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UTHOR Samuel Butler’s assertion that “what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits” in October is certainly true – I love seeing all those roadside stalls offering brightly-coloured, home-grown pumpkins and squashes for sale as I meander around the Nene countryside! Autumn is known as the ‘mellow’ season for good reason too: a time to take stock, prepare for the colder months ahead and – dare I mention it? – perhaps even start planning for Christmas. There’ll be a lot of to-do lists composed in my household over the coming weeks! Within the Nene Living community we’re fortunate to have some fabulously unique and individual businesses, particularly in the retail sector – Oundle and Thrapston, especially, are shopping hot-spots that I enjoy visiting regularly. But working on this month’s issue has given me the opportunity to spend a lot of time with the independent retailers who have set up shop in and around our city’s Westgate Arcade, too. There are some inspirational stories behind their stores, they all share a passion for the people they serve, and they most definitely deserve our support – see p27 for more. ‘Celebrating what’s best about living locally’ is something of a mantra within our editorial team, and with that in mind we’re pleased to feature this month the lovely local illustrator Katie Cardew, Elton’s community-minded David Burton and husband-and-wife artists Jerome and Liz Hunt. David, whose story is told on p13, was suggested as a possible interviewee by one of our regular readers who felt his good works deserved to be recognised. Do get in touch if there are people, places, events or organisations that you’d like to read more about – we’d love to hear from you!

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5 Upfront: Autumn’s arrived!

38 Health & Beauty

The latest tips on looking good and feeling great

Treats for you, your family and your home – all inspired by the sights, scents and flavours that abound this month

7, 9, 10 News & Notes

Helping you make the most of living locally

13 Nene People: David Burton

Meet the local man with community in his heart

41 Active for Life 22 Nene People: Katie Cardew

A chat with the artist whose colourful illustrations are about so much more than ‘colouring in’

25 Interiors

The latest trends in kitchen and bathroom designs

How to get back to what you love doing, and half-term fun for young adventurers

43 Seeing the light

Discover how two local artists interpret what they see in very different ways

27 Independent thinking

47 Heritage

There’s plenty of help available to enable a senior loved one to live a fulfilled lifestyle

33 New knits

49 Burghley Sculpture Exhibition

20 You & Yours

36 Food & Drink

17 Living life to the full

Wills and LPAs: advice from the experts at Hegarty Solicitors

The stories behind the success of our city’s smaller retail stores – and why they deserve our support

Give your wardrobe a fashion update for autumn

Eat in, eat out or learn to cook from scratch… we’ve got it all covered!

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


How Whitworth Mill is being turned into a new arts hub for our city

October’s your last chance to see the 2017 exploration of natural materials and forms

51 Out & About

Events this month you won’t want to miss

Cover: Autumn fruits by Tim Sandall.


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UPFRONT Autumn’s arrived – and that means there’s a whole new choice of seasonal colours,accessories and activities for you to enjoy. Allow Mother Nature to be your inspiration as you shop or cook for coldweather comfort,indulge all your senses with favours that evoke the sights,scents and flavours of fall,or embrace the coming of Hallowe’en and plan for some not-too-scary family fun this October!

Hand-made metal leaves by Jeni at Juniper House, from £10, Hilly Horton Home

Pumpkin felt bucket, £5, John Lewis

Barbour vintage plaid scarf, £34.95, John Lewis Twilight lantern, £19.50, M&S Salted Caramel vodka, from £4, Hotel Chocolat

Warm orange and rust frosted glass bead and leather necklace by local jewellery maker Kate Noakes, £28, and bracelet, £25, both Hilly Horton Home

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse, paperback £6.99, Oundle Bookshop Left: Write Your Own Mystery and Ghost Stories (age 8 upwards), £8.99, Jollys Toys

Tree House Hideaway filled with woodland finger puppets (age 12 months and up), £25, Jollys Toys

Little Monster and the Spooky Party, paperback £6.99, Oundle Bookshop

Liberty preserves selection, £12.50, John Lewis

The Modern Preserver: Chutneys, pickles, jams and more, hardback £20, Oundle Bookshop

STOCKISTS Hilly Horton Home, 36a Goss Court, Thrapston NN14 4JH. 01832 358894.; Jollys Toys, 28a High Street, Thrapston NN14 4JH. 01832 358915.; Oundle Bookshop, 13 Market Place, Oundle PE8 4BA. 01832 273523.; Hotel Chocolat, John Lewis, M&S all Queensgate Centre, Peterborough PE1 1NL.




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LANNING a Hallowe’en party? Then make your way to Pumpkin Day at Riverford’s organic farm at Sacrewell, Peterborough, on Saturday 28 October between 11am and 4pm. The event is open to all, and as well as choosing your pumpkin from the fields, you’ll be able to carve it ready for your seasonal celebration. Tickets, which are only available in advance, cost £3 and each child’s ticket includes a pumpkin to carve. Children under three go free. To buy your tickets call 01803 227227 or see

OTHERINGHAY Furnishings is a new venture in bespoke furniture rejuvenation and ‘upcycling’, founded by local man Darren Fountain who has a selfprofessed passion for DIY, design and all things wooden. A former member of the Armed Forces and more recently a retired police officer, Darren says: “Having always been in my element tinkering around in my ‘man cave’, I decided to follow an ambition to start my own business doing something that I really enjoy.” With that in mind he set up a workshop and showroom near his home, where he now creates works of individual character. Over the past year Darren has completed several woodwork courses and chalk painting design/technique workshops, along with a traditional French Polishing course. “I use the best materials available to me – Annie Sloan paints and waxes are my preferred media to create bespoke finishes,” he says. “There is absolutely no substitute for quality.” • Darren is available for commissioned work, upon consultation, from his workshop (which is on a working farm, so visits are by appointment only) in Tansor, near Oundle. He is holding an open weekend in Fotheringhay Village Hall (Main Street, Fotheringhay PE8 5HZ) on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October, 10am-4pm.

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REAT pets that sometimes get overlooked, gerbils are fascinating little creatures to watch as they burrow in their bedding. As they like to dig and tunnel, gerbils do need a large home, but it’s easy to adapt a large plastic storage box or a glass tank for them. Shortcut shredded paper can be a cheap and great alternative to other bedding. Enrichment can be easy to provide for gerbils, using things you can find around your home such as kitchen and toilet roll tubes, as well as cardboard and cereal boxes. You can even forage from your garden – apple and willow tree branches and twigs are great for them to gnaw on and help keep their teeth in good health. Hay is also important for them and they will love to make nests out of it in their tunnels. Gerbils are easy to clean out and maintain, as depending on the size of the tank or enclosure they may only need cleaning out every three to four weeks. Gerbils are sociable animals who like to live in pairs or small groups, and can live for between three and five years. They require minimal vet care and are less prone to medical issues than other rodents. Once they are confident, they can become easy to handle. If you are interested in giving some gerbils their forever home, you can contact the Small Animals Team on 0300 303 9333 (option 6) or email Wood Green The Animals Charity offers a free advice service for dogs and cats. If you would like behaviour or training advice for your pet call 01480 830014 ext 1281.

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ANKEE Candle has opened in Peterborough’s Queensgate Shopping Centre, creating 10 new jobs. The business is a leading manufacturer of scented candles and home fragrances, and new Yankee Candle collections available at the city store include the ‘Perfect Christmas’ range which features four new festive fragrances: The Perfect Tree, Spiced White Cocoa, Crackling Wood Fire and Christmas Magic.


‘play without performers’ promises to challenge its audience’s perceptions of socialisation, tolerance, autonomy and exposure when it comes to Peterborough later this month. Strangers and Others is an immersive piece of theatre created by Hanna Gillgren and Heidi Rustgaard (above) of H2 DANCE, who aim to explore how we co-exist, and create understanding and empathy between social groups and cultures. The audience are invited to don headphones through which they’ll receive instructions to lead them through a series of choreographed meetings with permission to look, touch, assume and judge, while the humour inherent in most of the company’s work is never far away. Each performance will be different as – alone in their own headphonecontrolled world yet moving within a group of strangers – each individual is free to choose how to respond. “We wanted to explore socialisation, tolerance, autonomy and exposure and freedom of choice” said Heidi. “To see how a group of strangers follow the social codes and play their part,” added Hanna. • Strangers and Others is on Thursday 26 October at 3pm, 5pm and 7.45pm at the Key Theatre. For more information see

Revamped community centre is a site for everyone


N just five months since taking over the management of the Nene Valley Community Centre, the Peterborough Football and Sports Development Foundation (PFSDF) has transformed the facility. The centre has numerous rooms and facilities available to hire for personal, recreational or event use, including a large hall that can seat 80 people. Members of the community are able to book the floodlit Multi Use Game Area which offers three tennis courts or one small-sided football pitch. The site also has changing rooms with shower facilities which can be hired additionally to the MUGA if required, or completely separately. The site is already home to many clubs and organisations and trustee Wendy Newey is keen for more to get involved. She says: “We want this to become a facility for the whole community. The football pitches and the artificial surface are a major part of what we do, but we want to offer more than that.” PFSDF is already exploring the possibility of adding a community youth vegetable patch and is working with Peterborough Environment City Trust to plant around 700 new trees on the site. Nene Park Trust has designed a wildlife area on the site with wildflowers and bug hotels, which Nene Valley Primary School will create, and there are ongoing talks with the English Cricket Board about adding an artificial cricket wicket on site. • NENE LIVING OCTOBER 2017

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OR the last two days of next month the grounds of Elton Hall in Peterborough will be transformed into a winter ‘wonderland’, hosting a wide variety of high-end Christmas stalls to inspire and complete your seasonal shopping list. The Angel Fair 2017 will take place on 29 and 30 November in the grounds of Elton Hall, the Gothic house built in the 12th century and owned by the Proby family since 1660. Organised by Lady Victoria Leatham for the second year running, the event promises to be the place to buy everything you need for the festive period, including gifts from international sellers ranging from luxury jewellery to stocking fillers, children’s toys and decorations. There’ll also be numerous foods to feast on, from French paté to pork pies, and bottles of something special to wash it all down with. All profits from the Angel Fair will be split between three charities: The British Heart Foundation, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and Sue Ryder, Thorpe Hall Hospice. • Admission will be £5 per person, children under 12 get in free. For more information visit

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AVID Burton is an Elton man through and through – he even lives in the house he was born in, “so I’m somewhat of a dinosaur” he smiles. Involved in village life since he did a paper round for his mother at the age of seven, he’s run the youth club, sung in the church choir, played cricket for Elton and darts for The Black Horse pub, was a member of the parish council for 21 years (14 of those as Chairman) and is about to notch up 40 years as Chairman of the Village Hall (Highgate Hall) Committee. A Freemason, David is an Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire. His parents moved to Elton in 1932, where his mother ran a grocery shop (one of four shops in the village back then), his uncle was the village baker and his father was a bricklayer working for Oundle Brewery. “Elton was a farming community when I was growing up,” he says. “It’s hard to imagine now, but there were milking herds on Chapel Lane and Middle Street. “All Saints Church was at the heart of village life and it was natural for me to get involved in every aspect, from chorister to bell-ringer to joining the Parochial Church Council.” As village youth leader he represented the youth club on the village hall committee, going on to become its chairman in 1978 and with an enthusiastic team seeing Highgate Hall through a £120,000 Millennium Project revamp in 2000 that makes it a much-used venue today.

“The youth club was very popular and the weekly disco was a highlight. We had so many requests to play at weddings and parties that for 10 years we ran a mobile disco transported in my estate car. We went all over the place. Diversion Disco funded the youth club. It was all part of the community activity and a lot of fun.” While David was training to be an accountant with Bully Davey in Oundle, his father died and, unable to complete the course, he worked as a senior clerk, dealing with the tax affairs of local farmers and other small businesses. It was while working in Oundle that he met his hairdresser wife Judy who, together with their daughter Charlotte, runs the Curl Hair Studio in Elton. He has a son, Jonathan, and four grandchildren. From Oundle he moved on to be office manager of Sheltons, which at the time was Peterborough’s only department store (“before Queensgate landed in the city centre”) rising to become its General Manager. He’s still within the Shelton family business, as General Manager of Armor Shutters and Manor Windows in Stanground. With his focus on community activity, belief in ‘giving back’ and impressive organisational skills, perhaps it’s not too surprising that David would be attracted to the Freemasons, or indeed that he would take on such an important role in the organisation. “I was introduced to Freemasonry by two good friends 33 years ago and I’ve been an active member in Peterborough ever since. Its history interested me – it descended indirectly

from the craft of the medieval stonemasons – and it does such a lot for deserving causes. In fact it’s thought to be the second largest charitable organisation in the country, after the Lottery, giving away £33million last year. Donations come from members, their family and friends – we don’t do collections from the public – and go to support individual members and their families in need, local charities and global emergencies.” As this year is the tercentenary of the formation of the first Grand Lodge of English Freemasons in London in 1717, it has been an important milestone for Freemasonry. In June, David organised a celebratory event in Peterborough, when representatives of all 93 Lodges in the Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire Province paraded in full regalia, bearing their colourful and historic banners, from the Town Hall to the Cathedral, where a special service of Evensong was held. It was the first time since 1922 that all the Province’s Lodges (which together have some 3,500 members) had paraded together. “Over the years I’ve enjoyed meeting so many like-minded people, from all walks of life, most of whom volunteer in their own communities. Close and lasting friendships are quickly formed. Freemasonry and community action go hand in hand,” says David. • For more information on Freemasonry, visit and



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FRIENDLY HOME HELP Phil Kennedy of Home Instead says: “Most of what we do is home help and companionship and this can include meals and monitoring medication. We like it to be a personal service, getting to know our clients through a companionship route, as this leads to much better outcomes for all.” He continues: “Our minimum visit is an hour, but it’s usually an hour-and-a-half. We can do more companionable things in that time – we can do the ‘extra bits’ that people really appreciate, including cooking meals, changing beds and washing bed linen. “We have made a difference to an awful lot of people and the quality of life that those people enjoy. We help both the person receiving the care and support, and also relatives – sons and daughters for example, may be finding caring for older relatives rather stressful and we are able to take the pressure off them.”

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HOME CARE TO CARE HOME Research is a keyword when deciding on a care home. It’s a good idea to draw up a shortlist then visit each one. Talk to the manager and have a good look around to get a sense of the ethos of the establishment. It should feel like a caring place where residents are treated as individuals, rather than a list of care needs. Ask about food quality, choice and portion size. Is there somewhere you can sit with a loved one other than their room? As well as entertainment and meaningful activities to suit all tastes, make sure there’s plenty to engage on a one-to-one basis too – not everyone likes group activities. As for the room, it should be light and airy and fairly spacious with a pleasant outlook. The home itself should be accessible for you and your family and your relative’s friends to visit. At local Barchester care homes family and friends are encouraged to take part in activities and home events. Tixover House is part of a retirement community and has views out over rolling Rutland countryside. As well as residential care, this recently refurbished home offers nursing, short-term, respite, and dementia care. Longueville Court in Peterborough has 101 rooms with a versatile interior to provide top quality nursing and residential care. Werrington Lodge residential care home is located near to the lakes on the north-east side of the city. With 82 rooms, it too provides expert care for people with dementia. In Hampton Vale, Peterborough, Avery House Care Home offers residential and dementia care in a modern care home located within landscaped gardens. The privately-owned home provides residential, respite, palliative and dementia care. Eighty-six bedrooms are set across four floors and each floor has two living rooms and its own dining room, allowing residents to socialise. Bedrooms are en suite with a wet room-style shower. The home has an activities programme and an on-site hairdressing salon too.

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YOU & YOURS Where there’s a will… If you die without taking care of certain legal issues, your loved ones could face months or even years of additional stress


T’S an uncomfortable fact, but some day we’re all going to die – and it’s important to plan for that event while we’re able to make sensible decisions about what happens to our family and property once we’re no longer around to take care of them ourselves. Jo Wild from Hegarty Solicitors, based in Peterborough, Stamford and Oakham, says making a Will is extremely important and ensures that your estate is distributed in accordance with your wishes. She told us: “It is possible to make a Will yourself without instructing a solicitor but we would recommend you do consult a solicitor, particularly if you have a young, step- or second family. This will make sure that all the options are explained and that your wishes are followed in your Will to prevent problems arising after your death.” If you choose to appoint a solicitor to make a Will the following tips will help you prepare for the appointment…

Who will receive your assets? In addition, please consider who you wish to receive your assets after you die – for example, your spouse, family or friends. Think about funeral wishes It is sensible to give some thought to any funeral wishes you may have – for example burial or cremation – and bring with you any funeral Bond that you have in place.

Make a list of assets It is advisable to prepare a list of your assets together with values, in particular any specific items you wish to include in your Will. You will also need to bring with you an existing Will if you already have one, or a copy. Bring the full names and addresses of the people you wish to refer to in your Will.

Decide on executors and guardians It is also necessary to give some thought to who you wish to appoint to be your Executors, who will carry out your wishes as set out in your Will. It is advisable to check with them first to make sure they are happy to take on this responsibility. Similarly, give some thought as to who you would wish to appoint as Guardians to care for your children if you die before they become legal adults and, again, check with them.

Jo Wild has defended Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) after Denzil Lush, the former Senior Judge of the Court of Protection, warned they may leave elderly people open to abuse


N LPA is a powerful legal document that allows a person to appoint trusted individuals to make important decisions about care and finances on their behalf, in the event of a loss of mental capacity through an accident or illness such as dementia. In the foreword to a new book on the subject, Senior Judge Lush raised concerns about the ‘lack of transparency’ in how appointed attorneys manage older people’s finances and went on to criticise the Ministry of Justice as being ‘disingenuous’ in its promotion of the legal document. However, Jo – a member of national organisation Solicitors for the Elderly – says LPAs are effective safeguards when created responsibly. “Senior Judge Lush’s comments have given rise to fears that LPAs are a direct avenue for financial abuse. However, his comments must be put into context, as his 20-year career at the Court of Protection will have presented him with the very worst cases of financial abuse,” she says. “An LPA can be a positive and effective legal tool, which ensures your wishes are respected should you ever lose capacity.



Senior Judge Lush’s comments should highlight the clear need for professional advice when considering powerful legal documents of this nature.” Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) is an independent, national organisation of over 1,500 lawyers – solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives – who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers. Its top tips to ensure your Lasting Power of Attorney is effective, legally robust and safe are: • Plan early. While you have capacity, it’s vital that you get your affairs in order and choose the best people to manage your affairs, in case of an accident or illness. • Choose carefully. Think carefully who you want to appoint as your attorney and have an open conversation with them so they understand your wishes and what their responsibilities will include. Consider appointing more than one person as your attorney so the responsibility is shared. • Consider appointing a professional. A family member might not always be the best person – you could appoint a professional such as a

solicitor who can act as a neutral third party and make unbiased decisions that are in your best interests. Bear in mind this inevitably involves legal costs should the professional attorney carry out work. • Think about different circumstances. Consider how you would like your attorney to manage your property and financial affairs in different situations. For example, are you happy for your property to be sold to pay for your care costs? • Address the difficult questions. If you have specific wishes around your care plans, medical treatment, or end of life wishes, make sure your choices are clear in your document. • Seek professional advice. Shop-bought and online LPA kits may be suitable for those with very straightforward financial situations or with considerable legal experience, but for most people, seeking professional legal advice is the best way of ensuring that an LPA is effective, legally robust and safe. • Keep your plans current. Make sure you keep your LPA updated if your circumstances change. • To speak to Jo Wild call 01780 752066, email, or contact the wills team in Hegarty’s Peterborough office on 01733 346333.

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Gillian Bendall chats to the artist whose colourful illustrations are about so much more than ‘colouring in’...

Katie’s portfolio includes many lovely illustrations of other people’s homes and families… but so far, none of her own!

Trade events have helped put Katie – and her illustrations – on the map! Country scenes (below) and canine characters (right) are always popular


ATIE and I first met when she came bounding into our tiny local pub behind a full-of-life black Labrador puppy. Two-month-old Tarka slipped her lead and took off on a tour of the premises, followed by a gaggle of giggling children, whilst Katie chatted excitedly about her new home – we’d both recently moved into nearby cottages – and hopes for a career in the countryside. Fast-forward four years, and Katie’s is a star that has most definitely risen… the head of Katie Cardew Illustrations has over 700 private and commercial commissions to her credit – with clients including the likes of Waitrose Magazine, Harrogate International Festival and Estée Lauder – and owns a successful commercial enterprise that produces prints, wallpapers, notebooks, lampshades, homewares, tea towels, aprons, bags and greetings cards, all in her colourful and fun, ‘wonky’ style. A self-professed ‘borderline bonkers colourer-inner’, Katie attended Bourne Grammar and then studied Fine Art at A-Level at the Kings School in Peterborough before going on to study English at University in Newcastle. “I began to develop my style in sixth form and specialised in illustration,” she explains, “and at Uni I kept up illustration in my spare time. I then worked in London and, while I enjoyed a fun two years, I always knew I wanted to pursue a creative job so I moved home to



concentrate on full-time commercial illustration.” It was a decision that quickly paid off. “I thought I would be back in London with a more conventional job within a couple of months, but lo and behold, I am still going strong today!” Katie says. She began by taking on house and family commissions for friends and family, a bespoke illustration business that grew largely by word of mouth in those early days. Alongside those commissions Katie developed a range of prints and cards, all in her inimitable style. “The local support I received has been brilliant – I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my customers helping me spread the word,” she says. Katie now lives in Kings Cliffe with partner Jamie, their two-year-old daughter Agnes, Tarka and four chickens. “We wanted to bring Agnes up in a rural setting,” she says. “My family either live in the village or a short distance away, and of course this beautiful area is a wonderful inspiration for my illustrations.” Katie’s catalogue now features some famous UK and world landmarks alongside her local architectural favourites, following the launch of two new collections earlier this year. The London Collection features St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Liberty London and many more, as well as an extremely popular London map, available in A3, A2 and even A1 size.

Katie finds inspiration in the countryside around her Kings Cliffe home, but this year launched two collections featuring landmarks from further afield. Her stand at this year’s Burghley Horse Trials was “a complete success and had us up until midnight every night re-stocking as we kept selling out,” she says


There was huge excitement when Katie was named this year’s ‘Digital Star’ at the Small Awards, which recognise small businesses that operate only through digital channels and do not have their own ‘physical’ shop. Katie was chosen for her strong use of digital channels to engage with customers, including Instagram, Facebook, her blog and website, as well as for her innovation in web design and functionality and the growth of her audience. The Small Awards are aimed at businesses throughout the United Kingdom and each entry was considered by an impressive panel of judges including the Rt Hon Sir Vincent Cable, Ed Vaizey MP, former Apprentice winner Mark Wright and representatives from the Guardian, Channel 4 News, ITV News and the Sunday Times. Katie, who was presented with her award by TV favourite by Sue Perkins, says: “It was a fabulous sparkling evening, and to top it off I won something I wouldn’t have dreamed of in a million years – I feel very proud to be recognised as a successful businesswoman in my field, and it’s such a lovely boost to my small business. “To have achieved this award whilst being the mother of a toddler makes it all the more special: the hard work and late nights definitely paid off!”

And the brand new World Collection features iconic buildings from around the globe, including the Taj Mahal, Brighton Pavilion, Chrysler Building, Eiffel Tower, St Basils’ Cathedral, the Blue Mosque and more, plus a gorgeous world map. Both collections also feature on cards and notebooks. “I really love the maps,” she says. “The new World and London maps were certainly a challenge – a year in the making – but so worth it. I’m as proud as punch with them, and think they epitomise everything I love to draw: buildings, people and animals! I even have the World map up my home, which is unusual for me as often, after looking at my work all day, I don’t want to look at it at home! “My passion is architectural drawing so I like to try to find new streets and new buildings to inspire me. The illustrations have to appeal to the general public so they sell, and I like to represent well-known buildings in a new and creative way. I’m so proud of the London map – it encapsulates everything our beautiful city is famous for, and hopefully its charms and quirks too. It was a huge time commitment for me, but something I feel was very worth it, and so far it’s had a fantastic reception.” Business is booming, but Katie retains control of as much of the production process as possible. “Although some of our products are produced by small UK manufacturers, we try to do as much as we can in-

house,” she says. “All the prints are printed, hand-cut and signed to order in our small studio. Our focus is on quality rather than quantity. “Following an exhibition at a trade show we are now stocked in some lovely independent shops throughout London and the UK, and have some very exciting new projects up our sleeve, including a couple of commercial commissions – one for a Scottish estate and the other for a large national retailer.” With a portfolio of so many lovely illustrations of other people’s homes and families, I wonder whether Katie has created anything to record her own life’s journey… a self-portrait perhaps? “No, I haven’t,” she says. “I keep meaning to as we have lived in three houses since I began the business, but with so much work booked in, it’s hard to squeeze in anything extra. “My mum hints every Christmas that it would be lovely to have a family illustration and although I agree, my family is pretty huge and the Christmas run-up is bonkers busy… maybe this year!“ • For more on Katie and her work, take a look at www.kcillustrations.;; or Instagram: katiecardewillustrations NENE LIVING OCTOBER 2017



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Fitted in style

Guy Bolsover of Küchen Kraft in Oundle talks to Sue Dobson about the latest trends in kitchen and bathroom designs


LEEK, stylish and contemporary, hidden handles and doors and drawers that open with a touch, island cooking stations with discreet cooker hoods in the hob, steam ovens, three-in-one boiling water taps – if, like me, you haven’t been into a showroom recently, you may not be aware of just how impressive and innovative the newest kitchens are. Talking to Guy Bolsover at Küchen Kraft in Oundle was a revelation! An independent, family-owned business run by Guy and his wife Donna and now in its 14th year, Küchen Kraft specialises in bespoke fitted kitchens and bathrooms. “We are the leading supplier of contemporary German handleless kitchens in the region,” Guy says proudly. Classic Shaker styles in beautiful natural or painted wood have a timeless quality, and being so versatile are very popular. “We can also offer a good quality wood grain effect, which is a cost-effective way of getting the look.” In terms of colours, “the market is moving from shiny gloss finishes to matt. Greys, ivories and sage greens are still very strong for the traditional painted wood kitchens, while in the contemporary ranges, white, concrete and graphite feature strongly.” When it comes to worktops, Guy recommends Silestone quartz, available in a multitude of colours, which is durable and low maintenance. “It looks and feels like granite but it isn’t porous, and it is very stain resistant,” he explains. “Alternatively, Corian resin worksurfaces can be moulded into any shape, so sinks can be fitted flush with no visible joins. Also, alongside the trend for the industrial look in kitchens,

concrete has become a popular choice.” Utilising two different materials within the kitchen design is currently very much in vogue – think concrete surfaces in traditional wood kitchens – as is mixing natural and painted wood and using more than one colour on cabinetry. Two shades of grey looks smart. Functionality is as important as the look of the kitchen. The latest cabinets make good use of every inch of storage space and ensure the contents of cupboards and drawers are accessible. As the largest Siemen’s IQ specialist in the region, Guy sells top quality built-in appliances, including integrated models that sit behind cupboard fronts. There are 15 display kitchens in the Küchen Kraft showroom, the majority of them working “so you can touch and feel everything before you buy”. They include streamlined and contemporary handleless ranges, the latest Shaker cabinetry and island units, a complete kitchen hidden behind a pocket door system, even a media wall for open plan rooms. The sheer variety of designs, colours, styles, storage options, work surfaces and integrated equipment can be a bit overwhelming, but with his in-depth knowledge and experience, Guy makes sense of it all and happily offers advice. This goes for important things like plumbing, tiling, electrics and building work, too. His free design service includes a home visit to conduct a complete kitchen survey, then photo-realistic designs of the proposed kitchen are created, together with quotes and options. Importantly, Guy project manages the entire installation, down to the last detail. As a Kbsa

(Kitchen Bathroom Specialists Association) approved member, Küchen Kraft guarantees quality, high standards and professional service. “We retain our own team of fitters who have been with us for ten years and our tiler and plasterer have worked for us since day one. They are real craftsmen, always praised by our customers.” It says a lot that over 80 per cent of Guy’s kitchen business comes from recommendations. “In the case of bathrooms, it’s 100 per cent,” he says. “We started doing bathrooms nine years ago because we had so many requests from people who were pleased with the kitchens we’d fitted for them. It’s a growing part of our business now.” So what are the latest bathroom trends? “Modular furniture, hung rather than fitted, and the biggest tiles possible – they give a more spacious look to the room. There’s a move to replacing baths with showers – the minimalistic ‘wet room’ look with Nuance shower boards and all-glass shower screens. Dual showers, with a drencher or ‘rainshower’ head, are very popular as are mirrors with illumination, radios and television screens.” Hard sell is not something you’ll get at Küchen Kraft. “We like to build a relationship with our customers, spending time with them so they get the kitchen or bathroom that suits them perfectly.” • Küchen Kraft, 81 West Street, Oundle PE8 4EJ; 01832 270300.



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Independent thinking Built in the 1930s to provide a vital link between the ancient streets of Cumbergate and Westgate, it was the city’s first indoor shopping centre. Today Westgate Arcade is a bustling shopping destination that’s home to a number of innovative retailers and is a stylish complement to the flagship Queensgate Shopping Centre. Here, we look at some of the independent stores that thrive both within the arcade and close by, making every shopping trip a little more special… ➧ NENE LIVING OCTOBER 2017


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London-born Shaf Saeed moved to Peterborough late last year. He’d spent 17 years in the fitness industry “but always had a side passion for fashion”, and chose Westgate Arcade as the setting for his vintage clothing and accessories store, Back to Life, which opened just three months ago. “I’ve been self-employed most of my working life but never owned or run a shop so this was a whole new experience for me,” he says. “My love of vintage shops in places like London gave me all the inspiration I needed to take the plunge and build my shop – it has very much the Camden or Brick Lane feel to it, which was exactly my goal.” Shaf says the area’s something of a hotspot for ‘40s-style events, so he aims to stock clothes and accessories from that period, as well as appealing to ‘steam punk’ fans and the local youngsters “who like to mix old with new”. He also has a great range of sportswear from the US – authentic Varsity jackets, plus basketball and baseball shorts – and a fabulous range of hand-made 100 per cent wool, new (but retro-style) bowler hats. • Westgate Arcade. 07958 498404.

Credited with putting art on the map in Peterborough’s city centre, Dawn BirchJames, founder and CEO of Art in the Heart gallery and gift shop, says she loves “the bespoke feel of Westgate Arcade. It shouts out to the shoppers that there is something down here which is much more unique, one-off.” Also – and so important for the owner of a small business – she says: “There is an enormous amount of camaraderie amongst shop owners here. We are all very friendly and supportive of each other and we actually do want each other to do well.” Formerly a familiar face on Bridge Street, Art in the Heart started out as a flagship store for the Mary Portas dwindling high street agenda. But Dawn says: “I had always intended to make Art in the Heart more of a national brand drawing on art communities, so I launched the Art in the Heart Marketplace, our online shop (, which invites any UK artist or maker to have an online store front with us – they just have to fit into what our customer loves and that is the one-off, the bespoke, the art-led, handcrafted and sometimes quirky piece.” The shop’s move to Westgate Arcade gave Dawn an added opportunity: “We were no longer regeneration on the high street. We were about the connectivity between the shopper and the artist’s narrative, their beautiful work, their studio or workshop. We could really hone our brand.” Today, packed inside the Art in the Heart shop you’ll find the work of 50-60 artists and makers and, in the coming weeks, unusual Christmas ranges: baubles, candles, quirky bits and pieces which you won’t find anywhere else. • Westgate Arcade. 07910 118148. WORKED UP AN APPETITE? Specialist sandwich bar Swivels (01733 314234, serves up a range of choice fillings and offers a delivery service so you can order and eat without leaving your office. If a foodie gift is on your shopping list, The Choc Box (01733 342007) is every confectionery-lover’s dream – prepare for a walk down memory lane as you eye up sweets in the jar ready to be weighed, just like the old days.

NIRO Niro’s been the number one choice for super-stylish clothing for years now, and its dominance of the high-end menswear market shows every sign of continuing. The Cumbergate store promises exclusive fashions, first-class service and a unique concept – Paul (above) and his team sell genuine designer labels and search out new, cutting-edge brands from around the world. Among them and new for autumn is the American Field Parka jacket, an updated version of the oh-so-desirable 1988 original from CP Company, which comes complete with a compass viewer at the wrist and hood-mounted goggles. The jacket retails at £799.99 and Niro was allocated only three – according to team member (and our model, right) Gianni, there was a waiting list – so if you want to try one for yourself, get down there quick! • Niro, Cumbergate, Peterborough PE1 1YR. 01733 564077.



DESIGNER LEATHERS A family-run business founded in 1987 by Ivor and Pat Lewis, Designer Leathers is today run by their son Joel (above) and his wife Aimee. Originally a supplier of quality leather and sheepskin jackets – the shop’s first floor has around 500 on show and a full alteration service is available! – today the store also features an impressive range of handbags and accessories and is particularly proud of its status as a Radley ‘select store’. Pet ‘cavapoo’ Oscar may put in an appearance as you browse shelves full of highend leather labels – there’s everything from backpacks and briefcases to slouch bags and purses. “Our styles have never been better,” says Joel. “The quality of Italian leather we sell is great, and leather is far more affordable than it used to be – the jackets are great investment pieces.” • 8 Queen St, Peterborough PE1 1PA. 01733 348917.

PULSE GRASMERE FARM At the Westgate end of the Arcade, Grasmere Farm serves up a tastebudtempting variety of meats and meat products plus a mouthwatering breakfast and lunch menu that’s the perfect pick-meup for city shop and office workers. Famous for its 21-day dry aged Lincoln red beef and locally-reared pork – Grasmere has a farm and butchery in Deeping St James – the business was established in 1969 and remains family-run. Shop Manager Daniel Wegwermer (above) says: “On the raw side, our most popular items are our home-made sausages, with up to 18 different flavours to choose from. On the cooked side, our best-sellers are definitely our delicious warm sausage rolls.“ So what makes Westgate Arcade the right setting for Grasmere Farm? “I personally like the diversity of this city and, in Westgate Arcade, the varied, eclectic range of customers,” he says. Daniel starts taking orders for Christmas at the beginning of October; get yours in now and tick that box on your to-do list! • Westgate Arcade. 01733 562939.

The appetite for body art knows no bounds, it seems, and if you’re into tattooing, piercing or other adornments, Pulse is well worth a visit. Established in 2004, the business proclaims: “We are experienced in every genre and style of tattoo… there isn’t a piercing we haven’t done!” Pop in to discuss your ideas and, if you change your mind later, sleep easy in the knowledge that Pulse offers the latest in laser tattoo removal at its sister studios in Northampton and Banbury. • Westgate Arcade. 01733 343134. Beauty is big business, and Westgate Arcade has plenty of independent specialists to help you stay looking at your best. BB’s Beauty & Brows (07901 770365, offers a whole range of specialised beauty treatments, along with hair styling and make-up treatments. It specialises in the ancient art of ‘threading’ and offers a fabulous ‘high definition’ brow service which promises to transform even the most unruly, sparse or over-plucked brows into perfect arches. Fabulous nail extensions, art, manicures and OPI products are all available from the expert technicians at Nail Design (01733 342733). And if you want to avoid those bad hair days, Giorgio (01733 555960) is one of Peterborough’s premier barbers.

STYLE Stylish as its name suggests, this bright and welcoming shop started life 10 years ago when owner Sandra Marshall was inspired by the small accessory boutiques she saw when she was on holiday in France. Manager Amanda Dinatale (right) joined the business eight-and-a-half years ago and says Style offers a wide range of products from costume jewellery to the beautifully-made and timeless Trollbeads and – exclusively in the city – Vendula bags, which are all inspired by London shops and buildings. “As far as best-sellers go, we do a wide range of occasion jewellery which does well for the wedding and prom season,” says Amanda, “and our scarves are always popular.” All purchases are wrapped in tissue and presented in a gift bag so they also make great gifts – Amanda reports that Peterborough’s savvy shoppers began their Christmas buying in September... better get on with yours soon! • Westgate Arcade. 01733 349177.

ELSA ROSE A new name within fashion in the UK, Elsa Rose opened its first store in Westgate Arcade in December last year. The brand stocks only the latest trends in handbags, and also offers a wide range of luscious make-up and gifts for all occasions. • Westgate Arcade. 07470 747674.

CLUES A pioneer in the young fashion shopping experience, Clues offers first class customer service with some of the best niche, classic and current brands – from SikSilk to The Gym King, Pretty Green to G-Star. Clues’ buying team travels the world to source new brands and store manager Gary Leftley tells us sales are increasing as the leadup to the festive season begins, with (and here’s a hint for those of you who don’t quite know what’s on-trend in meanswear right now!) khaki and camouflage colours proving particularly popular. • Westgate Arcade. 01733 703546.

FLAWLESS BY REN Renata Lewinson started her business – a hair salon like no other! – in December 2016, four years after the death of her mother Christine Ann Wilson from bowel cancer. Flawless by Ren is a specialist in hand-made European hair wigs, ponytails and hairpieces for those affected by thinning hair and hair loss caused by alopecia or the effects of chemotherapy treatment. “My inspiration was my late mother; she really struggled to find a salon she felt comfortable in and who could support her needs after losing her hair,” says Renata (left). The Flawless by Ren creative team are dedicated to producing bespoke and ready-made human hair wigs that are individually cut to any style whilst on the client, in exactly the same way that natural hair would be styled. Renata says that Westgate Arcade is a happy home for her business. “I love the crowds of different people and the fun relationship we have together as independent retailers.“ • Westgate Arcade. 01733 561287. NENE LIVING OCTOBER 2017


Independent thinking MAYSONS Home to designer labels including Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Ted Baker, Paul Smith and many more, Maysons is constantly evolving its brand profile to ensure it offers the most relevant and creative fashions for both men and women. The Westgate Arcade store is one of three in the business, and prides itself on having a great reputation for customer service. • Westgate Arcade. 01733 342347.

THE OCULIST The place to see and be seen, The Oculist is an independent boutique opticians that celebrates its 10th birthday in November and provides the latest in cutting-edge niche engineered eyewear, exceptional eye care and a highquality choice of contact lenses. Owner and optometrist director Gerry Sondh has created a casual, friendly-feeling store that nevertheless offers the very highest standards of customer service, the likes of which are rarely seen on the high street – his investment in state-ofthe-art technology puts the experience of having an eye examination on a par with being a private-clinic patient. And, once your prescription is determined, dispensing opticians Rob Gilbert (who’s also the Westgate Arcade shop manager) and Hannah Castle will help you choose from the 1000plus frames and sunglasses that are in stock – designer names on the shelves here include Ray-Ban, Prada, Dior, Tom Ford, Adidas and Roberto Cavalli. So successful is The Oculist that Gerry has recently opened a second store, Glimpse, in Birmingham in partnership with an old Uni friend. But the Peterborough store remains a firm focus for his attention – his next plan is to create a customer lounge upstairs: “the personal shopper experience at Harvey Nichols is what I’m aiming for,” he says. Gerry loves the collection of quirky independent businesses that surround his own and says: “This arcade should be the independent hub of the city. The big brands in Peterborough are great, but the independents are necessary to give the city a soul.” • Westgate Arcade. 01733 555621.





Kai Wan, Director of P.Kai Hair Peterborough, is an award-winning stylist as well as a well-respected photographer in the hairdressing industry. His Westgate Arcade salon provides bespoke hairdressing services as well as a retail area where clients can purchase luxury, salonapproved products “I started the P.Kai Hair salon almost 15 years ago and opened this branch nine years ago,” he says. “After running a successful ‘out of town’ salon, we decided we would like a branch in the city centre… we love the individual and independent vibe that Westgate Arcade offers; with the boutique stores and passionate, often family-run retailers it provides an intimate setting for our clients and a good support network with our neighbours.” • Westgate Arcade. 01733 358825.

A family-run business with shops in Peterborough and the historic town of Oakham, Stephen Diggle Goldsmiths offers beautiful jewellery at realistic prices, combined with exceptional service. Specialising in diamonds and platinum, the team has a combined 100 years’ experience. The store offers a remodelling and repair service, sells pre-owned as well as new jewellery, and skilled staff are on hand to help customers create one-of-a-kind, unique pieces that are sure to become the heirlooms of the future. • Westgate Arcade. 01733 345757.


Discover the latest in costume jewellery, accessories, ethnic homeware and gifts, at prices to suit every budget. • Westgate Arcade. 07935 011186.


Looking for a new timepiece? The Right Time is a watch and clock specialist carrying classic brands such as Citizen, Rotary, Seiko, Sekonda, Casio as well as DKNY, FCUK, and Diesel • Westgate Arcade. 01733 555499.

Make time to pop in and see Adriano Mifsud, Filomena Mifsud and Carmine Mangieri at Express Watch Repairs

EXPRESS WATCH REPAIRS Taking the hassle out of fixing straps and batteries, the team at Express Watch Repairs get to work while you wait. And if you’re after something new and statement-making, there’s an exceptional collection of 9ct yellow and white gold and silver jewellery on offer here too. Established in 1982, the business has been in Westgate Arcade for 30 years and is a renowned specialist in second-hand watches, their sale and servicing – if you’re after a Rolex, Omega or Breitling, this is the place to go. • Westgate Arcade. 01733 310309. NEED A QUICK FIX? Fast Stitch (01733 562320) will take care of all your clothing repair and alteration needs, with services including zip replacements, alterations for dresses, skirts, jeans, trousers, jackets, coats, curtains, bedding and leathers, plus a full fitting service. Or seek out Phone Trader, close to the Westgate entrance to the arcade, for all those niggling mobile repairs or new-case needs.

IMPRESSION HOLIDAYS Hassle-free holidays and days out are the specialist subject for family-run Impression Holidays. No more arguments about which direction to take or where best to park – book a break by coach and you’ll arrive at your destination ready to have fun! There’s an impressive range of events and destinations lined up for autumn and winter, including Norfolk’s popular Thursford Christmas Spectacular, and Katherine Jenkins at the Royal Albert Hall – and all holidays of three days or more include a home collection service from areas including Peterborough, the Deepings, Stamford, Bourne, March, Ramsey, Huntingdon, St Ives and Sawtry. • Westgate Arcade. 01733 267025.


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Sally Stillingfleet shops casual knits in new shapes, colours and the softest yarns PHOTOGRAPHY: ELLI DEAN


NITWEAR pieces help bridge the seasons and will give your wardrobe a textural update. The most on-trend wardrobe staples have new and unusual features including lurex, bows, beautiful bell sleeves and ties… this autumn, there really is a sweater for everyone!

Top: Holly wears rust slash neck French Connection sweater £80; Ella Grace wears multicoloured French Connection sweater £80; both girls’ jeans from a selection; all John Lewis Above: Ella Grace wears oatmeal sweater £49, Asha’s Attire Right: Ella Grace wears Oasis navy logo T-shirt £30, beneath classic Oasis navy cardigan £25, John Lewis and Oasis. Holly wears navy cowl neck swing-shaped sweater £69, White Vanilla




NEW KNITS Holly wears Kin grey sweater £49; Ella Grace wears pale grey bow detail Ted Baker sweater £110, both John Lewis

Holly wears soft pink lurex Modern Rarity sweater £80, John Lewis; Ella Grace wears pale pink sweater with bell sleeves £49, Asha’s Attire

Ella Grace wears cornflower blue Modern Rarity sweater £75; Holly wears cream pure cashmere Modern Rarity sweater £190, both John Lewis

STOCKISTS Asha’s Attire, The Bazaar, West Street, Oundle PE8 4EJ. 01832 275605/275259.; John Lewis, Queensgate Centre, Peterborough PE1 1NL. 01733 344644;; White Vanilla, 1 Market Place, Oundle PE8 4BA. 01832 274107.; Oasis, Queensgate Centre, Peterborough PE1 1NL. 01733 563207. THANKS TO models Holly Beecroft and Ella Grace Bayley; Lorraine, Personal Stylist at John Lewis; and photographer Elli Dean, 07932 055548,



Holly wears black sweater with pearl detail £49, Asha’s Attire

Autumn at Asha’s

Continental clothes, accessories and gifts for the discerning male

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FOOD & DRINK First-year success for pizza favourite The Pizza Parlour & Music Café in Peterborough’s Cowgate celebrated its first anniversary in September – in a city centre now awash with restaurant chains, the business is fiercely independent and familyowned. Despite some erroneous publicity, The Pizza Parlour & Music Café has the only authentic pizza oven in the city, fired by wood. Some may have gasfired ovens, some may say does it matter? Well Head Chef Andrew Tedder says that the wood-fired oven imparts greater flavour and helps retain nutrients; reaching in excess of 500 degrees it results in a quickly-cooked, traditional crisp base. The restaurant has built a strong and enviable customer base over the last 12 months; the relaxed, fun ambiance the team has created features live music several nights each week, and the restaurant converts into a wine and cocktail bar after 10pm at weekends. • 5 Cowgate, Peterborough PE1 1LR. 01733 902233.

Squash, lemon & almond muffins Makes 12 Preparation 20 minutes, cooking time 40 minutes. You’ll need a muffin tin lined with paper muffin cases.


ookSmart with Rachel, a new cookery venture in Oundle, offers tailored cookery tuition in a fun, relaxed way, in either the CookSmart kitchen or your own. Sessions – which can be individual or in groups for those preferring a more sociable experience – are tailored around what a client wants to learn and all ingredients are provided, making each experience unique and hassle-free. Rachel says: “I’ve always been a keen cook and I love sharing tips and recipes with others. Like everyone, I have lots of demands on my time, so whether I’m catering for large gatherings, children’s parties, dinner parties for friends or colleagues, making preserves or treats as gifts, or simply cooking for my family, it’s all about getting the most out of the time I have available.” An advocate of ‘from scratch’ cooking, Rachel is convinced that staying healthy has to start with knowing what’s in your food. “The best way to know, surely, is to make it yourself.” She worked in healthcare education and science education fields for several years and has a first degree and PhD in biology, so has a good understanding of nutrition. She has a keen interest in making ‘naughty healthy’ food such as her no-addedsugar muffins and desserts. • For more information, find @ cooksmartwithrachel on Facebook, email, or call 07913 514702.

Riverford Pumpkin Day

Saturday 28th October, 11am – 4pm

Ingredients: • 300g squash, peeled & diced weight • 125g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature • 125g light brown soft sugar • 3 eggs, beaten together • 1tsp almond essence • Finely grated zest of 2 lemons • 125g self raising flour • 150g ground almonds • 1tbsp clear runny honey • 12 whole blanched almonds, toasted in a dry frying pan until lightly golden • Steam or boil the diced squash for 15 minutes, until very soft. Drain and leave to cool, then mash with a potato masher. • Preheat your oven to 200°C. • Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl (an electric hand-held mixer makes life easier), until pale, light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs. • Stir in the almond essence, lemon zest and mashed squash. Add the flour and ground almonds and fold in gently. • Spoon roughly equal quantities of the mixture into your muffin cases. • Bake for 5 minutes, then turn the heat down to 180°C and cook for approx 20 minutes until golden. • Leave to cool. • Gently warm the honey in a small pan. Brush a little over the top of each muffin and top with an almond.

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Discover meditation The Drolma Buddhist Centre has two October courses coming up. On Saturday 21 there’ll be a Meditation Retreat Workshop Day for £20 including a light lunch at its Peterborough site, and on Saturday 28 there’s a Meditation and Mindfulness morning at Fletton House in Oundle, which will cost £15 per person. • For further details contact Drolma Buddhist Centre, 260 Dogsthorpe Road, Peterborough PE1 3PG. 01733 755444.

Indulge yourself Elysia Health and Beauty is owned and run by Lisa Claypole, and specialises in prescriptive and corrective skincare, working with Caci, Environ and ZO Obagi in a trusted, personal and discreet environment to offer the very best and latest technologies for face and body. Lisa researches the latest and most effective treatments available, such as Lipofirm Pro – Elysia was one of the first salons in the country to offer this treatment which brings impressive results in inch loss, cellulite reduction and skin tightening. Lisa is about to introduce the latest in laser treatments to the salon, suitable for all ages and body types. Treatments can be combined to suit clients and packages are available at highly competitive prices. A proven portfolio of results is available. The team at Elysia also offers massage, plus standard Jessica hand and nail treatments including Geleration Nails and the advanced LCN sculptured nail system. Lash, brow, waxing and aesthetics are also popular treatments. An open afternoon is planned on Wednesday 8 November where you’ll be able to find out about treatments, watch demonstrations of Elysia’s state-of-the-art equipment, have a personal skin analysis, ask questions in a relaxed environment and get a sneak preview of this year’s Christmas beauty goodies. • Elysia Health and Beauty, Tansor, Oundle PE8 5HP. 01832 226328 or 07879 620196.

Seasonal offer at The Cosmetic Clinic

Beautiful lashes

If your skin needs a pick-me-up after the summer holidays, The Cosmetic Clinic Peterborough has a fabulous skin brightening offer for October and November, comprising three separate treatments during different appointments. The first comprises a microdermabrasion treatment followed by a second treatment of the extremely popular ZO Obagi red carpet facial. The third treatment is a Mesoestetic lighter peel which the therapist will choose for your specific skin type. The complete package is £100, which is a saving of £90 and the clinic promises a truly pampering experience that will leave your skin smooth, clear and glowing by December. • The Peterborough Cosmetic Clinic, 226 Dogsthorpe Road, Peterborough PE1 3PB. 01733 310090.

Nailed it! Oundle emporium Asha’s has launched The Nail Salon at Asha’s, with Chantelle offering manicures, pedicures, nail extensions and gel nail treatments. • Asha’s, The Bazaar, West Street, Oundle, PE8 4EJ. 01832 275605 or 275259.



Lash extensions have been popular for some time and there are many different options relating to colour, type, length, thickness and price to choose from. When I was invited along to Pure Health and Beauty in Glapthorn to have a set I was a little sceptical as I didn’t want anything false-looking or high-maintenance. But I needn’t have worried. My therapist, Robyn, suggested I just had very natural looking lashes and all I had to do was lie down and close my eyes whilst she carefully individually glued Lash Perfect lashes on to my own. Robyn patiently worked on them for over an hour, explaining: “they should last two to three weeks, you don’t need to wear mascara and there is a little comb that clients are given to tease them into shape.” On finishing I was handed a mirror and was really surprised to see what a difference the lashes made – my eyes look bigger and brighter and whilst there are plenty of lashes, they look natural and wider. Because of the sheer time a treatment like this takes, I don’t think it would be a regular one for me, but for a special occasion or holiday I can really see the benefit. Pure is running a promotion throughout October – get a free eyebrow shape and tint (usually £18) when you book full set of lash extensions for £60, or a free eyebrow wax (£10) or tint (£8) when you book a half set of eyelash extensions for £38.50. • Pure Health and Beauty, The Old Stables, Church Farm, Glapthorn PE8 5BE. 01832 272310 or text 07807 879459.

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ACTIVE FOR LIFE Get back to what you love doing…

It’s that heart stopping moment: you bend, twist, lunge or lift and feel an all-too-familiar pain return. Be it an old injury that’s come back to haunt you or a new injury that catches you when you least expect it – it’s a feeling we all desperately want to avoid


ORTUNATELY, most injuries are minor – accompanied by a little pain and discomfort that lasts a day or so. Others can be debilitating. Back pain, in particular, can see sufferers’ entire lives change as they look for ways to manage their discomfort and avoid scenarios that make it worse; forcing changes to their social lives, families and careers. “One of the greatest issues I see with patients,” says Dr Hany Elmadbouh, Founder and Lead Consultant at the Avicenna Clinic in Peterborough, “is the amount of time that has passed before they receive treatment. Some of this is because of waiting lists. Other times it is due to their own delays in seeking a referral in the first place. “What perhaps started as a relatively minor niggle a few weeks previously can quickly escalate to complete immobility.

“I recently treated a patient who was in complete agony. Having felt a slight niggle in the weeks leading up to his injury, he had been feeling the tell-tale signs of a previous injury, a bulged disk he had suffered from eight years previous. Without significant discomfort, he simply went about his life as normal, making the slightest and unconscious changes to his normal movement. So, when he was rendered completely immobile, having bent down to pick up his shampoo in the shower, it was a big shock. “Luckily, following a referral from his osteopath, I was able to see him very quickly. We carried out a diagnostic MRI scan. He was a text book case of someone who was in a pain cycle. Unable to stand up straight or carry out normal movement, the only way his condition was going to improve was if we could reduce

his pain significantly enough for him to resume normal movement again. “We performed a selective nerve root injection as a first course of treatment, after which he could be referred to a spinal surgeon if it did not work. And I’m pleased to say that the procedure was successful enough that he has staved off the need for any surgery for the time being. “There were two factors in play with this case that serve as a good example for the level of success we saw. “First – due to his busy schedule he sought treatment quickly and didn’t allow the pain cycle to fully take hold. Secondly, the treatment we were able to deliver off the back of a very clear diagnosis – courtesy of the MRI scan – meant that we were both alleviating the symptoms and enabling him to get back to his usual movement patterns. “My advice to patients suffering from any sort of pain is to seek treatment as quickly as you can. The improvement in results you will see and reduction in longer-term associated issues are not to be underestimated.” Avicenna Clinic, which recently opened the doors to its flagship purpose-renovated building in Peterborough city centre, is an independent, consultant-led private healthcare practice offering personalised health care to self-pay and insured patients. Patients attending the clinic can often make a same-day appointment, see a consultant, begin diagnostics and receive a treatment plan all in a single visit. The difference that makes to their mindset, sense of wellbeing and longer-term prognosis can’t be underestimated. • To find out more or book an appointment, call the Avicenna Clinic on 0330 202 0597 or visit

Half-term fun for young adventurers


ITH October half-term around the corner, and following its successful Summer Club, Rockblok at Whitwell will be running the Rockblok Half Term Adventure Club from Monday 23 October until Friday 27 October for children aged eight and over. If you’re looking for one day of childcare, juggling work with school-holiday fun or need to book consecutive days for your child, the Rockblok team can help. Rockblok instructors will guide adventurers in hands-on activities from rock climbing and high ropes to exploring, trying out mini watercraft and building dens, shelters and campfires. There’ll also be painting, treasure maps and much more. Supervisors, co-ordinators and instructors are DBS checked and have the appropriate first aid qualifications along with a wealth of experience in providing supervision and activities for young people. There’s also a shared desire within the team to make this an exciting and memorable experience for children. Bring friends or come along and make new ones! • The club will run Monday 23 to Friday 27 October, 8.30am–5pm. Rockblok is in the Whitwell Leisure Park, next to Rutland Cycling, on the north shore of Rutland Water. The club costs £30 per day, with a 15 per cent discount for three days or more. Booking is essential – contact Rockblok on 01780 460060 or visit for information. NENE LIVING OCTOBER 2017




Seeing the light Sue Dobson discovers how two local artists interpret what they see in very different ways


Oils and cards feature in Jerome’s portfolio

Jerome is fascinated by light and enjoys finding new ways to represent it in his paintings

His paintings “reflect the everyday”...

RTISTS Liz and Jerome Hunt met at secondary school at the age of 12, began dating while in the sixth form and they’ve been together ever since. Jerome paints distinctive still lifes, landscapes and cityscapes in vibrant oils; Liz is a textile artist, drawing on memories, feelings and emotions to distil the essence of landscapes into her exquisitely detailed images. In a feast of colour and productivity, the garden that stretches back from their Orton Longueville home meanders through a series of ‘rooms’ where flowers scent the air and vegetables spring from raised beds against a backdrop of abundantly fruiting trees. At the bottom of the garden, paints and brushes fit neatly among the screen-printing equipment in Jerome’s Tardis-like studio. For years the studio sheltered under a magnificent walnut tree. When this started showing signs of distress, giving cause for anxiety about its safety, and a tree surgeon recommended its removal, Jerome saw the possibility of creating a new studio space in its place. “I taught adults for many years, and it’s something I enjoy doing, so my plan is to offer small-group courses, demonstrations and tuition there, focusing on the development of traditional skills in painting and printmaking,” he explains. Liz, meanwhile, translated the tree into a work of textile art, surrounding its outline with whorls of hand stitching, using warm shades to reflect its life cycle – memories of the colours the tree had offered them throughout its long life. Whether painting outdoors or in the studio, Jerome is fascinated by light and exploring ways to represent it in oils. “Light and shadow, reflections and transparency, all have their challenges,” he says. As a student he enjoyed painting out of doors, loving the immediacy of the approach, though at the time it was deeply unfashionable. “Conceptual art was in the ascendancy then. My neo-Impressionistic style of painting was viewed as rather conservative and out of step with the times.” So taking part in Paint Out Plein Air art competitions at Norwich and Wells-next-theSea last year felt rather like a homecoming. He found it a rewarding experience to work alongside and engage with other professional artists, “but my proudest moment was receiving the Judges’ Commendation Award from David Curtis, one of my all-time heroes, at Paint Out Norwich 2016.” This year he was one of a select group of artists invited to paint at the prestigious Royal Norfolk Show. While Jerome’s paintings are “a series of observations that reflect the everyday”, from vibrant vegetables, tasty fruit tarts and vases of flowers to boats at Brancaster, Peterborough

Liz created The Ancient Tree in memory of her father

The beautiful colours and clarity of light on the Isle of Skye inspired this piece NENE LIVING OCTOBER 2017


Seeing the light Jerome achieved his ambition to be a fully professional artist a decade ago

A vase of flowers comes to life when captured in oil by Jerome

street scenes and reflections in a Venetian canal, Liz captures images and scenes in her mind’s eye, collating and refining them so they slowly emerge into a ‘memory of place’. “There is rarely a literal translation of the observed scene in my work,” she says. She’s passionate about history, whether recording the silence and resonance of ancient landscapes or delving into the lives of the people who once lived in them. The archaeological finds at Must Farm near Whittlesey, which are offering an unprecedented insight into life in the late Bronze Age, captured her imagination and details from discoveries there have been translated into fascinating collages. When we met, Liz was researching material for an upcoming exhibition in the Visitor Centre at Peterborough Cathedral, enjoying exploring the cathedral’s long history and heritage, which she will translate in her very personal style. “The places I record all have memories,” she says. “I craft these mementoes in repeated slow stitching, hand and machine embroidery, folding in ‘shibori’ style and adding embellishments to indicate collected or discovered objects. Design, composition and narrative are all very important to me.”

Liz’s interpretation of Millais’ Ophelia, commissioned for a summer exhibition


With his Anglo-French parentage, Jerome was expected to have a career in languages, but his interest was in art and after school both he and Liz headed for art colleges in London. Liz graduated with a degree in fine art (painting), Jerome in fine art painting and printmaking, and together they went on to gain teaching qualifications in art and design in Birmingham. “It seems hard to imagine now, but in the mid-seventies there were a hundred applications for every vacant teaching position,” Liz remembers. “Getting a job wasn’t easy at that time, so I was delighted when I was offered a post at John Mansfield School in Peterborough.” By the time she retired from teaching in 2008, Liz had risen to be Head of Art and Design at Arthur Mellows Village College. Jerome spent his first three years in Peterborough as Craft Centre Manager at The Cresset, heading up the art studio and screenprinting workshop there, before settling into teaching at Ken Stimpson School in Werrington, where he became Head of Art in the early 1980s. His career then took an unexpected turn. “I became involved with the development of SATS at Middlesex Polytechnic and subsequently became an advisory teacher for Cambridgeshire. The IT skills I developed while on secondment were in demand when I returned to Ken Stimpson and I was appointed Head of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) there.” Art, however, was always his great love and he continued to paint and exhibit both nationally and locally, with the ambition to turn fully professional – a goal he achieved 10 years ago. The garage at their home may have been transformed into a framing workshop – he frames his own and Liz’s work – but that doesn’t indicate a lack of interest in cars. Far from it! Jerome lovingly restores ‘future classic” cars, his current pride and joy being a maroon Morris Minor rebuilt to display standard in classic car exhibitions. He is also a musician, playing saxophone in popular local bands. Skilled in garment construction and pattern cutting, Liz has produced individual costumes for local schools, theatre and dance companies and her interpretation of Millais’ Ophelia, commissioned for a summer exhibition at Art in the Heart last year, was a talking point among visitors. Liz’s mother was a talented dressmaker, her grandmother a tailoress who did hand couture work for court circles, but it’s the long childhood walks across Dartmoor with her godmother that she remembers most. “She instilled a love of the landscape in me, the joy of cloud watching and making discoveries. We always came back with a precious ‘find’.” • See work by Liz Hunt, Lynne Collins and Faye Gagel-Panchal in the mixed media Exquisite Heritage–Cathedral exhibition at the Peterborough Cathedral Visitor Centre, PE1 1XS from 1 to 31 October.



Unique finds at Must Farm proved that the spinners and weavers of the Bronze Age chose nettles as one of their fibre plants. Liz says such similarity to her activities in creating textiles throughout her teaching days inspired this embroidered and braided piece of work

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Top left: Mill southern aspect, c1890 Left: The mill in 2015 Right and top right: a tunnel allowed barges entry to the mill


New life for historic city mill Kem Mehmed of Peterborough Civic Society reports on the transformation of Whitworth Mill into a new arts and cultural hub for our city


HUGE site on the south bank of the Nene in the centre of Peterborough is being transformed. You may have grown tired of hearing this over the last twenty or so years, but the grand plans are taking shape and building work is well advanced on new offices for the City Council. Planning permission has been granted for a major redevelopment which includes four apartment blocks, a multi-storey car park and riverside promenade. The next stage will see the old corn mill building totally renovated and converted into a community arts and cultural hub for the city. This building, along with two others nearby, dates from 1848. At about the same time the engine sheds, warehouses, a hotel and East Station were constructed, making this a very busy part of the city. Trade in timber, corn and general goods by cart, train and barge converged on this site. Today all but the mill, engine shed and warehouse have gone. The corn mill was built by Earl Fitzwilliam and had, at the start, 10 pairs of grinding stones powered by a steam engine. The stones were soon updated to steel rollers which were far more efficient. In 1856 the mill was operated by Michael Cadge and Samuel Coleman and they continued to run things until 1936 when the business was taken on by Whitworth Brothers The Cadge & Colman name was retained until 1987 – most locals of a certain age still

refer to the mill by that name. It was one of the first commercial enterprises to be converted to electric lighting in 1886, a few years before the first Peterborough power station was built a quarter of a mile upstream on the north side of the Nene. We could call the mill by a number of names: Milton Mill, Cadge & Colman Mill or Whitworth Mill. It would seem that the most recent is the one to be used from now on. The surviving mill building is made up of two separate parts. The five-storey block on the south side is the original mill part. The half closest to the river, which is of the same shape and size, was built onto it and was mainly warehouse. It is itself in two parts with a tunnel allowing barges to enter as far as the mill half of the structure. Some but not all grain was transported to the mill by barge until the mid1960s. The whole building is in solid brickwork with a mixture of cast iron columns supporting floor beams in cast iron and timber. The double pitched roofs have retained their original trusses. There are five floor levels plus an attic and cellars. The warehouse half was built over the river on foundations some 20 feet deep. There are window openings on both the river and south elevations, almost all of which have been bricked up. The intention is to unblock these and to reinstate windows appropriate to the period. Early photos show two grand wings

displaying pedimented elevations on the railway side of the mill. These were probably office or staff welfare rooms but no trace of them remains on the ground. They made way for the extensive expansion and incremental ‘modernising’ which Whitworths carried out from the 1940s until trading ceased and the premises reverted to the Milton Estates. In the post-war era, a number of grain silos were erected to the east of the mill. Cadge & Colman ceased trading in 1987 although Whitworths continued to use the site for storage purposes. The grain silos were demolished in December 2016. Peterborough City Council purchased the mill in 2016. Funding for its refurbishment and conversion into an arts hub is partially in place and work on submitting a full planning application is almost complete as we go to press. This is being prepared by Vivacity, the cultural and leisure arm of the City Council. The sensitive conversion will include the removal of two floors to create double-height spaces suitable for studio and exhibition use, plus the reinstatement of pitched roofs over the mill and warehouse. Access on foot and by bicycle will be along a new tree-lined promenade to be laid out as part of the master plan for the Fletton Quays area. All we need now is a smart bridge to link with the other leisure and cultural assets on the Embankment! NENE LIVING OCTOBER 2017


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Burghley Sculpture Garden Michael Shaw, curator, describes this year’s visually startling sculpture exhibition

Robert Fung, From Far Away Great Changes Come as Forms You Thought You Knew

Lucy Strachan, Grassfall


Marjan Wouda, Fatkin The Mole

Jenny Pickford, Stargazer Allium

ATURALLY Sculpture is an adventurous exploration of natural materials and forms at Burghley Sculpture Garden. Massive sculptures abound, including a life-size tank and a humongous Trojan Horse. These are complemented by wondrous kinetic wind sculptures that depict the flight of birds and movement of fish. Various floral tributes bloom, including a swathe of waist-high snowdrops and a triffid-like allium. Fauna emerges in the guise of a groovy mole, giant spider’s web, oversize crab claw and a surprisingly elephantine sculpture. Natural forms result from man-made materials including electrical cables, iron, stainless steel, highly reflective plastics and even fake grass! The humour in Lucy Strachan’s Grassfall is deadpan and on first viewing prompts a double-take and wry smile. Cascading over the top of the wall comes not a torrent of water, but fake grass, its tufted artificiality channelled into rivulets and drips of liquid green. The elephant in the room, or shall we say garden, belongs to artist Jim Unsworth. Another Surprise for Fabricius Lucinus is by no means shy – it bursts out like a ‘Jack in the Box’. Half tame, half wild. His muscular sculpture is both striking, dynamic and jocular. Other intrigues include Jenny Pickford’s triffid-like Stargazer Allium. The sculpture’s title also alludes to the experience it induces which, given its scale, means one must look up to the flower head. Doing so fully enlivens the glass flowers as their translucency and coloration is revealed and intensified by sunlight. Some sculptors have taken materials from the natural world and transformed them into man-made objects of an immense scale. A life-size American tank has been sliced, spliced and slotted back together through a process of digital manipulation and computer-controlled cutting of plywood. The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of An Army Tank by

Jim Unsworth, Another Surprise for Fabricius Luscinus

Peter Mountain, The Deconstruction, and Reconstruction of An Army Tank

Peter Mountain is enriched by attentive detailing all over, be it the mud flaps, tracks or turret. The blackened charring of the tracks heightens the sense of a sculpture on manoeuvres. The war footing continues at a gargantuan scale with Robert Fung, his sculpture clad in a veneer of oak slab offcuts. Of course, the notion of cladding to finalise appearance is central to the conceptual undertow of his convincing Trojan horse. Potentially a gift to the city of Troy, Fung’s From Far Away Great Changes Come As Forms You Thought You Knew is replete with a trap door, mane of sticks and tail of brushwood. It has even been assaulted by a flurry of arrows! Way below the aerial, another sculpture has literally tunnelled up into view. Fatkin the Mole, by Marjan Wouda, pierces the earth and proudly surveys his work, with his powerful broad legs and feet splayed in a ‘tadah’ pose. The sculpture relates to an abandoned mine, where Fatkin was the nickname of the last working miner. The mole’s normally velvety surface has been impregnated with the tools of the colliery trade – look closely and you can see bits of rope, cogs and chains. Its final intrigue: coal dust impregnated into the mole’s skin. Fatkin the Mole is a somewhat cheeky sculpture, but dig deeper and layers of meaning can be excavated. Overall, Naturally Sculpture reveals how sculptors can modulate the form of materials to depict nature and natural phenomena, as well as transforming natural materials into man-made forms. This dialogue between three-dimensional form and the natural world may remind us of the beauties and fragilities of nature, as well as our dependence upon it. So, why not come to Burghley and take a walk on the wild side to find your own pathway between nature and sculpture? • The Sculpture Garden at Burghley is open daily from 11-5, and the exhibition continues until the end of October. NENE LIVING OCTOBER 2017


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


HE Autumn Food & Country Fair which takes place at The East of England Arena and Events Centre on Sunday October 8 is almost 40 years old and mixes family fun, outdoor pursuits and country living, all in one fantastic day. As well as the usual fur, feathers, food and fun, this year will see guest appearances at intervals throughout the day by TV’s PAW Patrol favourites, Chase and Marshall. Other attractions lined up to delight this year’s visitors include the East Anglian Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club display team, a companion dog show, exhibitions of rare breed cattle, sheep, pigs and goats, trade stands, classic car and vintage tractor displays, a fun fair and The Supreme London Championships Small Livestock Show, billed as the rabbit world’s equivalent of Crufts. Parking is free and gates open at 8am. Discounted advance tickets are on sale now priced adult £8, senior citizen £6, child (aged 5-16) £4, family £20 (2 adults, 2 children). • For more details see

Monday 2 to Saturday 14 October Welland Valley Art Society Autumn Exhibition Members of Welland Valley Art Society look forward to sharing their work with the public – expect a mix of original paintings, prints and sculpture to suit all tastes. Free entry. Stamford Arts Centre, 22 St Mary’s Street, Stamford PE9 2DL.

Friday 6 October From The Jam: The Gift 35th Anniversary Tour From the Jam, featuring original band member Bruce Foxton, will perform The Gift in its entirety for this one-off, never to be repeated concert, celebrating the album’s 35th anniversary. 7.30pm. £23.50 The Cresset, Rightwell, Bretton, Peterborough PE3 8DX. 01733 265705.

Saturday 7 to Sunday 8 October At the Musicals Flower Festival Enjoy themed flower displays, stalls and a tombola in the beautiful surroundings of the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. This event is organised by the Onwards Group and all proceeds will be donated to the hospice. 10am-4pm. £4. Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, Thorpe Road, Peterborough PE3 6LW. Sunday 8 October Denial The true story of Deborah Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against the notorious Holocaust denier David Irving, who accused her of libel when she denounced him in her acclaimed book, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. With the burden of proof in English defamation law falling upon the defendant, it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. With a screenplay by David Hare, this is gripping courtroom drama at its best. 7.45pm. £6, under 18s £3. Oundle Cinema, The Stahl Theatre, west Street, Oundle PE8 4EJ. Tickets from Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle PE8 4ED, 01832 274734,


UNDLE Festival of Literature presents Claire Fuller: Swimming Lessons on Thursday 5 October at St Peter’s Church, Oundle. Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides them in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach, presumed drowned, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house, her husband, and daughters Flora and Nan. Twelve years later, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid from a bookshop window, but this unlikely sighting is chalked up to senility. Flora returns home to care for her father and to try to finally discover what happened to Ingrid – not realising that what she’s looking for is hidden in the books that surround her. Claire will be in conversation with local journalist Fiona Cumberpatch from 7.45-8.45pm. Tickets £8 (£6), £1 off early bird tickets bought before 29 September, available from the Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle or online – log on to

Wednesday 11 October Charity fashion show This time last year Nene Living featured staff from the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in a fashion photoshoot – this month some of them will join other familiar local faces in a fundraising event showcasing the autumn/winter collections from some of Stamford’s favourite local independent retailers. Fashions on the catwalk at Stamford Arts Centre

will include choices from Arch Label Agency, Attic, Energy, Gagliardi and Marcia May Shoes, and there’ll be fizz from Adnams plus canapés prepared by The Fine Food Store. Tickets, priced £20, are available from The Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford PE9 2DL, 01780 763203 and Energy, 9 Ironmonger Street, Stamford PE9 1PL, 01780 765633.


HE only charity swim in the city, Rotaryswim Peterborough is a chance for those who want to swim to raise money for their own good cause and to help organisers Werrington Rotary to help others. The event is free to enter and all participants receive a medal, photograph and certificate. It is being held on Sunday 29 October at Jack Hunt Pool, off Bradwell Road, Netherton. Swimmers are asked to raise sponsorship; half is returned to their own charity and has the benefit of being subject to Gift Aid, the other half is retained by the Rotary Club to assist it in its projects to help others. The event is sponsored by Convert Training and Nene Construction Management Services and participants swim for 25 or 55 minutes between 9am and 1pm. Information and entry forms are available by post – send an SAE to 15 Greenacres, Werrington, Peterborough. PE4 6LH or e-mail:



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

Thursday 12 October Sleeping Beauty by Vienna Festival Ballet Following the traditional tale of Sleeping Beauty and with a musical score by Tchaikovsky, this ballet is a firm family favourite, and one that’s always sure to enchant audiences of all ages. 7pm. £24, over 60s £21.50, under 16s £17.50. The Cresset, Rightwell, Bretton, Peterborough PE3 8DX. 01733 265705.

Thursday 12 October My Darling Clementine For what began life as something of a side project for Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish, My Darling Clementine is now very much part of the country and Americana landscape. Four criticallyacclaimed albums, over 400 shows across Europe and North America and numerous accolades have placed the band at the forefront of the burgeoning Americana scene. 7.30pm. £12. The Met Lounge, Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HA. Tickets available from the venue and at www.mydarling



Sunday October 15 Gillian Blair The City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra features award-winning British saxophonist Gillian Blair in a concert, sponsored by V&A Vigar&Co, which starts with Humperdink’s Overture to Hansel and Gretel and concludes with Czech composer Dvorak’s New World Symphony. 3pm. £13.50, concessions £11.50. The Queen Katherine Academy Hall (formerly The Voyager), Mountsteven Avenue, Peterborough PE4 6HX. Tickets available from the Visitor Information Centre in Bridge Street, the orchestra website at www. or on the day. Thursday 19 October The Young Offenders A comedy about best friends, Conor and Jock, two inner-city teenagers from Cork who cycle 160km on stolen bikes pursued by police to find a missing bale of cocaine worth millions. 7.45pm. £6, under 18s £3. Oundle Cinema, The Stahl


Theatre, West Street, Oundle PE8 4EJ. Tickets from Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle PE8 4ED, 01832 274734, Sunday 22 October DSLR Camera Workshop If you would like the confidence to switch your camera off ‘auto mode’ and explore the true potential of those many additional features, then this is the workshop for you. Tutor James Brown has a wealth of experience as a professional photographer and has taught over 2,000 people by breaking down the subject of photography into simple and easy to understand segments. During the first half of the workshop you will explore the functions of a DSLR camera, how they work and when to use them, as well as learning the basics of photography. After lunch, you will go outside and take photographs using the techniques you have learnt. 10.30am. £50.

ETERBOROUGH Opera invites you to A Masked Ball – Verdi’s tale of forbidden love, political conspiracies, fortune telling, betrayal and tragedy. A Masked Ball will be performed (in English) at Queen Victoria Hall, Oundle on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October at 7.30pm, St Thomas a Becket Church, Ramsey on Saturday 4 November at 7.30pm, and the Key Studio, Peterborough on Sunday 5 November at 4pm. The performances in Oundle will be accompanied by an orchestra; those in Ramsey and Peterborough will be accompanied by piano. Tickets range from £5-£14 and are available from the Key Theatre Box Office, Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough PE1 1EF, 01733 207239, www.; and Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle PE8 4ED, 01832 274734, www. For more on Peterborough Opera go to

Stibbington Centre, Church Lane, Stibbington, Peterborough PE8 6LP. 01780 782386 or email: cees.stibbington@

Thursday 26 October Dr Hook starring Dennis Locorriere From the very beginnings of Dr Hook to the height of their success, Dennis Locorriere was the unmistakable voice of the band’s biggest hits and

best-loved songs. Their Timeless tour has been extended by popular demand – don’t miss the chance to see it! 7.30pm. £33.50. The Cresset, Rightwell, Bretton, Peterborough PE3 8DX. 01733 265705. Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October MAD Art Exhibition The Maxey Art Group and Deepings Art Club joint annual exhibition features high quality artwork and cards by local artists. Free entry. Friday and Saturday 10am- 5pm, Sunday 10am- 2pm. Maxey Village Hall, Maxey, PE6 9EJ.



N a music career spanning more than 30 years, accomplished R&B and soul singer Alexander O’Neal had 14 Top 40 chart singles in the UK – you’re sure to know If You Were Here Tonight, Fake, Criticize, The Lovers, (What Can I Say) To Make You Love Me, and many others. In 1985 O’Neal released his self-titled debut album and also scored his first R&B Top 10 single with Saturday Love, a duet with Cherrelle from her High Priority album. And in 1987 he released Hearsay – the album that lends itself to the title of the UK tour of 2017, 30 years of Hearsay. With his heart firmly in the music industry and a loyalty to the thousands that still buy his records, O’Neal’s passion to keep his sound alive is everpresent. This year sees the release of his first studio album for 15 years, and fans are in for a treat when they hear how one of the greatest voices of all time has matured into a sensational soul and blues sound. Alexander O’Neal appears at The Broadway, 46 Broadway, Peterborough on Saturday 9 December. The concert is seated and tickets range from £20 to £35. They’re on sale from The Visitor Information Centre on Bridge Street, 01733 452336 or at The Broadway,

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