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Covering Peterborough, Oundle and the Nene Valley



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Welcome to the September issue of Nene Living September 2018 I 7 Six Good Things in CAN never decide how I feel about September: should I feel wistful about the end of summer, or excited about a new season and fresh projects? We’ve certainly got plenty to banish the post-holiday blues this month, with features on vibrant village shops, a great new walk for you to try and plenty of ideas for places to go. If you want to help out with a good cause, then YMCA Trinity Group, Hope into Action and The Light Project Peterborough are joining forces this autumn to host Peterborough’s Big Sleep Out and they need your help. Building on Sleep Easy 2017, the goal of the event is to raise awareness of homelessness in the city and the charities have a target of 900 hours of sleeping rough to generate funds to support those in need. The event will take place on Friday September 28 at Peterborough Cathedral, and will last from 7pm to 7am. Participants are required to pay an entry fee of £10 for an adult or £17 for a family (2 adults and 2 children). All funds raised will be split between the organisations to be used to tackle homelessness in Peterborough. The Big Sleep Out will consist of activities that give participants an experience of what it is like to sleep on the streets. On the night, they will be provided with hot refreshments, entertainment and materials needed to make their shelter. To register to take part in the event visit, www.eventbrite. Have a great month.

Fiona Editor

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14 Late summer spirit

Our vital village shops Ruby chard risotto Treat your dog! Mental Health MOT


Pencil cases and cookery books

9 Nene News

The latest from local businesses, shops and charities

14 Focus on Fengate

Peterborough’s Eastern quarter

19 Food and Drink News

The Montagu Arms, Barnwell, reviewed

20 Vive the Village Shop! Celebrating our community stalwarts

25 Love Your Dog

Treats and pampering for the family pet

28 Less is More

Pared-back interiors style

31 Outdoor Living

Make the most of your outdoor space

32 Make Time for the Mind A mental wellbeing check

37 Wellbeing Notes Treatments for body and soul

38 Local Walk

Stride out in the countryside

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43 Little Living

Ideas for families with young children

45 Out & About

Our pick of the month’s events

50 Nene People

Meet chef consultant Damian Wawrzyniak @neneliving @neneliving Nene Living



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Now’s the time to go blackberrying. Turn your berries into fruity crumbles, a delicious cordial or try blackberry gin which will be ready in time for Christmas.

Who could resist this soft toy bunny bag? It costs £15 from Jollys Toys & Games, 28a High St, Thrapston NN14 4JH.


Start the new term stylishly with these beautiful leaf print bags by Sam Wilson. They’re designed as wash bags, but could also be used for storing pens and pencils. £20 and £24 each from Hilly Horton Home, 36a, Goss Court, High Street, Thrapston NN14 4JH.


Invest in a new rug as the colder weather approaches. Next Home have a range of stylish choices, including this geo diamond pattern one. £55 from Queensgate Centre, Peterborough.


Former Oundle school student Rukmini Ayer will be signing copies of her second cookery book, The Green Roasting Tin, at The Oundle Bookshop on September 8, 10.30 -12.30 (Farmers’ Market Day in the town). The book is packed with vegan and vegetarian one dish dinners and costs £16.99.


Replace tired tea towels with these cute hedgehog print ones. They’re designed by local artist Sam Purcell, and cost £10 from Hilly Horton Home, Thrapston, details as before. NENE LIVING SEPTEMBER 2018


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Nene News People, places, businesses

Local buildings on display


ET a glimpse of local buildings that you might not have appreciated before now at the Heritage Open Days Weekend, from Thursday September 6 to Sunday September 9, and three more the following weekend. Organised by Peterborough Civic Society, with Vivacity, Peterborough City Council and Peterborough Cathedral, up to 40 buildings in the Peterborough area will be taking part, allowing the public to view them free of charge. Area organiser David Jost explains: “across the country England’s fascinating heritage is celebrated by thousands of events set up to showcase our history, architecture and culture.” This year sees the inclusion for the first time of a mosque, a Hindu temple and a Sikh Gurdwara. Other buildings include the Prebendal Manor in Nassington, the Old Customs House on the river embankment and Westwood House on Thorpe Road. “We are enormously grateful to the owners of buildings,” said David. In addition, there will be examples of modern development such as Viridor’s high tech Energy Recovery Centre, Thomas Cook’s Head Office at Lynch Wood and the award winning Thomas Deacon Academy building. Pick up a free brochure from the Visitor Information Centre, the Cathedral or your local library. Alternatively check the Vivacity, Cathedral, Civic Society or Council websites. For details of events all across the UK, visit

Open weekend at Fotheringhay Furnishings

Improve your cooking skills


UN by chef Robin Stewart, whose impressive CV features the kitchens of The Dorchester The Connaught and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Vong, Rutland Cookery School is located in purpose-built kitchens within the Oakham Enterprise Park, a short drive outside Rutland’s county town. Opened in January 2017, it offers courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced cooks on an array of enticing subjects – these are generally either skills-based or cuisine-focused. There’s bread making, finger food, fish, knife skills, macarons and patisserie plus courses on a wide range of global cuisines (French Classics, Indian Street Food, A Taste of Italy, Middle Eastern, Spanish Tapas, to name but a few). Robin also runs Adult and Child Cookery Workshops and Tuesday Supper Club nights plus seasonal courses such as “StressFree Christmas Dinner (6 December 2018, 10am–4pm). Four-hour half-day courses (10am–2pm) are £66, while full-day courses (10am–4pm) are £99; this includes all ingredients, equipment, a recipe booklet to take home and, of course, tuition. There’s a maximum of nine people on each course, and, on the day Local Living attended (on the excellent “Taste of Thailand” full-day workshop), three out of the nine had done at least one of Robin’s courses before – something that speaks volumes in terms of how highly attendees rate the School. You follow Robin’s demonstration (his calm, intelligent delivery is a delight to experience and very unintimidating), learning practical skills and picking up insider tips. On the full-day course Local Living attended, a highlight was tucking in to our culinary creations at lunch. There was some to take home too – if you can resist devouring it all on the spot, that is. We can’t recommend it highly enough, whether for yourself, with friends or perhaps a partner, or as a gift. Team-building workshops for groups of colleagues are also offered. A fantastic experience offering excellent value for money. Clare Peel Rutland Cookery School is at 16c (Gate 2), Oakham Enterprise Park, Ashwell Road, Oakham LE15 7TU. For further details, call 07391 679208 or visit


OTHERINGHAY Furnishings is holding an Open Weekend from 10am – 4pm on October 20 and 21 at Fotheringhay Village Hall. Main Street, Fotheringhay PE8 5HZ. Usually open by appointment only throughout the year at the workshop in Tansor, the idea of the weekend is to showcase and sell antique and bespoke rejuvenated furniture, and to provide advice on restoring beloved and sentimental old pieces of furniture. Fotheringhay Furnishings is based on a working farm, so if you are unable to attend the open weekend, you are welcome to make an appointment to visit the workshop. Call Darren on 07947 577825, or email For more details, see You can also follow the business on Facebook, Fotheringhay Furnishings.



Nene News What a year for lawns!


UR lawns have had a lot to put up with this year, snow, endless rain in spring followed by drought and baking temperatures. Sisters Sarah and Jo who run the local GreenThumb lawn treatment service answer common questions on caring for lawns after the very dry summer

Making memories with Shaws


OOKING for some great days out or a mini break this autumn and winter? Shaws have got it covered with a vibrant programme of theatre, music, entertainment and holidays. A day out makes a great gift for a birthday or Christmas present, and it’s a stress-free way to enjoy a special occasion as you are taken from door to door by the friendliest drivers. Here are some highlights from the new Shaws brochures. • London Theatre – Bat out of Hell, Dreamgirls, Motown the Musical, Mousetrap, 42nd Street, Tina, The Lion King • Nottingham and Milton Keynes Theatre – Cilla, War Horse, Doctor Dolittle, Benidorm, Annie, Blood Brothers, A Comedy About A Bank Robbery • Birmingham Tattoo • Frankie Valli Farewell Concert • Whose Line is it Anyway? • Christmas Carols at Layer Marney • Cirque du Soleil • Blue Planet II Live in Concert Booking details online at

Correction: The Rounded House, Oundle


E’RE sorry that in last month’s interview with Sam Harper, owner of The Rounded House, Oundle, we gave Sam an incorrect surname. She is, of course, Sam Harper and not Sam Robinson! Check out Sam’s two shops in West Street for gifts, interiors and simple yet stylish pieces to wear.



Q: How can I help the recovery of my lawn? A: Lawns will be in desperate need of water plus a good quality fertiliser to help them recover. At GreenThumb we’re applying our exclusive fertiliser even throughout the dry spell. This lies dormant, without deteriorating, on the ground until water aids its release. The minute we get some rain it will start to feed the lawn to speed up recovery. Q: What’s so special about GreenThumb Nutragreen treatments compared to other granular fertilisers? A: Our exclusive Nutragreen summer fertiliser is manufactured to deal with hot, dry conditions. It’s specially coated so will not scorch the lawn. Most fertilisers on the market have little or no coating so unless watered in immediately will scorch the lawn. Q: Are there any common lawn problems which are more likely after dry weather periods? A: Yes, the main one is the common soil condition called “Dry Patch”. This shows as dead looking patches on the lawn when the rest of the lawn has recovered. It’s where the soil has become water repellent (hydrophobic) meaning it’s unable to retain water to sustain the grass plant. Contact us at GreenThumb for advice. Q: Are weeds likely to be more prevalent on lawns following periods of dry weather? A: Yes definitely. A huge amount of dormant seed has been blown around in the dry weather and will burst into life when it rains. Lawns that are weed-free can get a flush of weed soon after rain. At GreenThumb we’re ready to tackle this with our professional herbicides to get these weeds back under control. Q: Should I scarify my lawn? A: Yes, after this summer’s prolonged dry spell lawns will be full of dead matter that will build up into what we call ‘thatch’. This needs raking out to keep a healthy, moss free lawn. If you don’t fancy tackling this manual job yourself then just give us a call. Sarah and Jo and their team of lawn technicians look after over 2000 lawns in this area. To find out more, or book a FREE lawn analysis or request a Lawn Makeover brochure, contact Sarah or Jo on 01733 755028 or email

A home grown play


Don’t miss! Saturday 29 September. 10am to 12 noon Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning at St Andrews United Reform Church Hall, Ledbury Road, Netherton, PE3 9RF. Stalls. Admission, £2, includes coffee or tea and scone.

ETERBOROUGH’S newest playwright, Sean Flynn is delighted that his own dramatic society, the Peterborough Revellers, will be performing the premier performance of his first play in the Broadway Suite of Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre. Keep Mum centres around a dearly departed grandma and her controversial will. Keep Mum runs from September 27 to 29 at 7.30pm. It is directed by Clive Read. Tickets cost £7.50 and, for an extra £5, enjoy a fish and chip supper during the interval. Tickets from The Broadway Theatre box office on 01733 306071.


Nene News Kitchens and bathrooms at Smarthaus

Should you remortgage your home?



MARTHAUS of Kettering have been creating stunning contemporary German kitchens for over 20 years. The company is housed in the three storey Old Print Works, brought back to life in the 1990’s after being left derelict, and sympathetically restored from its days as a boot and shoe factory at the turn of the century and a printers in the 1950s. The Smarthaus name has become synonymous with beautiful style and outstanding service. “We just love surpassing our customer’s expectations with great design. Chatting about textures and finishes, creating mood boards together and reviewing layouts over a coffee, it’s such an exciting time and it’s so great to be part of it,” explains Dan Greasley, Senior Designer. “Our role is to take our customers on the journey to creating a kitchen that is truly at the heart of their home”. The showroom contains inspirational displays, samples, work surfaces and colour palettes. “We’d typically expect to meet clients two or three times and our one to one approach means we are there every step of the way right through to install with our in-house teams,” says Dan. “Whatever the budget or the space, we welcome clients to pop in and see us. Technical knowledge, attention to detail and an eye for layout are key to delivering great projects and we have the experience, having designed hundreds of kitchens for delighted customers, each one uniquely built to individual requirements.” It’s this level of personal service that has seen the business go from strength to strength. From local Kettering customers to clients across Northamptonshire and the surrounding villages as well as surrounding counties and into London, the Smarthaus business has been built on personal recommendations. That includes the growing interest in Smarthaus Bathrooms leading to the official launch this month of a brand new second floor showroom featuring brands such as Villeroy & Boch, Matki as well as local company Cifial, and a new range of Italian large format tiles. “We’ve been offering bathrooms for some time and a showroom was the natural next step. We are so excited because the opening follows a busy 2018 so far, and it’s just ahead of us exhibiting at the Birmingham Grand Designs in October.” “Ultimately, we just want to help homeowners create a kitchen or bathroom that they simply love for years to come!” For more information visit For an appointment, telephone 01536 514800

In the night garden


OR the first time this year, Andrea Connor of Paston, Peterborough, was invited to open her garden with the prestigious National Garden Scheme (NGS). Though it is beautiful by day, alive with flowers, birds and bees, Andrea’s compact 33ft by 22 ft plot shines especially bright at night, thanks to her talent for lighting. “I have given my garden a feel of sparkle, warmth and depth,” she explains. By a process of trial and error, she has installed solar lights which slowly transform the space at night, adding magical twinkle and glimmer. The garden is open by appointment in September and October. To arrange a visit, call Andrea on 07801 987905



Adrian Fisher of C&D Mortgages and Insurance, Oundle, offers some timely advice VERYBODY’S finances could do with an MOT from time to time, and remortgaging is simply a way of helping you to save money by switching lenders to get a better deal. As the Bank of England raised the interest rate last month, now is a good time to see if remortgaging could be the right move for you. What is remortgaging? It’s when you change your current mortgage deal, either staying with your existing lender or switching to a new one. Why would I do it? It can help save you money and guard against future interest rate rises. You might want to consider it to reduce your monthly payments, to move from a variable rate to a fixed rate deal or it can be a way of releasing equity on your property, perhaps to make some improvements, such as adding an extension or a loft conversion to your home.

When is a good time? When you first take out a mortgage, you’ll usually be offered a discounted rate for a fixed period. When that deal ends, you are moved to the lender’s variable rate, and it’s at this stage that many homeowners think about remortgaging. Some people remortgage to pay off their mortgage more quickly. Finding a cheaper deal and keeping payments the same will reduce your payment term. If you are looking to clear credit card debt, releasing money from your home is cheaper than taking out a loan, because mortgages have lower interest rates. However, this can extend payment terms, so it’s worth discussing with an experienced advisor before making any decisions. Do I pay more if I remortgage? It depends on the lender, and why you are choosing to remortgage. Sometimes the lender will ask you to pay an early repayment charge before making a switch, so that will add to the overall cost of remortgaging. However, this could be offset over time by the lower interest rate you find with a different lender. How can I decide if this is the right move for me? Talk to a mortgage adviser. They will have access to around 90 lenders and they can search 11,000 mortgages for a deal to suit your circumstances. To make an appointment to discuss remortgaging, call C&D Mortgages & Insurance, 2 St Osyths Lane, Oundle PE8 4BG Tel: 01832 599007 or message via the website

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Silvio Perna, left, and Benedict Radcliffe, right

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Fengate You could be forgiven for thinking that Fengate is a labyrinth of industrial cul-de-sacs and warehouses but look a little closer and you will find unique businesses and creative entrepreneurs, quality food purveyors, niche suppliers and venues for a jolly night out. Rebecca Downey checks out the Eastern side of the city PHOTOS: REBECCA DOWNEY



Automated Wire Bending Silvio Perna, Founder and Managing Director of Automated Wire Bending Ltd, set up the business with his brother, Tony, in 1991 and has seen it evolve over the years; riding the highs and lows of the British manufacturing industry and the migration of contracts to Asia and Eastern Europe. The engineers use CNC (computer numerical control) wire bending machines, which require skill and artistry to produce components for the agriculture, retail, automobile, sports and leisure industries with at least 30% of the business now developing one-to-one product designs and bespoke one-off pieces. The latest is a collaboration with London artist and wire frame sculptor Benedict Radcliffe to produce a wire fabricated E-type Jaguar (pictured) currently exhibiting in Stockholm. “We make stuff in England! A feat in itself when considering the cheap competition abroad, but we have always looked for new ideas to stimulate our market and keep us reinventing and relevant,” says Silvio.“We have developed a new breed of business model that has seen us fabricating wire and developing Polo helmets for top players (including Royalty), cricket visors, equestrian helmets, table centre displays for the Rugby World Cup and the Toulouse Stadium and a wire Lamborghini for the Palms resort in Las Vegas.” Diversification has paid off; AWB now has 50 employees and last year expanded into another factory in Fengate, increasing the floor space to 40,000 square feet. “The more you push the boundaries, the more knowledgeable you become but it’s important to have fun along the way,” says Silvio. Automated Wire Bending Ltd, Vicarage Farm Road, PE1 5TP T: 01733 555646

The Nostalgia Lounge Flav Cipriano’s vintage and retro collecting habit was getting out of hand. With the house, garage and loft crammed full of interesting collectables, his family urged him to open a shop and make a living out if it and the Nostalgia Lounge was born. Open since February this year, there are two floors of quirky items from yesteryear displayed in a thoughtful and ordered fashion. Art works, clothing, bikes, signage, furniture, mirrors, toys, records, ornaments and memorabilia are available to buy direct from the shop, though Flav also sells online via an Ebay shop. Whether you’re into Catholic iconography or pop art kitsch, looking for a retro Disney trike or a classic Chopper bike, you’ll be sure to find a unique gift or item for the home. Follow the Nostalgia Lounge on Facebook and Instagram to bag new items before they go. Statement pieces, props and decorative works are also available to hire. Though Flav is passionate about the Nostalgia Lounge and opens the warehouse seven days a week, it’s best to call before setting off, as he may be out sourcing items. Flav is knowledgeable about all his stock and welcomes out-of-hours appointments. E: T: 01733 562653 M: 07857 724007

Frank Bros Butchers Who doesn’t love a Frank Bros sausage? This city institution was established in Westgate, Peterborough, in 1867 by Frederick Charles Frank. The business has passed down the family for four generations and is now run by Frederick’s great grandson, Andrew Charles Frank, who took over from his father, Geoffrey, and began working part time at age 14 and full time at 16. Over the years the butcher’s shop was located on Bridge Street, Park Road, returning to Westgate with a factory shop in Millfield. Overwhelmed with paperwork and in need of a holiday, Andrew closed the business in 2014 but soon realised this was his calling and decided to set up again with his wife, Michelle, in 2016. The Michelle and Andrew Frank with the 1lb hand premises in Fengate are purpose raised pork pies available for home-baking built, clean and bright with easy access and parking. Frank’s sells award winning sausages, haslet and pork pies and customers can view their production on site. The business is proud of its heritage and continues the same excellent business values and recipes as Andrew’s Great Grandfather; quality pork mixed with their own blend of natural herbs and spices. Frank’s bake-your-own pork pies and sausage rolls are hugely popular and come with comprehensive instructions. Unit 12, The Square, Vicarage Farm Road, Fengate PE1 5TS Facebook@FrankBrosPeterborough

Peterborough Greyhounds For an exhilarating night out with friends, family or colleagues, Peterborough Greyhounds is the place to be on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings where the racing starts at 6.30pm. The venue has three bars, two restaurants and several tote betting stations. If trackside viewing does not appeal, the restaurant offers panoramic views of the stadium, quality pub-style food, full table service and a dedicated tote runner to take your bets. The Greyhound suite allows visitors to watch live racing on the multiple TV screens, and the venue has conference and function rooms available for corporate events. Check online for dinner deals and cost-saving packages, the website also offers betting help and tips for the uninitiated and there’s ample free parking. T: 01733 296939 Peterborough Greyhounds Stadium, Fengate, PE1 5BJ

Trapp’d Peterborough Fans of the Crystal Maze TV show will love Trapp’d Peterborough which houses two themed escape rooms for code-cracking, puzzle-solving adventure seekers. Ideal for families, small groups of friends, parties, co-workers, hens and stags; groups of two to six have one hour to solve the clues, face the challenges and get out before they are ‘trapp’d’ forever. Situated next door to the Greyhound Stadium, Trapp’d features two rooms: Madame Curio’s Cirque Delirium; a

sinister carnival world where first appearances prove deceptive, or The Outlaws of Red Rock; an Indiana Jones-style wild west quest, both of which demonstrate the organisers’ experience in movie set design and movie marketing to create adventure experiences. Those who work as a team are most likely to succeed. Joshua, aged 13, a puzzle fanatic and connoisseur of the escape room phenomena, described the Cirque Delirium room as “the best yet.” A group of six costs £89 at peak time, and £79 off peak. Participants must be over 10 years old and an adult must accompany under-16s. Has your workplace got what it takes to make the Company League Top 10? There’s only one way to find out! T: 01733 590078 Trappd, The Peterborough Greyhound Stadium, Fengate PE1 5BP

Harlequin Fancy Dress & Party Shop If you’re having a party or attending one then it is essential you visit this store, which sells all the party paraphernalia you could possibly require. The shop houses a fantastic range of costumes for hire – 3,000 in fact, as well as packaged adult and children’s fancy dress to buy. Wigs, hats, masks, Grimas and Merhon theatrical make up and costume accessories will ensure your outfit gets the party started. There’s a huge selection of party products including scene setters, themed decorations, table wear, bunting, banners, and birthday decorations to buy in store or online. The experienced balloon team can transform your event with spectacular inflatable displays, or make your decorations in advance ready for you to collect. Alternatively Harlequin can provide you with balloons, helium gas, ribbon and weights to inflate and decorate at your leisure. The helpful, friendly staff are always on hand with advice and assistance to make your party the best ever. T: 01733 896758 22/23 St David’s Square, Fengate PE1 5QA Email: NENE LIVING SEPTEMBER 2018



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Tu Danse Studios This dance and drama facility offers lessons in ballet, tap and modern following the ISTD syllabus as well as classes in musical theatre and baby massage. The studios are air conditioned with full length mirrors, barre and sprung floor. Tu Danse holds themed workshops such as Frozen and The Greatest Showman, plus there are Saturday evening social dances and first dance wedding preparation for adults. Newark Road, PE1 5YD T: 01733 553830

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House Goods 4 U Brand new and ex-showroom furniture is sold in this large warehouse at a fraction of the original high street prices. Husband and wife team, Simon and Liat, have run this successful business for over nine years, supplying excellent deals on beds, mattresses and sofas but you can pick up all manner of household accessories such as starburst wall clocks, mirrors, and table decor. Those in the know return repeatedly to furnish their homes with items from the store, which comprises 16,000 square feet of regularly sourced and rejuvenated stock. Follow on Facebook or Instagram to view the latest arrivals or browse the in-store catalogues to order in advance. House Goods 4 U offers a nationwide delivery service so there’s no problem getting your bulky purchases home. House Goods 4 U, Units 1-4, St David’s Square, Fengate PE1 5QA T: 01733 343777

The Bathstore All the displays in this showroom will inspire you to see the potential in the pokiest of closets and update the look of your own bathroom. There is a shower design for every space no matter how restricted you are and a range of fabulous contemporary free-standing baths. Worktops come in an array of hard-wearing laminates from matt black to shimmering astral glitter, or wood grain and stone finishes for a more organic feel. The bathroom experts are on hand to advise and are committed to making your dream bathroom an affordable reality offering a fully comprehensive service from ‘inspiration to installation and beyond.’ The store is now incorporating the latest in kitchen design, too. Unit 6, Newton Way, Peterborough Trade Centre, Boongate PE1 5PJ T: 01733 553070 E:

This well established and award-winning business sells a wide selection of running and triathlon clothing, shoes and accessories from leading brands. Wetsuit fitting and hire is available and the store also offers sports massage and a gait analysis service. peterborough-store/ 4 Titan Drive, Fengate East, PE1 5XN

Greenwheel Cycles Ltd Greenwheel Cycles is a one-stop shop for all your cycling requirements whether you are a novice or experienced racer. The friendly staff are all cycling enthusiasts themselves and are able to advise you on the best equipment to suit your needs and preferences. Unit 5 Titan Drive, Fengate East, PE1 5XN T: 01733 305130

Manor Frames Manor Framing offers a bespoke or ready-made service in high quality handmade frames in traditional and contemporary styles at affordable prices. 14 St Davids Square, Fengate, PE1 5QA T: 01733 566660

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Trains 4 U The model railway and slot car specialist is one of the largest of its kind in the region and was set up by father and son Steve and Gareth Helliwell in July 2004, initially opening with a small stock of Hornby, Bachmann, Peco, Gaugemaster and Fleischmann products. Popular demand has meant that the business has diversified and expanded to now offer thousands of products from Airfix to Zvedzda from over 50 manufacturers, including N gauge, DCC and slot cars. Trains 4 U also sells paints, glue, solvents, weathering products, tools, scenic and scratch building materials and a range of magazines and publications for enthusiasts. Scenic displays on the shop floor demonstrate the scale and intricacy of the products as well as the Helliwells’ passion for model railway. All the rolling stock for railway and slot cars are displayed in large glass cases for easy browsing. The shop offers a repair service for model railways and Scalextric cars. 27 St David’s Square, Fengate, PE1 5QA T: 01733 895989



This glazing company produces glass products, mirrors and splashbacks and can custom-make glazing for all commercial and residential properties using modern toughened glass that is more energy-efficient, stylish and safe. Unit 1, Edgerley Business Park, Challenger Way, Eastern Industry, PE1 5YG T: 01733 344177 E:

The Pilates Studio Owner Robbie Philp is a qualified personal trainer and offers small group classes or one-to-one training in Pilates and sports therapy and sports massage. 4 Dodson Way, Vitas Business Park, Boongate PE1 5XG T: 07732 632671




Choice of meats with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, unlimited vegetables & gravy. Other dish choices also available from our carvery station. One course £10 for adults/£5.95 children Two courses £13 I Three courses £16 Starter and dessert choices on the day. Served between 12 noon & 4pm every Sunday. Book to secure your table.

We bake a selection of delicious breads, savouries, cakes & desserts. Using traditional techniques and the finest ingredients we develop the real taste of our products, full of flavour with no preservatives or enhancers.

Shops: Exton Bakery, Oundle, Market Harborough, Oakham, Stamford & West Bridgford

• Food menu available Monday – Sunday from 12-9pm • Curry Banquet Night: Tuesday 6-9pm • Steak Night on Wednesday: Two steaks and bottle of wine £30 • Real Ales alternating each week • Bottomless Breakfast/Brunch with Prosecco served Fridays, Saturday & Sunday from 11am – 1pm

Ian and his team look forward to welcoming you 2 West Street, Kings Cliffe, Peterborough, PE8 6XA Tel 01780 470276 to book a table Like us for news and events 18

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UBY chard is a relative newcomer to our allotment. Her ruffled emerald leaves and lipstick red stems make a handsome addition to the vegetable plot. The leaves of the chard family (there are different cultivars Ruby, Swiss, and Rainbow), taste similar to spinach. They are easy plants to grow and a couple of successional sowings during spring/early summer will provide a supply of lush leaves until the first frosts …and even beyond. The first baby leaves are perfect in an early summer salad, but as the year progresses the thicker leaves and stems benefit from being lightly cooked. As September arrives, I am aware of the turning of the season. On my early morning trips to the plot, there’s a heavy dew. I pull on my jumper to keep warm. The vibrant greens of early summer are starting to fade. In their place come the colours of Autumn: russet, ochre, mustard, brown. But there is still a plentiful harvest. The hedgerows burst with berries and hips and on the allotment, there are beans, beetroot, squash and the aforementioned ruby chard. I gather an armful and return home. Though there is a chill in the air in the early mornings, these first autumn days can be surprisingly warm. I’m not ready to embrace the chunky soups and hearty stews of winter, but a comforting, creamy risotto seems to be the perfect compromise. A risotto using my freshly picked chard and finished with basil leaves from the bush growing in a big pot just outside the kitchen door. I cook one chopped onion, a crushed garlic clove and the sliced ruby stems of about 200g chard (save the leaves for later) in a little butter until soft and then tip 300g Arborio rice into my pan and stir until the grains glisten with the melted butter. To this, I gradually add one litre of chicken or vegetable stock, a ladleful at a time, stirring well, until each spoonful is absorbed before adding the next. When most of the stock has been added, I throw in the shredded chard leaves and then add the remaining stock. As the last spoonful of stock is absorbed, I stir in a knob of butter, 50g toasted pine nuts, a handful of chopped basil and a generous amount of grated Parmesan. Ladled into deep bowls whilst steaming hot, it seems the perfect meal for a September evening. Read more about Annie’s life on her plot every month in Nene Living

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The Montagu Arms, Barnwell


IPPING a pint of Fool’s Nook on one of the comfy benches outside the Montagu Arms, the frustrations of a hot day’s DIY were soon slipping away. With the locally brewed ale consumed in the early evening sunshine, it was time to head inside for food. My friend Tim and I opted for a corner table in the tastefully decorated bar area, with prints by renowned Northamptonshire artist Carry Akroyd, but there is also a large conservatory and newly refurbished garden. The pub has undergone some changes by new owner Ian Simmons, and it has an appealing modern rustic look. For the cooler months, the log burners look inviting. The menu is reassuringly short and reasonably priced. My fried calamari were crisp and light and the sweet chilli dip had just the right amount of kick. For mains, Tim had half a Cajun Spiced Chicken with Caesar dressed salad and parmesan fries (£10) from the specials board and I chose the Whole Rack of BBQ Ribs with fries and slaw (£12.50). The portions were generous with melt-in-the-mouth ribs and an obviously homemade, crunchy slaw. After a day of floor sanding, the ribs hit the spot perfectly. Another time I might try something more elaborate like the Confit Duck leg with roasted garlic mash and asparagus. The desserts are also good value with everything priced at £5. I opted for the Passion Fruit Crème Brûlée with a perfectly crisped topping. Steve’s Sticky Toffee Pudding also caught my eye. Steve is the resident chef and our waiter recommended this highly. The service, by the way, was excellent. There is also a snack menu if you are not that hungry, and on Wednesday evenings, it’s Barnwell night with a special menu and two courses for £15. The pub welcomes dogs and water is on tap (literally) for thirsty hounds with a converted beer barrel in the garden. All in all, the perfect antidote to a frustrating day’s DIY. Perry Miller The Montagu Arms, Barnwell, nr Oundle PE8 5PH Tel: 01832 273726



Titchmarsh Community Shop

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The pretty location of Titchmarsh’s volunteerrun shop makes it a pleasure to visit. Opened eleven years ago, by celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh (who is proud to still hold his original £1 stake in the village shop), current manager Jane Newman has enjoyed working there for the last ten, although she is retiring this year. “I’ve been lucky to have had a steady stream of volunteers over the last decade,” she says. “We’ve currently got 30 on our rota, and that builds a feeling of community, as much as having somewhere to buy your milk and bread.” With a delicious array of locally-made cakes, as well as local meat, milk, bread, honey, eggs and fruit, most of the everyday essentials are catered for. The organisation is not-for-profit, meaning that all cost-savings are passed on to the customer. “Many people think that local shops must be more expensive, but that isn’t always the case.” Jane explains. The shop offers home deliveries, for those unable to get to the shop themselves, and fresh sandwiches made to order while you wait, using the same local produce it stocks. It’s a favourite with children at the local junior school, too, not least due to the tempting choice of sweets on offer!

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Londis: Nassington Community Stores There’s been a village shop in the busy village of Nassington for as long as most can remember - and some residents even have memories of working there in years gone by. In recent times, it has been an independently-owned store run under the Londis brand, and is currently owned and run by the Patel family - Manoj, Smita and daughter Jay. Its well-stocked shelves offer almost everything you could need, from the everyday food essentials to stationery supplies and DIY basics - there are even mobile phone accessories and toys, should you find yourself short! Local producers are well-represented with Lutton Farm strawberries, Mee blueberries (grown just outside Nassington) and daily-delivered bread and cakes from the renowned King’s Cliffe bakery. Other items are bought from Londis, offering strong value for money. “We are a shop for the community,” says Manoj. “Our aim is to serve our customers with a smile and offer them what they need. “We order specific items as requested and, whilst we don’t have a delivery service as such, we are always happy to help customers with their bags if they are struggling - I’ll give them a lift when they need one!” The village Post Office is run by the Patels too, offering a banking service and foreign currency exchange. Local company The Wash Basket collects and delivers dry cleaning twice weekly. Local resident Simon rates the shop highly: “It’s convenient and well-stocked, with a good selection of wine and beer. And the Patels are lovely - so friendly, and nothing is too much trouble.”



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The Pickled Store, Bulwick Independently-owned by Camille Ortega McLean, husband Andrew and daughter Louisa, this unique village store stocks everyday food essentials, but it’s the home-baked sausage rolls, samosas, pizza slices and cakes, as well as the award-winning pickles, chutneys and jams that are the real draw. Visitors to the shop can see through to Camille’s kitchen where, more often than not, one of the three can be seen in an apron, pulling hot baking sheets from the oven with delicious smells wafting forth. Charmingly laid out, the interior of the shop is enticing, selling all manner of high-end delicatessen items. Having run her business successfully for 12 years, Camille’s preserves can be found in many local shops, including Waitrose, and she offers a catering service for private functions, too. The idyllic back garden is home to an outside eating area, where those coming to sample the delights of breakfast, lunch or tea are welcome to sit and enjoy the stunning views. “We love to see our local friends,” says Camille, “but we are also fortunate in attracting customers from the surrounding area. Our reputation has grown and established over the past years, and we are very proud to be part of this community.”



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Elton Village Store and Post Office Elton is buzzing with the excitement of the newly-reopened village shop. “Our aim is to bring a freshness to the business,” explains co-owner Stephen Higgins who, along with business partner Ravi Mathu, has made the move from London to the countryside of the Nene valley. From helping his shopkeeper father as a youth, to 14 years spent working at Next as a shop and warehouse manager, Ravi understands the importance of hard graft, and knowing your customer. Stephen’s background is in the hair and fashion industry, and the pair still run a successful salon in Canary Wharf. Longer opening hours for both shop and Post Office (from 7am-7pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 8am-2pm on Sundays) will enable them to offer their customers a convenience not often to be found in local facilities. “We are clear that a key factor in customers choosing to use our store will be the choice we can offer them - and the price,” says Ravi. “We’ll be offering all the things you would expect from your village shop and we’ll be sourcing locally as a priority.” Ravi and Stephen plan to enter the spirit of village life wholeheartedly, and are looking forward to putting their business at the centre of Elton life - and they seem to be winning fans already: “Stephen and Ravi’s friendly and helpful approach and the wide range of goods which they stock are a real asset for the local community,” says Elton resident Sir William Proby CBE. “It is a huge relief to get our shop back, which plays such an important part in village life.”

Alwalton Village Post Office Stores and Tea Room Stepping into Alwalton’s thatched village shop is like stepping back in time. Ann Franklin, subpostmaster and owner for the last 13 years, is keen to retain the quintessential Englishness of the place, which has been at the heart of the village for more than one hundred years. “We like to feel we are the hub of the community,” she says. “I would describe our shop as compact, quaint and traditional, with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.” It seems that Ann’s hard work has paid off: she was proud to be nominated by customers for the Countryside Alliance Awards (the ‘rural Oscars’) 2017, reaching the regional finals and achieving Commended in the Best Village Shop and Post Office section. Compact it may be, but the shelves are well-stocked with all essentials, and a superb range of local items too: pork pies from Manor Farm, Glatton; fresh fruit from Hill Farm at Chesterton; baked goods from Continental Bakers of Peterborough. Even local authors and artists are represented, all of which contributes to make this a unique and highly individual shop. “Our tea room upstairs is open daily, where we host a weekly tea and chat club for locals and occasional church events,” explains Ann. “We also offer dry cleaning services and outside catering” Customers keep coming back, so Ann and her loyal team must be doing something right: those whom she has known since they were children still visit the store to say hello, and such is the popularity of the generously-proportioned filled rolls for sale, one enamoured gentleman makes the journey back from Cambridge, Photos: Sarah Chase just to get his fix!


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Love your Dog! There are plenty of opportunities to pamper man’s best friend locally, says Dave Phillips PHOTOGRAPHY: DAVE PHILLIPS

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HE Nene valley is a dog lover’s paradise, with woods, riverside paths, meadows and country parks galore to explore with our canine friends. We all love our dogs all right and we’re always looking for new ways to pamper our beloved pooches and enhance our own enjoyment of them, too. That’s what this feature is about – and the people you’ll be meeting all have something in common: their businesses were inspired by their love of dogs. Take Heidi and Steffi Presland, who run All About Your Dog Day Care at Orton Southgate. This mother and daughter from Peterborough knew first hand the stress to both dog and owner caused by leaving your pet at home alone while you go to work. Heidi, a former nurse, knew that in America there were special doggie nurseries where owners could drop off their pets for the day, so she decided to open one with her dog-loving daughter, Steffi. That was five years ago. Today, All About Your Dog is one of the biggest canine day care centres in the country, with five fully-trained staff looking after the 35 dogs that are dropped off every day. Just like a nursery for young humans, there are rest areas, play areas and even an adventure playground and paddling pool for cooling off, all set within half an acre of secure gardens. Steffi, who studied bio veterinary science at university, says: “We’ve always loved dogs and we get the ultimate job satisfaction by doing something we enjoy so much. The best bit is seeing the dogs so happy.” The rest of the team here are also highly-qualified professionals – and dog lovers, of course. “We look for staff that have a commitment to caring or animals, understanding and doing what is right for them,” says Heidi. “Steffi has an amazing affinity with dogs. They look to her all the time. I know she’s my daughter, but I’m really proud of her.” Many of the dogs’ owners commute to London every day and drop their pets off before they head south down the nearby A1. At weekends, the centre runs special courses for owners, including first aid for dogs and agility training. • All About Your Dog Day Care, Unit 6, Milnyard Square, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate PE2 6GX. Phone 01733 685251 or 07763 199386.


VERYBODY likes to see their canine companion looking good, so grooming parlours are very popular, but not every dog enjoys being pampered in a strange environment – and some owners find it difficult to transport their dogs. For them, the Sitting Pretty mobile grooming service is a real godsend. It is run by Phoebe Harris, from Thurning, near Oundle, who runs her business from a customised Transit van, complete with water tanks, bath, shower and grooming table. “The Nene valley is a mainly rural area and you don’t get as many grooming parlours as you get in the city. Not everybody can drive – especially the elderly – and it can be daunting for a nervous or elderly dog to go to a salon environment,” she says. “Some, of course, just appreciate the convenience. “I studied animal management and behaviour at university and I always wanted to do something with dogs, so I set up the business a year ago. I already have a big client base, from all over the area, including Peterborough and Corby. “The rise in the poodle cross-breeds means there are a lot of pets that need clipping and even high-shedding breeds like German Shepherds appreciate a grooming and pampering. I deal with all breeds and sizes, from tiny long-haired Chihuahuas to giant 70-kilo Newfoundlands. “I love dogs, but my partner, Tom, isn’t so keen because he’s allergic to them. His eyes run and he sneezes when he’s near dogs, but he puts up with them because he knows I couldn’t be without dogs in my life.” • Sitting Pretty Dog Grooming. Phone: 07932 984604

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NE of the best things about dog ownership is the joy of walking with your pet, but it can be a traumatic experience for nervous dogs – and nervous owners. After all, there are some irresponsible owners out there with dogs they can’t control and meeting them is always a worry. But you can take away that worry if you sign up with Rachel’s Happy Hounds, founded by Rachel Harrington, from Thrapston. She provides a secure environment in a large, fenced-off grassy field near Clopton where your dog can play and exercise in safety. “I’ve been doing this for four years and it has become really popular,” says Rachel. “The field is surrounded a six-foot fence and access is by a gate that’s kept locked. It’s a safe environment and perfect for owners who don’t have to deal with meeting other people’s dogs. “There are also people who daren’t let their dogs off their leads in the countryside, because they can’t control them, and others who have show dogs and don’t want to take them anywhere muddy where they could mess up their coats.” Rachel, who also hires out the field for other doggy events, lives with her partner Matt Ager and their six dogs. Matt is a professional dog trainer, who specialises in gun dogs but is also happy to help teach the ordinary family pet some good manners! “Dog ownership is a very sociable thing,” says Rachel, “so I’m also organising get-togethers for owners and their dogs. These are especially popular with newcomers to the area, who get to make new friends – and their dogs do, too!” • Rachel’s Happy Hounds. Facebook page: Rachel’s Happy Hounds Dog Walking & Secure Exercise Field. Phone: 075380 34592. • Spinnaker Dog Training. Phone: 07591 755908




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Select a showstopper Limit the number of accessories you have on display, and choose items which make an impact. This bowl, £30 from John Lewis’s Croft Collection at the Queensgate Centre, Peterborough, works well.

Craft chic Artisan style jugs make great accessories for the modern country look. These come from a selection at Catesbys (, based in Rutland. The Catesbys Autumn Brocante on September 8, 10am -5pm, showcases a selection of hand-picked dealers selling French style, old and new. Neil and Jonothan’s on-site showroom will be open and you can savour the flavours of autumn with delicious refreshments. Yew Tree House, Exton Park. Free entry and parking.

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Contemporary designs and shapes on ceramics bring character to your interior. Group together for added impact. These cost from £6.50 and are from a selection at The Rounded House, Oundle, details as before.

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A patterned throw in wool or cotton and some new cushions add layers to a room. This throw, £19.50, is from a selection at The Rounded House, Oundle (www.

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

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OSES have a long and colourful history. They have been symbols of love, beauty and war. The rose is, according to fossil evidence, 35 million years old but garden cultivation of roses began some 5,000 years ago, probably in China, where it is believed they were the first plant to be grown purely for decoration. There are some 150 species spread throughout the Northern Hemisphere, from Alaska to Mexico and including northern Africa. In Greek mythology, Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, is said to have created the rose which arose from her tears and the blood of her lover Adonis. The first known paintings of a rose were discovered in wall painting on the island of Crete and date from around 1600 B.C. During the Roman period, roses were grown extensively in the Middle East. They were used as confetti at celebrations, for medicinal purposes, and as a source of perfume. During the 15th century, the rose was used as a symbol for the factions fighting to control England. The white rose symbolized York, and the red rose symbolized Lancaster, as a result, the conflict became known as the War of the Roses. Roses were in such high demand during the seventeenth century that royalty considered roses or rose water as legal tender. While red roses symbolize love and desire each colour of rose has its own meaning. For example, the white rose’s meaning is purity and innocence, the pink rose symbolizes grace and happiness, gentleness, the yellow rose: joy and friendship, the orange rose desire and enthusiasm and the lavender rose love at first sight. The world’s oldest living rose bush is thought to be 1000 years old and continues to bloom on the wall of the Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany. It is a Rosa Canina or dog rose, now 21m tall. Roses can be bought from Flowers and Plants Direct in a range of colours and costs. The wholesale flower business does sell to the public and can be found at Unit A3 Clubway, Cygnet Park, Hampton, Peterborough PE7 8JA. Tel 01733 340945


The more hedgehogs we have in our gardens, the less slugs there will be to munch our prized plants. Yet their numbers are declining dramatically. Anna Wood, a biology student at Nottingham University has started a campaign on her home turf (Castor and Ailsworth) to encourage people to look out for the endangered mammals. Here are her top tips: • Put out food and water, using shallow dishes and offering cat or dog food. Don’t feed bread and milk. • Choose non toxic alternatives for slug pellets, rat poison and pesticides. Slug pellets are particularly dangerous for hedgehogs (and garden birds). • Join a hedgehog highway. Linking gardens increases the area where hedgehogs can roam. Make a 13cm by 13cm hole in fences. Ask your neighbours and work together. • Build a wild corner. Let nature take over and remove hazards such as netting. • Make ponds safe. Hedgehogs can drown in steep or smooth sided ponds. Add a ramp to make an exit. For more of Anna’s tips, visit

Plant Lovers’ picks • September 14-16 Stamford Flower Show A three day festival at St John’s Church, with glorious arrangements celebrating Stamford’s heritage and culture. £3. • John Clare’s Calendar: A View Through the Lens Photographs taken by Tracy Louise Photography are a selection of images from John Clare’s garden and the surrounding countryside near Helpston. The exhibition is based on ‘The Shepherd’s Calendar.’ www.tracylouisephotography. On display in the Dovecote at the John Clare Cottage until September 30. The John Clare Cottage is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays, 11am3pm (11am – 4pm from April 2nd). For more details see NENE LIVING SEPTEMBER 2018


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HE statistics regarding mental health are quite staggering and it seems that if you haven’t experienced anxiety or depression, someone you know will have. A doctor, should of course, be the first port of call but for many, taking action to improve mental health can be of great benefit – be it mindfulness, talking therapies or meditation. Locally, we have access to plenty of support and services but it’s often a question of knowing where to look. Here we share some useful resources.


As more people begin to open up about their mental health struggles, Clare Howcutt-Kelly offers suggestions for where to turn for help

Keep Your Head, Peterborough and Cambridgeshire

The Keep Your Head website is a ‘one-stop shop’ for information on wellbeing and mental health for people of all ages across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and has dedicated areas providing information targeted at children and young people and adults. The site provides a wealth of information on looking after your mental health, as well self-help resources and services, both local and national, that can help with more support. If there’s a specific type of support needed, the website lists local and national services that can provide mental health support, for example the Psychological Wellbeing Service that helps people with mild to moderate mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, panic attacks, phobias or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. For urgent help, you can call 111 and press option 2 for the First Response Service – a 24-hour service for people in a mental health crisis. This service is for anyone, of any age, living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The phone will be answered by a trained mental health professional who will be able to listen to your concerns and help you get the support you need. Find out more:

MindSpace, Stamford

This initiative, driven by Dr Dan Petrie of Lakeside Surgery launched in 2015 to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health issues and to date, more than 800 people have attended the group’s many events including regular drop-in sessions at The Fine Food Store, St Mary’s Street and The Shack on Recreation Ground Road. These meetings are informal but can be a lifeline for those in crisis allowing them to connect with others in a safe, welcoming environment. For locals who find peace while walking, MindSpace’s Wednesday afternoon meanders around Burghley Park will most certainly appeal. As the initiative grows, there will be even more events and Dan is always interested to hear from people with ideas! Find out more: 32


The Secret Garden, Bosworth’s Garden Centre in Elton The historic walled garden is being brought back to life, under the stewardship of Diane Ray and a team of volunteers. Bosworth’s marketing manager Jonathan Biggs says: “we have just registered with THRIVE (the national charity whose aim is to enable positive change in the lives of disabled and disadvantaged people through gardening). The therapeutic aspect of gardening is well known, and it can provide a purposeful activity for someone coping with a difficult period in their life, can help lift mood and help people to connect with others.” The team are clearing and cultivating the garden, with the aim of growing fruit and vegetables for use in the cafe, as well as cut flowers. Jonathan says: “this is a project that we plan on developing in the future, and volunteers are very welcome.” Find out more: on Facebook @thesecretgardenatelton or at



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Mini meditation Peterborough-based holistic therapist Nina Heaton offers this exercise for emotional and mental health.


O enhance your mental and emotional health in one of the most potent ways, you first need to open your heart. How do you do that? Think of three things you are really thankful and grateful for. It could be anything from being thankful for your sight to your dearest friend or partner. Just pause and feel the gratitude for a moment. You may feel a warmth or sensation in the centre of your chest, that sweet spot. Now continue with the meditation. Sit relaxed with your eyes closed and feel your feet on the ground. Move your legs for a moment to feel them.

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Sway from side to side to feel the chair.

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Take three VERY slow even breaths.

Move your shoulders and arms, neck and head for a moment. Now take your attention to the centre of your chest, back to that beautiful sweet spot. Allow that feeling of love and gratitude to expand into the whole chest for a moment, like a silver light lighting up the cells.


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Pip Fairhall, Nutritional Therapist and Life Coach How can life coaching benefit those who are going through a time of change? Anyone can benefit from spending time with a life coach. Most of us have an area in our lives where we lack confidence or clarity. Often if we are too close to a problem or situation, it is hard to gain a proper perspective. As we get stressed, we produce the hormone cortisol which causes us to go into the stress response of fight (seeing red), flight (feel like running away) or freeze (acting like the proverbial bunny in the headlights). This makes it difficult to think logically and clearly. Seeing someone who can bring in some mental space and highlight different viewpoints helps take away the stress element. This enables a client to see new possibilities or ways of dealing with the situation. A life coach acts as a guide, helping and supporting the client by jointly creating a strategy to follow, enabling them to reach a positive solution. How does the process begin? The process varies depending on the reasons someone has come to see me. We are all unique and handle the hassles of life very differently! When we first come into the world, there are only two things we are afraid of, the fear of falling and loud noises, everything else are learnt behaviours, so they can be unlearnt. A consultation could begin by going through a detailed



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Local beauty business And So Beautiful, which has salons in Peterborough and Woodnewton, has launched a new skin care system called OPATRA. The OPATRA Skin Analyser provides clinical measurement of facial skin which enables therapists to develop a targeted treatment more effectively. The Dermisonic Facial uses a revolutionary anti-ageing device that combines four scientifically proven treatments. Together they rejuvenate the skin by smoothing out facial wrinkles, tightening facial muscles, boosting blood circulation and stimulating new skin cell production. They may also clear up acne-prone skin. The Cleomask, uses natural LED light waves helping to improve skin elasticity, and inhibit the formation of melanin pigment, which enhances skin texture while reducing and preventing wrinkles. Salon partner, Rebecca Squires comments: “our new Signature Facial lasts for 90 minutes and will clinically measure the surface and subsurface layers of your skin, using the OPATRA Skin Analyser.” The Opatra facials start at £45 for a 45 minute treatment. For further information please visit or call Rebecca on 07905 926902

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Seasonal butternut squash and sweet potatoes. Their vibrant orange colour is packed full of immune-boosting beta carotene. The brighter the pigment, the more anti oxidants you will be getting for cardiovascular health, so choose the freshest you can find at local markets and roast them with seeds and herbs for an extra flavour boost, or simmer with stock and blend into a comforting soup.


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New Developments in 3D Orthodontics Until recently, x-ray imaging of the teeth and jaws has been limited to two-dimensional images. The newly opened Priestgate Clinic, a specialist dental centre in the historic heart of Peterborough, can offer ultra-modern 3D imaging. This greatly aids accurate spatial diagnosis of complex orthodontic problems such as buried teeth, jaw size mismatches, facial asymmetry and narrow pharyngeal (neck) airway sizes (important in snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea diagnosis).

Mindfulness in the Park Mindfulness is recognised as an effective way to help us to handle the pressures of life and work. Go to the Lakeside centre in the beautiful and relaxed setting of Nene Park on Saturday September 15 from 11am to 1pm to learn more and get some practical experience of techniques you can use in everyday life to handle situations with more calmness and focus. Organiser Jennifer Cramb says: “we’ll explain exactly what “mindfulness” means, the evidence for its benefits, and how it can be helpful in everyday life. Our event will include a mindful walk in the Park, and short practices including some you can take away to use at home.” Cost for the session is £12.50. The event will be run by both Jennifer Cramb and Andrea Woods who have regular mindfulness courses in Peterborough and have trained to teach mindfulness-based stress reduction in accordance with the UK Network of Mindfulness Based Teachers. To book a place contact Jennifer: jennifer.

Consultant orthodontist, Richard Cousley explains: “the state-of-the-art imaging machine, known as cone-beam computer tomography, is one of the few in the UK to take a range of images from close ups of individual teeth through to full-face views.” The 3D x-rays are complemented by a 3D intra-oral scanner which takes thousands of tiny photographs inside the mouth and stitches them into a virtual 3D model, without the need for mouthfuls of dental impression material. The associated software then enables sophisticated treatment planning, including the virtual movement of teeth and jaws in 3D to produce orthodontic aligners (braces) through to 3D jaw surgery guides. For more information on the specialist orthodontics at the Priestgate Clinic, or to book a private consultation, contact the team on 01733 865000 or visit the website NENE LIVING SEPTEMBER 2018




Oundle & Cotterstock Riverside Walk The Nene is an exquisite river, teeming with wildlife and beauty throughout this stretch. Throw in the historic town of Oundle and the delightful village of Cotterstock and you have a walk pretty close to perfection.



From the east end of Market Place, walk down St Osyth’s Lane past the Co-op (toilets) until it curves right, then go straight on into Bassett Ford Road. Where this bends left into Riverside Close go ahead to the gate at the end. There are two riverside walks indicated - make sure to go half left across the field and follow the bank downstream (not over the footbridge ahead). For the next two miles or so the route follows the bank of the Nene as it completes a giant loop. Go underneath the A605 and out by open meadows. Eventually, beyond a weir, you reach a long, high footbridge where you could cross the river for a visit to the picturesque village of Ashton, a round trip of ¾ mile. Otherwise continue straight ahead and back under the bypass to reach the old bridge. Cross over the road and turn right. On the far side of the river turn left at the Riverside Walk sign, past the boat sheds, and strike out along the flat eastern bank of the Nene via two weirs. Cross the river via the ‘guillotine’ lock and continue to the lane at the far end by a converted corn mill. Turn left and walk through the pretty village of Cotterstock, and after 500 yards or so turn left before a red telephone box onto a narrow path between a fence and hedge. This heads out along the left-hand side of an open field (great views), then beside a narrow plantation with the river on the far side. Continue past a small sewage works and directly down through two more fields before reaching a playing field. Half-way along the pitch turn left onto a boardwalk out to the Nene - this is a permissive route through Snipe Meadow nature reserve. Turn right and walk along the river bank until just before the bridge, then head right. Go through a field beside the buildings to reach New Road. Turn left and walk to the end, then right into Station Road/North Street to return to the town centre.

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Ashton was re-built in 1900 by the Rothschild family for estate workers. The village was the birthplace of Dame Miriam Rothschild, a noted natural scientist and author. Many of the cottages in the village date from this period and were designed by William Huckvale. Pevsner refers to Ashton as a model village. The cottages are Tudor style and thatched. Almost all of the buildings the village are Grade II or II* listed.

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Cotterstock was recorded in the Domesday Book as Codestoche, the name probably deriving from Old English “corther-stoc” (dairy farm). In the summer of 1736 a Romano-British villa was discovered when tesserae from a large mosaic pavement were uncovered during ploughing. The villa was subsequently located a second time by aerial photography during the extremely dry summer of 1976 when parch marks of buried walls were recorded spread across three fields. The Church of St Andrew is located to the east of the village, adjacent to the River Nene; it dates from the late 12th century. The main period of construction was in the 13th and 14th centuries and the building was restored and extended in 1876. Cotterstock Hall was built in 1658 with alterations in the early 18th century and a main staircase added in the 19th century. The poet and playwright John Dryden (above) was a frequent visitor and is thought to have stayed in the south-west attic room at the Hall.

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Hold onto your boots! Peppa Pig is coming to town with a new live show: Peppa Pig’s Adventure. Your pig-obsessed little ‘uns can join Peppa and friends on a camping trip full of games, giggles, snorts and live music. Expect lots of smiles from your bundles of joy... and not getting the theme tune out of your head any time soon. The Broadway, Wednesdays September 26th performances: 1pm & 4pm, Thursday September 27th performances: 10am & 1pm. Adult tickets £17.00 each, under 16’s £15.00 each. www. 01733 306071

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A liTtlE gReeN-fIngEreD fUn Summer may be winding down but there’s still plenty to do in the garden. With even a little space it’s easy to make a veggie patch to grow some winter veg – you can use a container with some multipurpose compost, and buy seedlings from most garden centres if you don’t feel confident growing from seed. If you’re not particularly green-fingered, try easy things like broad beans, peas and garlic. Evelyn loves growing these as she enjoys shelling the peas and beans. It’s very satisfying seeing your child tuck into and enjoy something healthy they’ve grown themselves.

It’s back to school! If you’re little one isn’t too enamoured with the prospect of going back, or is starting for the first time, then Kikisams in Oundle have some lovely water bottles and lunch bags that may help ease them back into school mode. I bought Evelyn this Into The Wild Little Explorers water bottle (£6.99) with hidden snack compartment and I love the Roald Dahl-themed lunch bag (£13.99). Kikisams is a toys and clothing store and is a treasure trove of treats for kids of all ages – from unique gifts and pretty wrapping paper to pocket money toys and some gorgeous clothes. It was set up 20 years ago by Rika who named the shop after her two children. What I loved about the shop is its lovely helpful staff, who were very sweet with my two tired and grumpy children. 21a West Street, Oundle, PE8 4EJ, Open Monday -Saturday (except Wednesday) 01832 275314

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Saturday 1 September Magic of the Musicals Immerse yourself in an evening bursting with an eclectic mix of musical theatre hits – from classic 1930’s blockbuster The Wizard of Oz to modern day showstoppers such as The Greatest Showman – as brought to you by Peterborough theatre specialist De Silva Theatrical. Buy a ticket for this charity event and you’ll also be helping local charity Little Miracles, who support families that have children with additional needs, disabilities and life-limiting conditions. £10, 7.30pm £26, 01733 207239, The Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF Sautrday 1 - Sunday 2 September Classic and Vintage Vehicle Festival Those who love a bit of vehicular nostalgia can step back in time at this family-friendly event - the biggest in our region. Here you can ogle some of the most beautiful and rare specimens of cars, motorcycles, scooters, buses, commercial, agricultural and military vehicles – last year the event attracted more than 500 vehicles and over 3,000 visitors from all over the region and beyond. If you want to register your own vehicle you can do it by visiting: https://www. Free entry. The Embankment,Peterborough, Cambs, PE1 1EF More info from or call 01733 747474.

Friday 14 September The Real Thing Rock/soul band brothers Chris & Eddie Amoo, along with Dave Smith and a five-piece band, are The Real Thing – and they are taking to the stage on their Feel the Force Tour, delighting audiences with their disco inspired hits from the 70’s and 80’s. Hum along to number one hit single ‘You to Me are Everything’ ‘Can’t get by without you’ and ‘Feel the Force’, along with some well known covers such as ‘Ladies Night’ ‘Celebration’ ‘Good Times’ and ‘Ain’t no Stoppin’ Us Now’ in this high octane show. The band continue to tour up and down the country selling out venues including the Jazz Café in London, and regularly perform at 70’s & 80’s festivals alongside such artists as Rick Astley, Boy George, Belinda Carlisle and Kool and the Gang – but tonight you’ve got them all to yourself. £26, 7:30pm,, 01733 207239, The Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF Friday 14 September The Fishermen In a small Nigerian town four young brothers, unbeknownst to their parents, sneak off on a fishing trip down a forbidden river. There they meet a madman who pronounces a terrifying prophecy that one will kill the other, which sets wheels in motion that will change their destinies forever. A spiral of fear descends on the brothers and leads to a tragic chain of events of mythic proportions. Are you gripped? We are! Written by Gbolahan Obisesan and adapted from the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel by one of Africa’s major new voices, Chigozie Obioma, immerse yourself in the captivating story The Times hails as “Supremely stylish”. Jack McNamara, Director of the New Perspectives theatre brings this powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate to life.

£14, 7:45pm,, 01733 207239, The Key Studio, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF Saturday 15 September Land Rover Owner International Show Fans of this iconic British 4x4 marque will not want to miss one of the UK’s biggest Land Rover Shows. Spend the weekend drooling over hundreds of Land Rovers – and with thousands of parts to buy and over 60 club stands, you’re likely to find that vital component and a supportive local club representing your favourite model. There will be a live action arena where you can see what this impressive hunk of metal does best on a tough course of steep climbs, descents and a few surprise moves! There’s also night-time demonstrations for campers on Saturday evening, and for little ones there will be a climbing wall, mini-monster trucks, a shooting range, fun house and micro quad bikes. There will also be plenty of retailers on-site, an off-road course and live workshops. Camping is available so you can make the most of this action-packed event. £14, 9am,, East of England Showground, Oundle Road, Peterborough, PE2 6XE Sunday 16 September Phill Jupitus: Juplicity Never Mind the Buzzcocks team captain, QI panelist, poet, improviser, and all-round funny man Phil Jupitus will have you chortling with over two hours of tales and diversions drawn from the chaos of his own life. A host with the most, Phil likes interacting with his audiences – so don’t be surprised if you see him wander through the theatre, in the persona of his tour manager Susan, chatting with the audience and taking selfies. £16.50, 8pm,, 01733 207239, The Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF



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Wednesday 26 September An Evening of Marvin Gaye Fans of the Prince of Soul won’t want to miss Wayne Hernandez transform into Marvin Gaye for a night of Motown gold. As well as being an established songwriter and producer, he has worked with some of the very best musical artists including Tina Turner, Gorillaz, Tori Amos, Blur, Grover Washington, Roberta Flack and Madonna. Reminisce through some of Gaye’s most iconic hits including How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You), I Heard It Through the Grapevine, What’s Going On, Let’s Get It On and many more in this celebration of one of the world’s greatest singers. £2150, 7:30pm,, 01733 207239, The Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF

25 September Quadrophenia the Album - Live Made famous by the iconic movie – and immortalized in the Who concept album of the same name – this musical tale of mods, mopeds and coming of age against the gritty backdrop of 1960s Britain has become a cult classic. This effects-packed live show – featuring one of the world’s most acclaimed tributes to Who singer Roger Daltrey and a bombastic live band – takes the music of Quadrophenia and explodes it at the audience with a power described – by someone who actually toured with band – as “the closest you will get to seeing the Who live.” With a closing act that leaves Quadrophenia to belt out some all-time classic Who songs, this is one fans of this iconic band won’t want to miss. £23.50, 7.30pm, The Cresset, 01733 265705, The Cresset, Rightwell, Peterborough PE3 8DX

Sunday 23 September Shiver me Timbers! If your child loves the stories of Treasure Island or is an aspiring Captain Hook, then this is right up their street – or rather boardwalk. Forget hunting for buried treasure on a desert island, the Pirates of Ferry Meadows have taken their prized jewels to more leafy surrounds! Join the team in searching for the pirate’s ‘pieces of eight’ hidden in this beautiful landscape. Before the treasure hunt begins your little-ones will transform into a trusty crew of scallywags by making pirate hats, eyepatches and hooks! £3, ages 4+, Ferry Meadows,; Ferry Meadows, Ham Lane, Peterborough PE2 5UU

Wednesday 29 September 80’s Mania Described as Live Aid meets Top of the Pops – and a show ‘bigger than the biggest hair the Eighties had to offer’ – get out your puffball skirts, shoulder pads and warm those crimpers up for Europe’s official Eighties Reunion concert. For one night you can rewind the clock and sing your heart out, do your best moonwalk to the music of 25 chart topping pop stars, from Duran Duran, Wham! and Madonna to Cyndi Lauper Bananarama and Erasure. You’ll be dazzled with over 150 costume changes as you watch top tribute acts imitate their 80’s pop icons.

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Nene People At the House of Feasts in Eye Green, Sue Dobson meets the man who has been named as one of the UK’s Top 10 Food Pioneers

Chef Damian Wawrzyniak


ROWING up in a family of chefs – “my parents met at catering college in Poland” – it seemed likely that food would feature in Damian Wawrzyniak’s future, but that wasn’t the career they wanted for their son. “Chefs weren’t celebrated then as they are now. They wanted me to work in finance, but after a few months at university I knew it would never be for me. So I went travelling, ending up in Germany cleaning floors and washing pots in a restaurant kitchen.” Even more determined to find his niche as a chef, Damian headed to Poznan to study all aspects of the culinary arts, from classic French cooking to catering management. Since leaving Poland at the age of 24 he has worked with top chefs in Europe and at Michelin-starred restaurants, including a stint at Noma in Copenhagen, which has been ranked ‘best restaurant in the world’. As international chef consultant he has “opened restaurants all over the world, including Hong Kong, Dubai, the USA and Pakistan as well as the UK.” He managed the Champagne & Seafood Restaurant at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, was culinary director for 16 restaurants in London and BBC Good Food magazine named him as one of UK’s Top 10 Food Pioneers. He’s also very active on Twitter and his recent campaign to stop costly no shows (customers who book and do not turn up) at restaurants trended, with support from all over the world. A keen ambassador for Polish food – Jamie Oliver asked him to do a popup Polish event in his London restaurant Fifteen – Damian is determined to show its versatility. His sourdough bread has earned an international reputation and his classes in making “real sourdough, not the kind you get in the supermarket!” at House of Feasts are very popular. His food, he says, is simple, “but it’s all in the taste. We use high-quality ingredients from local suppliers, forage for wild food, cure our meats, grow many of our vegetables, pickle and preserve them and make our own condiments and sauces. It’s labour-intensive to turn simple food into an experience. Every dish must have the wow-factor, be something you won’t find in any other restaurant.” RUSTIC WELCOME

Damian admits that opening a restaurant in Peterborough hadn’t been part of his plans, but while doing some consultancy work in the area he saw the former pub’s potential and took the plunge, a decision he hasn’t regretted. “I liked the location with the garden at the back, and it has easy access from major roads. I wanted it to be a destination restaurant, which it has become. We have dinner bookings from all over the UK now.” Light and airy in creamy yellow and white, the restaurant has a rustic feel, with wooden tables “handmade in our garden here”, traditional wooden 50


plates on the walls and ceiling paintings that hark back to his roots, growing up in the Polish countryside amid lakes and forests. Framed photographs of Damian with famous people take pride of place over the fireplace. Some are particularly special to him – Mary Berry who he introduced to babka, a traditional brioche-like yeast cake on the BBC 2’s Mary Berry’s Easter Feast in 2016; Prince William (Damian cooked for the royal couple during their official visit to Poland) and what he’s most proud of, being presented with the Knights Cross, Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland by the President of Poland, the first time the award had been given to a chef. His father, who travelled the world as a chef on cruise ships, had always dreamed of opening a restaurant. “Now I’ve done it, and my dad, who retired two years ago, comes over for visits to take care of our garden!” A year on from launching House of Feasts, Damian’s growing reputation takes him all over the world, but he says he will always return to Eye Green. “Definitely,” he smiles. “House of Feasts is my baby.” House of Feasts, 41 Crowland Road, Eye Green, PE6 7TP. 01733 221279

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