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T’S said that time flies when you’re having fun… and judging by how fast Christmas has come around, I’d say this year has been one of the best yet! This is the time of year to appreciate and express gratitude for the good things in life, and here at Nene Living we’d like to say a huge thank you to all those who support our efforts in creating and delivering a monthly magazine that’s a true celebration of the area in which we live and work. Our dedicated team of contributors work hard to come up with ideas for articles that inspire and inform, and all are excellent ambassadors for our brand; their individual personalities shine out from the words they write, and our gettogethers are always filled with loyalty and lots of laughter. We’re of varying ages and backgrounds, but working together has created ties that bind, and friendships that extend beyond the page. I’m thankful, too, to all those readers who email and write in. There’s nothing nicer than receiving comments like the recent “I congratulate you on the production and editorial values of your title - a genuine rare treat in today’s regional publishing world”… such messages brighten even the most workaday of winter days! Lots to be pleased about then… and plenty to make this month fly by too. I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing, this December is a happy and healthy one for you and your loved ones. Have a very merry Christmas!

Gillian Bendall Editor INCORPORATING


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Fun, festive decorations

7, 9, 10 News & Notes

23 A time for giving

How you can help others this holiday

37 Health & Beauty

The latest tips on looking good and feeling great

Helping you make the most of living locally

41 Investing in healthcare What’s new at the city’s Fitzwilliam Hospital?

43 You & Yours 27 Recycle with style

Pre-loved fashion for the party season

13 The real magic-makers A tribute to those who’ll be working while the rest of us relax over Christmas

33 Delcor

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34 Food & Drink

Learn how to cook authentic Indian meals, plus a tasty winter soup recipe

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


No need to shop ‘til you drop… our compilation of Christmas gifts has something for everyone

Events you won’t want to miss this month

Meet Oundle School’s Director of Sport, rugby star Danny Grewcock

Specialist wallpaper installers Sullivan Beare share their expertise

45 It’s in the bag!

51 Out & About

18 Sport for the many…

21 Interiors: Feature walls

A heads-up on all things health-related

COVER: This beautiful festive wreath was made by Becky, Creative Director at Florae Foray ( and photographed by Sarah Brookes Photography (www. The annual series of wreathmaking sessions at Thrapston’s beautiful Hilly Horton Home store begins on November 30 and continues on December 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Becky of Florae Foray will lead two sessions each day, 11am-2pm and 7-10pm. Priced at £36 per person each session includes all tuition and materials, refreshments and festive nibbles.


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Box of baubles, £29.95, Chapel Interiors Snowman jug, £18.95, Chapel Interiors

Lit dome, £15, Next

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Into the Woods urchin bauble, £15, John Lewis

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NEWS & NOTES Helping you make the most of Nene living

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F Wedding boutique wins prestigious award – again!


OW Bridal Gallery, based in Wansford, has once again been named Wedding Boutique of the Year in the East Region of the English Wedding Awards. Directors Lisa Smith and Dave Gallagher (above) were presented with the award in front of an audience of the best professionals and establishments in the wedding industry. The English Wedding Awards celebrate the hard work of industry professionals, with nominations being put forward by members of the public. Lisa said: “It’s a fabulous achievement, and it really shows how much our customers appreciate what we do for their most special day.” Dave added: “This is the second year in a row we’ve won this award. They say it’s harder to retain a title than to win it, so this award shows our consistency in delivering the best in customer service.” • 01780 783607,

OODCYCLE Peterborough has won the ‘Community Champions’ award for its achievement in building a sense of community in Peterborough. Since opening its doors in April 2016, volunteers at FoodCycle’s Peterborough project have dished up free three-course meals to the local community every Monday at Park Road Baptist Church. FoodCycle’s volunteers regularly serve around 60 guests every week, who come from all walks of life. The food is collected from local supermarkets and other suppliers before being dropped off at the church early on a Monday. “We get some really great donations,” Liz Bartley, one of the project leaders, explains. “It’s just that the supermarkets can’t sell the food because of the dates. We make sure it doesn’t go to waste though.” Once the team of cooks have decided on a menu, the rest of the food is sorted into bags for guests to take home. “Everybody gets a bag,” Tracy, who looks after community outreach for the project, says. “Some of our guests really rely on FoodCycle to top up their weekly food budget with things like fresh fruit and veg that they might not be able to afford otherwise.” In addition, volunteers have produced a Signposting Leaflet at the request of their guests. It points people in the right direction for a range of services – where they can eat for free most days of the week, where they can get help with accommodation, who can give guidance about issues like drug or alcohol dependency, debt advice – even where they can get a shower! FoodCycle Peterborough serves lunch from 12.30pm every Monday at Park Road Baptist Church. If you’d like to help out by volunteering, email peterborough@ for more information. •



ETERBOROUGH churches are continuing their support this year for Christmas Starts with Christ, a nationwide project aimed at reminding people of the real reason for the seasonal celebration. The city’s Christian churches first joined the project four years ago and last year 30 of them displayed banners outside their premises. Pat Bedford from St Peter and All Souls RC Church Peterborough says: “We hope to encourage people to come into our churches during this festive period and perhaps join in our services, so we will be putting service times for local churches on the website.” * See uk for more information.

£2.8m National Lottery investment in the Nene Valley


ENESCAPE, a five-year Landscape Partnership project supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, which will see the Nene Valley, its communities and visitors benefit from 16 projects delivered by 11 partners, began last month. Activities will provide opportunities for local people to develop skills, improve access to the water, restore wetland and wildlife habitats, uncover and celebrate the area’s history and develop tourism. Amanda Johnson, Project Delivery Manager, says: “Bringing together so many people and their connections to the valley through this project is a fabulous opportunity and we are thrilled to be receiving this support from Heritage Lottery and our partners. There’s so much to be celebrated along the River Nene.” A programme of volunteering opportunities and a community grants scheme will support projects in the Nene Valley from Weedon Bec to Peterborough. Anyone with an interest in wildlife, heritage and landscape can get involved – visit the website to see a list of all projects or email Alison Cross at for more information. NENE LIVING DECEMBER 2017

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Young farmers fund flock additions at Sacrewell


ACREWELL farm has added five new Lincoln Longwall sheep to its flock following a successful ‘Young Farmer’s Apprentice’ event during October half-term. Children aged between five and 16 were invited to help out with farm chores during seven sessions throughout the week which raised £540 for the William Scott Abbott Trust. The new additions to the flock mean that Sacrewell can start a pedigree breeding programme for this vulnerable breed, which has less than 900 registered breeding females in the UK and is on the Rare Breed Survival Trust watchlist. Children got a real taste of farm life with hands-on experience of everything from stone picking in the pig pens, mucking out and grooming the Shetland ponies, and collecting chicken eggs. Stewart Robinson, a father who attended with his daughter said: “I’ve never seen a group of kids so excited about shovelling poop!”


How to manage an adolescent dog during winter


ARK evenings at this time of year can make getting the dog exercised seem like a chore. Those who enjoyed the spring and summer months socialising and training young puppies have a challenging few months ahead. The word ‘adolescence’ doesn’t only apply to us humans – it’s just as relevant to dogs, and in fact some of the issues that we experience as teenagers are fundamentally the same for dogs. Short attention span, lack of focus, and an increase in thrill-seeking behaviours among them. Exercises they previously excelled in suddenly become much more challenging, especially learning that requires the dog to remain calm, still, or to concentrate. Was all that puppy training a waste of time? Actually no, it wasn’t. In fact the effort you’ve previously invested will be making a difference, even if it doesn’t appear that way. Like us as teenagers, it’s really important that the amount and nature of the thrill-seeking activities your dog engages in are managed. There are activities that can have a long-term detrimental effect on their behaviour, and there are also activities that can be exciting and totally acceptable for your dog to do. Engaging him in these sort of things helps use up his mental and physical energy and reduce the chance of him choosing inappropriate behaviours. During adolescence owners often see their dog start to bark or lunge at dogs on the lead. Many dogs get a thrill out of this but it’s important that this doesn’t become a habit; take treats and toys on walks and use them to make yourself the more exciting choicewhen in the company of other dogs. Some dogs steal items around the house because it’s exciting to be chased by the owner. Chasing the dog in this situation is reinforcing his behaviour and will encourage him to repeat it. Invest in lots of chews; young dogs should be chewing several times a day. Research what types of activity-feeding your breed would enjoy – it’s an excellent way of using up mental and physical energy. Increase the amount of toy games: try catch, find the toy, chase and tug of war with a toy. Training that involves lots of movement is good, and trick training that involves movement is great – leg weave, rollover for example. If you need help or advice seek it as early as possible. Addressing behaviours before they become established is easier and more successful. Adolescence is a challenging time, but the effort you put in here will be rewarded later. Wood Green The Animals Charity offers a free advice service for dogs and cats. If you would like behaviour or training advice for your pet call 01480 830014 ext 1281.

Excellence abounds at the Stamford Endowed Schools, which achieved fantastic ratings following a recent Independent Schools Inspectorate visit. Three different teams of inspectors visited Stamford High School, Stamford School and Stamford Junior School (including Stamford Nursery School) to assess the quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements, along with the quality of pupils’ personal development and regulatory compliance. And the overall findings were outstanding – the Schools were rated as ‘Excellent’ (the highest level of achievement) in five out of six reports and ‘Good’ (the second-highest level of achievement) in one report. • Full inspection reports can be found at





DRESSING gown and scarf will be de rigeur when Oundle School presents The Snowman on Friday 8 December. Performed by Quentin Thomas, Howard Blake’s family favourite will be brought to life before a Chapel audience which all are invited to join – attendees are simply asked to wrap up warm in dressing gown and scarf (the teddy bear is optional), clasp the cup of hot chocolate on offer and enjoy the projection of the organ on to a screen, with Narrator and Treble before you. The event begins at 9pm and no tickets are required.

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OUNG toy testers rushed to Queensgate Shopping Centre last month to select this year’s ‘must-haves’ and help Santa put together his top ten list for 2017. Argos, John Lewis, Game, Tiger, Menkind and Marks and Spencer all took part in the free event, offering toys for children to play with, from remote controlled cars to virtual reality goggles. In all, 235 testers and their parents completed Santa’s score sheet, which asked for a mark from one to five smiley faces for each toy tested. Over 1,880 marks were cast in total across 30 different toys during the two-day event, but only 10 made the cut. Game’s Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart was voted best toy by far, with 745 points, and was one of the best played with toys amongst boys and girls. The Nintendo Switch is £279.99 on its own or £319.99 with Mario Kart. Others to make the top ten were: • Remote Controlled Tarantula, Tiger (£20) & John Lewis (£25) • Cars 3 Lightning McQueen remote controlled car, Argos (£39.99) • Black Mercedes remote controlled car, Tiger (£30) • Cry Babies ‘Bonnie’, Argos (£29.99) • Lamborghini remote controlled car, Menkind (£24.99) • Micro mini scooter, John Lewis (£79.99) • Floor Piano, John Lewis (£30) • Mini Cooper remote controlled car, Marks and Spencer (£25) • Pre-school: Tots Town Train Set, Argos (£29.99) • For more gift ideas, see p45. The Queensgate Gift Tree, in partnership with Spurgeons Children’s Charity, has returned to the centre to ensure children across Peterborough receive a gift this Christmas. The Gift Tree, which invites shoppers to donate a present to a child that wouldn’t normally have a Christmas, receives thousands of donations each year and “every single present is warmly received” says Ross Hendry, CEO of Spurgeons Children’s Charity. The Queensgate Gift Tree is located at the Customer Information Desk outside John Lewis and, as with previous years, shoppers can choose a tag with a child’s name, age and gender and donate an unwrapped present. Final donations will be accepted on Wednesday 20 December so that Spurgeons, with the help of local delivery company APC, can ensure all gifts are beautifully wrapped and delivered to children in time for Christmas Day.



ARIE Curie is appealing for local volunteers to help manage the charity’s collection boxes in and around Oundle. The local fundraising team is seeking Collection Box Co-ordinators to help look after boxes that are on display in shops, newsagents, chemists, pubs and cafés. The role involves looking after collection tins in the local community, counting and banking the monies and also to identify and approach new venues to see if they will take a collection box. Funds raised from the boxes help Marie Curie to provide vital care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families. Whether you’re a seasoned fundraiser or a newcomer looking to get involved for the first time, if you’re aged over 16 the local Marie Curie fundraising office would love to hear from you. • For information contact Laura Foy on 01604 442316.

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THE CHORISTER Since gaining a choral scholarship to The King’s School, Peterborough, in Year Three, Oscar Aylin has been gradually learning the ropes as a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral. Now aged 11, he is past the ‘probationer’ stage and performs in all the Cathedral’s services. Oscar told me a bit more about his Cathedral Christmas… What are your duties as a choirboy this Christmas? This year the boys’ choir will be doing the Carol Service on Christmas Eve; Midnight Mass; and Evensong on Christmas Day - so it’s super busy. And which is your favourite to perform? The Carol Service, definitely. There are hundreds of people in the Cathedral and we get to perform in an exciting atmosphere. I haven’t done Midnight Mass before – I’m really excited to be staying up so late and the Cathedral will look amazing, full of candlelight. We have to be there at 10.30pm and we finish at 12.30am - so I think we’ll be very tired! Can you describe your Christmas Day to me? On Christmas morning my mum, dad and I stay in our pyjamas and have a big breakfast and open presents.

THE RESTAURATEUR The idea of someone else preparing, serving and clearing up from Christmas dinner is a luxury that many people choose to indulge in at Christmas time, and Andrew Corrick, chef/patron at Werrington’s The Cherry House restaurant, is there to ensure his guests enjoy the very best in service and food. He takes us through his day - with a very early start… Could you give us an idea of how your day will unfold? By the time I arrive at 7am, all the tables will have been set, the

Then, at 2pm, we go to the Cathedral. My friends and I are always very excited, talking about our presents! Then it gets serious: we have to put our robes on and rehearse. Mr Grahl (Director of Music at the Cathedral) is very professional and strict, because he wants us to be the very best we can be. We put on our surplice and walk into the Cathedral for Evensong – it’s a mixture of nerves and excitement because everyone is expecting us to sound amazing! The Cathedral is very atmospheric, with candles and incense - it feels quite magical. We have to stand still for a long time and concentrate, and we always have to watch Mr Grahl. By the time we get home it’s about 5.30pm. We have a traditional Christmas Dinner and my mum is happy because she can have some Champagne. We play games or watch the Doctor Who Christmas Special. And, if you didn’t sing in the Choir, how would your Christmas Day look? My ideal Christmas would be to have all my family in my house: it can be difficult to have a traditional Christmas with all the trips to the Cathedral, and I do miss seeing my cousins. I know that being a chorister will be something I’ll feel very proud of when I’m older, though.

restaurant cleaned and decorated. I’ll start by making the bread we serve with the cheeseboards, before the kitchen staff arrive and we get our heads down and on with our prep. Our waiting staff arrive around 11am ready for service at midday. Following Champagne and canapés on arrival, we offer a choice of three starters and then it’s on to the Christmas lunch: we couldn’t be without the traditional Norfolk turkey, but there are alternatives too. Our service is from 12pm until 3pm, so we would normally say farewell to our last guests by 7pm. How busy are you expecting to be? We are serving 75 covers! Christmas Day at The Cherry House was fully booked by February this year and, quite honestly, we could have booked this service several times over. We have a high ratio of repeat customers so it has a feel of a large dining club, with guests interacting with each other more than they might otherwise. When do you find time to celebrate Christmas yourself? I have worked the last 23 Christmas Days at The Cherry House and another 12 before that at other establishments - and I’ll be back in the kitchen at 8am on Boxing Day for our lunchtime service which, despite having a nice relaxed feel, still requires our usual attention. Consequently, I save my celebrations until after we close on Boxing Day for a short break. It may sound clichéd but I just hope that each and every one of our Christmas Day guests leave The Cherry House having enjoyed excellent food, service and a memorable occasion. NENE LIVING DECEMBER 2017


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maintain through the hardest of times. The emphasis is on love, not materialism, and that feels very inspiring.

Returning to her role as a nurse at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice after time spent away, Andrea Cooper is keen to pick up where she left off: spending Christmas with those who need her…

How will the day at Thorpe Hall be managed? I’ll arrive at 7.15am, in time for my handover with the night staff. Then my colleagues and I will plan the patient care so that it’s as informal as possible to reflect the special day. We’ll enjoy a laugh with the kitchen staff over Christmas dinner, and will all be festively dressed with some tinsel! Our job that day is all about supporting the families without intruding on their Christmas - they know that we’re there if they need us. We’re very keen for the patients to be treated as individuals and not just as patients, so are conscious of ensuring their Christmas Day here is like a home-from-home.

You have recently returned to Thorpe Hall Hospice after working for different organisations - can you explain why? Quite simply, it is a happy place. The nature of the work means there are lots of challenges, and sadness along the way, but it is faced by the Thorpe Hall ‘family’ in such a positive way. The attitude of the leadership team, colleagues, volunteers and relatives is selfless and I just love the atmosphere. What has made you offer your time this Christmas Day? I’ve spent many Christmases in hospices and hospitals over the 42 years I’ve been in nursing and the reason is always the same: the people. It can be a very humbling experience, and is always a great privilege.

I always say I get to spend 20 different Christmases in one day: each family will have their own traditions which we’re helping to

And, once your shift ends? Then I’ll go home to my second Christmas dinner of the day, with my husband! I’m so lucky - he’s very supportive of my work.

“We’re very keen for the patients to be treated as individuals ... so are conscious of ensuring their Christmas Day here is like a homefrom-home”



THE VOLUNTEER Jasmine Kirk, a student at The King’s School in Peterborough, is not your average 16-yearold. Whilst embarking on the first year of her A-Levels, she has found time and energy to invest in all manner of extra-curricular activities, perhaps the most important of which is her volunteer work at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. This Christmas will be particularly special for Jasmine, as she explains here… How has your association with Thorpe Hall Hospice come about? I began volunteering at Thorpe Hall during the summer holidays this year, and loved the work so much that I have carried on coming! It’s where my grandmother passed away and, whilst those memories are sad, the work that I saw being carried out at Thorpe Hall was so inspiring that I wanted to be involved in it. I’m interested in a career in medicine and I know that experience in a clinical environment will be really important when I start applying for universities – so my time spent at the Hospice will be useful to me: but my main reason for volunteering is because I just love helping the patients and their relatives during what is a very difficult time for them. And what are your plans for Christmas this year? My parents were really surprised when I told them that I wanted to spend Christmas Day at Thorpe Hall. They had no idea I was considering it! Once they’d got over the shock, they were very proud and supportive of my decision. What will be your role? I see myself in a Santa hat or reindeer antlers, doing my utmost to make it the best Christmas possible for everyone. Having been the relative of a patient at the Hospice, I’ve got a bit of insight into how hard that can be – often harder than it is for the patients themselves. I may well end up spending more time with the families, doing what I can to make it a special day so that they can build lasting memories of a happy time. It’s all about bringing the spirit of Christmas to Thorpe Hall for people who can’t spend it at home. So, how will you celebrate Christmas with your own family? I’ll spend the whole day at Thorpe Hall, enjoying Christmas dinner there, too. My family has been very understanding, and we have plans to celebrate on Christmas Eve. Then, on Boxing Day, the whole extended family will get together - there’ll be lots of food, a walk and family time. We know how lucky we are.

THE COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER For an unlucky few Christmas can be – just like any other – the day of an accident or sudden illness. If the worst happens, it is comforting to know that our emergency services will be there. Paul Brackley is the co-ordinator for the Oundle Community First Responder unit. He explains how he expects to spend his Christmas Day… For people who may not know, can you explain the responsibilities of a First Responder? We’re often the first person to arrive at the scene and we need to be able to assist people until the paramedic arrives – that includes assessing injuries or symptoms and caring for immediate wounds. We need to be ready for any eventuality and able to control the situation until further help comes. And what does your Christmas Day look like? My Christmas morning starts off like everyone else’s, with a good breakfast followed by opening presents. I will then log on with the control desk which allocates any emergencies suitable for us to attend. Normally I will log off duty to have Christmas lunch with the family, but after lunch I’ll log back on duty until that night. How many colleagues will you be working with? Oundle CFR is lucky to have nine volunteers in all, working in rotation: most of the time we work alone but at Christmas we try and have

another responder on duty, as any emergency call always seems harder on the patient’s family at Christmas time. We try to ensure that all the responders have a day off during the holiday time to celebrate, but this doesn’t always happen if there are a lot of calls. How many calls do you expect to take? Does it tend to be quieter? You never know what will come in: most years we have had a few. It’s something you can’t predict, as with most people off work and at home there is more chance of someone in our area being in need of an ambulance. Is the atmosphere different on Christmas Day from any other day? Yes it is different, as patients and their relatives are even more grateful than normal that you have come to their assistance. For how many years have you been working on Christmas Day? I have been a responder for 13 years and have probably worked some hours every Christmas Day. I’ll most likely be working on Boxing Day too. I’ll make sure I celebrate, like everyone else, once I’m not on duty. What is your ideal Christmas Day scenario? A day when no one needs to use any of the emergency services. Merry Christmas everyone! NENE LIVING DECEMBER 2017



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From October to March the Hall hunkers down and adopts its winter configuration. Log fires feature in the Dining Room, the Drawing Room, and the Garden Room, and there’s a tranquil and cosy upstairs Quiet Lounge. Special “snuggle blankets” are at hand in all the lounges for added comfort. Lavish Christmas decorations add to the magic in December. Treatments are world class. The “angels” perform a wide selection of Decléor facials, massages, luxury OPI manicures and pedicures, waxing, tinting, threading, Indian

There are special treatments for expectant mums as well as some amazing bespoke treatments which form part of pamper packages like the Cleopatra Ritual, Total Indulgence, and the Winter Warmer. The Hall also has the very latest CACI Synergy machine for microcurrent anti-aging treatments. In all cases, there is a huge emphasis on attention to detail and the Alwalton Angels receive regular refresher training to keep them up to date. Pamper packages are priced around the treatments and meal offerings, with a small uplift included for use of the lounges and (when open) the outdoor facilities – ideal if you want to stay for half a day or longer in a signature robe and slippers. It’s a world away from the hustle and bustle. It’s a sanctuary on our doorstep.

Full information about Alwalton Hall is available on the website or you can call 01733 391166 for more information. Admission to Alwalton Hall and grounds is restricted to those aged 16 and over, including dining-only guests. All visitors are respectfully requested to observe the House Rules (available online and on request).


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Rebecca Downey talks to Oundle School’s Director of Sport, Danny Grewcock

ANNY Grewcock has had a busy first year in the role of Director of Sport at Oundle School. Prior to this, he was Director at Bath Rugby Academy and before that, enjoyed a rugby career spanning 16 years playing for Bath, Saracens, 69 caps for England plus British and Irish Lions tours, culminating in an MBE for services to sport in 2003. His task now is to pass on this wealth of knowledge and expertise to pupils of Oundle School as well as oversee the sports investment programme, which is under way and scheduled for completion by 2020. The vision is to ensure that facilities support sport at a top competitive level whilst catering for a multitude of sports and leisure activities for all abilities. The project is impressive to say the least: a brand new 50-metre pool, a sports hall complex incorporating eight courts plus fitness suite and dance studios, 12 tennis courts, 12 netball courts, two further astroturf pitches plus 10 natural grass and 10 artificial cricket nets. All surrounded by landscaping and natural features delivering a really fantastic facility for the pupils and wider community. Danny has taken to his new role with the passion he shares for sport and is emphatic that his job is about teaching emotional intelligence alongside physical training. “As an athlete and competitor, the mental barrier is a greater obstruction than the physical. Coping skills and adaptability will help pupils beyond school in their professional lives,” he says. Danny refers to the success of former Oundelian twins Tom and Ben Curry who were selected for the Elite England U18 rugby side on leaving the school: “The standard here is high but there will only be a few that make it a career; my job is to teach them all, providing an appropriate level of



challenge for each individual.” Modern sports coaching methods have revolutionised in recent years, Danny explains: “A bad coach who shouts and bullies creates an unhealthy reliance on himself and a fear of failure. The perfection obsession is a misconception; mistakes are good because failing is learning. A good coach will create purpose and opportunities, after all it’s possible pupils might have a better plan than the coach! Applying ‘good’ pressure gets athletes thinking about solutions rather than stumbling blocks.”

international travel and seasonal tours. The new facilities will benefit the wider community of schools and residents of the town and surrounding villages, too. Though Oundle pupils take priority, their heavy academic timetable and extended holidays mean there are lots of times when the sports complex will be available to the local community. “We’re about sport for the many, not the few, and ultimately, it’s a business as well, so it is in everyone’s interest to make the most of this opportunity.”

HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND If shouting from the sidelines stifles creativity, what works best to motivate pupils? “I want to build their confidence,” he continues. “I get huge satisfaction from seeing young people embrace sport and step up to the challenge, no matter what their level. To assume the only ones that are good are those holding the trophies is far from true.” As an advocate of The Rugby Players Association ‘Lift The Weight’ campaign, which provides support and spreads awareness of mental health issues, (which in the sporting world are often intensified through injury, failure, media attention and extreme pressure), Danny believes mental training and resilience is crucial. Sport plays a huge part in the lives of pupils at Oundle, with three slots timetabled each week upholding the ethos that scholarly study and sports combined will improve academic progress. But fantastic facilities and training aside, girls and boys who are part of a team will benefit from the wider attributes playing a sport brings: being part of a supportive family, hosting events, team dinners, social activities, representing the school through local matches,

SECOND CHANCE A lot of athletes struggle with finding a fulfilling second career post-retirement. Danny feels he is very lucky to have this chance to pass on his experience. “I won my first trophy at 21 so success came to me relatively late and was not something I assumed would happen.” Danny’s mother was a music teacher and he received an enormous amount of support from both parents, who helped lay the foundations for a career that has moved seamlessly towards teaching. When asked how he copes with his celebrity status, Danny laughs and muses that the pupils are respectful and only loosely aware of his achievements – and possibly a few misdemeanors! I am curious to know whether Danny has immersed himself in the wider culture of the school? “I am bowled over by the variety of extra-curricular activities and the standard of the performing arts, notably last year’s outstanding production of Les Misérables and the Part Song contest”, he enthuses. “Oundle is a unique place of learning and with my two young children at Laxton Junior School, it is just great to be involved in it.”




Feature walls With its ability to mimic anything and everything from bricks to blooms or chinoiserie to trompe l’oeil, wallpaper has proved over the ages that it has durability and sticking power. Rebecca Downey talks to specialist wallpaper installers Sullivan Beare


AINT or wallpaper? It’s a common dilemma when it comes to sprucing up a room. Typically, paper has been perceived as the more complicated and expensive option, but with many of the more desirable heritage and period paints costing a small fortune, and an increasing breadth of distinctive and unusual papers on offer, it is not surprising wallpaper is enjoying a resurgence in interior design. Husband and wife team Rory and Charlotte Sullivan have an extensive background in interior design and decoration. Charlotte previously worked for Mrs Monro specialising in Georgian interiors, while Rory has run several niche arts-based companies including largescale imagery murals. Both are qualified City and Guilds paperhangers and accomplished artists with BA Honours in Fine Arts. Sullivan Beare specialises in reproduction and hand-painted wallpapers. Panels are often painted silks, gilded papers, woodblock or hand-painted panoramic scenes. Most of the chinoiserie papers are hand-painted by traditionally-trained Chinese artisans in Shanghai and many of the techniques are closely-guarded secrets. Charlotte is highly skilled in the art of chinoiserie painting and has been employed by many companies to restore previously installed papers. “Essentially each panel is a work of art and therefore has to be installed as one; this requires an artistic background where care, patience and attention to detail is paramount,” she says. The couple mainly hang hand-made, 18th-century inspired paper by de Gournay, Fromental, Zuber, Gracie and Montgomery,

and through their work with interior designers such as Katherine Pooley, Jane Churchill and Louise Bradley, they have taken on decorative interior work for Hollywood actors, pop stars, artists and royalty. The niche aspect to their installations has meant jobs arise across the globe: “We have worked on Scottish castles and Middle-Eastern palaces but typically projects include boutique hotels, ski chalets, luxury apartments, stately homes and Georgian manor houses… yes many a Georgian dining room,” says Rory. WISE WORDS It was Arts and Crafts textile designer, William Morris, who said: “Whatever you have in your rooms think first of the walls; for they are that which make your house and home”. This is advice worth taking as wallpaper not only projects an individual’s taste but also has a huge influence on the decorative scheme of a room – affecting the furniture, lighting and mood. For example, considered placement of lamps or uplighting metallic papers will enhance the glow of gold leaf; damasks and muted florals will create a romantic look; while graphic and geometric designs suggest a more contemporary vibe and work well as feature walls. Rory and Charlotte have seen a rise in archive designs and have in the past sourced and hung vintage papers for clients. In addition, panels and feature walls often depicting oriental designs are more popular than ever – though not cheap with prices ranging from £200 to £1,000 per square metre. Charlotte explains why: “What we install are really works of art so although in paper format, they are purchased

as art installations rather than wall coverings.” Sullivan Beare will help clients to choose the right wallpaper for their space, often redesigning the pattern for a bespoke installation. The company undertakes all aspects of interior decoration from inception to completion and will advise and share its comprehensive contact list of relevant designers and craftsmen. Whether it is a ballroom or your downstairs cloakroom, don’t just cover it up – make a feature of it! •

Top tips from the professionals • Always use good quality lining paper – at least 1,000 grade • Order more than you think – you need to allow for pattern matching and mishaps • Light colours work best in small spaces but don’t be afraid to paper a small area such as a downstairs cloakroom to create an impact – after all, this is the space your guests are likely to visit! • Vertical stripes lengthen a room with a low ceiling • A mirrored wall of wardrobes will doubleup an opposing feature wall and save you money • Do not be tempted to ‘gild the lily’ – too much paper throughout a property detracts from the effect of each individual area



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A time for giving Christmas can be bleak for those struggling to make ends meet, with health issues or those spending the holidays alone. So this year,why not give a gift that really counts? Rebecca Downey discovers there are many local charities needing help,and myriad ways you can make a difference

VOLUNTEER ACTION Volunteer Action is an Oundle-based charity that aims to improve the lives of local people in need, currently supporting almost 100 individuals. The organisation fulfils its mission primarily by running a community car scheme, a befriending service and, more recently, an enhanced referral service for mainly older people who are in need, vulnerable or isolated. Volunteers accommodate users of the service by waiting up to two hours for medical return trips and an hour for social or domestic trips. Drivers are paid 40p a mile, including home to pick-up point. VA provides training for drivers on subjects such as manual handling, lone working and safeguarding. All clients are registered with the charity but there is no registration fee. The befriending service aims to match befrienders to their clients, taking account of common interests, life experiences and culture. Volunteers usually meet their befrienders twice a month. With an increasing number of referrals, VA is looking to recruit more volunteers, in particular male befrienders to support a growing number of men who wish to use the service. The referral service enables people to gain access to local services, which might otherwise be unavailable to them either through lack of knowledge or an inability to access them electronically. Supporting individuals to live in their own home also results in significant savings for Social Care and Health. • 01832 275433

PETERBOROUGH CAT RESCUE Peterborough Cat Rescue is a volunteerrun registered charity, helping to re-home stray and unwanted cats in the area. If you are a cat lover then you can help in a number of ways: volunteer to fund-raise; sponsor an individual cat; give a one-off or regular donation; or donate items for the Christmas Fayre tombola. Perhaps you would consider fostering a cat or kittens? PCR has no premises so relies entirely on volunteers to care for these unfortunate felines in their own homes. Funds raised by PCR are used to support cats and kittens in foster care, plus help to raise awareness to encourage people to neuter their pets. Aside from an overpopulation problem, which impacts on other wildlife (particularly birds), neutering reduces the risk of urinary tract infections, uterine and mammary cancers in female cats and makes testicular cancer impossible in males. Neutered males are less aggressive and less prone to unpleasant spraying. •

The Peterborough Soup Kitchen The Peterborough Soup Kitchen is a registered charity that provides nourishing food and drink to the homeless and disadvantaged people of Peterborough. It caters for an average of 40 clients each weekday evening and Sunday afternoon, serving from a van in the centre of the city. The charity is fully self-funding and relies

MIND – Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind CPSL is a dynamic charity that supports local people in their recovery from mental health issues, while promoting wellbeing and campaigning against stigma and discrimination. Did you know that one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any one year? That is 150,000 people across our region! Since April 2016 the charity has supported 1,049 Sanctuary visitors through crisis and reached thousands of people through the Stop Suicide and Stress Less campaigns. There are volunteer opportunities in mentoring, counselling, workshop delivery, administration, mental health campaign work, and of course, fundraising. To give you an example of the funds required: £30 enables a member of staff to provide telephone or email support to someone in distress; £100 pays for a one-hour mental health awareness session; £465 funds a half-day Stop Suicide awareness workshop; and £4,760 supports The Sanctuary for one week. Mind CPSL pledges to never step back from campaigning for more services and increased investment in our area – can you help them do this? •,

totally on its volunteers and the generosity of local organisations and individuals. Christmas is a time when we all like to receive a few luxuries and the Soup Kitchen tries to provide gifts, toiletries and special food items to their clients at this time of year. For donations and further information visit the website. •






A time for giving GIVE BLOOD Every blood donation can save or improve up to three lives. Each day the NHS needs around 6,000 donors to meet patient need. While donors from all blood groups are important, the NHS particularly needs donors with O negative (the universal blood group), as well as A negative and B negative, as stocks of these groups are more vulnerable to shortfalls. There is also a need for more black African, black Caribbean, mixed race and South Asian people to become donors to reflect the ethnic diversity of patients. Blood donors can search for sessions, book appointments, change or cancel their appointments in real time on the website. There are apps available for Android, Windows and Apple Smartphone and tablet devices, which enable donors to search for sessions based on their location and book and manage appointments. Local donation venues include The Cresset, Peterborough; The Plaza in Thrapston; Werrington Village Centre; Barnwell Village Hall, Yaxley and District Royal British Legion Club; and Laxton Junior School, Oundle. • Donor line: 0300 123 23 23

PETERBOROUGH ENVIRONMENT CITY TRUST Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is an independent and innovative environmental charity helping to protect and enhance the environment throughout Peterborough and beyond. With 25 years’ experience working within the city, PECT delivers ground-breaking projects of local, regional and national significance, enabling change for a sustainable future. We’re currently using resources at such a rate that we need three planets to support us, but we’ve just got the one so things need to change drastically to enjoy a better quality of life for ourselves and future generations. PECT works with a multitude of communities,



THE LEPROSY MISSION The Leprosy Mission is an international Christian charity with its head office in Orton Goldhay in Peterborough. The Leprosy Mission has been helping afflicted people for over 141 years, serving a population of 305 million people in around 30 leprosy-affected countries. Christmas cards, giftwrap, trinkets and accessories are available to buy from the online shop to suit your pocket, or why not opt to give a ‘Gift for Life’ to a loved one this Christmas? This gift will in turn make a real and lasting difference to the life of someone affected by leprosy. All gifts are directly linked to the projects where they are needed the most. There are several Gift for Life packages ranging from such things as school materials (£10), seeds (£12), goats (£35) to larger items such as a water well (£800). Leprosy-affected people face a triple blow of disease, disability and discrimination. Gifts are specially chosen to meet all a person’s needs, going beyond medical care to restore dignity, hope and independence. •

ANIMAL HELPLINE DOG RESCUE Animal Helpline, based in Wansford, has rescued thousands of stray, unwanted and pound dogs and puppies over the last 30 years. Its sole aim is to provide care and shelter and find them new, loving homes. Many of the dogs are not straightforward, so it is essential to do your research and think carefully whether you can provide a suitable environment before offering a home to one. You are welcome to visit the kennels by appointment. For those unable to adopt or volunteer (why not become a regular dog walker?), there are other ways you can help – send a gift via the Amazon wish list on the website, or print out a re-homing poster to display in your home or car window. If you shop at Pets At Home with a VIP card, you can help raise funds by registering your card to Animal Helpline. Always remember, puppies are not just for Christmas! • 07709 036103,

schools, businesses, and voluntary organisations to deliver projects that make a real difference and a positive change towards a greener, happier, healthier city. If you want to be part of a friendly team and experience what it is like to work in an environment where what really matters is the environment, then PECT has roles for events assistants, photographers, litter pickers, tree planters, admin assistants and social media assistants. All roles are flexible, allowing you to work around your other commitments. The innovative culture at PECT provides an opportunity to socialise with new people and learn new skills, while ideas and suggestions are always welcome. • 01733 568408,

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TYLIST Sally Stillingfleet has always been a big fan of pre-loved fashion, whether it’s sourced from a charity shop or a specialist vintage store. “We have some real gems on the doorstep here in the Nene region,” she says, “so it’s worth taking some time to shop around and find yourself a Christmas party outfit – often at a fraction of the price you’d pay elsewhere!”

Festive fashion at a fraction of the price? That’s the sort of party planning we like!


HE owners of Alwalton Hall not only provided the perfect venue for our festive fashion photoshoot, but also persuaded some of their beautiful ‘Alwalton Angels’ to model for us – we think they showcase Sally’s selection of evening wear splendidly. Vicky, Olivia, Esther and Tilly are all therapists at the fabulous beauty and wellness sanctuary that now resides in the historic Georgian house, tucked away in Alwalton village.

From left: Tilly wears Sue Ryder dress with LK Bennett shoes, £50, Circles; Olivia in Back to Life outfit; Vicky wears navy Circles outfit; Esther wears black Circles dress Shoes worn throughout are all from Sue Ryder and Circles.



RECYCLE WITH STYLE Left: Esther wears turquoise B’Dazzle fulllength sequinned dress, £115, Circles

Right: Vicky wears navy lace Beautiful Girl dress, £38, Circles

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RECYCLE WITH STYLE Vicky wears navy two-piece El Corte Ingles top and skirt, £58, Circles

Halter neck top £19 and jeans from £9, both Back to Life

WHERE TO SHOP Circles has always been a girl’s best friend when it comes to finding pre-owned designer and High Street ladies’ fashion. Based in an old chapel in Yaxley, there’s a generous selection of fantastic ‘sparkly outfits’ all in one room, and always something for everyone. Closed on Mondays. Circles of Yaxley, Chapel Studio, Chapel Street, Yaxley PE7 3LN. 01733 242539. Sam and her team at Sue Ryder Vintage and Retro preside over a quirky shop packed with designer clothing and homewares. Charity shop vintage pieces are sent there from all over – it’s a delight! Sue Ryder Vintage and Retro, 97-99 Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1EH. 01733 345405. Boheme Owner Dagmar is a very special lady – she sells the highest quality pre-owned and new Vivienne Westwood pieces in her beautiful shop in Wansford. Always impeccably dressed, she is an authority on our favourite British designer. Open 11am4.30pm, Tuesday-Sunday. Boheme, Drayton House, London Road, Wansford PE8 6JD. 01780 784799. Back to Life A welcome addition to the Westgate Arcade, owner Shaf has amassed a great collection of vintage pieces for men and women, plus numerous new and pre-loved accessories. Open every day 10am-6pm and 11am4pm on Sundays. Back to Life, 6 Westgate Arcade, Peterborough PE1 1PY. 07958 498404.

Above: Tilly wears black Reiss dress, £48, Circles Right: Esther wears black sequinned Rachael Gilbert dress, £125, Circles



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FOOD & DRINK Curry craft Former teacher Cathy George’s new business venture allows her to share the secrets of authentic Indian cookery. Bridget Steele went along for a ‘taster session’…


ATHY George grew up within a family of talented cooks and has always enjoyed Indian cooking. She enjoys sharing the recipes and cooking styles she’s inherited with family and friends. And, after a teaching career, she’s now using her skills to help us all understand Indian cooking better. Cathy explained that many of the dishes we think of as ‘Indian’ are quite different from the native recipes. She says: “People often think Indian food is unhealthy and swimming in oil, but cooked properly it is very healthy, using minimal amounts of fat and lots of vegetables.” Cathy invited me along for a taster session. On arrival she explained what we would be cooking which included Onion and Spinach Bhajis, Butter Chicken (which is a Punjabi celebration dish), Tadka Dal (lentil curry), Cumin Rice and Chapatti. All the spices were prepared and we started on the Bhajis; her little tips along the way were really helpful, such as including rice flour in the Bhajis to make them crunchy. On tasting they were light and fluffy with a perfect crispiness. The Butter Chicken involves two marinades, which may sound a faff, but it was worth the effort for the rich flavour and I could see why it would be considered a special occasion dish. One spice that Cathy uses in many of her dishes is Asafoetida which I hadn’t experienced before; she explained it is good for the digestion and reduces bloating. The Tadka Dal used Bengal and split pigeon pea lentils; a simple dish yet beautifully flavoursome and finished with lime and fresh coriander – I can see it becoming a favourite in my kitchen. It was fun making the Chapattis and rolling them out into thin pancakes before dry-frying them; another tip Cathy showed me was to hold them over the gas flame with tongs which resulted in them puffing up and slightly charring; on tasting a home-made Chapatti I vowed to make my own in future – very easy and well worth it. My morning with Cathy finished with us sitting down and sharing the delicious lunch we had made. I was treated to a traditional Indian Vermicelli dessert, which was a little like a sweet rice pudding flavoured with cardamon. Cathy’s enthusiasm has encouraged me to experiment more with Indian cookery. Her courses include Vegan Cooking, Flavours of Kerala, Indian Street Food, Southern Indian Vegetarian food, Currying through India and Bespoke Curries. She teaches in small groups of four or five people in approximately four-hour sessions and for courses purchased before 31 December there is a 20 per cent discount price of £56 instead of £70. • For more information check out Crafting Curries, 59 Thorpe Park Road, Peterborough PE3 6LJ. 01733 595929;

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Pilates for seniors What’s the definition of older age? Joseph Pilates said: “If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old; if at 60 you are supple and strong, you are young”. As our body ages muscles lose flexibility, bones become more brittle and cells can’t process oxygen as well as they once did. Pilates programmes can help postpone and delay this degeneration and the good news is, it’s never too late to get started. Movement and special exercises will help people feel better, breathe more deeply and efficiently, move with ease and look better, as well as improve memory and brain skills. Sasha Stanton-King of Balance Mind & Body Therapy Centre in Oundle explains: “We offer a Pilates programme for older participants that combines strength and flexibility exercises to ensure the body is optimally conditioned. “Joint mobility, particularly, will allow for fluid and unrestricted movements. Doing exercises improves the body’s balance system leading to improved agility and reaction time, resulting in a reduced risk of falling, which is a major risk for clients with bone mass loss.” • Pilates sessions for seniors are on Wednesdays and Fridays at 12pm or at other times by arrangement at Balance Mind and Body Therapy Centre, 36a Market Place, Oundle PE8 4AJ. 01832 272927.

Alwalton Hall salon therapist Jess Topping shares her top tips to get your nails looking good for the festive season… • File your nails from the side towards the middle and avoid ‘sawing’ - moving quickly backwards and forwards. This creates friction which weakens the nails, and can cause them to break and spilt easily • What shape? Square, oval, round, squoval, almond, stiletto, edged – there are so many to choose from! Stiletto (or pointed, think Rhianna!) has recently been popular but perhaps not always practical. Almond is a softer version for a longer nail. The more unusual shapes are very popular with celebrities, but at Alwalton Hall, classic shapes are still the most popular. Squoval is another option: a mix between a square and oval. And if you’re still unsure, the most natural shape for a nail is to follow the contour of your cuticles. • Use a base coat every time you apply a colour to prevent staining and for a smoother result. • Finish with a top coat to seal the colour, giving a lasting finish and shine. • Apply a cuticle oil before bed to allow maximum absorption to help nourish the cuticle, skin and nail and promote healthy growth. • Always use washing up gloves to protect the hands and apply hand cream whenever you have the chance. Jess’ OPI ‘hero product’ is the Nail Envy range of strengtheners. There are six different formulas to meet your individual need to create harder, longer, stronger, natural nails. Alwalton Hall therapists use OPI products throughout their nail treatments, from the very start of your manicure or pedicure, through to cuticle work and colour. This includes OPI’s new ProSpa range with their facial skincare quality ingredients. • Alwalton Hall 01733 391166,

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Hand-made in Oundle: pearl, sterling silver and cubic zirconia necklace, £75

Spa of the World Blissful Body collection, £40, Body Shop

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Asha’s Male Room: Fashionable good looks and great grooming accessories are all part of the offering at this fabulous Oundle store; it’s where men head when they want to turn heads!


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Hand-made 18ct white gold ring, featuring a 2.03ct Princess-cut diamond in the centre, with Baguettecut diamonds to each side, £POA Harpur’s of Oundle, 5a West Street, Oundle PE8 4EJ. 01832 274050. NENE LIVING DECEMBER 2017


It’s in the bag! Naked Ladies fine bone china tankard by Peter Andrews of ArtHouse Meath (a charity supporting adults with severe learning difficulties), £25, Art in the Heart

Oundle’s onestop-shop for all things kitchen- and home-related, Stu-Pots has a wonderful selection of things nice and necessary for the festive season… Pepper and salt mills £24.99 each Rectangular tin £7.50 Nest of tins £31.99 Hedgehog Potgrab £9.99 Apron £28 Worktop saver £15 Stu-Pots, 36 Market Place, Oundle PE8 4BE. 01832 275414.

Reliably on-trend, Asha’s offers a fresh take on classic styling; there’s always something new in store and a team of friendly fashion experts on hand to help you make the right choice to suit your look and lifestyle…

Thrapston’s beautiful Hilly Horton Home store never fails to delight – it’s chock-full of lovely gifts, many of which are made by craftsmen and women close-by…

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Anki Cozmo Robot, £199.99, John Lewis

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Asha’s Attire, The Bazaar, West Street, Oundle PE8 4EJ. 01832 275605;

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The Rounded House: Whether you want something for a friend, loved one, your home or perhaps just a little gift for yourself, you’ll find it in this super-stylish and uniquely special Oundle shop… Star jumper £59 Scarf £38 Purse £15 Hare necklace £44 The Rounded House, 10b West Street, Oundle PE8 4EF. 01832 274687;

My 1st Christmas bodysuit pack, £12, John Lewis

Model railways, Scalextric racing, plastic model kits and radio With an impressive showroom spread over two floors, control cars are soaring in customers can choose from thousands of products popularity this season so from famous brands including Hornby, Scalextric, Airfix, Tamiya and Games Workshop, plus modelling a well-chosen gift could materials, paints, glues, scenic materials and tools. be the beginning of an exciting and rewarding hobby. Trains4U is one of the largest specialist model stores in the East of England. Rising Fighter remote control road racer £110

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Maileg Twin Mice in a Matchbox, £20

Aga Oundle: This colourful collection of Christmas textiles has been designed using the lid of the AGA Cooker to create a festive bauble design.

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OUT & ABOUT So much to do,see and enjoy this December... Saturday 2 December The Last Wolf: Robert Winder In 1290, something happened that would help shape the tamed and fertile English landscape we know today. Commanded by the King himself, a Shropshire knight named Peter Corbet killed the last wolf in England’s western shires. The impact was immediate and profound: England became a vast and wealthy sheep farm, landholding on a grand scale became possible, commercial life was transformed, and a recognisable national culture began to emerge. Robert Winder’s The Last Wolf travels across modern England, looking deeper into history and nature to explore the origins of modern England and Englishness. He reveals a land built on a lucky set of natural ingredients: the island setting that opened it up to itself and the world; the rain that fed the grass that nourished the sheep that provided the wool; the wheat fields that provided its cakes and ale; and the rich seams of iron and coal that made it an industrial giant. Robert Winder, literary editor of the Independent for five years, is the final guest of the year for the Oundle Festival of Literature. 7.45pm, St Peter’s Church, Church Street, Oundle PE8 4EE. £8 (£6). Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle. 01832 274734

Until 1 January Cathedral Images by David Lewis An exhibition of work by artist David Lewis, reflecting his fascination with medieval architecture and the natural world. Free entry. Peterborough Cathedral Visitor Centre. 10am-5pm Mon-Sat, 11am- 4pm Sun.

Friday 1 December Charity Christmas concert The Rotary Club of Oundle presents a traditional Christmas Concert performed by the Salvation Army Band and supporting cast. Mince pies and wine (included in the ticket price) will be served at the end of the evening and proceeds go to the Salvation Army, Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall, Shelter Box and Prostate Cancer Research. 7.45pm. £10. St Peter’s Church, Church Street, Oundle PE8 4EE. Tickets available from local businesses The Oundle Bookshop, Oundle Post Office, Pick Arthey Ltd and Green Man Antiques.

Friday 1 and Saturday 2 December Cathedral Christmas market Add a dash of wonder to your Christmas shopping! For the first time this year, Peterborough Cathedral is hosting a Christmas market in the Nave, featuring some wonderful present ideas, charity stalls and seasonal musical entertainment. Entry: £5 Friday preview (6.30-9pm )with mulled wine, Saturday (10am4.30pm) £2, accompanied children free. Saturday 2 December Oundle Christmas Market Oundle Town Council’s annual Christmas market is set to be even bigger this year with a fun fair and 70 stalls extending from the Market Place along New Street, and in Queen Victoria Hall too. Expect a wide selection of gifts and seasonal goodies as well as mulled wine, plus foodie delicacies from puddings and chocolate to cheese and gin. To make it a complete shopping event, the town’s independent shops and cafés will stay open for late night shopping – and car parking is free. 12noon until 7pm, lights switch-on at 5.30pm. uk

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Thursday 7 December EnAbled shopping event Queensgate Shopping Centre hosts a new community engagement initiative, EnAbled, which aims to make shopping inclusive for everyone. Staff and retailers will be dedicated to welcoming disability groups, carers and individuals with specific needs of all ages and abilities by creating a relaxed and comfortable environment. Above Central Square, outside M&S, a pianist will play soothing music while the centre’s music and tannoy is turned off and lights dimmed throughout. Staffed ‘quiet zones’ and sensory areas will give guests easy-to-access locations and trained staff will be located throughout the centre in easily identifiable clothing – there will even be a dog station for guide dogs. In addition, shoppers wanting to visit Santa’s Grotto on this night will be allocated a time slot with no need to queue. 4-8pm. Groups, homes, carers or individuals interested in attending should contact Carol

Saturday 9 December Alexander O’Neal The R&B and soul legend famed for Top 40 chart singles including If You Were Here Tonight, Fake and Criticize appears at The Broadway in Peterborough. The concert is seated and tickets range from £20 to £35. http://thebroadway. today

Saturday 9 December Lino printmaking workshop Local artist Janet Bates hosts a fun afternoon where participants can learn the technique of lino printing in a relaxed and friendly environment. 1.30pm. £35 includes all materials, coffee and cake. Metal, Chauffeur’s Cottage, St Peter’s Road, Peterborough PE1 1YX. www. , NENE LIVING DECEMBER 2017


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Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year Celebrate the Festive Season in style in the surroundings of the 4* Bull Hotel. From Christmas Parties to Afternoon Teas and Festive Lunches, our warm, welcoming atmosphere allows you, your colleagues, family and friends to celebrate in style. To make a reservation or for more information call 01733 561364


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


Saturday 9 December Amhrain o bhaile Inspired by the music of the Irish diaspora, energetic live band Ruff ‘n’ Ready present ‘Songs from Home’ . An addition to this performance is the Irish Wolfpack dancers who provide a visual treat with their beautifully costumed and choreographed mix of Irish, tap and acro styles. £12/10. 7.30pm. Queen Victoria Hall, 7 West Street, Oundle PE8 4EJ. Tickets from Oundle In Stitches, Market Place, Oundle or call 01832 273830.

Sunday 10 December Benefield Christmas Tree Festival Forty trees beautifully decorated by local families, schools, church groups and other organisations are displayed above the pews of St Mary’s Church. Live entertainment, a baked goods table, raffle, tombola and children’s crafts all invite visitors to linger, and after the festival, many of the trees together with food donations received on the day are given to the local food bank. 10am-5pm. St Mary’s Church, Lower Benefield (off the A427 on the Brigstock Road). Sunday 17 December Beauty and the Beast Disney’s re-made blockbuster features a cracking cast, amazing

special effects and an uplifting soundtrack – a great warm-up for Christmas. 5pm. £6, under 18s £3. Stahl Theatre, West Street, Oundle PE8 4EJ. Sunday 17 December Christmas Magic Christmas in Peterborough wouldn’t be complete without the spectacular that is Christmas Magic. Directed by William Prideaux, hosted by Jane Smith and featuring a full symphony orchestra, Christmas Magic will showcase performances by the city’s award-winning Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir, as well as orchestral classics such as Christmas Overture and Sleigh Ride from special guests Peterborough Festival Orchestra. From £16. 7.30pm. The Broadway. Tickets by phone on 0333 666 3366 or at www. Friday 22 and Saturday 23 December A Very Christmassy Christmas Concert at Christmas! Join Simon Aylin and a host of West End performers for a concert packed with cracking songs and plenty of laughter... a seasonal variety show for all. 3.30pm and 6.30pm. Adults £16.50, children £14.50. Tickets available from the Stahl Theatre, West Street, Oundle or via www.tellingtalestheatre. com

LWAYS at the heart of city happenings, Peterborough Cathedral takes centre stage during the festive season. Look online for full details of all services, and to book your place at some of this year’s Christmas highlights. The Advent Procession Monday 4 December, 7pm A candlelit service with music and readings, leading from darkness to light. A collection will be taken for Kidney Research UK. The Christmas Nave Banquet Thursday 7 December, 7pm In the magnificent setting of the Cathedral Nave, a festive candlelit banquet, complete with music from Cathedral Lay Clerks and an after dinner speech from actor, explorer and raconteur, Brian Blessed OBE. Tickets: £100 per person, £900 for a table of ten. Includes predinner drinks, dinner, coffee and petit fours, wine and soft drinks.

The Military Wives Home for Christmas Cathedral Tour 2017 Saturday 9 December, 7.30pm. The famous Military Wives choir bring their

Christmas concert to Peterborough. Tickets: £27.50 online via Ticketmaster, or from Peterborough Information Centre, Bridge Street, Peterborough, 01733 452336.

Pre-School Nativity Service Monday 11 December, 1pm (please arrive from 12.15pm for a prompt start) The story of the Nativity told by young children, using theatre, singing and plenty of audience participation. The Cathedral Christmas Concert Friday 15 December, 7.30pm. A concert not to be missed, featuring Peterborough Cathedral Choir, Youth Choir and Festival Chorus with Peterborough Choral Society, orchestra and soloists. Conductor: Steven Grahl. Tickets: £25, £20, £15 (under 18s half price). Ian Anderson with The Christmas Jethro Tull Saturday 16 December, 7.30pm Rock legend Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, brings his band to the

Cathedral Tickets: £35, £27.50. Business Workers’ and Shoppers’ Carols Thursday 21 December, 1pm. A lunchtime of traditional Christmas carols and readings, with mulled wine and mince pies for those who have time to stay afterwards.

Christingle service Saturday 23 December, 3pm. A service for families with seasonal readings and carols.

Christmas Movie Nights Friday 29 (2.30pm and 7pm) and Saturday 30 December (2.30pm and 6.30pm). Enjoy much-loved films in an unusual setting. Showing this year: Arthur Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, Polar Express and Home Alone. Per day: £6 adults, £4 children, £18 family for one film or £10 adults, £6 children, £30 family for both.

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