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DON’T usually entertain even a thought of the seasonal C-word until we’ve celebrated bonfire night and offered our silent Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday tributes to the fallen. But this year Christmas has come knocking early, and preparing for it through the pages of this issue has brought a whole new level of appreciation for the wonderful shopkeepers of the Nene region for whom it’s such an important part of the trading year. Choosing and collecting items to feature in our Gifts Guide (p31) and decorationsladen Upfront feature (p5) afforded me a great opportunity to talk to retailers about what they’re stocking for this festive season. For them, the Christmas store shopping started way back in early spring – now that’s forward-thinking for you! – and, I have to say, they’ve come up with a plethora of goodies to grace every loved-one’s wish-list. This year, then, why not join me in moving away from the virtual shopping mall that’s on our PCs, laptops, tablets and phones and take a wander, instead, around the many fine stores that we have on our doorstep? Christmas shopping can’t possibly be a chore when it’s done in such delightful surroundings and in the company of people who are so passionate about their work and their wares… I’ll see you at the checkouts!

Gillian Bendall Editor INCORPORATING


5 Upfront

Decorations to add seasonal cheer to your home

7, 9, 10 News & Notes

Helping you make the most of Nene living

13 Nene People

Meet Stuart Orme, Head of Operations at Peterborough Cathedral

26 Fast and Furious

Talking sport with Peterborough Phantoms sledge ice hockey team

29 Nene People

Former Oundle teacher Nicola Guise on the charity projects that inspire her

47 Christmas cheer

We look at what the area’s pubs and restaurants have planned for yuletide dining and sparkly nights out

50 Food & Drink

Restaurants, recipes and local favourites for you to try

53 Home & Away

Leisure-time ideas whether you’re staying local or looking further afield

55 Weekend Away 16 Baby, it’s cold outside… The trends that will make your home warm and welcoming this winter

31 That’s a wrap!

Christmas gifts for everyone…

39 Motoring

QKS, the ‘Kitchen Kings’

Marshall Maserati celebrates its second anniversary in the city

23 Finance

43, 44 Health & Beauty

The latest tips on looking good and feeling great

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57, 58 Out & About

All you need for a fun-filled November

21 Interiors

Investment advice from the experts at Vartan Ravenscroft

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Hanging Santa £6.95, Chapel Interiors

Blue sketch snowflake bauble £4, John Lewis

Gold stud droplet bauble £6, John Lewis

Blue silver glitter band bauble £4, John Lewis

Red gold leaf onion bauble £6, John Lewis

Navy gold glittered bauble £4, John Lewis

Glass twig bauble, £4.95 Romejo’s

Metal balloon Santa £12.95, Chapel Interiors

Deck the halls (and every available space!)… Christmas is coming and it’ll soon be time to add some seasonal cheer to your home! Whether your theme is timeless and traditional, fun and fanciful or chic and cool, local retailers have plenty in store for a stylish setting this festive season Bunting £45, The Rounded House

Village snow globe 10cm £15, John Lewis

Xmas stockings £29 each, The Rounded House Napkin holder £12.95, Chapel Interiors

Clay angel £69, Christmas trees £12.50 each, Art in the Heart

Stag cushion £35, Chapel Interiors

Wooden house with LED light £11.95, Chapel Interiors Susie Watson candles £28 (set of two), The Rounded House

Wall-mounted stag’s head £37.50, Romejo’s

Victorian Christmas wreath £12.95, John Lewis

Scented cushions (set of three) £11.95, The Rounded House

Wood-turned tree baubles £13.50 each, Art in the Heart

STOCKISTS Chapel Interiors, The Bazaar, West Street, Oundle PE8 4EJ. 01832 275605. Romejo’s, 14 Market Place, Oundle PE8 4BQ. 01832 272165. The Rounded House, 10b West Street, Oundle PE8 4EF. 01832 274687. John Lewis, Queensgate Centre, Peterborough PE1 1NL. 01733 344644. Art in the Heart, 13 Westgate Arcade, Peterborough PE1 1PY. 07910 118148.




NEWS & NOTES Helping you make the most of Nene living

Antiques experts offer free valuations


OME special antiques and collectables valuation events are taking place early this month in the Nene area. The experts at Lockdales Auctioneers will be in Thrapston, Stilton and Oundle, providing free valuations on coins (including British and World, sovereigns, Krugerrands, Royal Mint commemoratives and proof sets), stamps, banknotes, medals and militaria, antiques, clocks, watches, jewellery, gold, silver, pre-1900 documents/books and maps, cigarette-cards, postcards, pre-1960 sporting programmes and tickets, scientific instruments, swords, bayonets and antique firearms. No appointment is necessary and members of the public will have the option to consign their goods to auction (subject to terms and conditions) and cash purchase offers are also available. Valuations will be provided free of charge, with no obligation. Complimentary illustrated catalogues from previous auctions will be available. Valuation sessions are being held on: • Tuesday 1 November, 10.30am to 2.30pm at The Bridge Hotel, Bridge Street, Thrapston NN14 4JP • Wednesday 2 November, 10.30am to 2.30pm at Stilton Memorial Hall, North Street, Stilton PE7 3RP • Thursday 3 November, 10.30am to 2.30pm at Fletton House, Fletton Way, Oundle PE8 4JA • For information, contact Lockdales Auctioneers on 01473 627110, email:;

Prévost earns first Michelin mention


ETERBOROUGH’S fine dining venue Prévost has gained a place in the coveted 2017 Michelin Guide, just six months after opening. The newest edition of the famous gourmet guide was published last month and as one of just two restaurants listed in the city centre, chef and owner Lee Clarke said he was ‘over the moon’ with his inclusion. “When we saw that a gentleman had made a reservation for one, we did wonder whether it could be Michelin. We didn’t give him special treatment, though – he had the same Prévost experience that we give each and every diner. We’re delighted that he found it worthy of the prestigious Guide and are excited to see what the future holds.” Set in the former Flyers Club on Priestgate, Prévost was Peterborough’s only new Michelin entry, with The Beehive maintaining its presence along with others including The Blue Bell at Glinton, The Crown Inn at Elton and The Falcon Inn at Fotheringhay. •

Mower & Groundcare Centre celebrates a great year


ELEBRATING a succesful first year at its Hampton premises, The Peterborough Mower & Groundcare Centre provides sales, hire, spares and repairs for all new and used pieces of garden equipment. An off-shoot of RTC Plant Services Ltd, The Peterborough Mower & Groundcare Centre specialises in lawnmowers and groundcare equipment for domestic and commercial users. With a company ethos centred on first-rate customer care, founder Tom Calton and his team give customers a chance to look at and try out a large variety of different garden machinery. We asked Tom to sum up events of the past year. “In November 2015 we set up a new business specialising in the retail sales and repairs of lawnmowers and groundcare equipment. We had already been selling and servicing this type of equipment at our main depot at RTC Plant Services in Milking Nook,

Peterborough for some years but to give the customer a better buying experience, we opened a new lawnmower showroom to enable our equipment to be viewed in a nice clean and comfortable environment. After securing premises in Hampton, The Peterborough Mower and Groundcare Centre was launched in January 2016. “For those that prefer to see our products ‘in the flesh’, the showroom is definitely the place to be, with many different makes and models on display. “To compliment the showroom experience we have also developed a very busy and popular online shop. The Groundcare Centre ( is a way of browsing at and buying all of our products online. “With the initial manufacturers of Husqvarna, MTD Lawnflite, Flymo, McCulloch, Rover, Agri-Fab and Grillo on board, we were

soon lucky enough to secure the dealership for Hayter and Toro domestic mowers. Both brands are proving to be very popular. “With a company policy of great customer care at the point of sale, which continues through to a second-to-none aftercare service, we have been delighted with the great feedback from our customers. “With a fixed price service menu on all lawnmowers and groundcare equipment our first year’s trading has really been remarkable. The sales of all of our brands have been very good and now we are very proud to announce that we are the newly-appointed associated John Deere dealer for Ben Burgess Ltd for homeowner products in this area. So for all new machine requirements customers can visit our showroom at Hampton. And for all parts and servicing they can contact or visit our service centre at Milking Nook.” • Visit the showroom at 24 Phorpres Close, Hampton and you will also get to see some special edition machines including a real one-off for the ladies, a bright pink mower called Betsey… the perfect gift for the woman who has everything!


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NEWS & NOTES Businesses rally to support Angel Fair


USINESSES across the region have been quick to offer their support for the Angel Christmas Fair – founded by Lady Victoria Leatham and first announced in last month’s Nene Living – which will raise funds for Thorpe Hall Hospice, Peterborough. The event takes place on 3 and 4 December, with more than 50 stalls already confirmed and all proceeds going to Sue Ryder, which provides palliative care through the centre. To support the event, local businesses have sponsored large wicker angels which will be lit at night and will welcome guests to the Grade I listed hall throughout the event. Sponsors will then be able to keep their angels on display for the festive season. Among the supporters are main sponsors Remark, Audi Peterborough, Dawson’s of Stamford, The George Hotel in Stamford and estate agent Strutt and Parker, which has offices across the area. Spokesman Anna Cole said: “We are very proud to be supporting The Angel Fair in support of the Sue Ryder, Thorpe Hall Hospice. The Hospice provides incredible care to its patients and support to their families which they cannot do without the continued help and support from fundraising events such as this.”


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UST like humans, many animals need companionship. Rabbits are naturally sociable animals and prefer to live with other rabbits, but there are approximately 680,000 rabbits currently living alone in the UK. Here at Wood Green, we offer a mixing service for single rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets that any owners may have. Sometimes, after an animal has lost a companion, they can become subdued and not seem themselves, so finding a companion for your single animal is advisable. We neuter, vaccinate and microchip all rabbits and ferrets that come into us to ensure that there are no unwanted litters. After some details have been gathered from the single animal’s owner and accommodation has been approved, we then will try to find some suitable matches for the animal and invite the owner in to visit all available options. The owner can then select which animal they would like us to mix their own with first and will then leave them with us for a few days for the mixing process to take place – a member of staff will closely watch them. Sometimes it can take more than one introduction for an animal to bond with a friend. But once bonded, pairs of animals will demonstrate behaviours such as grooming one another, eating and sleeping together. If you have a single rabbit, guinea pig or ferret that needs a friend, then please contact us on 0300 303 9333 (ext1380), or email us at: smalls.rehoming@ Wood Green The Animals Charity offers a low-fee advice service for dogs and cats. If you would like behaviour or training advice for your pet call 01480 830014 ext 1281

Where there’s a Will… All traders will give 10 per cent of their profits to the fair and among them will be Peachy Belts, which has recently launched a new range of belts which will be available as gifts or accessories for the Christmas party season. Owner Zoe Glover said: “It’s exciting because we don’t have a lot of good Christmas fairs in the area. I have local clientele and I don’t often have an opportunity to show them my range of belts and buckles.” The event will launch with a Champagne Reception for sponsors on 2 December from 6pm, with a sneak peek at some of the gifts, foods and decorations on offer. Additional tickets to the reception are also available at £25 per person, with Champagne donated by long-term supporters Hambleton Hall. The Angel Christmas Fair will then open to everyone on 3 and 4 December from 10am 4pm. Entry costs £5 per person. Lady Victoria said: “The money raised from the fair will go towards helping Sue Ryder to support families with terminal illnesses this Christmas. “The hospice has supported many families in Peterborough and Stamford over the years and the nurses really are the embodiment of angels. We hope the fair will help to support them in the future.” • Further sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, to sponsor an angel or to buy tickets to the Champagne reception, email before 1 December.


OVEMBER is Will Aid month, when you can use a local solicitor to write your Will and, instead of paying professional fees, make a donation to charity. Will Aid is a special partnership between the legal profession and nine of the UK’s best-loved charities. Every November, participating solicitors waive their fee for writing a basic Will. Instead, they invite their clients to make a donation to Will Aid, which has been running since 1988 and has raised more than £17m for charities in the UK and around the world. The suggested voluntary donation is £95 for a basic Will or £150 for a pair of basic mirror Wills. • For more information visit

Sacrewell Christmas Shop opens on Thursday, 3 November after a £35K refurbishment. The shop, at the visitor centre just off the A1/A47 at Wansford, relaunches on 3 November with taster events from suppliers such as Two Birds Spirits, who will be on hand offering samples of their range of locally-distilled vodkas and gins, and Neneview Dairy, sampling their award-winning goats cheeses. There will also be members-only flash sales on selected lines. New products being showcased for Christmas include blankets and scarves from Tweedmill, candles, alpaca socks and a variety of new food and drink items from local suppliers. The shop will be open every day from 10am to 4pm throughout November and until December 24. Parking is free. •



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Leisa and Tim with Bluebird Care’s Duncan Berry

Local care home business wins franchise award



HARLES Bright, one of Peterborough’s most iconic and prestigious jewellery businesses, has announced it will close its doors after more than 90 years of trading. Business Since the early 1920s the business has partners Roger offered high quality and distinctive jewellery, Aron and Kevin fine diamonds and wedding rings. Now, due Roberts to retirement, the Exchange Street store will shut permanently following a final closing down sale. Roger Aron, who owns Charles Bright jointly with business partner Kevin Roberts, said: “Charles Bright has always been an important independent retail business in Peterborough; there are so few of these now in many towns. We have some wonderfully loyal customers, many who are third generation families and who often become firm friends. We regularly have customers telling us proudly that their mother’s or grandmother’s engagement or wedding rings came from Charles Bright.” The sale will run until the stock has gone – all stock will be priced at up to 60 per cent off and everything must go.

local business has been named Franchisee of the Year 2016 by one of Britain’s biggest providers of homecare services in the UK. At the provider’s annual conference, the Bluebird Care Peterborough and Rutland franchise, whose office is in Stamford, beat more than 180 Bluebird Care offices across the country to receive the prestigious award. Franchise owners Tim Carey and Leisa MacKenzie were delighted to accept the award – presented as a recognition of the team’s dedication towards its customers, as well as the consistent high level of service demonstrated by staff – on behalf of their team at a gala dinner. The judging panel agreed that the Peterborough and Rutland team had exhibited outstanding ambition and quality of care, with investment into staff recruitment, training and technology to benefit each and every customer in the community. The franchise was seen to excel in all areas of its business, ensuring to go ‘above and beyond’ on every single visit. Tim and Leisa said: “We are so proud to be accepting this award on behalf of the company. It truly is a team effort, and we are honoured to work side-by-side with our outstanding employees. They provide the highest, most dignified and professional service that our customers require.” Bluebird Care Chief Operating Officer, Duncan Berry added: “Bluebird Care Peterborough and Rutland is dedicated to ensuring that people have the option to receive high quality care in their own homes. Launched in 2011, the franchise prides itself on providing a service that goes beyond day-to-day care, and makes a positive impact on its customers’ lives.”

Peterborough’s ladies four-part harmony acapella choir Rhapsody is recruiting new members. Ladies who can sing in tune, are looking for a musical challenge and would like to enter national music competitions are invited to rehearsals on Tuesdays from 7.30pm at Ormiston Bushfield Academy, Ortongate PE2 5RQ. Rhapsody’s varied repertoire includes chart, show and movie songs from the ‘50s through to the current day. • For more information on joining or booking the choir call 01733 705811 or 07842 509910; www.

Peterborough’s All Saints Church is the setting for a Christmas Tree Festival early next month. The event takes place at the Park Road, PE1 2UL church from 11am-5pm on 2 and 3 December, noon-4pm on 4 December. •




ETERBOROUGH’S Serpentine Green is to get a new look and additional retail units as part of a recently-announced redevelopment programme. The extension marks the first redevelopment of the centre since Serpentine Green was built in 1998 and will see 100 new jobs created for the local economy. The three new retail units will be situated at the front of the centre, facing a new public space that is due for completion in summer 2017 incuding a pedestrian square and cycle parking which will be linked to a cycle route through the car park. Over the coming year, parts of the car park will be re-routed to allow the works to take place.

New home – and name – for AGA store

GA Peterborough is relocating during November to Oundle Wharf and will be renamed AGA Oundle. The store will continue to display a large selection of AGAs and AGA cookware, as well as hosting monthly demonstrations. There’ll be a launch party on Saturday 26 November when the Wharf will be hosting a Christmas shopping market with stallholders selling crafts, gifts and seasonal food. • AGA Oundle 4/5 Oundle Wharf, Oundle PE8 4DE. 07901 220085.



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Stuart Orme

Sue Dobson meets the Head of Operations at Peterborough Cathedral


UT simply, Stuart Orme’s job is to encourage more people to visit Peterborough Cathedral. After 14 years based at Peterborough Museum where – as Interpretation Manager for Vivacity – the myriad events, exhibitions and festivals he organised attracted many thousands of visitors and arguably put Peterborough on the heritage map, he’s ideally qualified for the role. “I deal with the visitor side of things at the Cathedral,” he explains, “everything from concerts, lectures, outdoor theatre in the cloisters and large nave dinners to various festivals – events of all kinds – as well as planning new ways for people to explore its amazing architecture and fascinating history. “Peterborough Cathedral is the physical and spiritual heart of the city. While first and foremost a place of worship, it is a place for everyone to come and enjoy. It has centuries of stories to tell and we want to bring it all to life.”

response to current trends – like having a children’s Pokémon trail inside the Cathedral! Finding new revenue streams is part of Stuart’s remit. “It costs nearly £4,500 a day to run Peterborough Cathedral – it’s no small task to generate funds to maintain a 900-year-old building.” All eyes are now on the Peterborough 900 campaign that’s raising funds for a raft of ambitious improvements in the lead-up to celebrating the Cathedral’s 900th anniversary in 2018. Over £8million of the £10million target has been raised so far, helped along by a sponsored abseil in July which saw over 240 adventurous people abseiling down the side of the Cathedral’s iconic West Front. Stuart was one of them. “I don’t have a head for heights and yes, I was terrified, but I’m glad I did it.”

“Peterborough Cathedral is the physical and spiritual heart of the city. While first and foremost a place of worship, it is a place for everyone to come and enjoy. It has centuries of stories to tell and we want to bring it all to life”

NEW OPENINGS After two years of painstaking building conservation, the new Visitor and Learning Centre opened in the Precincts in September. Here the story of the Cathedral is told in a timeline that goes back to Roman days, with an interactive digital table and original music, artistry and manuscripts. (A second section of the timeline is displayed in the Treasury within the Cathedral itself.) There’s space for changing exhibitions – “we’re hoping the National Portrait Gallery will loan us their iconic portrait of Katherine of Aragon,” Stuart says – while the Education Suite hosts cheerily furnished classrooms for school groups and children’s crafts. The renovation of the medieval Knights’ Chamber has provided a wonderful space for meetings, presentations and concerts. “We want to encourage businesses and groups to make use of all the Cathedral’s excellent venues that can be hired for meetings, events and small conferences. The new Education Suite will be a great resource for schools and we’ll be extending our range of activities for families during the school holidays.” One thing that’s currently missing on a visit

to Peterborough Cathedral is somewhere to stop for a cup of tea and a slice of cake. But that’s being sorted. A ‘traditional tearoom’ will soon be opening in the 14th-century Becket’s Chapel, just inside the Norman arch off Cathedral Square. “We’re looking to develop a partnership with the catering department of Peterborough Regional College,” Stuart says. “The plan is to serve light meals and, of course, a proper afternoon tea.” CREATIVE THINKING While many innovative projects are in the pipeline, some ideas emerge quickly in

A PASSION FOR HISTORY Immediately after his abseiling adventure Stuart was driving down to Gloucestershire to take part in Europe’s biggest Medieval Festival, where he’d been invited to be Edward IV’s royal standard bearer in a re-enactment of the Battle of Tewkesbury. History is Stuart’s passion; taking part in re-enactments is his hobby. “My parents instilled a love of history in me from an early age by buying me a plastic dinosaur and some metal knights and taking me on regular visits to museums, castles and stately homes,” he smiles. He’s a member of The Medieval Sokemen, a living history group that brings the later Middle Ages to vibrant life. His knowledge of Peterborough’s history is encyclopaedic and whether he’s giving a talk, guiding a walk or doing a costumed interpretation, he’s brilliant at imparting it, drawing people in to share his enthusiasm. His regular slot on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Jeremy Sallis Show is popular listening. If Stuart had to choose just one thing to urge visitors to do at the Cathedral, what would it be? “Go to Evensong. The music is glorious, the choir is superb, the setting is magnificent – whatever your faith or none, it will be a memorable experience.” • NENE LIVING NOVEMBER 2016


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Baby, it’s cold outside …so why not cosy up by the fire and make your home as warm and welcoming as possible this winter? We take a look at the latest interiors trends with the help of some of the area’s best homes specialists


HE nights are drawing in so it’s no wonder we’re spending more time in our homes than usual. But is the drab scheme in your sitting room in need of an update, or is your bedroom looking a bit jaded? As we move from autumn into winter it’s the perfect time of year to go for ‘out with the old and in with new’ to refresh the look of your home. “This is our busiest time of year in terms of interiors,” says Hannah Wright, Home Designer at John Lewis, Peterborough. “People want their homes to look their best in anticipation of all the entertaining they’ll be doing over the festive season and we’ve got lots of new products coming into the store. It’s a really exciting time.” Bold prints, texture and ‘warm metals’ are big news in the interiors world this winter, and John Lewis has all three of these key trends covered. “Bold, William Morris-inspired fabrics are on-trend featuring autumnal colours and rich jewel tones,” says Hannah. “Our new range, Ruskin House, is inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement. We have checks, tartans and a fabric called Grasmere which features a bird and a pear in the design. These fabrics evoke those feelings we get at this time of year as we cosy up by the fire.” In terms of furniture, mid-century styles are still very much at the forefront. “We’ve just launched a new collection called Design Project which is very trend-led,” says Hannah. “The pieces have simple, clean lines and feature materials such as copper, marble and teak.” But Hannah insists that refreshing your home for winter doesn’t have to cost a fortune. “You can change the look of a room with a few new cushions and a throw. Our fake fur items always sell really well. They come in white, grey and brown so they co-ordinate well with most existing schemes. It’s an easy way to update your home and make eveything feel a bit more cosy.” Over at The Rounded House, the gifts and interiors shop on Oundle’s West Street, the advice is to choose bold, over-sized accessories when updating your home. “Don’t be afraid to go big,” says owner Sam Harper. “Really large mirrors are on-trend this season. Choose one that completely fills a wall such as our giant grey, paned mirror which retails at £275. Lighting should also make a statement – an extra large pendant light over a table for example. Let your lighting take centre stage and make a real impact on the room.” When it comes to wallpapers and fabrics, the ‘big is better’ maxim also holds out. Think large, geometric prints which reach around the whole



Top left: Hilly Horton Home hare cushions from £32 Top right: John Lewis Design Project N004 display unit £699 Above: Rounded House Nema lantern from £29.95 Left: Rounded House rattan lampshade from £69.95

Lampshade Warehouse Pyramid antique brass pendant light £81.60

Rounded House large grey mirror £275

Above: JohnLewis AW16 Harris Tweed Lewis sofa £1,449 Right: Rounded House antique brass star from £26.95 Left: JohnLewis AW16 Adriana floor lamp £190 Below right: Romejo’s Helen Moore throw from £120 Below: Rounded House moss stitch throws £79.95



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HERE ARE SOME OF THE BEST LOCAL RETAILERS WHO CAN HELP YOU UPDATE YOUR HOME THIS WINTER Hilly Horton Home A wide range of cushions, bunting, furniture and accessories are available in this charming shop. 36a, Goss Court, Thrapston NN14 4JH J&S Interiors Curtains, blinds and soft furnishings with an emphasis on amazing customer service. 30 Phorpres Close, Hampton, Peterborough PE7 8FZ John Lewis Design Project N002 snuggler £1799

Hilly Horton Home lanterns from £13

The Rounded House Country-inspired gifts, home accessories and furniture. 10b West Street, Oundle PE8 4EF Delcor Bespoke sofas and chairs in a wide range of styles and fabrics. 30 Bath Row, Stamford PE9 2QX Romejo’s Gift shop stocking items such as home accessories, jewellery, handbags and faux fur. 14 Market Place, Oundle PE8 4BQ Lampshade Warehouse Lighting specialist with hundreds of products to choose from at competitive prices. 10 Saville Road, Peterborough PE3 7PR John Lewis Wide choice of furniture and fabrics to cover all your homewares needs. Queensgate Centre, Peterborough PE1 1NL

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room, featuring colours such as navy blue and blush pink. Warm metals such as brass, bronze and copper are also a must this winter. “They’ve taken over from silver or stainless steel,” explains Sam. “Add them into your scheme with photo frames, mirrors and other accessories.” Texture is an essential element to any winter interiors scheme. Rustic wood is big news this season – both in furniture items and also as cladding to walls. And we’re seeing a return to that old seventies favourite, rattan. The curved, woodlike material, which is in fact made from a type of tropical vine, is back in the form of chairs, lighting and accessories. “It works really well to use a wide variety of textures in the home,” says Sam Harper. “Why not combine rustic woods and rattans along with warm metals and poured concrete elements such as our chunky candle sticks? And of course you can add warmth and softness by layering up cushions and throws in different patterns and fabrics.” Talking of cushions, Hilly Horton of Hilly Horton



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FINANCE Making the most of your investments in times of uncertainty Headlines about fluctuating stock markets and share price volatility seem to be a weekly occurrence – but what has 2016 been like for investors and what will the next 12 months bring?


ICHARD Allen, Portfolio Manager at Vartan Ravenscroft Stockbroking & Investment Management, which is based in Peterborough, says 2016 will be remembered as the year of great political upsets. “The first six months of the year saw markets dominated by the possibility of the UK leaving the European Union and what that would mean in terms of global politics, economics and, of course asset prices. On Friday 24 June we got the answer: the UK public, albeit by a narrow margin, voted for dramatic change – leaving the European Union. “Markets, as they usually do, reacted emotionally and with a knee jerk but soon calmed down. In economic terms, the key assumption from some economists was that the UK would quickly fall into recession. Given the recent success of political and economic commentators to forecast short term outcomes, we took this message with a ‘large pinch of salt’.” Mr Allen says there will be winners and losers in the UK’s new relationship with the EU. “The challenge for investors is to navigate this path,” he says, but cautions that the important thing for investors to remember is not to get caught up in domestic politics. “The global economy is seeing steady, albeit slowing growth. The US economy is perhaps the star performer in the global economy at the moment, with steady growth and a continued downtrend in unemployment figures. Worries earlier on in the year over the negative impact of China’s slowdown have been largely overcome and we have also seen a strong performance from emerging markets in Asia and Latin America which has led to asset prices increasing. China continues to avoid the

hard landing that many pessimists had predicted. However, the Chinese authorities’ habit of throwing money at problems may be storing up trouble for the future, so we continue to adopt a defensive slant.” Looking ahead to 2017, Mr Allen says that politics will undoubtedly continue to make the headlines with a new American president in place, looming presidential elections in France and parliamentary elections in Germany and Brexit negotiations moving up a gear with the triggering of Article 50. “From an investors’ viewpoint, we firmly believe that the focus should be on valuations and ultimately knowing what you own in your portfolio,” he says. “Domestically in the UK, the weakness in Sterling and the stabilisation of commodity prices suggest that there may be an uptick in inflation. With interest rates at a low level this will make it even more vitally important for investors to seek out assets that are capable of delivering a real return. “One of the most important factors in protecting your investments will be to ensure you have the right advice. We know from our own clients that longstanding family firms like Vartan Ravenscroft provide them with the comfort that they can pick up the phone and speak to one of the team who will know who they are, where their investments are, what their risk appetite is. Our clients aren’t simply numbers, they are people who have worked hard to build up their savings and we want to find the right opportunities for them.” • Please remember that the value of investments and any income derived from them can fall and your capital is at risk meaning that you may get back less than you originally invested.

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You may never have heard of them or their exciting sport, but Peterborough’s Phantoms Sledge Ice Hockey team is something our city can take huge pride in. Jonathan Craymer reports


S the clock ticks towards midnight and much of the city has already gone to bed, at the Peterborough Arena ice rink in Bretton things are just getting going. The city’s sledge ice hockey team is in full swing (literally), practising its lightning-fast whip-crack moves – something it can only do when everyone else has gone home. This is true sporting dedication. “Sledge hockey is very exciting and watching it gives you a huge adrenaline rush – what gets the crowd going is seeing people travelling at speed on ice, chasing the puck, shooting from a distance and hitting it as hard as in normal ice hockey,” explained Ian Offers, 48, from Whittlesey (right), who coaches the team – which has just won the British Sledge Hockey League Trophy for the fourth successive year (having beaten Cardiff Huskies 5-1 in the title decider at home, and before that Kingston Kestrels in their last away match of the season – and then a week later again defeating the Cardiff team to claim the British Sledge Hockey Play-Offs trophy to cap off another successful season!). Ian really knows his stuff and is also coach to the Great Britain sledge hockey team, which is off to Japan this month to take part in the World Championships, and is hoping to make the 2018 Paralympic Qualification tournament next year. By day Ian looks after IT security at a TV



shopping channel based in Peterborough, and got hooked on ordinary ice hockey in 1999 after seeing a couple of games. He originally approached the Peterborough Pirates, offering to do their website. But he soon started playing for fun and obtained a coaching qualification so he could give something back to the sport and get younger players involved. “I was then approached to coach the sledge ice hockey team and originally said no because I didn’t know the sport. But Ian Offers the team kept asking me and I saw it was pretty much the same as normal ice hockey. I’ve now been head coach for four years. “Sledge hockey originated in Sweden in the 1960s and Great Britain started playing the sport in 1981. At international level it’s a Paralympic sport, for people with disabilities, but at league and club level it’s all-inclusive and because you’re sat in a sledge, everyone’s equal. “In the Peterborough team we have ablebodied people as well as players who’ve lost limbs while on military service or in road accidents, and others who’ve been in wheelchairs a long time or all their lives. It’s a full-contact sport and for those watching is not dissimilar to wheelchair rugby, which is often jokingly referred to as ‘murder ball’ because people keep running into each other. Sledge hockey is like that – it’s fast and the rules are exactly the same as standard ice hockey, with all the same-sized rink and equipment.

“We play in a league with Kingston, Cardiff, Manchester and Sheffield. I’m now aiming to get more players into the Peterborough team, but as coach to the national sledge hockey team I’d like to see more clubs set up, giving me a greater national pool of players to choose from.” In Peterborough sponsorship comes from the organisation Inspire Peterborough and law firm Irwin Mitchell. At national level there’s support from the UK’s largest rink operators, Planet Ice and Silver Blades, which offer free time on the ice each month. But there’s no other financial support for the national programme.

WHAT WOULD PETERBOROUGH TEAM MEMBERS PLAY IF THE TEAM DIDN’T EXIST? “For many it would be either wheelchair basketball – which a lot of the guys come from – or wheelchair cycling. But it’s a measure of the dedication to sledge ice hockey that several members travel a long way. There’s a core membership from Peterborough, but we have players coming from as far afield as Swindon, Derby, Mansfield and even Cardiff. “Sadly, at the moment it’s a sport that a lot of people haven’t even heard of, as it’s still quite small in the UK, so with the help of organisations like Inspire Peterborough and Irwin Mitchell, as well as the press, we aim to promote the game a lot this year. The great thing is it hooks people straight away and most, after seeing it for the first time, ask ‘when’s the next game?’. Normal ice hockey fans too are surprised when they watch it for the first time, as it’s so fast.” I WISH I’D FOUND THIS SPORT EARLIER… “Out there I literally forget about my disability,” said Matt Coleman, 39, the captain who’s also played for the GB team. Matt Coleman Matt, from Farcet, was born with Sacral Agenesis which affects development of the spine. Like Ian he also works in IT. “I’d been playing wheelchair basketball for 10 years and I was looking for something different – a new challenge. Then a friend who loves ordinary ice hockey told me about this. I’d never heard of sledge ice hockey, so I looked it up online and decided to give it a try. “When I’m playing a wheelchair sport, I’m just swapping one wheelchair for another. But this is completely different. I loved it from the word go, and it’s the only sport I’ve played since. There’s no upper age limit. I’ll stay playing as long as I can but you have to be extremely fit, and obviously as you get older that becomes harder. “In the Peterborough club we’ve got guys who are 50, so I’ve maybe got another 10 or 15 years of playing to look forward to, and I’ll perhaps stay at the top of my game for another five. It’s a full-contact sport and you wear body armour and helmet, but in truth I’ve had far more injuries playing wheelchair basketball.” WHERE WOULD MATT LIKE TO SEE THE PETERBOROUGH TEAM GO FROM HERE? “When I started playing sledge ice hockey six years ago there were only three clubs, and now there are five and another club will join the League next year. I’d like to see every ice rink in the UK have its own club, which would make it much more accessible. The sport’s still fairly young, having only started in the UK in

Left to right: Joss Campbell, Matt Coleman (captain), Ali Amini, Rob Gaze (goalie), Dave Threadgold, Scotty Turner and at the back, coach Ian Offers

the early ‘80s. Within the last 10 years it’s really started to develop. It’s also benefiting from the technology they’re now using in standard ice hockey.” According to Matt it can cost between £700 and £1100 for each sledge, but at least these can be used year after year – unless their design is superseded. However, some items of safety equipment (a complete set can cost £1500-£2000 if bought new, though perhaps less on eBay) may wear out and need replacing each year – gloves being one of them. The special sticks – which players use to both push the sledges along and hit the puck (they have a clever spike arrangement on one end) – cost £50 a pair. His last set only lasted Matt one game. “But I don’t care about the expense – I just love the sport,” he said. “I wish I’d found this sport and moved over from wheelchair basketball much earlier. It’s a measure of how much everyone loves it, that so many are prepared to travel so far. I’m probably the only one who’s just 15 minutes down the road!” ONE DAY AT A TIME… Graham Kimber from Holbeach, who plays either centre or wing in the team, suffered three separate strokes on one day in October 2009. For this former fireman, engineer and amateur footballer, it was devastating. “I lost Graham Kimber control of my whole right side and my voice,” he told me. Two years later he happened upon a promotional stall advertising the Peterborough sledge ice hockey team at a fete in Central Park. “I went along and loved it from the word go. It was a bit frightening to start with, but you soon get used to it. You wear protective gear and injuries are fairly rare. The main problem at first was not being able to get up if I went down. Someone else had to lift me, but I’ve got past that problem now.

“Since then, playing this sport has helped me lose six and a half stone and recover a lot of fitness. I now walk around the house but when I’m out I use a wheelchair, propelling myself.” Health-wise he’s still not out of the woods. On the practice night I attended, Graham was in hospital with a chest infection related to his previous health issues. “Being part of this team gives me camaraderie, friendship, getting back into sport – I used to play football for a pub team in Hungerford – and fitness. The repetitive motion using the sticks is great for developing strength in the places where I’d lost it. It’s a wonderful sport. My skill level? Average, though I’ve got a wicked shot that many goalies can’t stop. It’s a long road recovering from a stroke – you just take one day at a time. But I couldn’t have got to where I am today without sledge ice hockey.” Gail Howard, Business Support and Marketing Officer at Inspire Peterborough added: “Anybody wanting to get involved in sledge ice hockey, which is a Paralympic sport, is welcome to attend our Inclusive Skating sessions for people with disabilities, additional needs and life-limiting conditions, their family members and friends. These sessions take place on Friday afternoons.” • To find out more visit or email Gail Howard: NENE LIVING NOVEMBER 2016


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Nicola Guise

The former Oundle School teacher talked to Nick Rennie about the charity projects that inspire her – and a recent three-hour swim to raise funds for street children in Africa


T was pretty chilly and the waves were rolling aggressively as Nicola Guise swam off the coast of Dorset for four miles. But the challenge got a lot easier every time the former Oundle School teacher thought of the African street children she was helping. Nicola was taking part in a sponsored swim around Brownsea Island and by completing the task she raised almost £4,000 for charity. Some will go to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution but most of it will help homeless children in Kenya make a better life for themselves. The 51-year-old was inspired to help the desperate youngsters after travelling to the slums of Nairobi earlier this year to support work being done by the charity International Needs. “I love Africa and I came back from that trip to Kenya wanting to make my mark and do something to help,” said Nicola, who lives in a village just outside Oundle. “I thought of the children in the slums as I swam around the island and it definitely helped me to keep going.” Most of us enjoy a swim in the local baths because it is warm, for one thing. But Nicola prefers going for a dip in the River Nene. She’s been swimming in it for around three years, even during the freezing winter months. And it’s proving quite sociable too – she is one of a group of friends who regularly meet up for an open water swim in the Nene. Some of them joined her in the Brownsea Island challenge. Nicola recalled: “The weather conditions were not very nice at all. It was windy, choppy and chilly and it was gale force four or five and gusting seven. “There is a cut-off time of three hours and they pull you out if you don’t finish in time. I managed to do it in two hours 57 minutes, thankfully. I didn’t want to let down all the people who so kindly sponsored me.” Nicola was originally a chemical engineer based in Melton Mowbray. She eventually moved into teaching and has taught maths at Oundle School for the last 17 years. She ran the New House girls’ boarding house from 1996 to 2004 and has also been Head of Laxton, for day pupils, and Head of Maths. Nicola has clearly enjoyed working at the school: “You spend so much time with the boarders that you are the stability in their lives. It’s a wonderful school and I have worked with so many great people.” When Nicola visited Nairobi earlier this year she was inspired by the work that International Needs was doing in a city where there are 2.5 million slum-dwellers – 60 per cent of the

Nicola Guise with her medal and swim hat from Brownsea Island charity swim

make money so they can afford to get off the streets. “It’s such a good project,” said Nicola. “The children can earn money for themselves and they then go back to support the other slum children to stop them joining gangs and going into crime. They earn money through legal means, they are given help with their education and they learn skills to help them live better lives.” On the back of the Kenya trip she set up a business with three people she met out there. It’s called Umoja Gold and it involves importing macadamia oil from the Central American country of Guatemala. A quarter of the selling price, which represents half of the profits, is returned to the country to help the many living in poverty there. Nicola hopes it is a business model which others will copy. She says her charity and humanitarian work has come out of a reappraisal of her life when she hit 50. “I lost two life partners and a close friend in recent years and I feel now that life is very precious and that every day is a gift,” said Nicola. She fully intends to keep up her open water swimming. “I have a river at the bottom of the garden which helps. I usually swim upriver towards Thorpe Waterville or towards Pilton. It’s lovely out there when the water is still and I would highly recommend it.” • To sponsor the work of International Needs go online at More information on Umoja Gold is available at

“I lost two life partners and a close friend in recent years and I feel now that life is very precious and that every day is a gift” population living on six per cent of the land. The charity is working with a passionate team of former street children (The Real Hope Community Project) to help those who live rough to set up a car wash to enable them to

Nicola Guise approaches the finish of her Brownsea Island charity swim





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Busy Fire Truck £20, Jollys Toys

Wooden Farmyard £40, John Lewis

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The Rupert Annual £9.99, Oundle Bookshop



Seasonal apron £15 and tea cosy £8, Stu-Pots

For the youngsters Frog Bikes 14in kid’s bike £194.99, Rutland Cycling

Stowe Green cheese board £15.95, Stu-Pots

Winton Willow charger £40, Chapel Interiors

Lightbox £30, The Rounded House

Walk With Me Dino £20, John Lewis

Exclusive ‘Liberty’ print embroidery by The Hare in the Sweater £150, Hilly Horton Home

FM Radio and MP3 Speaker, £19.99, Oundle Bookshop


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Dirty Dogs bath toy £11, Jollys Toys

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Tenzi Dice Game £11, Jollys Toys

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Manhattan Champagne flutes, set of two £21.50, Romejo’s

Poole Pottery Maya bud vase £35, John Lewis

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Solid oak Bird Pods in a choice of eight colours £45, Hilly Horton Home

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Oundle and Northamptonshire perpetual calendar by Simon Dolby £12, The Dolby Gallery

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1.5l sauce pot £58, AGA Oundle

Tea towels £7-7.50, AGA Oundle

Gauntlet £24, Chef Pad £15, AGA Oundle

Flan dish £31, AGA Oundle Red kettle £75, AGA Oundle

Limited edition Robin print by Kay Clark £85, Art in the Heart

Peterborough plates with stand £4.50, mugs £4.99, coasters £2.49, all Visitor Information Centre

Peterborough in Photographs £12.99, Peterborough Past £14.99, Flag Fen £17.99, all Visitor Information Centre

Temperaments, Peterborough Writers’ Circle Anthology 2016 £7, Oundle Bookshop

Pendant by Charron Pugsley Hill, £20, Art in the Heart

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Marshall Maserati celebrates second anniversary in city Two years after opening its doors in Peterborough, Marshall Maserati clearly feels it’s chosen the best location from which to represent the legendary Italian car brand in East Anglia. Jonathan Craymer reports

Brand Manager Tim Edwards (l) and James Cowan (r)


OR anyone making and selling sports saloons, there are at least three balancing acts which must be got right. First, the cars themselves must be perfectly balanced in their handling. Secondly, the market must neither be starved of product nor over-supplied with it. And third, it’s vital to have outlets in just the right places, and not too many of them. When Cambridge-based motor group Marshalls took the decision to open its only Maserati dealership in Peterborough and not elsewhere in our region (including Cambridge), it must have raised a few eyebrows. But 24 months on, everyone concerned seems delighted with the move. Maserati likes to stress that it makes vehicles for those who ‘dare to be different’, and putting its faith in Peterborough as a base to reach East Anglia and much of the East Midlands shows that both the Italian car maker and Marshalls are happy to ignore the rest of the herd. As part of celebrating the second anniversary, the dealership site in Boongate allowed me to take a spin in a Ghibli Diesel, one of the models which marks the company’s recent entry into being more affordable (in the so-called E segment), whilst still retaining its ‘exclusive’ tag. This particular model is available on the road from £49,160 – or in today’s finance-driven speak, £395 plus VAT per month. It’s powered by a wonderfully smooth, whisper-quiet 3.0-litre twin turbo V6 engine, which feels so perfectly matched to the chassis in which it is mounted, it’s hard to believe this is the first diesel-powered car in the company’s history. I know it’s slightly frowned on to speak of such things, but the power output of 275 PS makes 0-62 miles per hour happen in just 6.3 seconds, meaning this car’s able to punch way beyond its weight and price-tag in the performance stakes. Heading out of Peterborough via Yaxley and down the A1 in the direction of Huntingdon, I enjoyed the Ghibli’s impeccable road manners and a sense of wonderfully solid comfort once on the A1. Owners can tune the suspension using the controls, but I enjoyed it straight out of the box as it were. The Ghibli name, in case you’re wondering, refers to a famous dry desert wind. Gear changing happens courtesy of an almost unnoticeable eightspeed ZF automatic transmission, which is clearly state-of-the-art and

adapts itself according to road conditions and driving style. I didn’t have time (to my regret) to try all five of the driving modes (Auto Normal – which I was using – plus Auto Sport, Manual Normal, Manual Sport and ICE – short for Increased Control and Efficiency). I could go on pushing superlatives in the direction of this lovely car, with its ‘on rails’ cornering and comprehensive technology (including the latest digital assistants some of us are used to on our phones), but I guess you get the picture. Suffice to say, having driven a Ghibli, I want one! Another great feature, which Maserati’s engineers have spent a lot of time perfecting, is what they call ‘the rich aural tradition of the brand’, which in layman’s terms means it sounds deliciously sporty once the engine revs climb over a certain level, but not enough to offend neighbours. Carole Merry, General Manager for Marshall Maserati of Peterborough told me: “Since opening two years ago, we’ve engaged extensively with the region’s businesses and local communities to get our presence known, and we’ve seen the results of this over the last six months in particular. “We recently posted a record single month’s sales and we’re looking forward to adding the all-new Levante – Maserati’s first ever SUV – to the model line-up later this year. It’s testament to the quality of our team here in Peterborough and the exceptional cars we sell that the Maserati brand is going from strength to strength in the East of England.” As well as offering new and pre-owned vehicle sales, Marshall Maserati is pleased to report that over 1000 customers bring their cars in for service, repair and maintenance. Many of these travel quite a way to find the right level of specialist technical knowledge and customer service. One customer even regularly makes a three-hour journey from Southampton. In the two years since it opened, the 10-strong team here at Marshall Maserati has delivered 360 new and used models. June 2016 was the strongest month to date, with 30 cars sold. The current range includes the Quattroporte (that’s four door to you and I!) luxury saloon, GranTurismo coupe and GranCabrio convertible. However, by far the most popular model sold at the dealership so far has been the car I drove, the Ghibli sports saloon with that lovely diesel engine. •

“We recently posted a record single month’s sales and we’re looking forward to adding the all-new Levante – Maserati’s first ever SUV – to the model line-up later this year”



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

‘Soft surgery’for the eyes One of the first places where visible signs of ageing begin to emerge is around the eyes. The delicate skin around the eye is extremely thin and becomes even thinner as you age. Droopy eyelids and lax skin under the eyes can make you look and feel a lot older than you really are. The PLEXR soft surgery treatment offered at Peterborough’s Cosmetic Clinic is a non-invasive, reliable, easy to implement and safe procedure. Thanks to this innovative technique, it is now possible to obtain the same results as you would through traditional surgery, without the need for anaesthesia, scarring and unnecessary risks. There is no cutting, bleeding or burning of the skin. The PLEXR non-surgical blepharoplasty corrects loose skin on the upper eyelids and removes puffiness and lax skin from the lower lids. It also achieves brilliant results on lines around the mouth and can tighten lax skin on the face. • Only doctors who have specialist training with PLEXR are authorised to perform treatments. For a consultation locally call 01733 310090 for the Peterborough clinic or 01553 692531 for the King’s Lynn clinic. BEFORE


Adult acne treatment at The Beautiful Truth


Time Out with Gently be I was invited along to Wadenhoe Village Hall for a Time Out day with Jackie Bland and Ali Coutts, who have recently set up Gently be, offering informal sessions exploring movement, relaxation practices for body and mind with nutritional and health discussion using techniques and ideas to help people make the best of their lives. The day began at 10am with introductions and drinks. We started with a group meditation session which Jackie (a fully qualified hypnotherapist and meditation teacher) guided us through – her soothing voice worked wonders in getting us relaxed and although I have little experience of meditation, I could feel the tensions in my body easing away. Our second session after drinks and delicious healthy dips and crudites was a Tai Chi lesson; an instructor came into guide us and handed everyone a spongy baton which we used to do the exercises. They were gentle movements, but concentration and co-ordination was needed! I particularly enjoyed the following session with local nutritionist Philippa Fairhall - she gave the group some great suggestions on healthy eating and lots of questions were flowing from the group. Ali was in charge of lunch and had used some wonderful recipes from Oundle nutritionist and recipe book

writer Barbara Cousins, so the group tucked into a tasty vegetarian casserole, jacket potatoes and salad, followed by wholesome healthy flapjacks. After lunch Ali delivered a ‘laughing yoga’ session. I was intrigued to see what we would be doing – she gave us little scenarios that we would then share with each other, the idea being that we would laugh through each exercise… and we certainly did! Everybody entered into the spirit of the session and 20 minutes later we all felt we’d had a good belly laugh. Our final session was meditation, this time lying down while Jackie talked us through the process, gently relaxing and soothing our whole bodies. I only just managed to keep awake.... We finished the day with a ‘mocktail’, and were given a goody bag to take away. I would highly recommend the Time Out days and courses that Jackie and Ali are running; they’re a great way to learn new relaxation techniques and bring balance into our busy lives. • For more information contact Ali on 07591 941879, or e-mail ali@gentlybe. com;

Whether you are a pubescent boy or a 40-something woman, the effects of acne on self esteem can be tragic. Its tentacles can invade all aspects of one’s life, making the sufferer introverted and lacking in confidence when meeting new people, in work situations and when socialising with friends. Unfortunately sufferers from acne due to perimenopause and menopause are under-catered for in the over-the-counter cosmetic market. The skin of a woman in her 40s and 50s won’t respond well to the high alcohol content of well known teenage brands which causes dryness, itching and irritation in a more mature skin. The cause of adult acne is often linked to the over-production of androgens, the male hormone, and though it isn’t possible to cure this topically, cosmeceutical skincare products have now advanced to help manage the symptoms, with clinical studies showing significant improvement in three of the four main contributing factors. Medik8’s Beta Range has been extensively researched to target breakouts, speed healing and reduce post-inflammatory scarring without compromising the skin’s more vulnerable defensive barriers. Professional treatments are also available within this range, in the form of Beta Peels either as a course or a one-off treatment. If adult acne is affecting your life then free of charge skin consultations are available at The Beautiful Truth with Annalisa Phillips, a Level 4 skin specialist. A package of professional and home care treatment is also being offered throughout November to help. • 01733 55550 or email



HEALTH & BEAUTY City campaign puts the focus on older people

Healthy ageing is more than just the absence of disease – for most older people, being able to carry on with their daily activities and doing the things they enjoy has the highest importance. Most of the health problems of older age are the result of long-term conditions like heart disease and diabetes that develop over time. Many of these can be prevented or delayed by engaging in healthy behaviours. Even in the very old, physical activity and a healthy diet can have powerful benefits for health and wellbeing. And for people who are frail, supportive

environments can ensure that they can still get where they need to go and do what they need to do. The Healthy Peterborough campaign is currently focusing on supporting older people to promote the uptake of physical activity and healthy diet that could reduce the risk of falls and dementia. Every year around a third of over-65s and half of those aged over 80 fall, causing pain, distress and loss of confidence. Yet falls are not an inevitable part of ageing and many can be avoided. Older people can do lots to remain steady on their feet, independent, and living

life to the full – being active and staying active is one of the most important. Gentle exercise as well as strength and balance classes can also improve strength and balance and keep muscles working well. It is estimated that a third of dementia cases worldwide are due to lifestyle risk factors such as physical inactivity, smoking, midlife hypertension, midlife obesity, diabetes and depression. If these factors were all reduced by 20 per cent, it’s estimated that in 20 years 262 fewer people might get dementia in Peterborough alone. The advice for reducing the risk of dementia includes keeping active throughout life by taking moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes, five times a week. Eating well and maintaining a healthy weight are important – the Mediterranean diet is recommended for its high proportion of oily fish, fruit, vegetables, unrefined cereals and olive oil, and low levels of red meat, saturated fats and sugars. • The Healthy Peterborough website provides lots of advice. www.

Face the future with confidence Lisa and her team at Elysia have a wealth of experience in skin and body concerns – however small. Their mission is to create healthy and vibrant skin with non-surgical treatments using the latest technologies with minimal or no down-time. I asked Lisa what areas of the face bother people the most. “Time after time, people mention their chins and eyes,” she said. “I want people to know that we can help by eliminating the fat buildup in problem areas and tightening up the skin using an Exilis Elite treatment – it is not at all painful, but is non-invasive and gives quick, permanent results.” Around the eye area, Lisa recommends the Exilis Eyes treatment – this offers outstanding results in facial rejuvenation, giving clients a more youthful and ‘lifted’ appearance. She also told me about the new RADARA eye patches that support the salon treatment: “This is a unique micro-chanelling patch for use at home to treat crows feet, lines and wrinkles around the eyes. It was recently featured in Vogue magazine and results are noticeable after two weeks of use.” The patches are only available at a prescribed clinic and are £200 including a 10 per cent discount until Christmas. Elysia has an enticing range of Christmas gift ideas including Environ skincare, Jessica and Spa Finder sets. • Elysia Aesthetic & Laser Clinic, Tansor, Oundle; 01832 226328 or 07879 620196.



Second salon for ‘and so beautiful’ Peterborough-based beauty and holistic therapy business ‘and so beautiful...’ is opening a second salon in January. Based in Woodnewton near Oundle, the new salon will offer the full range of beauty and holistic therapies that’s currently on offer at the company’s Peterborough location. However, the new salon will boast the addition of a relaxation room, raised patio areas with seating, recliners and a fantastic Jacuzzi hydrotherapy pool, offering a truly relaxing experience to both existing and new clients. In addition to relaxation and maintaining a good state of health, hydrotherapy offers many other benefits and can be used to treat a number of illnesses and conditions such as acne, arthritis, colds, depression, headaches, stomach problems, joint, muscle, and nerve problems, sleep disorders, stress and anxiety. The purpose-built Woodnewton salon will invite clients to experience any number of treatments and therapies as individuals, couples or in small groups of up to six. Light lunches, afternoon teas and refreshments will be available. Salon partner Rebecca Squires explained that a recent customer survey revealed that clients repeatedly requested an area where they could sit and relax, either before or after their treatment. The decision was therefore made to provide a dedicated relaxation room and outdoor relaxation areas, allowing the overall customer experience to be much more fulfilling. • A new website, launching in January, has a user-friendly online booking facility, but if you’d like to talk to Rebecca to find out more, contact her on 07905 926902.



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CHEER With the festive season looming,we find out what some of the best pubs and restaurants in the area have planned for yuletide dining and sparkly nights out…


This popular Peterborough nightspot is known for its excellent Thai food and wide range of ales brewed on-site. The threecourse Christmas set menu will be served from 1 November featuring delights such as Pad Thai Noodles and Sesame Fried Turkey – £21.95 per person. There is also a Christmas Finger Buffet menu which can be booked ahead for a minimum of 20 guests for £12 a head.


A warm welcome is guaranteed at this traditional inn on the banks of the River Nene. As well as a Christmas Fayre menu which will be available throughout December, The Queen’s Head will be offering an indulgent Festive Afternoon Tea served by the fire between 2pm and 5pm from 14 November. For £25 per person, you will receive a glass of prosecco or mulled wine bellini, tea and a selection of sandwiches, macaroons and mince pies. On Christmas Day itself, a three-course lunch including a glass of pink prosecco costs £68.50 per person.


The Christmas menu at Wadenhoe House will be on offer from 21 November, serving dishes such as Baked Scottish Salmon Fillet and Double Chocolate Baileys Cheesecake – it’s £32.95 per person for three courses. Christmas Day is already booking up fast for a £75 per person feast including a welcome drink and three courses followed by coffee and petit fours. Wadenhoe House is also hosting a Prelude to Christmas evening on 3 December featuring carol singers and live music. £12.95 entry includes canapes and a drink.


You can’t help but be swept along by the festive mood at The Talbot! Lunch here on Christmas Day is a lavish affair, with dishes on offer such as Lobster and Prawn Cocktail and Roast Breast of Turkey. The cost is £75 a head including canapes and a four-course meal. Private dining is also available with a variety of function rooms which seat up to 65 guests.

The food at the Skipper never fails to impress, and this festive season will be no exception. Main courses on the Christmas Fayre menu which will be available from the end of November include Roast Norfolk Turkey with Cranberry and Sausage Meat Stuffing and Sticky Toffee Pudding – £25 for three courses, £20 for two courses. The ‘Green Room’ can be hired for private dining for groups in excess of 40 guests. At the time of going to press, Christmas Day was almost booked out, but if you are lucky enough to nab a table you can expect a three-course banquet for £65 a head.





Good food and a convenient location on the outskirts of Peterborough make The Cuckoo a good choice for a yuletide get together. The three-course festive menu will include treats such as Spiced Roast Carrot Soup and Orangescented Crème Brulee for £20.95 per head. Why not hang up your pinny and make a visit to The Cuckoo on Christmas Day itself? For £57.95 per person you will receive a lavish three-course lunch.


The team behind Clarkes are busy adding the finishes touches to their newest venture – a revamp of The Fox pub in Folksworth. As we went to press, the new fine dining restaurant was due to open at the end of November with a festive menu to be served throughout December. If the standard of the food at Clarkes Restaurant in Peterborough is anything to go by, diners at the new Fox are in for a treat. Bookings for Christmas Day and Boxing Day can be made by calling 01733 892681.



If the thought of mountains of turkey makes you feel a bit jaded then why not head to East and enjoy some festive fare with an oriental flavour? Housed on the upper deck of a barge on the River Nene in the middle of Peterborough, East offers a range of exciting dishes from across South East Asia. Their festive menus will be served from 27 November and will feature treats such as Shanghai Pork Belly and Black Pepper Beef. Christmas set menu prices range from £18.95 to £28.95.


The Christmas menu had yet to be finalised at the time of writing, but if previous years are anything to go by you can expect outstanding food, open fires and top-notch service. What we can reveal is that the festive menu will be priced at a very reasonable £17.50 for three courses. To mark the run-up to Christmas, The Kings Arms will be holding a Nordic Christmas Feast evening on 15 December. The pub will also be open on Christmas Day itself but the menu is still tightly under wraps. To book for either event call 01832 272363.

You’ll be able to get your hands on some of the Cherry House’s excellent festive food from 25 November. The Christmas Party Lunch Menu costs £24.95 for three courses and will feature Grasmere Farm Pork Fillet in a Creamy Tarragon Mustard Sauce and Pecan, Brie, Spinach & Grape Strudel. Such is the Cherry House’s reputation for its Christmas Day lunch, it has been fully booked since March for this year... and some tables have already been reserved for 20171!




The Christmas Menu at Oundle Golf Club will be available from 4 December for a very reasonable £19.95 for three courses, coffee and mints. Dishes will include Traditional Roast Turkey and Champagne Sorbet in a Brandy Snap Basket.


The Christmas lunch menu at the Tap & Kitchen will be served from 28 November to include three courses for £18 a head. At the time of writing, the popular Oundle restaurant only had a limited number of tables left for Christmas Day itself. It will be serving a three-course festive lunch including dishes such as Pigeon Breast Black Pudding and Braised Beef Cheek for £65 a head including a welcome drink.


Known for its excellent food, a festive meal at The Pheasant will be a treat indeed. There is a special three-course Christmas Party Menu available to bookings of six or more from 22 November which includes dishes such as Twice Cooked Aberdeenshire Beef with Horseradish Mash and Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce and Rum Butter. It costs £23 per person and includes crackers as well as coffee or tea with mince pies. There is a special Christmas Eve Dinner for £35 a head on 24 December and lunch on Christmas Day itself costs £69.50 per person.


A look at some of the best local options for a Christmas night out THE HAYCOCK HOTEL Looking for a venue for your office party? Then why not come along to one of The Haycock’s Snowflakes & Stars party nights? Held on various dates throughout December, revellers will enjoy a four-course meal and a disco until 1am with prices from £31 per person. THE QUEEN’S HEAD, NASSINGTON The Queen’s Head offers a great way to get together with friends or colleagues with its popular Christmas Party Nights. A three-course festive dinner followed by a disco and dancing costs £35 per person. THE TALBOT HOTEL, OUNDLE Christmas Party Nights in the Westgate or Whitwell Suite at The Talbot always go with a bang. The price of £32 per person includes a

three-course festive menu and dancing with a DJ ‘til late. THE PHEASANT, KEYSTON The Pheasant is holding a Christmas Party Night for groups of friends or work colleagues on Friday 16 December. There is a three-course festive menu as well as live music and dancing until midnight for £37.50 per person. THE BULL HOTEL, PETERBOROUGH Party Nights at The Bull Hotel (below) are being held on various dates throughout December to include a three-course festive meal and DJ until 1am; from £41.50 per person. LAKESIDE KITCHEN & BAR Lakeside Kitchen at Ferry Meadows can be booked exclusively for Christmas parties with a minimum requirement of 20 guests. The threecourse menu includes dishes such as Roast Rump of Lamb and Home-made Christmas Pudding for £21.50 per person.


Prévost (above) arrived with a bang on to the Peterborough fine dining scene in April this year and, after gaining a Michelin listing last month, its Christmas offering will be highly anticipated. The festive menu will be available from 30 November featuring mouth-watering delights such as Jerusalem Artichoke, Truffle Custard & Chives and Pheasant, Streaky Bacon & Roasted Roots. You can choose three courses for £32.50, five courses for £50 or nine courses for £75. NENE LIVING NOVEMBER 2016


FOOD & DRINK Oundle bakery continues to please


OOKIES, the bakers and sandwich shop in the centre of Oundle, has been serving loyal customers for many years. And new owners Ian Smith and Mike Doyle say that whilst it’s one of the smallest shops in Oundle, the vast range of bread, rolls, cakes and pastries on offer will remain unchanged. “We’ve quickly picked up what our customers like most, with Top Hats and shortbread being popular with children alongside the traditional Belgium buns, doughnuts and cream cakes for parents and grandparents,” says Mike. “But we’d love to know if there’s a cake you can’t find in our shop that you’d love to buy!” Mike encourages all visitors to the shop to speak to staff and put forward any suggestions. “In the

short term, we can’t promise that we can fit all suggestions into an updated range, but we can promise that if you want a specific cake or bread product for a set date and come into the shop and order it, we’ll ensure it is freshly baked and ready for collection when you need it.” Wholesale customers are also welcome at Cookies; orders are taken across the whole range up to 4pm for next day delivery. New wholesale customers can speak to Mike or Ian to arrange samples and discuss options. • Cookies Oundle welcomes all customers on Monday to Friday from 7am to 5pm and on Saturday from 7am to 3pm. 2 Market Place, Oundle PE8 4BQ. 01832 273 586.

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• Preheat the oven to 150˚C. • Pat the meat dry with kitchen paper (this helps it to brown well). • Heat 2tbsp oil in a large flame and oven proof casserole (or use a large frying pan then transfer to an ovenproof dish). When very hot, add the meat and fry on all sides to brown it well; you need a good caramelised colour for the best flavour. Don’t overcrowd the pan or it will steam rather than fry; cook in batches if you need to. • Remove from the pan to a plate. Add a splash more oil to the pan and add the onion, celery and carrot. Reduce the heat and cook gently, stirring now and then, for 8 minutes. • Add the flour and rosemary and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. • Pour in the ale, 100ml water and the juniper berries. Season with

salt and pepper and bring up to a simmer. • Cover (use foil if you don’t have a lid). Transfer to the oven and cook for 2 hours. • Remove and add the celeriac. Cook for another hour, still covered. • Once the celeriac goes in, make the cobbler topping. Put the flour, salt and butter in a bowl. Using your fingertips, rub the mixture together until it looks like fine breadcrumbs. • Stir in the milk, horseradish and parsley. • Use your hands to bring it together into a dough. Form into golf ball-sized balls. • After the celeriac has cooked for an hour, uncover the beef and turn the heat to 180°C. Place the balls all over the top of the beef and brush them with beaten egg. • Bake for 40-45 minutes, depending on your oven, until the topping has risen and is golden brown.

Enjoy a themed evening in Wadenhoe


HE Old Barn Wadenhoe is a favourite café for afternoon teas, coffees and light lunches – all served in a rustic and charming setting. It has built up a loyal following among the many walkers, cyclists and visitors who stop off in this quintessential Northamptonshire village. Now mother and daughter owners Sylvia and Andrea have added themed events to their calendar. Nene Living’s Bridget Steele went along to a recent Italian evening, priced at £25 for five courses of home-made Italian food plus entertainment. She said: “The evening began with ciabatta, olives, antipasti and the most flavoursome minestrone soup I have ever tasted. In the first interlude we were introduced to entertainer Christian Gibson, who broke into opera singing with an amazing voice that certainly lifted the rafters. On to the main course of baked chicken with Parma ham and mozzarella, roasted vegetables, potatoes and rocket that was delicious. Guests were treated to a second round of entertainment before the dessert of a boozy tiramisu and Black Forest gateau, then coffee and a lively finale of singing and dancing. “Andrea and her team worked tirelessly to put on a superb evening – I can thoroughly recommend a night out at The Old Barn.” Forthcoming events include: world famous psychic artist night with Lynn Cottrell on 17 November, £20 per head includes cheese platter; Hollywood Glitz 17 December with entertainment, £25 per person; Spanish night 28 January, tapas -style food and entertainment £20 per head; Italian night 18 February, £25 per person with entertainment and four courses of Italian food. Soft drinks, tea and coffee are sold at each event, and as The Old Barn is not licensed to serve alcohol, customers are invited to bring their own. • 01832 721129;

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Power your ride with an electric bike Rutland Cycling has launched a dedicated Electric Bike Centre in all stores and online, with over 70 electric bikes now available to buy, demo or hire


LECTRIC bikes have been around since the 1990s, but e-bike technology has come on in leaps and bounds recently – the latest generation are light, quick to charge and have a range of up to 200km on a single charge. Just plug the battery into a normal socket and it’s fully charged in three to four hours. While some used to think an electric bike was ‘cheating’, that stigma has evaporated fast as more and more riders discover just how much fun it is to have some turbo boost in your back pocket – conserving more of your time and energy means you can conquer that big hill, take on another lap of the woods, challenge yourself to ride harder and faster and get more riding into your session. If you’re recovering from an injury or illness, then an electric bike is an ideal option, providing all the advantages of a regular bike, while reducing the strain on your body. With the broad range of e-bikes now on the market, there are models to suit everyone from commuters and leisure cyclists, through to mountain bikers looking for that extra excitement on the trails. So if

Fancy a taste of Puglia next summer? Puglia is an ideal holiday location for foodies, history buffs and beach-lovers alike. We asked the experts at Oundle Travel for their recommendations….


UGLIA, located in the ‘heel’ of Italy’s ‘boot’, is a unique corner of the country that mixes rugged countryside and unspoilt beaches with quaint fishing villages and secluded towns. In the south is the walled city of Otranto, ideally placed for exploring the southern cape of Italy. Continue up the coast and you will reach Lecce, famous for its baroque architecture, while further north is Ostuni which is nicknamed ‘The White City’ because of its beautiful whitewashed buildings and the sandy beaches of Torre, Canne and Savelletri di Fasano. Across the region you will find clusters of traditional ‘Trulli’ houses which are traditional homes with conical roofs. These curious buildings were first built during the 14th century and were created as housing that could be easily demolished, enabling the landlords to avoid paying tax. They are now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are an iconic symbol of Puglia. The region is becoming ever more recognised around the world as a top ‘foodie’ destination for those seeking out exceptional culinary experiences – there’s a diverse variety of places, restaurants and flavours to discover. Oundle Travel has three recommended properties in

you’d like to ride faster, save money commuting, get a virtual push up the hills, or just have loads more fun out on your regular trails, electric bikes are the way to go! Rutland’s electric bike range features all the main brands, including Specialized, SCOTT, Giant, Trek, Cube, Raleigh, Haibike, Electra and Ebco. Prices start at £899, or you can hire an electric bike for just £19.99. • To find out more, buy or demo a bike, visit one of the Rutland Cycling stores at Rutland Water, Ferry Meadows, Grafham Water or Fineshade, or one of the five stores in Cambridge. 0330 555 0080;

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The Chequers Inn, Thornham

Tim and Bridget Steele take a trip to the North Norfolk coast – a favourite destination where substantial investment has led to a better-than-ever choice of high quality food and service in its celebrated pubs,restaurants and hotels


HORNHAM has long been recognised as a destination for food lovers and we were keen to find out what the newly refurbished Chequers Inn had to offer. The building dates back to the 16th century and is named after the now rare Chequers tree, the fruit of which was once used by brewers to flavour beer. The builders taking care of the substantial but loving restoration of the inn were keen to explain the trouble the new owners, Agellus Hotels had gone to, making sure the work was done properly and sympathetically. General Manager Steven Stafford showed us around and explained that Stamford-based NGI Design had been employed to create the sophisticated new interior styling, based on shades of grey with colour accents. The website uses the term ‘rustic charm and contemporary style’, which describes it perfectly. The pub area and cosy lounge area have been subtly modernised with on-trend grey paintwork and old wood, whilst pictures and copper-shaded lighting have been added to retain the traditional feel of a country pub. Local real ales are available on draught. The restaurant evolves to sleek and modern and a roof lantern provides a light and airy environment. Head Chef Shayne Wood explained: “The Inn has been well known for its stone baked pizza and whilst this is being retained, we are expanding the menu to add the finest local produce. With such amazing seafood available nearby, we are busy developing suppliers to ensure we make the most of what the area has to offer.” Tapas has replaced the starter section on the menu due to its success and, after careful

evaluation by Steven and Shayne, “we have upped the portion size and flavour compared to other local offerings!” We sampled three tapas dishes and felt they had achieved their aim… all excellent as well as a great opportunity to try a variety of dishes. For mains we chose the restaurant favourite, smoked haddock with mash and a smoked trout salad, and both were excellent. Despite feeling full we couldn’t resist the dessert menu and the crème brulée and panna cotta were a delight. In good weather, you can also eat on the sizeable rear terrace and there are two screened cedar wood ‘pavilions’ which each seat up to 14 people. When it’s time for bed, the 11 bedrooms here have been given an impressive makeover by NGI. As you would expect in such an old building, each room is different and its features have been exploited to make it as interesting as possible. They all feature a sophisticated grey scheme with designer furniture, beautiful Italian light fittings, king-sized beds and a sumptuous carpet. Not only are there coffee- and teamaking facilities and mineral water, but also a small decanter of sloe gin that was excellent! Our bathroom featured a modern roll-top bath and a walk-in shower with fluffy white towels, robes and ESPA toiletries. The rooms really do provide everything you need for a very comfortable stay. Breakfast offered a range of freshly cooked options as well as the usual cereals, juice and toast and arrived very quickly. Steven, Shayne and the team at The Chequers are clearly passionate about their wonderful old inn and with the renovation breathing new life into the building, intend to

make the most of what they have to offer. The Chequers Inn offers a fine mix of old and new with a warm welcome! Rates start from £120 per room in low season for bed and breakfast with offers available on the website, • The Chequers Inn, High St, Thornham, Norfolk PE36 6LY 01485 512229 NENE LIVING NOVEMBER 2016


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OUT & ABOUT All you need for a fun-filled November Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 November Raffles – The Mystery of the Murdered Thief A sparkling whodunnit based on the thrilling classics by E W Hornung. Harry ‘Bunny’ Manders is convinced that his erstwhile partner in crime, the gentleman cracksman A J Raffles, drowned while escaping a daring theft aboard a transatlantic liner. But a chance reply to a newspaper advertisement reveals an entirely different scenario, and at once Bunny is embroiled again in his old life of burglary, mayhem, adventure and murder! 7.30pm, plus 2.30pm matinee Wednesday. £17.50, £15 concessions. Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough PE1 1EF. whatson Thursday 3 November The Real Thing Featuring the hits You To Me Are Everything, Can’t Get By Without You, Can You Feel the Force? and You’ll Never Know What You’re Missing, The Real Thing celebrate 40 years in the business. The three original vocalists, Chris and Eddie Amoo and Dave Smith perform with their own five-piece band in a performance that includes

all their million-selling hits. 7.30pm. £23.50, £21 concessions. Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough PE1 1EF. whatson Thursdays 3, 10, 17 and 24 November Lunchtime Concerts Market Days in Oundle are enhanced by a diverse range of concerts presented by Oundle School. Lunch is offered in the form of home-made soup and bread rolls from 1pm for £3.50, provided by Rachael Kelley of The Little Soup Kitchen. Good company, wholesome food, delightful music – the perfect line-up! 3 November: Pianists, directed by Alec Hone; 10 November: Percussionists, directed by Rhys Matthews; 17 November: Classical Guitarists; 24 November: Singers, directed by Malcolm Smith 1pm. Free (optional lunch £3.50). St Peter’s Church, Church St, Oundle PE8 4EE.

Saturday 5 November East of England Firework Fiesta Spectacular fireworks display, live music and family entertainment organised by the Rotary Clubs of Peterborough and Peterborough Minster and Round Table, supported by Heart FM and with all proceeds given to local charities and good causes. Gates open 5pm. Bonfire lit 6pm. Firework display 7:30pm. Advance purchase tickets are £3 for children aged under 15 (under 2 years are free); £7 for adults; on the gate tickets are £5 (child) and £10 (adult), cash only. Peterborough Arena, Alwalton PE2 6XE.

Friday 4 November Musicality – the Charity Concert The largest charity concert ever organised by a teenager presents Toploader, Scouting for Girls and Jay Sean along with DJ and host Vernon Kay performing in aid of four Beneficiaries – all proceeds go to #teamgeorge, Anna’s Hope, The Injured Jockey’s Fund and The Matt Hampson Foundation. 6.30pm. £33.50. Peterborough Arena, , Alwalton PE2 6XE. www.musicalityevents. com/tickets Friday 4 November Austentatious Join an all-star cast as they improvise a brand new Jane Austen work before your very eyes, based on a single audience suggestion. Previous ‘lost’ masterpieces have included Sixth Sense & Sensibility, Double 0 Darcy and Mansfield Shark. Performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment, no two shows are ever the same! 8pm. £13. Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough PE1 1EF. whatson

Tuesday 1 to Monday 7 November A World of Theatre arrives on Peterborough’s doorstep Theatre companies, community groups, and local audiences are invited to take part in Platform 8, a new programme of performances, workshops and events created in partnership with local company Jumped Up Theatre and London’s Battersea Arts Centre. Platform 8 will bring BAC and home-grown performances, events and workshops to Peterborough’s doorstep, popping up in venues across the city. Season One includes: • Denmarked by hip-hop artist and director of Battersea’s Beat Academy, Conrad Murray, who will be at Peterborough Regional College on 3 November, and Radius upstairs at The Solstice on 4 November. • Leeds-based Lung, who were a hit in Edinburgh this summer, present E15, a lively and stirring verbatim show that charts how a group of women led a campaign in 2014 for affordable housing in Newham East London. E15 will be at The Key Theatre on 6 November and Paston Park Farm Community Centre on 7 November. • Local company Lamphouse Theatre is being commissioned to create a festive evening of bonfire night entertainment, Smoke & Mirrors, at The Green Backyard, which includes fire juggling, storytelling and live music. Also on 5 November, look out for Can I Help You?, a fun and interactive street-theatre piece by Rhinannon Armstrong in the city centre. • Additionally, between 3-6 November, Rhinannon will be bringing her emotional and sensitive digital installation The International Archive of Things Left Unsaid to Bewiched Coffee, Waitrose, Queensgate Shopping Centre and the Key Theatre. • www. jumpeduptheatre. com.



OUT & ABOUT All you need for a fun-filled November Saturday 12 November Concert for Peace and Reconciliation A moving programme of choral music on the theme of Peace and Reconciliation is being presented at Peterborough Cathedral. Directed by Steven Grahl and performed by the Peterborough Cathedral Choir, Youth Choir and Festival Chorus, the concert will feature music by composers Duruflé, Mauersberger and Bairstow as well as a rarely-heard a piece by Herbert Howells, written to commemorate the death of John F Kennedy in 1963. This performance will be the first time that the ‘almost re-pitched’ Cathedral organ is used in concert, played by the Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music, David Humphreys. The instrument was previously at old Philharmonic pitch, which was significantly different to the standard pitch of other musical instruments – so far 75 per cent of its 5,286 pipes have been lengthened so that they play at standard pitch, with the remainder due for completion by the end of the year. 7.30pm. £20 or £15 for reserved seats and £10 for unreserved side aisle seats. www.peterborough-cathedral. Sunday 13 November Festival of Remembrance To commemorate the city’s fallen soldiers and the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, award-winning choirs Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir present a moving programme of sacred and secular choral music for Remembrance Sunday in support of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. Musical director Will Prideaux says: “Peterborough Male Voice Choir has a long history going back to not long after the First World War when so many local men made the ultimate sacrifice. Given our roots in the local community it seems fitting to mark the occasion with what promises to be a nostalgic evening of wonderful melodies and touching moments, while raising money for a really good cause.” 7.30pm. Broadway Theatre, Peterborough. Tickets from £10. 03336 663366, (fees apply). Monday 14 November Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You Professor Parkins takes a room at The Globe. Away from Cambridge, a peaceful coastal retreat with minimal interruption from the inn’s young valet should be perfect for writing. But whilst taking a walk to explore the area, Parkins finds an ancient whistle with a soul-stirring inscription. Choosing to ignore its warning, the professor is soon to



discover he is not alone… Widely regarded as the father of the modern ghost story, M.R. James’ eerie tale is reimagined by David Rudkin, described by The Observer as ‘Britain’s greatest living dramatic poet’, into this new Christmas chiller, here directed by Theresa Keogh and performed by New Perspectives. 7.45pm. £12 adults, £10 concessions. The Stahl Theatre, West Street, Oundle. 01832 273930.


Friday 18 November Christmas Show at The Dolby Gallery Oundle’s popular Dolby Gallery showcases the work of many local and national artists and makers in a show that will run until the end of March next year. The family-owned gallery will be showing an eclectic selection of contemporary and traditional art which includes original paintings and limited edition prints, hand-made jewellery, ceramics, pottery, fused glass, bespoke furniture and greeting cards. Picture framing and restoration projects are undertaken here too. The Dolby Gallery, 30 West Street, Oundle PE8 4EF. 01832 273801.

Thursday 24 November Joanna MacGregor One of the world’s most innovative musicians, Joanna MacGregor is Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Professor of the University of London. She has performed in over 70 countries and appeared with the world’s most eminent conductors and orchestras. As a recording artist she’s made over 30 solo recordings. 7.45pm. £10, £8 concessions (free for U18s). Great Hall, New Street, Oundle PE8 4GH. 01832 273930.

Angel Christmas Fair Friday 2 to Sunday 4 December Luxury Christmas shopping at and in aid of Thorpe Hall Hospice. £25 Friday (Champagne reception), £5 rest of weekend. Free parking. Thorpe Hall Hospice, Thorpe Road, Longthorpe, Peterborough PE3 6LW. Christmas at Wadenhoe House with Oundle Brass Saturday 3 December Oundle Brass perform traditional Christmas music before guests sit down for tasty Christmas fare. 6.30pm. Wadenhoe House, Wadenhoe PE8 5SR. 01832 720777. Christmas Magic Sunday 18 December 3pm and 7.30pm Now in its sixth year, Peterborough’s biggest Christmas celebration has become even bigger, with the addition of a matinee performance for the whole family to enjoy! Christmas Magic sold out over a month in advance last year so tickets won’t be around for long – buy yours and join Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir with special guests Peterborough Festival Orchestra ‘at home’ at the much-loved Broadway Theatre for this unforgettable extravaganza of festive favourites. 3pm and 7.30pm. Tickets from £16 (fees apply). 03336 663366.

Wednesday 30 November Christmas Flower Arranging In association with the team at Errismore Flowers in Oundle, Deene Park is hosting a Christmas flower arranging workshop, when attendees will have the opportunity to create a holly wreath and a Christmas table decoration. The event will run from 10am to 4.30pm and will cost £100 per person including all items required for the floral arrangements and all refreshments – a perfect way to really get into the festive spirit and to take home something to impress family and friends! To book a place or for further details, contact Deene Park on 01780 450278 or email; Email details of forthcoming events to: Please put Out & About in the subject line of your email, along with the month in which the event takes place


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