12-15 minutes. Let them cool slightly, then transfer to a clean teatowel and rub off the skins gently. Leaving the skins behind, pour the nuts into a food processor. Blend for 10 minutes until a butter forms. Add the seasonings, blend and taste. Put into a clean jar and store at room temperature. Spread on toast or crispbreads.

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Take a walk through the falling leaves, then warm up at one of these inviting eateries.

1 THE ORCHARD CAFÉ Welland Valley Garden Inspirations Hunker down on a sofa by the woodburning stove and enjoy a roast dinner in this popular café based at the Uppingham garden centre. On Sundays only, you get a choice of meat, with roast potatoes, stuffing and Yorkshire puds, £10.95 for one course, £13.95 for two courses (starter or dessert), booking advisable. Lunch is served from 12 – 3pm. The café is open at other times for rustic soups, hot chocolate, and afternoon tea (bookable in advance only).

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What to make with your forest bounty? The Woodland Trust (www.woodlandtrust.org.uk) has this recipe for Hazelnut Butter. Hazelnuts can be found in many woodlands at this time of year.

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The long seedpods of rose plants, you’ll see their scarlet beauty in most countryside hedgerows at this time of year. The outer layers are packed with vitamin C which is why they were traditionally made into a syrup to treat colds and flu. Try them in a jelly to spread on toast.

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The hedgerows and woods are full of nuts and berries. Here are some edible varieties to look out for. If in any doubt, leave them behind, and always leave some of the crop for birds and animals.

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Keep an eye out for bell shaped caps in large clusters on and around tree stumps and dying hardwood trees, from spring to early autumn.

4 GARDEN CAFÉ Burghley House, Stamford PE9 3JY There’s nothing nicer than a blustery walk admiring the autumn foliage in Burghley Park, followed by soup or hot chocolate and a slice of home made cake at this informal café with plenty of tables outside to soak up late rays. Open until the end of October.

2 FIKA 10C Mill St, Oakham LE15 6EA Super-stylish café with a Scandinavian vibe. We can recommend the Toast Twins: home made crumpets with a slice of fig and banana loaf cake, or how about a Scandi Woodland, with mushrooms, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, avocado, poached egg and watercress?

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10b High St, Uppingham LE15 9PZ Warm cinnamon and cardamom buns. Coconut and almond brownies. Toast with avocado and Norwegian smoked salmon. Just a few of the menu highlights at this cosy coffee shop. Healthy smoothies are on offer, too, and oat lattes. Takeaway too.

5 BREW BABU 6 West St, Oundle PE8 4EF 14 varieties of tea, and excellent coffee, served in an eclectic, vintage style café. The cheese scone, served warm, is legendary, and makes the perfect autumn treat.

6 THE LIGHTBOX CAFÉ 31 Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HA The independently owned café makes a good place to have a hearty breakfast to set you up for cooler days, with a Full English, or a Veggie English for £7.50. We can also recommend the Deluxe Hot Chocolate with cream and marshmallows. NENE LIVING OCTOBER 2018

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In a new monthly column, the experts at Flowers and Plants Direct, based in Hampton, Peterborough, tell us about a seasonal flower. This month, CHRYSANTHEMUMS

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HRYSANTHEMUMS, also known as “mums”, are one of the prettiest varieties of perennials that start blooming early in the autumn. The name is derived from the Ancient Greek chrysos (meaning gold) and anthemon (meaning flower). Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China as a flowering herb and they have appeared in ancient Chinese writings as early as 15th century BC when they were used as a herbal remedy. The boiled roots were believed to provide headache relief, and the sprouts and petals were eaten in salads. From China, the chrysanthemum made its way over to Japan, taken there by Buddhist monks in AD 400. The Japanese were so enamored by this beautiful flower that it was adopted as the emperor’s crest and official seal. The institution of the monarchy is still called the Chrysanthemum Throne. The chrysanthemum was recognized as the official flower of the city of Chicago in 1966 and in the United States, the chrysanthemum is the largest commercially produced flower. The flower has many different meanings according to its colour. The red chrysanthemums symbolize love and deep passion, yellow symbolizes neglected love or sorrow, white means loyalty and honesty and violet symbolize get well wishes. An extract of the flower, called pyrethrum, is also used as a natural source of insecticide. Pyrethrins attack the nervous systems of all insects. They inhibit female mosquitoes from biting and have insect-repellent effects. Not only do chrysanthemums make a colourful and beautiful arrangement for the home, the plants have been shown to reduce indoor air pollution by the NASA Clean Air Study. Chrysanthemums can be bought from Flowers and Plants Direct in a range of colours. The wholesale flower business does sell to the public and can be found at Unit A3, Club Way, Cygnet Park, Hampton, Peterborough PE7 8JA. Tel 01733 340945. www.flowersandplantsdirect.uk

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From snowdrops to tulips, crocuses, daffodils and alliums, there are beautiful bulbs for every size of garden. Now is the time to plant them for a show from January up to May. Always put in more bulbs than you think you need: a crammed container or a bountiful border is a sight to behold, and you just don’t get the same impact with sparse planting. Aim to plant all your bulbs by the end of November, and use our top tips for success this spring: • If you’re planting in the ground, go for drifts of 25 to 30 bulbs in one spot. Dig Photo: Fiona Cumberpatch one hole and group several together, aiming to put them three times their own depth in the soil. If your borders are small, try to plant at least six together for a striking effect. • Leave one bulb’s width between each one, they should not touch. • Water in with a full can once you have covered them over with soil. • When planting in containers, stick to a single colour for dramatic impact. If you want to mix them up, opt for a palette of hot or cool colours, but not both. • Choose bulbs which are firm to the touch, and which have not yet started shooting. All our local garden centres stock a wonderful range of bulbs. Try The Barn Garden Centre, Oundle, Bosworth’s Garden Centre, Elton, The Barn by Cherry Lane, Peterborough.

Barnsdale is voted Best Garden in the UK Barnsdale, near Rutland Water, has been voted as the UK’s best garden by the readers of Garden News magazine. The poll took place over summer and saw thousands cast a vote. With 38 themed gardens over eight acres to see, from Japanese style to classic cottage, the gardens provide inspiration and ideas for visitors. “We’re delighted,” says Nick Hamilton, owner of Barnsdale and son of the late veteran gardener Geoff, who created the site from bare fields in the 1980s. “Dad had a great passion for inspiring people to try new ideas and that is what we set out to do today.” He added: “The gardens here are all manageable size-wise, so everything we do is achievable to visitors. We want them to think ‘I can do that.’” Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8AH www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk Open 363 days a year, from 9am -5pm in October. Adults £9, children £5.

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The first all purpose-designed residential home for people with dementia opens its doors this month in Peterborough and it could set new standards for care

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by the Care Quality Commission. A nurse call system ensures safety for residents, so if they get up in the night and get into difficulties for any reason, staff will automatically be alerted and can help. Amar and Ajay visit their care homes on a regular basis to see residents and staff. “All our employees have direct access to us and they can contact us directly, as do our residents and their families. We encourage an open culture, where staff can speak freely and residents and their families do not have to think twice to comment on poor practice or ways we can improve our services. We restrict the capacity of our care homes too. There was room on the site we have built on at Thorpe Wood to design a home for between 70 – 80 residents but we believe that 50 people is our optimum number as this allows us to retain a personal touch with our residents, their families and our staff.” Parents Shammy and David are still involved, “but in more of an ambassadorial role, they are very well known in the city and have built the foundations that have allowed the company to develop to its next stage.” For the future, there are plans to develop more care homes, all within the surrounding area. “We have built our reputation on being local and we are passionate about what we do,” says Amar. “We love our city and we want to see more places like this one for people in the area.” For further information about Thorpe Wood or any of the Homes within Peterborough Care, call 01733 562328 or visit the website www.peterboroughcare.com. A

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Looking and feeling good. Compiled by Bridget Steele

Wellbeing Notes

If wearing sandals through the long hot summer has left your feet looking worse for wear, I can highly recommend a Spa Pedicure at The Nail Salon at Asha’s in Oundle. Run by Chantelle Mwala, you will be treated to a relaxing foot soak and invigorating scrub to tackle any flaky hard skin, before choosing from an array of beautiful solid and pearlescent shades in either regular or gel polish. Manicures with Acrylic and UV Gel polishes are available plus nail extensions and a great choice in nail art if you fancy something more artistic. The Spa Pedicure with Gel Polish takes about an hour and a half, and costs £42, including a drink from the Bazaar Café. It’s best to book and appointments are available from Tuesday to Saturday. Bridget Steele Contact chantelle@ashas.net The Nail Salon at Ashas, The Bazaar, West Street, Oundle PE8 4EJ Tel: 07958 647131

Food and fitness training Going into a gym for the first time can be particularly daunting for many of us, with images of complicated equipment, honed bodies and heavy weights: it’s no wonder that so many of us give up so easily. Personal trainer Lee Bearley understands that working with individuals to find a diet and training programme that fits their lifestyle is the best way to get lasting results. He says: “I specialise in shortening the gap between you wanting to achieve something great and it actually happening. I help people to reclaim control of their bodies, giving energy and confidence. It’s not about running for endless hours, or giving up the foods you love. I’m here to show you that the scales don’t need to dictate how you live”. Lee adds: “the step to get started is massive and is not lost on me, so if you want to see how I can help you get more energy, feel and look better without having to navigate the minefield of information on what is best for you, visit – www.leebearleyfitness.co.uk or search Lee Bearley Fitness on Facebook/Instagram.”

Do you suffer with agonising heel pain? Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, resulting from a gradual degeneration of the plantar fascia or sudden trauma to the area. Patients may describe the sensation as sharp stabbing or a deep ache in the middle of the heel or along the bottom of the foot during walking or standing. Appearing in one heel or both, the condition tends to be chronic and difficult to heal and is often developed by people who take part in sports or spend long periods of time on their feet. Annette Robinson, a Podiatrist who specialises in muscles and joints has helped many patients successfully overcome their debilitating heel pain by using special orthotics in shoes she prescribes using an innovative diagnostic tool called TOG GaitScan™ at her clinic in Oundle. Prescription orthotics are custom made in a laboratory with a life-time guarantee, keeping their original shape, so they offer superior control, support and promote proper foot function. They are designed not to be bulky and they fit into all types of footwear. For an appointment or advice on GaitScan™ and Orthotic therapy or any of the pain and injury treatment Annette offers, please contact her on 01832 272200, 07905 167 944 or visit www. injuries-clinic-oundle.co.uk

Helping women to thrive Women often flourish in supportive groups - enjoying friendship, laughter, exploring the ‘why’ of food, mood, fitness, relationships and confidence. Gently Be is starting a new wellbeing group for women to help them thrive, developing themselves and their overall health, enjoying some time out, with fun and beneficial practices all facilitated by qualified therapists and trainers. Weekly afternoon sessions are on Mondays from 1pm-2.45 pm at the Joan Strong Centre, off East Road in Oundle. Drop in to one at £7.50 per session or book all 5 for £6.50 each. For more information and to book, visit www.gentlybe.com.

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WANDER around Boston’s compact centre reveals architecture from different eras, helpfully adorned with blue plaques to tell of past importance. Look for splendid black and white half-timbered buildings, gracious Georgian façades and red brick Victorian shops and houses. Named for St Botolph, an Anglo-Saxon monk who was believed to have established a monastery overlooking a crossing point in the River Witham in 645AD, Boston (Botolph’s town) makes a fascinating day out. At its heart is the wide, irregularly shaped Market Place, which comes to vibrant life with weekly street markets held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, a tradition that goes back to the 12th century. Small independent shops line the maze of narrow medieval lanes that radiate out from it. One corner is dominated by the town’s landmark star attraction, St Botolph’s Church (see panel). Of the stately buildings that edge the Market Place, look for the Exchange Buildings at number 36. Designed by the architect Thomas Lumby, known for his work on Lincoln Cathedral, its pediment proudly displays its date: 1772. The Assembly Rooms nearby were completed in 1822. John Foxe, author of the gruesome Book of Martyrs, published in 1573 and widely read, was born on the site of The Stump and Candle pub in 1517. A first edition of the book is held in the library at St Botolph’s Church.

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The Boston Stump St Botolph’s, affectionately known as the Boston Stump (an unappealing title for what is a splendid church), presides over the town. Its tower, visible for miles around, is crowned by an octagon adorned with pinnacles and flying buttresses and once sheltered a beacon that guided travellers in from the surrounding fens. Climb its 209 steps for panoramic views, which on clear days stretch as far afield as Lincoln and across to The Wash. Long, light and airy, with soaring columns in the nave and colourful stained glass windows that tell stories from the Bible and Boston’s history, St Botolph’s is one of the largest parish churches in the country. Construction of the church began in 1309 with the 272ft-tall tower added in the 15th century. It was from the ornate pulpit that the church’s most famous vicar, Rev John Cotton, pounded out his fiery sermons that lasted for several hours. A puritan dissident, he encouraged prominent members of his congregation to set sail for the New World to establish the Massachusetts Bay Colony (renamed Boston in 1630) and himself emigrated in 1633. A chapel is dedicated to his memory. History has shaped the vast interior and there are furnishings from medieval to Victorian times. Flip up the heavy seats in the choir stalls to reveal 14th-century misericords carved with strange figures. There are 62 of them!

Bites WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK • Seventh Heaven Café, 50A Market Place, PE21 6NF. Friendly coffee shop where sandwiches, salads, paninis, cakes and desserts are served at umbrella-shaded tables on the Market Place, or upstairs in the lounge, with views of St Botolph’s Church and the passing parade. • White Hart Hotel, 1-5 High Street, PE21 8SH. 01205 311900. The Courtyard bar, Eatery & Coffee House at this former coaching inn serves food all day, with a more formal setting in the Riverside restaurant. www.whitehartboston.com • Church Keys Wine Bar & Restaurant, 28 Church Street, PE28 6NW. 01205 837030. In a half-timbered building dating back to the 16th century, right on the river bank and close to St Botolph’s church. www.churchkeys.co.uk NENE LIVING OCTOBER 2018

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History through buildings The oldest building in town hosts the Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre on Shodfriars Lane. An early 14th-century Dominican friary, its monks were known as ‘shodfriars’ because they wore sandals rather than walking barefoot. The nearby Guildhall dates from the 1390s and displays in every room reveal Boston’s long history. From the wealth and power of the merchant Guildsmen and the cells where the Pilgrim Fathers were held, to the building’s use as a British Restaurant during World War II, an abundance of stories are told here. Fydell House, next to the Guildhall, is an elegant, redbrick Georgian building with many original features and a lovely garden. The walls of its American Room, opened by US Ambassador Joseph Kennedy in 1938, are hung with prints of the first six governors of Massachusetts, all men from Boston, Lincs. Along the now quiet river where old warehouses have been converted into apartments, Custom House Quay was the hub of the busy medieval port. Look for the royal coat of arms above The Customs House, believed to be one of the oldest in England. Boston’s shops range from well-known high street names to independently owned establishments. Oldrids on Strait Bargate is a popular department store while on Wide Bargate head for designer fashion at Coneys and Cammacks, in its Art Deco-style building, for quality furniture.

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Fame and fortune In the 13th and 14th centuries, the wool trade brought such prosperity to the town that it became England’s second busiest port (after London). It was so important to the powerful Hanseatic League traders of Northern Europe and the Baltic States that they built bigger cargo ships specially designed for the shallow waters of the River Witham. Local merchants decided to build a great church to demonstrate their wealth, though by the time St Botolph’s was finally completed in the early 16th century the town was already in decline as the Hanseatic League began to implode and the river silted up. The Grand Sluice, built in 1766 to prevent tides flooding the fens north of Boston, changed the town’s fortunes. Its construction made a river port possible, provided for reliable navigation of the River Witham between Boston and Lincoln and allowed hundreds of acres of land to be drained, reclaimed and divided into fields for growing crops, which were then shipped to London and the new industrial towns of the north. Business and trade flourished and such was the growth in population that Boston became the largest town in Lincolnshire. The sluice is where the fresh water of the River Witham meets the tidal River Haven that flows through the town centre and out to The Wash. At the Sluice Bridge, board the Boston Belle for cruises along the tranquil river or a bracing trip out to sea to view seals and abundant bird life. On the edge of town, the Maud Foster Windmill stands on the banks of the Maud Foster Drain. Built in 1819, with its five huge sails and seven floors, which you can climb, it’s the tallest working windmill in England. Visitors can see flour being made in the traditional way and the shop sells organic stoneground flour, porridge oats and books on local history.

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Discover more • St Botolph’s Church, Church Close, PE21 6NW. 01205 310929. Open MondaySaturday 8.30-4, Sunday 7.30-4; free. Tower Experience Monday-Saturday 10-3.30, Sunday 1-3pm; £5 adult, accompanied children free. https://parish-of-boston.org.uk • Fydell House, South Street, PE21 6HU. 01205 351520. Open Monday-Friday 10-4; free. www.bostonpreservationtrust.com • Boston Belle, Sluice Bridge, Witham Bank East, PE21 9JU. 01205 820108. www.bostonbelle.co.uk • Boston Guildhall, South Street, PE21 6HT. 01205 365954. Open WednesdaySaturday 10.30-3.30 (last admission 3pm); free. www.bostonguildhall.co.uk • Tourist Information Centre, The Guildhall, South Street, PE21 6HT. 01205 365954. For opening times, see Boston Guildhall above. www.visitbostonuk.com • Maud Foster Mill, Willoughby Road, PE21 9EG. 01205 352188. Open Wednesday and Saturday 10-5; shop free, windmill adults £4, seniors £3, child £2, family ticket £10; www.maudfoster.co.uk

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HEN Renata and Dragan Veljovic began to do up their house in Peterborough in 2010, they were unable to find exactly the integral bedroom furniture they were looking for. Modern, yet practical, with plenty of storage, it did not seem like a big ask, but Renata grew increasingly frustrated with the search for something affordable and stylish. “My family came to stay from Poland, and they have had a furniture business there for 30 years. They suggested making it for me, and I thought, ‘why not?’” Friends in the UK were so impressed with the couple’s refitted bedroom and later, their kitchen design, that word began to spread, and orders began to stack up. “That’s how our business began. In 2012 after we had our kitchen refitted, we sold 10 copies of the same style.” Dragan and Renata’s house became an informal showroom for three years, but with two young children at home, it soon became impractical to continue there, and a year ago, they moved into dedicated premises in Lincoln Road, Peterborough. Here, you can see examples of the kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms that they specialise in. Glossy acrylic units in a huge variety of colours, natural veneers in faux wood, large size tiling and luxury worktops in quartz create a luxury look without a huge price tag. “Our aim is to maximise every centimetre of space, to create furniture that is both practical and functional,” emphasises Dragan. He demonstrates remote control systems that open cupboards and illuminate cabinets at the touch of a button, soft close kitchen unit doors, and beds with electronically operated mattresses that rise and fall effortlessly. Under stair storage is taken to a new level of ingenuity, and fitted, compartmentalised wardrobes are constructed to conceal even the largest shoe and bag collections. Renata oversees the design side of the business, while Dragan is in charge of the building and fitting. He has his own team of 11 plumbers, electricians and fitters, who work every day from 8am – 5pm. “Our furniture is not flatpack, it is bespoke, but it is prepared beforehand in

Poland to precise measurements. Once it has been made, it can take around only two days to fit a bedroom, for example. Disruption and fuss are kept to an absolute minimum.” Customers are invited to the showroom to discuss their requirements over a cup of coffee. “There’s no hard sell, says Dragan, “and whether you’re spending £2,000 or £50,000, you will get the same attention to detail and we’ll work with you to get the best design for your home.” Home visits are made to take measurements, and Renata prepares a design in 3D. This can include lighting, tiling and plumbing. When the customer is happy, a contract is signed, specifying the time it will take and when it will happen, so there is no danger of the ‘disappearing builder’ syndrome that can sometimes make house renovations more stressful than they should be. “There is a lifelong warranty for the systems, which are mainly Austrian, German and Swiss, and ten years warranty for the fitting,” explains Dragan. The company is currently working on projects in London and Cambridge, as well as those closer to home, and word is spreading about RDV’s reliability and quality. “Our business is built on strong foundations. We began slowly, selling to Polish customers through word of mouth, and now our reputation is growing. We’re not a supermarket, you get personal service, and the benefit of the good relationship that we have with our workers,” says Dragan. With old and new properties in their portfolio, the design aesthetic works in houses from all eras. “It’s for customers who want something special, we don’t just do sleek and modern,” says Dragan. “Our main aim is to work with clients, to create a home that is exactly right for them at affordable, competitive prices.” To book an appointment, call the office on 01733 564723. The showroom is at 5-7 Lincoln Rd, Peterborough PE1 2RJ. www.rdvfurniture.com

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A liTtlE PUmpKin piCkiNg Nothing says Halloween like a Jack O Lantern, and in our household it has now become an annual ritual. The kids love to seek out the biggest pumpkin they can find, and Hill Farm in Chesterton is the perfect place to do just that. Grab a wheelbarrow and follow the themed trail to the pumpkin patch and let your little ones hunt for the plumpest pumpkin they can find.

TOP TIP: Hill Farm is a popular location to pick your own, so head there before the crowds and always call before you drive over to check availability of stock. Opens 10am (closed Mondays) Oundle Rd, Chesterton, Peterborough PE7 3UA, 01733 233270

LIttLe livIng Autumnal abundance is in the air as Rachel Andrews-Ingram seeks out all this beautiful season has on offer to keep her two children happy

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Hosting a Halloween party? Tiger Stores in Queensgate Centre, Peterborough has a good selection of cute toys and accessories.

As well as being a working estate with beautiful gardens and parkland, a grand mansion and a farm with rare breeds, Wimpole Home Farm is also one of the top places to pick conkers according to the National Trust. It’s around 50 minutes away and makes a great trip out. After a wander around the farm, you can have a lovely lunch in the cafe, then amble through the parkland, where there is also a play park. You’ll find lots of horse chestnut trees where the kids can collect conkers. And there’s so much you can do with these seasonal seeds: paint them, play the traditional game of conkers, make a conker snake or conker people, or Evelyn’s favourite is just to count them out and put them in various pots and pans in her play kitchen. Mummy Tip: Conkers are poisonous if ingested, make sure children keep them out of their mouths and store the conkers well away from pets. Open: Monday to Sunday 10:30 - 17:00, Wimpole Estate, Orwell, Royston SG8 0BW, 01223 206000

A liTtlE MAke A GLOWING LEAF LANTERN This is a really pretty and simple little make and looks really effective when the autumn light begins to fade. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Empty plastic milk bottle Sticky backed plastic (try Colemans in Oundle or Peterborough for supplies) Autumn leaves Scissors Battery operated tea-light WHAT TO DO - First, you’ll need to go on a hunt for some autumnal leaves in a park or local woodland, and that’s part of the fun. Give the children a

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bag and get them to seek out a range of different colours and sizes. - If the leaves are damp, leave them to dry out overnight. If the leaves are very curly, put them under a heavy book, under a sheet of newspaper. - Cut all the way around around the bottom of the milk carton, about 15cm (6 inches) from the bottom. You may want to mark it first. - Roll out your sticky-backed plastic and wrap it around the carton to measure how much you’ll need. Then cut it to the depth you need. - Peel off the backing paper. Ask your little-one to decorate it with the leaves they’ve collected. - Wrap the plastic around the carton. Press and smooth out. - Place the tea-light inside.

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A liTtlE HAllOweEn TraIl If your kids like playing detective, then they’ll love the Burghley Pumpkin Trail during October 20 -28. If you visit the Sculpture Garden you can join the spooky trail, where you hunt down the pumpkins. Let the kids take charge of their map and work out the clues. Why not get into the spirit (geddit!) then let them dress up in their spookiest outfit. You can then reward their super sleuthing with a delicious hot chocolate from the cafe or orangery restaurant. Burghley Park, Barnack Rd, 01780 75245, www.burghley.co.uk

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The nights are drawing in and there’s plenty of opportunity to celebrate the most atmospheric of seasons this month, says Rachel Andrews-Ingram. Crafting Live

Spooky Tours Burghley House. Image: Lee Hellwing Friday 5 October Richard Brasier Twilight Organ Recital Autumn sees the beginning of the dark nights – a seasonal development not everyone welcomes, but one that carries its own kind of magic. A twilight organ recital by the world-renowned Richard Brasier in the sublime surroundings of the Oundle School Chapel is a fine way to mark the end of the chilloutside season and the beginning of the wrap-upagainst-the-chill days. This solo performance is part of a Europe-wide tour by the Essex-born organist. 8pm, Oundle School Chapel, 10 Milton Rd, Oundle, Peterborough PE8 4AD https://www.oundleschool.org.uk/The-Arts-Music Thursday 11 October I Am John Clare John Clare is Helpston’s most famous export – a poet of rare perception and genius – but sadly, when he was exported, he was sent to a Northampton lunatic asylum where he remained until his death in 1874. This remarkable little show hangs its hat on a letter sent by Clare to a well-wisher in 1860, in which the poet claims to not know who he is, or why he has been committed. So begins a journey into his own self, his identity and ideas about his sanity – or lack thereof. A solo performance in the poet’s home village, this is an immersion into the confused life of a genius. £5, 7.30pm John Clare Cottage Cafe, Woodgate, Helpston, Peterborough PE6 7ED, 01733 253330 http://www.clarecottage.org/pages/oct-events Friday 12 October An Audience with Martin Kemp From being a member of the band that helped define the New Romantic era to acting alongside his brother as one of the Krays in the acclaimed

film of the same name, to putting in a solid stint as a slippery nightclub owner on East London’s most famous soap, Martin Kemp has had a career that’s as varied as they come. Off stage and screen his battles with two brain tumours and the colourful experience of having George Michael tag along on his first date with his wife of 30 years add to this enduring character, who hosts an evening of chat, humour and colourful tales – from Spandau Ballet to Albert Square. £26.50, 7.30pm, The Key Theatre, www.vivacity.org, 01733 207239, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF

Sunday 14 October Diwali Festival Cathedral Square Diwali - the Hindu Festival of light – is pretty special at the best of times, but this year the annual autumn festival, celebrated on a dark new moon night, really will be something to behold. To honour Peterborough’s 900th anniversary, 900 bulbs will be switched on in Cathedral Square to create what the organisers are calling a ‘sea of light.’ Food, dance and intoxicating vibrancy will be everywhere and it is sure to be spectacular. City Centre, Peterborough, PE1 1XH

Wednesday 17 October - Wednesday 31 October Spooky Tours Burghley House Anyone who has ever been to Burghley House – or has even seen Burghley House – will know that this remarkable Elizabethan building has a unique atmosphere. Now imagine what it would be like to turn the lights out, illuminate its vaulted halls with candles and fill the alleys and shadows with truly scary characters whose aim is to scare the living daylights out of you. It must be time for the Burghley Spooky Tour! Packed with interesting, spooky histories associated with this building, getting the chance to visit the house in darkness is worth the ticket price alone – but beware, anyone expecting a tame, lame person-under-a-sheet scenario is going to be eating their words… this tour is surprisingly effective at scaring the wits out of you. Unsurprisingly, for this reason caution is advised for children under 11. Burghley House, Barnack Road, Stamford PE9 3JY, www.burghley.co.uk, 01780 752451 Friday 19 - Saturday 20 October 2018 Crafting Live Turning your hand to creating your own cards, gifts, home decor and jewelry has never been bigger – and if you’re one of the many who has been sucked in by this rewarding pastime, you’ll want to be one of the first through the door of this award-winning show. With stands packed with stamps, dies, decoupage, fabric, wool, ribbon, beads and much more, with live demonstrations and plenty of like-minded creatives on site, this is the place to stock up on supplies for your next masterpiece. £5 Adults / £4 Concessions, East of England Showground, Alwalton, Peterborough, PE2 6XE, www.craftinglive.co.uk/shows/peterborough/, (+44) 03300 415688

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Sunday 21 October Cupid’s Wedding Show East of England If 2019 is your big year, why not start your celebrations early with a visit to a show that is sure to make you feel special – or at least get you in the mood for the biggest day of your life! Create the ‘mood board’ of your dreams with fashion shows, theme ideas, venue inspiration… not to mention a free glass of bubbly for everyone and a goody bag for the first 250 brides. FREE, 10:30am - 3:00pm. East of England Showground, Alwalton, Peterborough, PE2, www.cupidsweddingshows.com, 01775 765 385

Led Zeppelin had their own creepy mythology. So what better day to indulge in it than the scariest weekend of the year? Featuring top tribute acts for all of the above – plus the blackest of the lot, Motorhead – South Grove Community Centre hosts a night of monster rock that will be ringing in your ears long after the lights have gone out. £10 advance £15 on the door, South Grove Community Centre, Grove Court, Woodston, Peterborough PE2 9AG, 07851 313808 https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Peterborough/ South-Grove-Community-Centre/Highway-toHelloween-4---Monster-Rock-Tribute-Night/13174944/

Wednesday 24 October Funny Girl The latest performance to be live-streamed from some of the West End’s most illustrious theatres, Funny Girl stars Sheridan Smith and singer-turnedsinging-actor Darius Campbell in this classic tale of Broadway comedy star Fanny Brice and her turbulent relationship with gambler Nick Arnstein. Packed with iconic show tunes such as Don’t Rain on My Parade, Sheridan Smith’s acclaimed performance and the novel experience of having the stagecraft of the West End beamed into the Key Theatre, this stunning musical event can now be enjoyed by everyone. £11.50, The Key Theatre, www.vivacity.org, 01733 207239, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF

Tuesday 30 October Enemy of the People Henrik Ibsen’s typically chilly 1882 play concerning a scientist torn between the prosperity of their town and a brewing public health risk has had a resurgence in the United States due to its sudden resonance in the context of the Trump presidency. Now an adaptation by Robin Colyer and Anna Glynn is being hosted by the Stahl Theatre – as is a chance to appreciate one of the greatest playwrights of all time, performed with a modern twist. 7.45pm; £12/£10 concessions, Stahl Theatre, West Street, Oundle PE8 4EJ www.stahltheatre.co.uk

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Artist Claire Morris-Wright’s work is inspired by a hedgerow in the Northamptonshire hamlet where she lives.

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OW many of us can claim to really notice the hedges we walk past every day? Beyond clocking that they are full of blackberries in the autumn, or overgrown and verdant in the summer, most of us wouldn’t give these organic barriers much more of a thought. For Claire Morris-Wright, an artist living in one of Northamptonshire’s tiny hamlets, hedges - and one hedge in particular offer a wealth of opportunities for reflection and introspection. “I became obsessed by a hedge on the horizon line of my village”, she explains, “and, for more than two years, I have walked beside it every week. I’ve noticed the seasonal changes and tiny details, making a visual diary and cataloguing images on social media.” Following a successful application for funding from Arts Council England, Claire embarked on The Hedge Project, an ambitious and, in her words, “a deeply personal” journey to discover “how our environments impact on our personal lives in both urban and rural locations.” The result is a series of beautiful and haunting works, using a variety of media and techniques, from woodcut and dry point etching to screen printing and textiles. These art works have formed the basis for a series of exhibitions, launched in July at the Wallner Gallery, Lakeside Arts Nottingham University, transferring to Leicester Print Workshop Gallery and then on to Kettering Museum and Art Gallery, where it finishes before Christmas. “I was really interested in the role hedges play in our lives.” says Claire. “They act as borders and containers, and are a vital part of any farm, either being sympathetically and beautifully laid, or brutally cut by machinery. They are both chaotic structures and organised ecosystems, with their own flora and fauna, often harbouring and protecting ancient lichens and mosses.” But it was the personal impact of this journey on Claire that proved most inspirational, artistically. “For me, the Hedge has evoked many metaphors and symbols that have in turn inspired me to reflect, in new ways, on my own life and my journey through the seasons. Some of these symbols are relevant and pertinent to all our lives and environments: confinement, barriers, boundaries, horizons, edges, chaos and structure, to name but a few.” The exhibition has gained international recognition, with praise coming from the Department of Contemporary Art History at the University of Texas, from which Professor Eddie Chambers has said: “To be working from one hedge and to produce such exquisite and wide-ranging work is nothing short of remarkable.”

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A founding member of the Leicester Print Workshop, as well as the Leicester-Based Knighton Lane Artists group, Claire has had a long career in the arts, with stints as artist in residence at Loughborough University; Arts Education coordinator at Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery; and as Exhibitions Officer at The City Gallery, Leicester. Her own work as an artist is completed alongside these roles, and that of mum to her two boys, somehow fitting in exhibitions both locally and across the country. One of her pieces has found a permanent home at Curve Theatre Leicester. “I find lots to inspire me,” she says. “I love the work of Willamina BarnsGraham, Prunella Clough, Louise Bourgeois and Eva Hesse, and I travel to museums and galleries nationwide - and abroad, if I can - where there is endless inspiration to be found.” Claire will be kept busy for the rest of the year with workshops followed by the Arts Council evaluation at the start of 2019, but she has new plans brewing. “There are beautiful areas where nature has reclaimed manmade structures in the forests,” she says, “and I’d love to do some work around those lines and edges. I’m also interested in the idea of personal and emotional maps of places.” The Hedge Project can be seen at Leicester Print Workshop Gallery until October 29 and Kettering Museum and Art Gallery from November 17 – December 22.

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