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he theme of our issue this month is ‘try something new’, whether that is a hobby, a way of keeping fit – or perhaps just a new restaurant! There are so many interesting groups and activities in the region, and New Year is always a good time to strike out in a new direction. Talking of which, this will be my last letter as editor of NL after more than seven years. Editing a local magazine means that you really do get to see the best of your locality and I have met so many interesting and inspiring people while I’ve been doing the job. The magazine is more successful than it has ever been and I’ve been helped in that by a small and dedicated team of contributors, not to mention our fantastic ad manager Bridget Steele, head of design Steve Handley and senior designer Nik Ellis who make the magazine look good every month and last but certainly not least our publisher Nicholas Rudd-Jones. I’m looking forward to working on a new project for spring 2016 and I am sure my successor Gillian Bendall will do a wonderful job in taking Nene Living forward. Have a happy and peaceful New Year.
5 Editor’s selection Winter warmers
Hop aboard a Shaws Coach tour
Rutland Cycling expands
12 Food News
The Collyweston Slater reviewed
15 New horizons…
Therapies to keep you well and balanced
19 Health and beauty notes Look after your wellbeing
24 Curry King
Rony Choudhury celebrating 35 years in Peterborough
27 Eat out for less New year meal deals
30 Try something new Is local archaeology for you?
32 The music makers Local people in harmony
35 Midlife? No crisis Helen Walmsley on life over 50
36 Barrister turned author Local man Peter Morrell
39 Good Molly!
Dancing the winter blues away
20 Peterborough parkrun
42 Local walk
22 Friends Through Art
45 What’s On
Exercise in the open air
The intriguing story behind a city collection
Explore the area by foot Our pick of the month’s events
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Editor’s Selection Stay cosy this January with our pick of winter warmers
Cook up a steaming hot winter treat in this heart oven dish, £6, Tiger Stores, Queensgate Centre, Peterborough
Dressing gown, £65, Poze Lingerie, Stamford
Patterned jumper, £15, Primark
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Kitten slippers, £10, Marcia May, Stamford
Faux fur throw, £85, Snow Designs, Stamford
Cashmere wrap, £125, Next, Queensgate Centre, Peterborough
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FROM NEWS AND REVIEWS PETERBOROUGH, OUNDLE AND THE VILLAGES
ANIMAL ANSWERS Marie Pavaday-Pillay, a field and small animal behaviour and welfare manager at Wood Green The Animals Charity helps out with some common pet queries
WILL MY GUINEA PIGS BE OKAY IN THE WINTER?
ousing your guinea pigs indoors during winter or all year round (access to grass still required) is a fantastic way to keep them warm and happy; it also aids your ability to spot any signs of ill health. If you are unable to house them indoors, then it is vital that your hutch is winter ready and predator-secure. Ideally, bring the hutch into a shed or outdoor building that has a window with natural daylight and isn’t used to store chemicals or fume-producing machines. Keeping the hutch dry is key to your guinea pigs’ health: damp or mouldy conditions can cause respiratory or fungal conditions which can prove fatal to your guinea pigs. Pet-friendly heat pads are ideal for keeping your pets cosy and even plastic cat carriers put in the house with a fleece blanket or towels makes a lovely cosy spot. Hutch covers are available but care must be taken when using plastic ones that ventilation is still plentiful. Guinea pigs should always be kept as a minimum in same sex pairs to help them feel safe and warm, but rabbits and guinea pigs should never be housed together. Bedding is also exceptionally important. Wood shavings are one of the worst products you can use for your guinea pigs, because this material is one of the most common causes of fungal and respiratory problems and can contain parasites such as fur mites which can cause a lot of discomfort to your guinea pigs. A thick layer of newspaper covered by a good layer of quality green meadow hay is perfect as it will enable them to eat the healthiest diet and snuggle in safe bedding. Great winter feeds include cabbage, corn on the cob (leaves included), Brussels sprouts, and safe garden plants. Make sure you check the water supply before you go to bed and first thing in the morning to prevent your guinea pigs being without a water supply. • For further advice or to arrange for your guinea pigs to have a free winter health check, contact Wood Green on 0844 2488181 extension 1380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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hat better way to wile away a midwinter day than planning some trips and days out for 2016? Local coach tour company Shaws Coaches has just launched a new collection of Door-2-Door holidays for 2016 along with the latest edition of its popular day tour brochure. New holiday destinations for next year include the beautiful Dordogne in France (above), Royal Deeside in Scotland, and some short break ideas such as Normandy in Bloom, Easter in Arras and a Shakespeare Sunday Night Special to Stratfordupon-Avon! All include the stress free Door-2-Door Service and optional free travel insurance (with no upper age limit). If you’re looking for a day trip, there are more than 90 ideas with over 30 local departure points! Special offer sight seeing and shopping trips start from just £10 per person and there is a wide choice of top West End shows from only £49.50 per person. Trips include these choices: • Barry Manilow ‘One Last Time’ • Brooklands Motor Museum • Chelsea Flower Show • The Shard and Afternoon Tea Cruise on The Thames • From Monet to Matisse at the National Gallery • Warner Bros Harry Potter tour • Welsh National Opera, The Marriage of Figaro • Riverdance • Strictly’s Brendan Cole, A Night to Remember • For further details of all Shaws holidays and day trips, free brochures and gift vouchers, ring 01778 342224, email email@example.com, call at the office at 49 High Street, Maxey or visit the company’s website, www.shawscoaches.co.uk You can also find out more at a Coffee Morning in Maxey Village Hall on January 12. There is no charge, but please pre-book as the Hall has limited capacity. Call 01778 342224 or email the address above to secure your place.
Home Care Providers creates 50 jobs in Peterborough
ome Instead Senior Care (Peterborough) which is based in Hampton has announced that it is to create dozens of new jobs in the local area this year, to meet increasing demand for its unique home help and companionship service. The company’s philosophy which sees homecare and companionship go hand-in-hand has received standout ratings from its clients and employees in independent research released late last year. In the study, 100 per cent of clients said they would recommend Home Instead, and 98 per cent of employees said they were proud to work for the company. 100 per cent of CAREGivers ™ said they are given enough time to deliver the desired levels of care to clients (research carried out by Smith and Henderson). Amy Kennedy, director of Care at Home Instead said: “The results show that in addition to superb client ratings, CAREgivers feel valued, respected and part of the bespoke Home Instead ethos.” • She added that the company now requires more team members for its 2016 expansion plans. If you’re interested, call 01733 333342. NENE LIVING JANUARY 2016
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NEWS, REVIEWS, EVENTS
Rutland Cycling takes over Station Cycles Cambridge R
utland Cycling has acquired Station Cycles of Cambridge, bringing its growing family of retail stores to nine. Rutland, which opened a fifth store in Peterborough earlier this year, has taken over the Cambridge chain of three shops, based in the Grand Arcade, Histon and Barnwell Road, as well as Giant Store Cambridge on Hills Road. David Middlemiss, Managing Director of Rutland Cycling, commented, “We are delighted to be entering the Cambridge market at such an exciting time for cycling in the city. The team at Station have built a fantastic business and we are privileged L-R: Rutland Cycling MD David Middlemiss with to be taking on such a strong and dedicated team. Following Station Cycles Histon Store Manager Chris Ould a successful rebrand online and instore, and the launch of our Rutland Cycling have made significant investments in store and web new Peterborough superstore, this expansion comes at the right time for development over the last two years with backing from the Business us as we grow our family business and build for the long-term”. Growth Fund. Paul Archer, CEO of Rutland Cycling and son of founder Station Cycles was established by local entrepreneur Charlie Dave Archer, reflected that “our success now is built on a lot of hard Warboys, whose original shop was located at the train station – hence work putting in place a sustainable platform for growth, both here in the company’s name. By the time his first shop closed in 2014 as part Cambridge and beyond. Our family values and business vision mean of the station’s redevelopment, Mr Warboys had built his business into we are committed to delivering the highest standards of bike retail in a successful chain of stores, supplying Cambridge with leading brands Cambridge, creating new opportunities for development for the excellent including Giant, Specialized, Cannondale, Brompton and Frog. Station store teams we are now proud to be working with.” Cycles also run a successful bike hire operation, a model Rutland are Rutland Cycling began life in 1981 as a simple cycle hire cabin on the familiar with from their award-winning cycle hire destinations in the East shores of newly-created Rutland Water. In addition to its new Cambridge Midlands. stores, the business now comprises its flagship bike shop at Whitwell, a Managing Director of Giant UK, Ian Beasant, said, “We are extremely Giant brand store at Normanton, and three more cycle shops at Grafham grateful to Station Cycles for their hard work in building the Giant brand Water, Fineshade Wood and Peterborough. In addition to its retail stores, in Cambridge and now look forward to growing the business further with Rutland has also built a successful online presence through its website, one of our key partners with whom we have seen strong growth in recent www.rutlandcycling.com. years”.
Nordic Walking at Sacrewell I
f you’re looking for a new way to shift the Christmas pounds, why not try Nordic Walking sessions at Sacrewell, near Wansford, which will be taking place on Friday mornings through January, with an optional social in the café afterwards. Sacrewell Farm is a 550 acre site with right of way footpaths on hard standing and through fields, so it makes an ideal venue for country walking. Qualified instructor Kathy Horner will be working with the group for four weeks, and if successful, it is hoped to make the sessions a regular event. Events manager Megan Allen says: “ Nordic walking uses poles for upper body exercise as well as lower, and has numerous health benefits regardless of age or ability, including increased fitness, better posture and weight loss. As Sacrewell is in such a rural area, we wanted to encourage people who might not easily access other exercise classes to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful landscape that we’re part of.” The first session is on January 8, at 11am and is free to all. It will be followed by a question and answer session in the café. There will be three further sessions on 15, 22 and 29, which will cost £40 for the course. Equipment is provided, but wear comfortable walking shoes. • For more info about Nordic walking visit www.nordicwalk.co.uk
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Refresh your image I
mage consultant Ellen Bletsoe works from a beautiful studio space in Thrapston where she offers colour analysis, make up consultation and wardrobe advice. “Taking the time to invest in your personal image is profoundly rewarding,” says Ellen who has a background in textile design and fashion retail. “Not only will a visit to me help you to look and feel your best, it will save you time, money and wardrobe space.” Men, women and teenagers are all welcome in Ellen’s studio. “I believe that true beauty is found when you learn to appreciate what you’ve been given and feel confident in your own image,” says Ellen, an associate member of The Federation of Image Professionals International. “No matter what your situation or objectives, I can work with you to tailor a consultation to achieve the results you are looking for.” Ellen has launched her new business following many years spent as a full time carer to her teenage daughter Laura who has a life limiting condition called Batten Disease. This can cause blindness, severe epilepsy and loss of mobility. As a trustee of the Batten Disease Family Association, Ellen works hard to raise vital funds to provide support for families of children suffering from the condition and to pay for research to find a cure. More information can be found at www.bdfa-uk.org.uk • To make an appointment with Ellen Bletsoe Image Consultant, tel: 0780 133 7586 www.ellenbletsoe.com
Art for the community P
eterborough Presents…is a consortium of local artists, arts organisations, and communities working together to create great art in the city. The aim is to promote art which is new, diverse and relevant to local residents. Peterborough Presents will be working with community representatives, voluntary organisations and artists to create and commission events which can be enjoyed by people living in Peterborough as well as providing a network of training and support to local artists. The initiative is part of an Arts Council funded project called Creative People and Places which will take place in 21 areas across the UK where residents have less chance to get involved with the arts. Each area will create a tailor made programme that is relevant to the locality and its population. Peterborough Presents has two forthcoming events, and there are many more planned for 2016: Saturday January 2 Halo Nightclub, PE1 1FJ Boogaloo Baby Rave 12 – 2pm (for children 0 -6 years) Boogaloo Kids Rave 3 -5pm (for primary school children) There are things you miss out on as a parent. Clubbing is one of them – especially New Year’s Eve celebrations. Now you can celebrate New Year
at a club where your children will be entertained. Boogaloo Baby Rave and Boogaloo Kids Rave are daytime dance parties for parents with babies and young children, with real club DJs on the decks spinning floor fillers from the 70s through to present day hits. You and your little ones can party together with beats at a baby-friendly volume. As well as dancing, there will be a chill out zone, arts and crafts activities, a full spread of child friendly snacks and juice boxes, games, competitions, giveaways and prizes, all included in the entry price. Under ones go free, £5 for everyone else. Children must be accompanied at all times. City Gallery, Peterborough Friday February 12 – Wednesday March 2 In February Emerge invites you to attend Wash Your Dirty Linen in Public an exciting exhibition filled with a range of mediums, from sculptural installations to live art. There will also be workshops, debates and participatory events. Wash Your Dirty Linen in Public will question, disrupt and expose the assumptions of what is accepted in everyday public and private spaces. The exhibition is brought to you by the current round of Emerge interns and visual artists, Charlotte Barlow, Penelope Harrall and Gaganpreet Gill Kaur. Emerge is a network of artists and arts supporters age 16 – 25. You can join the network by liking the Facebook and Twitter:/emergepboro
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FOOD & DRINK
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From the Riverford Kitchen Jerusalem Artichokes, chorizo and migas Migas is a Spanish fried bread with garlic, saffron and bay. Just multiply the ingredients by how many people you want to serve. The following recipe serves one Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 30 mins Ingredients • 4 tablespoons olive oil • 2 large whole garlic cloves, peeled • 100g stale ciabatta, torn into chunks • 2 bay leaves • Pinch saffron threads
• 2 jerusalem artichokes, scrubbed clean • 1 Riverford cooking chorizo, skin removed, meat roughly chopped • 2 roasted red peppers, skins and seeds removed, flesh roughly chopped • Squeeze lemon juice • Small handful chopped parsley, optional
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dam, David and Darren, the enthusiastic new management team at The Collyweston Slater are not new to the pub trade. For the past 11 years, they’ve been successfully running The Horseshoe at Thurlby near Bourne. They pride themselves on producing good home cooked food to a high standard. With starters such as homemade soup of the day, classic prawn cocktail, creamy garlic mushrooms and goats cheese on toast, you know you’ve entered a pub that likes producing traditional food. The main courses are
Method • Put the oil, garlic, bread and bay leaves into a pan. Heat gently, stirring now and then, for about 25 minutes until the breadcrumbs are crispy. • While the bread is frying, put the saffron threads in a heatproof bowl with 1 tablespoon boiling water. Leave to stand. • Bring a pan of salted water to boil. Add the whole Jerusalem artichokes and cook until just tender, approximately 8 – 10 minutes. • Drain and cool. Cut into wedges. • When the bread is cooked, add the saffron and water, fry to cook off the liquid and crisp up the bread again. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon and add the chorizo and artichokes. Fry to cook the chorizo through and colour the artichokes. • Put the bread back in the pan, season with salt and pepper. Stir in the roasted peppers to warm through. • Squeeze over a little lemon juice to serve and sprinkle with parsley.
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New year, new you? Turn over a new leaf for 2016 and improve your health and wellbeing. Lucy Banwell suggests some alternative therapies in the region…
REFLEXOLOGY Elysia Health & Beauty One of Lisa Claypole’s many talents is her instinctive approach to the ancient art of reflexology. While treating one client a few years ago, Lisa sensed problems in the gall bladder area and a few weeks later the client texted her from her hospital bed saying that she had just had her gall bladder removed. “The practice goes back thousands of years,” says Lisa of Elysia Health & Beauty in Tansor. “It’s based on the principle of the foot being a miniature representation of the whole body. So you treat the patient via massage to the feet. Most of my clients go to sleep during the session. One hour of sleep during reflexology is thought to be as restful as a whole night’s worth of normal sleep.” Lisa recommends reflexology for the treatment of stress, migraines, IBS and joint pains. Reflexology sessions at Elysia cost £30 for a 60 minute treatment. Tel: 01832 226328 www.elysiahealthandbeauty.com
MEDITATION Drolma Buddhist Centre If you’re hoping to reduce stress levels, why not give meditation a try? The Drolma Buddhist Centre in Peterborough offers a range of classes, giving a practical introduction to meditation, covering topics such as the benefits of meditation, mindfulness and good posture. “Our courses are based on Buddhist meditation practices, but they are open to everyone,” says Kelsang Nyingpo, the Buddhist nun who runs the classes. “I believe meditation can help reduce stress and help one become more peaceful and grounded.” Tel: 01733 755444 www.drolmacentre.org.uk
MINDFULNESS Prestons Health Mindfulness courses are on offer at Prestons Health in Peterborough with the aim to offer more effective stress management and better emotional balance. “It’s essentially about being in the present moment,” says Helen Preston. “Rather than thinking about the past or worrying about the future it’s about being in the now. It’s a deep training for the mind and it helps us gain resilience for life. In order to have good quality health and a good sense of vitality, we need to be training the body and the mind. If you’re training both then you’re going to be functioning well both physically and emotionally. And essentially that’s what good health is all about.” Tel: 01733 565911 www.prestonshealth.co.uk
ACUPUNCTURE Julie Hustwayte offers a range of services relating to pain management and rehabilitation. She first discovered the benefits of acupuncture when she was recovering from a back injury. She became fascinated with the practice which involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body and decided to train as a licensed acupuncturist. Building on 25 years’ experience as a clinical specialist physiotherapist in the NHS, Julie now uses both physiotherapy and acupuncture techniques to offer a holistic approach to her patients’ requirements. Julie offers a no-obligation initial telephone consultation to assess a patient’s health needs before commencing a treatment programme at her clinic in Orton Brimbles. Tel: 01733 763599 www.juliehustwayte.com
YOGA Barefoot Yoga Held in a warm and stylish studio just outside Oundle, Barefoot Yoga’s classes are small and inviting. Focusing on Hatha yoga techniques, Charlotte Barford includes a neck and shoulder massage in every class to give her students a deeply relaxing experience. Classes cost £8 and have a maximum of seven participants. The first class is free and after that they cost £40 for a block of five sessions. Tel: 01832 272 887 www.barefootyoga.co.uk NENE LIVING JANUARY 2016
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PILATES Physio-led Pilates
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Chartered Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor Hattie Hammond-Chambers offers rehabilitationbased Pilates in a class setting or one-to-one. “As a mother of three young children, I have a particular interest in ante- and post-natal Pilates, helping mothers-to-be to stay fit throughout their pregnancy as they prepare for labour and birth,” says Hattie. “I also support new mothers as they regain their core and abdominal strength and work on postural rehabilitation and general fitness.” Hattie’s classes aren’t just for mums to be, though. They are particularly beneficial for the treatment of symptoms such as back or neck pain or for improvements in strength, flexibility and movement. Classes will be held on Thursdays at 7.45pm in Fotheringhay Village Hall from 7th January. Prices start at £20 for a one-to-one session or £48 for a block of 6 group classes. Tel: 07796 956761 Email: email@example.com
From their premises in Oundle’s West Street, SaBai-Gai offers traditional Thai medical massage. This ancient healing art can help with stress, back pain, sleep problems and headaches. A two-hour traditional Thai full body massage costs £75 and a one-hour massage costs £40. Tel: 01832 358054 www.sabaigai.co.uk
HOMEOPATHY Based in Kings Cliffe, Verina Henchy is an experienced homeopath who offers a variety of natural remedies to her clients to treat conditions such as fertility issues, asthma, arthritis, IBS, back pain, anxiety and depression. Verina also offers HypnoBirthing classes and doula services for mums to be. Tel: 07940 585956 www.verinahenchy.co.uk
OSTEOPATHY A friendly, professional approach is guaranteed at Oundle Osteopaths. John Milborne has been running the practice on West Street since 1999 and he and the team focus on the musculoskeletal system to treat a variety of ailments such as sports injuries, back pain and arthritic pain. Tel: 01832 272527 www.oundleosteopaths.co.uk
CHIROPRACTIC The Broadway Chiropractic Clinic in Peterborough is on hand to treat everyone from week-old babies to octogenarians who are suffering from headaches, back or joint pain. Through the use of gentle, specific manipulations, joints are freed up and pain is reduced. Tel: 01733 562 638 www.healthyspinespeterborough.co.uk
SOUND HEALING Reiki master and singer-songwriter Lesley Curtis has found a way to combine all her talents to provide the ultimate relaxing, healing treatment. Her ‘Sound Healing’ therapy can help with sleep disorders, anxiety, depression and stress management, or be enjoyed purely as a relaxing experience. In her treatment room in Thrapston, Lesley uses voice, chimes and bells to help her clients reach a state of relaxed consciousness. “It is in this state that life can be seen in perspective,” says Lesley. “Combining Sound Healing with Reiki is way to be nurtured and to find a place of stillness. It’s a way of helping to get to that source of inner peace which we’re all seeking. My clients often say they feel much lighter after a session with me, and much more relaxed.” Tel: 07850 865047 www.spiritandsound.co.uk
ZOETIC PILATES Chris Thompson offers group Pilates sessions in the recently-refurbished Cotterstock Village Hall as well as one-to-one sessions which focus on technique and individual issues. Targeting the deep postural muscles, Pilates works by building strength from the inside out. As a member of The Body Control Pilates Association, Chris continually develops her knowledge and skills base and brings that to bear at her friendly, hands-on group sessions which cater for a maximum of 12 people per class. Spaces must be pre-booked and cost £10 a week. At least one private session must be completed prior to the start of a block of group classes to ensure a thorough understanding of the principles of Pilates. Tel: 07836 774775 www.zoeticpilates.co.uk
HYPNOTHERAPY See Changes
Based in Wansford, Bernice Hardwick offers a sensitive, professional hypnotherapy service in which she combines Neuro Linguistic Programming approaches alongside a range of hypnotic techniques. “The majority of my clients come in for treatment for anxiety and depression, but I also help people with phobias, weight, addiction and smoking issues,” explains Bernice, who has accreditation from the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council. “I work on questioning a client’s framework and breaking up their idea patterns. I give them the opportunity to think about how they look at things and then choose to change their lives. We also explore their past and work towards finding a resolution.” Tel: 01780 678565 www.seechanges.co.uk
Sufferers of chronic back pain swear by sessions with Alexander Technique teacher Clare Adams. From her home in Elton, Clare offers one-to-one sessions, focussing on posture and self-awareness – often with dramatic results. Tel: 01832 280345 Email: clare.adams19 @btinternet.com
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Inspirational therapist Nina Heaton offers a wealth of holistic treatments from her base in Orton Waterville. Clients testify to improvements in confidence, vitality and energy levels following her treatments which incorporate the disciplines of Reiki, Aromatherapy and Yoga, amongst others. Tel: 01733 236476 www.ninaheaton.co.uk
With clinics in Peterborough and London’s Harley Street, Tim Pinning uses Hypnosis, Pyschotherapy and NeuroLinguistic Programming to help clients stop smoking, lose weight, or deal with bereavement, fear or panic attacks. Tim is a Senior Advanced Registered Hypnotherapist with the General Hypnotherapy Register and prides himself on the effectiveness of his work. One of his most popular treatments is the Smoking Cessation Programme which claims to help clients stop smoking in just one session.
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Healthy feet for 2016 Podiatrist Sue Arnold advises on a common problem:
ungal foot infection (FFI) is the most common infection of the foot and it can affect quality of life especially when it appears in the toenails. Athletes’s Foot is generally easier to treat by paying attention to wearing cotton and drying feet thoroughly. Using a prescribed antifungal preparation means the condition clears up after a few days. Fungal nail infections need a Podiatrist to remove as much of the infected nail tissue as possible which is not uncomfortable and leaves the nails looking much better. An Antifungal preparation is then applied and needs applying daily for 6-8 weeks after which the Podiatrist will review progress. It often takes three months before an improvement is seen in the condition of the nails. The whole treatment can take up to a year. Fungal nail infections can recur and fastidious foot hygiene and prophylactic antifungal spray are recommended. • For more information contact Sue Arnold BSc (Hons) at the Instep Foot Clinic, 19 Elton Road, Wansford, Peterborough PE8 6JD Tel: 01780 783982
Frequently asked Questions: Chloe at Emphasis Beauty answers your queries: “IS THE TREATMENT PAINFUL?” I have been trained to manage any client discomfort, which includes specialist equipment and techniques together with numbing creams to deliver the best treatment experience. “HOW DOES IT WORK?” Unlike traditional ‘tattooing’ semi-permanent cosmetics uses special hypoallergenic pigments and ‘state of the art’ technology, with needles created specifically to deposit the pigment only within the very top dermal layer of the skin. “HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMANT TAKE?”The actual procedure excluding the consultation normally takes between 1-2 hours depending on what type of treatment the client wants.
“WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEMI-PERMENANT MAKEUP, PERMENANT MAKEUP AND MICROPIGMENTATION?” Nothing, they are all different descriptions of the same process. However, always check the credentials of your technician. “HOW LONG WILL THE EFFECT LAST?” This is very much dependent on the individual. These factors include, skin type, age, genetics etc. Treatments can last from 12 months to 3 years and can be extended and maintained by the use of a ‘Colour Boost’ or ‘Refresh Treatment.’ • ‘New year…. New you’ 20% - discount promotion… Call Chloe at Emphasis Beauty 0734 09 59 382 to book your free consultation.
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he salon offers an extensive range of massage therapy treatments, including Stone Therapy, Aromatherapy, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pre and Post Natal, Indian Head and Reflexology. At this time of year, heated Stone Therapy is the most popular massage. Once you enter the studio, therapists will ensure you feel completely relaxed. Stone Therapy is a treatment that goes beyond the physical experience of a massage and enters a deeper dimension of relaxation, health and wellbeing. It uses smooth, heated basalt lava stones, which combined with traditional massage and the use of the best aromatherapy oils, ease aches and muscular tension. Stones from volcanic origins are effective due to their thermal and energy conductive qualities. Therapists will use the stones to massage with, they can also be laid out on the couch for the client to lie on, placed on the body or given to hold: there are also small stones that can be placed between the toes. Stones are glided over the skin and warmth radiates through the body. Stone Therapy also claims to stimulate the body’s self healing processes. One client said: “It’s the most amazing, stimulating sensation, like nothing I’ve experienced before. For the first time in a long time I felt truly relaxed.” Stone therapy can be used for pure therapeutic well being, deep relaxation or for invigorating muscles in preparation for sporting events. Therapists aim is to encourage ease and range of movement regardless of the age, fitness level or functional ability of the client. • For further information or to book a treatment call Rebecca on 07905 926902 or visit www.andsobeautiful.co.uk NENE LIVING JANUARY 2016
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Peterborough parkrun Ronnie Haydon catches up with Peterborough parkrun’s energetic ambassador and finds out why this fivekilometre run has such a devoted fanbase PHOTOS: TIM STEELE
All about parkrun
T’S not a race!’ Gordon Pearson reminds me sharply when we start talking about the parkrun phenomenon and I accidentally ask him about his role as ‘race’ director. Pearson is, in fact a run director and co-ordinator for the parkrun that takes place at Ferry Meadows every Saturday. ‘Nobody comes last, because everyone has a different reason for taking part; we may have people who prefer to walk round the course, or do just one lap instead of two…maybe they’re recovering from illness or injury…whatever the reason, we always make sure there’s a tail runner to stay with them.’ People like Gordon are the reason that parkrun has boomed over the past six years. The run that takes place in more than 370 locations nationwide (and is rapidly taking hold internationally), has turned weekend joggers into 5000m champs and is now a permanent fixture on every running nut’s training plan, but is most emphatically NOT a race. Founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, fresh from a mission promoting parkrun in the US, sums up the non-competitive nature of the brand. ‘We welcome all walkers, joggers runners and those who simply wish to volunteer. There are no time limits.’ That, for Gordon, is the beauty of parkrun, along with the fact that his local is a right stunner:
‘We get parkrun tourists running Ferry Meadows telling us how lucky we are to run in this lovely spot,’ he smiles ‘It’s a flat run, with just a couple of little bridges and a pontoon to negotiate. The course is on tarmac paths, so no problems with mud.’ ‘My favourite thing about parkrun, though, is seeing how participants progress. When they first come along, they’re unsure as to whether they’re going to make it round. When they’ve run or jogged round and joined us all at the finish you can see this dawning realisation that they’ve actually done it. In many people you can see the physical changes as they become regular members of the parkrun community.’ And it is very much a community. Many parkrunners talk about their local event as their ‘parkrun family’. They’re not all runners, either. The volunteers get as much of a kick out of parkrun as the Saturday athletes. Gordon agrees. ‘We have all sorts of people who help out, from D of E students to the Salvation Army; the popularity of this parkrun means we need a strong band of regular run directors – 15 in all – and a large number of volunteers every week.’ The very first event in Ferry Meadows, on 2 August 2013 attracted 210 participants, and the busiest recorded saw an amazing 597 runners haring round the Lynch and Overton lakes. Well, at least the hares hared: frontrunners scorch round the two laps in under 20 minutes, but the average time is about 28 minutes. Whatever your speed, the sense of achievement born of getting up bright and early on a Saturday morning for fresh air and exercise with a bunch of likeminded people is priceless. And the fact that the Ferry Meadows café gives you 10% off your post-run refreshments is one delicious bonus.
• It’s free • Before you turn up to run, register at parkrun.org. uk and download your barcode, you can’t take part without it • Try to turn up about 15 minutes before the 9am start, so you know where to leave your belongings and warm up • Jog a little and do some drills before the off, to guard against straining unready muscles • At the finish funnel, hand over your personal barcode to be scanned first, then the plastic finisher tab • Hate running? Volunteer, it’s a wonderful way to make new friends and enjoy the beauty of your local country park • You’re given a technical T shirt to mark your 50, 100 and 250 runs achieved; volunteer T-shirts are also awarded • If the weather’s warm, bring a drink • parkrun doesn’t have exclusive use of the park: be aware of other users • Your time is relayed to you via text or email a few hours after the finish. It’s not a race
parkrun history It all started in 2004, in London’s Bushy Park, where the run was known as the weekly Time Trial (BPTT), a 5km race against the clock. As an accurate way of gauging progress over this distance the time trial became so popular its founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, had the idea of staging other time trials in parks across the country. The rest, as he says, has made running history: ‘The parkrun brand was conceived late 2009. We then formed the not-for-profit company - parkrun UK limited - which allowed all the events at the time to be rebranded as parkruns.’ In 2014 Paul Sinton Hewitt was awarded a CBE for services to grass roots sports participation. Peterborough parkrun Ferry Meadows Country Park, Ham Lane, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 5UU. The start is a short distance from the Ferry Meadows Café. Time 9am every Saturday
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An invitation to Cherry Orchard Yard An exhibition in Peterborough City Gallery celebrates the friendship and wonderful art collection of the late Tom Ealand and Dick Warwick who lived in Oundle and counted a number of leading artists in their circle. Carol Bernstein was among their guests and recalls a unique partnership
N invitation to supper at Cherry Orchard Yard, the home of Tom Ealand and Dick Warwick, was a very special experience. From the moment you entered the house and were handed a large gin and tonic, led through to the split level music room and settled in the ‘pit’ by an open fire, with Barney the large boxer dog lying at your feet, it was impossible not to feel the warmth and generosity of your hosts. Tom and Dick were great company, and had a wide circle of young and lively friends. One never knew who might be staying for the weekend, or had just come up from London, but the supper party was guaranteed to be full of entertaining stories and lots of laughter. For me, a fairly impoverished artist, it was like entering another world, especially when one looked at the amazing art works hanging on the walls, or the sculpture standing in the flood lit garden. The friendship of Tom and Dick was one of a shared love of the arts, not just fine arts of painting, sculpture and music, but the creativity that went into their house restoration, the building of the new garden and the cooking of
Elizabeth Frink with Dick and Tom delicious meals for their friends. Tom was a consultant gynaecologist in Windsor, Dick a music teacher at Oundle School. He had studied music at the Royal Academy of Music and was expected to have a career as a concert pianist. Sadly, the Second World War put an end to that when at the battle of Monte Cassino in 1944 he was wounded and lost a finger. Despite this, he became a very accomplished pianist. During the late 1950s, they opened the Thames Art Gallery in Windsor and it was through running the gallery that they met and became lifelong friends with many of the artists
whose work is exhibited in Friends Through Art at the City Gallery in Peterborough Museum this month. The Ealand-Warwick bequest was made to the Museum in 1990 and contains the work of artists who have since established international reputations, such as Elisabeth Frink, Patrick Heron, Josef Albers, Victor Vasarely, FE McWilliam, Gordon Baldwin, William Brooker, Alan Davie, Terry Frost, William Scott, Mary Fedden and Julian Trevelyan. Some of these artists became close personal friends of Tom and Dick and so the exhibition is littered with pictures dedicated to them as ‘thank you’s’ for hospitality or Christmas cards.
From the left paintings by Brian Peacock,Alan Davie and Crispin Heesom
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Dick sitting on steps in Music Room
Dick standing at door of Cherry Orchard Yard
Fedden Landscape with Cartwheel, 1977 The conversion of several derelict cottages in 11-17 Cherry Orchard Yard, Oundle, began in the 1960s. Dick masterminded the work, and by retaining the cottage structure provided many walls for hanging paintings and places for small sculptures. Later, they added a split-level music room with one long wall which was lined with timber, opposite a wall of sliding glass doors which opened out on to the garden. The finished house was a revelation for most visitors to see so many high quality works of art in a domestic setting. So much thought had been given to where certain paintings might hang or a sculpture could stand. The exhibition tries to give visitors to the Museum a sense of what it was like to visit the house, with photographs and a number of household possessions, such as a pair of wicker chairs, some splashed and well worn cookery books and a lamp. There are on show eight works by Mary Fedden, an artist whose paintings are much sought after by collectors today. Her drawing skills appear so fluid and effortless in ‘Still Life and Massalubrense’ a lithograph of Tom and Dick’s home in Italy. Equally impressive is her pencil drawing of Lis Frink’s home in ‘Corbes’ in which to quote the artist Paul Klee, Mary was able to ‘take a line for a walk.’ Mary and her husband, artist Julian Trevelyan, shared a studio in Hammersmith. They were frequent visitors to Tom and Dick’s homes in both Oundle and Massalubrense, Italy. Another close friend was Humphrey Spender, who studied architecture, but it was photography and painting which became his lifelong pursuits. On show is a pencil drawing of Massalubrense and a very small but interesting oil painting, Composition with Plants. Vertical bands: March 1957, a large abstract oil painting by Patrick Heron, hung in a prominent position over the fire in the music room, its strong bands of colour commanding attention. During the 1950s, Patrick Heron’s work grew increasingly abstract – using flat colours with shapes which frequently interlock
Two paintings by Patrick Heron on the left Vertical Bands and Scarlet Oblong (Blue Square)
Dick, Mary & Julian in Italy
or are balanced against each other, as can also be seen in Scarlet Oblong (Blue Square) in the exhibition. Here they are hung together and attract the visitor’s attention as you enter. Patrick Heron had made his home in Zennor, near St Ives, and became friends with other artists living or staying in the area, such as Terry Frost, Alan Davie and Paul Feiler. From the music room, sculptures by different artists could be seen in the garden. One of the most significant was Elisabeth Frink’s Wild Boar. Today, Dame Elisabeth Frink is recognised as a major 20th century sculptor. Her interest in figuration was a constant theme throughout her career. Men, animals and birds, her sculptures frequently conveyed either an animal’s vulnerability or aggression. Here in the exhibition, the Wild Boar, with its simplified form but rugged surface, appears to sniff the air. It was a major feature in Dick and Tom’s garden, which was densely planted with many
On the left La Bouteille Rouge by Sarity and on the right Porthgwarra by Robin Treffgarne rare plants. Finally, a mention for an artist who lives locally, Crispin Heesom. He was born in Oundle and is represented in the Exhibition with Red Villa, an oil painting done in 1983. There are also works by artists who taught at Oundle School, such as John Booth, Robin Treffgarne and George Kennethson. It is a rarity for a collection of this quality to exist and to have been left to a museum, and so it is a worthy testament to the generosity of two men who loved art and opened their homes to many of the artists shown here. Included in the exhibition are a number of interesting photographs of the house and garden in Oundle, and of the artists who became Tom and Dick’s friends. • You can see Friends Through Art at the City Gallery in Peterborough Museum, Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm, until January 30 2016. Admission is free. NENE LIVING JANUARY 2016
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Curry king As he prepares to celebrate his 35th year running Indian restaurants in Peterborough, Lucy Banwell catches up with the owner of The Bombay Brasserie, the inimitable Rony Choudhury
PHOTO: TIM STEELE
HEN Rony Choudhury first started out in the restaurant business back in 1977, he was clear about two things: he loved food and he knew how to work hard. As a waiter in his friend’s restaurant Mumtaz on Peterborough’s Cowgate, he worked a split shift, sleeping in the restaurant during the afternoon so that he could answer the phone to take bookings. Almost 40 years on, in many ways very little has changed. Rony does now get to sleep in the comfort of his own bed – at home in Longthorpe village which he shares with his wife, Afroza – but his work ethic is as impressive as ever. At The Bombay Brasserie, his restaurant on the Broadway, he is present at every lunch and dinner service – illness and travel allowing. “When I walk into the restaurant I feel as though I am king, and that this is my kingdom,” says Rony, who is preparing to celebrate 35 years since he opened his first restaurant in Peterborough. “My staff can see that I work hard, and that means they work hard for me. I can do any of the roles in this restaurant. If something happened today with my chef and he walked out, I could start cooking that very moment. If something isn’t done right in my restaurant I say to my chefs: ‘I can wear a white jacket or a black jacket but you can only wear white. So don’t tell me it can’t be done.’” Despite Rony being a hard taskmaster, his staff know that he is fair and honest and have repaid him with their loyalty. One of his waiters has been with him for 16 years and one of his chefs is still going strong after 29 years. “I think they respect me and they respect my vision for the restaurant,” says Rony. “They know that I care about my customers, that I care about my business. “My vision for The Bombay Brasserie was to create a restaurant serving the very best, authentic Indian cuisine made with the freshest of ingredients. If somebody isn’t happy with my food I can’t sleep that night; I take it very personally. It happens very rarely, but if it does I do my best to put it right. I always want honest
feedback from my customers.” Recipes for The Bombay Brasserie are crafted by Rony and his wife at home in their own kitchen before they are brought to the restaurant to be taught to the chefs. “I am the architect and my chef is the builder,” explains Rony. “So my chef builds according to the specifications I give him. I always felt it was important for me to own my own recipes. There’s no point in having a very good restaurant if it all depends on the chef. What happens if he leaves or goes to a competitor? This is the success of my business. That I have control of the recipes.” There’s no doubt Rony’s customers love what he does. The restaurant is always busy and the food is consistently good. Customer service is also second-to-none at The Bombay Brasserie, something many of Rony’s famous diners will no doubt attest to. Former Peterborough MP Baron Brian Mawhinney is a regular, and Rony can also count John Major, Lenny Henry, Mike Tyson and Peter Andre among his former
customers. More than anything, Rony would like to see the legacy of The Bombay Brasserie continue within the Choudhury family. “If my son and then my grandson take this restaurant on that would make me happier than if someone handed me a cheque for £1million,” says Rony. “My son, who’s 22, is at university at the moment. He likes the restaurant world so he is my natural successor, but first he needs to work for other people. He needs to see the real world and then when he comes here he will appreciate it all the more.” 2016 marks 35 years since Rony opened his first restaurant in Peterborough. There are celebrations planned to recognise this special anniversary and Rony is keen for his regular customers to come in to add their names to his 35th anniversary party guest list. “There is so much to celebrate,” says Rony. “I can’t help but feel incredibly proud of everything we have achieved.”
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Eat out for less Local pubs and restaurants are offering some great deals to tempt you back out at this time of year
East, Peterborough With Christmas and the New Year festivities behind us, why not start 2016 by visiting East Restaurant where the talented chefs will take your taste buds on a journey around the Far East, without putting too much strain on your purse strings. Take a break from the January sales and have a delicious two course lunch for only £10.95. Treat the family to an alternative Sunday lunch with the freshly prepared Pan Asian buffet, a real bargain at £10.95 for adults and children over eight and half price for younger ones. Finally, don’t miss the terrific £10 Tuesdays, where you can dine in the evening and enjoy a starter and a main course for only £10, a great start to your week! • www.charters-bar.co.uk Lower Deck, Charters, Town Bridge, Peterborough PE1 1FP Tel: 01733 315700
The Red Lion, Warmington This lovely hospitable village pub has an Early Doors deal. Buy certain meals half price when purchased in conjunction with any other full priced meal. To qualify, the table needs to be occupied before 6.30pm and vacated by 8pm if it is required (no need to move if it’s not!). Lunchtime prices are good, with a main course for £9.95, £12.95 for two courses, and £14.95 for three. • Peterborough Rd, Warmington PE8 6TN Tel: 01832 280362
Rose and Crown, Oundle A popular central pub which has recently been taken over by new landlord Simon and is offering some great new year deals. Lunch time menu, served 12pm – 3pm, one course £4.50, two courses £6.50 or three courses £8.50. Monday evening is steak night, with two for the price of one. Tuesday is tapas night. Wednesday, curry and a pint for £6.75. Thursday, two courses and wine for £20. Sundays, a roast dinner costs just £7.45 per person. • 11, Market Place, Oundle PE8 4BA Tel: 01832 275968
Oundle Golf Club Bar and Restaurant, Oundle Who doesn’t love going out for Sunday lunch, and at £8.95 a head, the deal at this golf club, under new management, is great value. There’s plenty of space, so it’s ideal for extended family gatherings. • Oundle Golf Club, Benefield Rd, Oundle, PE8 4EZ Tel: 01832 273267
Olive Grove Nurseries, near Polebrook The hugely popular eating area has been extended offering a relaxed dining experience with a Mediterranean vibe. To celebrate, owners Jackie and Tim Thackeray are offering customers a Buy One Wood Fired Pizza, get one free any midweek lunch time during January (see our cut out coupon). Starting in January, they are also opening on Friday and Saturday evenings for the first time, with a dine for two menu consisting of: garlic flatbread to share, any pizza (up to three toppings) or pasta dish from the menu per person, sharing salad, bottle of house wine with a choice of rose, white or red. Both evenings will be supported with live music and will cost £35 per couple. • Olive Grove Nurseries, Oundle Rd, Polebrook, PE8 5LQ Tel: 01832 275667 www.olivegrovenurseries.co.uk
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Golden House Chinese Restaurant, Peterborough An Eat as Much as You Like Cook to Order Buffet is perfect for family outings, as everyone can please themselves and you know exactly how much you’ll be paying. This deal from £14.90 per adult, and from £7.90 for children under 10, is good value. • 343 Eastfield Rd, Peterborough PE1 4RA Tel: 01733 344888.
A little further afield… The Falcon, Fotheringhay Through January and February, from Monday to Friday only, when you order two or more main courses, you can have a free bottle of house red or white wine to enjoy with your meal at this gorgeous village pub. The offer can’t be used in conjunction with any other deal and it does not include any themed evenings. • Fotheringhay, PE8 5HZ Tel: 01832 226254 www.thefalcon-inn.co.uk
The Wicked Witch, Ryhall From Tuesday January 12 to Saturday April 2, the following lunch deal is available: Two courses for £14.95 (third course for £3). To make a reservation, call the restaurant and quote the ‘Lunch for Even Less’ offer. Closed Mondays. • Tel: 01780 763649 www. thewickedwitchexperience.co.uk
No 3 The Yard, Stamford Join the members’ area of this delightful restaurant in Stamford in January 2016 and you’ll receive a £20 voucher to be used on any service through the week, lunchtime or evening. Membership will also ensure that you get regular brief updates on news, forthcoming events, special menus and discounts. • www.No3TheYard.co.uk 3 Ironmongers Street, Stamford, PE9 1PL Tel: 01780 756080
Hambleton Hall, near Oakham Treat yourselves at this beautiful restaurant on a peninsula overlooking Rutland Water. For lunch only, two courses for £26, third course for £6.50 (including 12.5 per cent discretionary service). Offer valid Monday January 18 to Friday February 26, excluding Saturdays. When you book, mention the Lunch for Even Less deal. Subject to availability. • Tel: 01572 756991 www.hambletonhall.com
The Marquess of Exeter, Lyddington Two lunch courses for £13.50, (third course for £2.50). Offer valid Monday January 4 to Thursday March 31, excluding Good Friday and Easter Monday. Book ahead, quoting Lunch for Even Less. • Tel: 01572 822477 www.marquessofexeter.co.uk
The Olive Branch, Clipsham Nationally acclaimed and always a delight: you can get lunch, at two courses for £16.50 (third course for £3.50), offer valid Monday January 11 to Thursday March 31, excluding good Friday and Easter Monday. Booking essential, mention the Lunch for Even Less Deal when you call. • Tel: 01780 410355 www.theolivebranchpub.com
The Berkeley Arms, Wymondham Two courses for £12.95 (third course for £4), offer valid Wednesday January 20 to Thursday March 24. Closed Mondays. A quaint pub in a stunning village. Don’t miss a stroll to the windmill or a browse round The Old Bakery Antiques Shop while you’re there. • Tel: 01572 787587 www.theberkeleyarms.co.uk
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In the first of a new series focussing on local interest organisations, Yasmin Bradley joins the Middle Nene Archaeological Group to see what they do
LAPTHORN Village Hall on a dark winter’s night. We walk in, and the warm, faint smell of honey and anchovy wafts over us. Our eyes grow accustomed to soft, amber light. Could we have been somehow transported to Ancient Rome? This was in fact a meeting and Roman dinner at the Middle Nene Archaeological Group. A small Roman shrine has been lovingly re-created. Robes of white, subtle yellow and red float by: women with hair piled up; men resplendent as Julius Caesar in togas with golden brooches holding all together. The meeting is over. The eating starts. Research brought to life Detailed research has gone into the menu. Food is served up in authentic wooden and ceramic vessels with the glaring omission of sugar, potatoes and seemingly “quintessentially Italian” tomatoes all brought to Europe much later. The sweet fishy aroma emanates from garum; a fish sauce poured generously on most things- the Roman equivalent to ketchup? “Use it very sparingly,” warns Olive Main, the group secretary. The Romans also brought chicken, pheasant, hares, and many vegetables now taken for granted to these shores including garlic, onions, leeks, cabbages, peas and celery. Olives, grapes, figs and pomegranates feature, but stuffed dormouse - now a protected species - is not on the menu. Neither do we lie on couches, or participate in ritual overeating and there’s not a slave in sight! Living Archaeology This is living archaeology at its best. Founder members, John Hadman (of World Conker Championship renown) and Steve Apex were organising field walks and supervising excavations at Elton and Fotheringhay in the 1970s when they decided to hold the first indoor meeting. Forty years later the Group is still flourishing with field walking and excavations planned in Nassington at the site of a Roman villa this year. The trip to see “The Celts” at the British Museum this month is fully booked. Group visits to major exhibitions and co-operation with local museums and other societies are all part of the annual programme as well as a series of lectures and an annual fund-raising quiz with visiting teams. “Great fun,” enthuses Jonathan Wray, a keen, past participant. Bi-anniversary of Waterloo Last November’s meeting celebrated Waterloo. The 18th century inspired meal was served
pragmatically in courses, “a custom that only really caught on in 1830 when the sweet and savoury were no longer presented “buffet” style together,” explains Olive. The recipes come from the “Jane Austen cookbook”: white soup made from chicken and almonds as enjoyed in Pride and Prejudice; venison, salmon, gammon, red cabbage, green beans - and potato pie, “If I have time to make it,” laughs Olive. Salmagundi, an intriguing, dressed salad of beautifully arranged meats, anchovies, vegetables, fruit, leaves, nuts and flowers; plum pudding, fruit creams and port are to finish! Passionate membership The Group actively attracts members of ages and backgrounds. What all 80 of them share is a passion for archaeology - undoubtedly still riding high on the wave of popularity created by Time Team. Several very successful and perception-changing Time Team digs were held locally including at Stilton, the Napoleonic Prison Camp at Norman Cross and the Prebendal Manor, Nassington. The digs go on MidNAG continues a long tradition too of working closely with Peterborough University Centre students and academics. Every year, it presents small grants to students reading Archaeology. All you have to do is apply. A family-focussed dig inspired by Time Team’s Carenza Lewis revealed an amazing selection of pots at the school site. More are planned for 2016. Anyone can attend events on payment of a small entrance fee, but for insurance purposes only members can participate in digs. What will be revealed in the Nene Valley in 2016? This is your chance to find out.
Lecture Programme 2016 7.30pm Oundle Methodist Church, Drumming Well Lane, Oundle, PE8 4AA. Friday, 5 February Prebendal Manor Gardens, Nassington: Mike Brown Northampton Castle: Andy Chapman, FSA Friday, 16 May AGM/ Recent archaeological work in Welland Valley: Bob Hatton, UCP. • Membership: £10.00 (Family) £7.00 (Individual). Contact: Olive Main. www. midnag.org.uk; email@example.com. 01733 241206.
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The music makers Appreciative audiences gather to hear Shades of Green, a group of musical friends who play just for the fun of it. Sue Dobson tells their story
F you once played the keyboard, learned a handful of chords on the guitar or made music in any other way, you really should be spreading the joy.” So says Neil Patrick, journalist, author, former magazine editor and enthusiastic member of Shades of Green. “There’s nothing like the feeling of harmony that comes from playing and singing together, or the pleasure of seeing your audience singing along or getting up to dance.” He describes the band as “a handful of merry music-lovers, friends who are finding that it’s never too late to fulfil the dream (conjured up in preBeatle days) of playing songs in the company of others.” John Hirst heads up the group. Previously headteacher of a primary school in Wisbech, where he played the guitar and sang for pupils at assembly, when he took early retirement from teaching John founded The Collaborators, a quartet of musicians playing “chorus classics from Elvis to today’s hits”. Last year, The Collaborators were booked for a St Patrick’s night gig at a local school when two of their members were unable to be there, so John looked around among his musical friends in Peterborough for help. Playing together for the first time, they enjoyed themselves so much they decided to get together again, and Shades of Green was born. Since then they’ve gone from strength to strength, making over 40 appearances in settings as diverse as local care homes, weddings, restaurants and festivals in Peterborough’s Cathedral Square. Playing and singing country, Irish and rock ‘n’ roll favourites, the lineup consists of band leader, vocalist and guitarist John Hirst; Joe Elliot, veteran Irish guitarist and vocalist with a veritable library of popular songs from his home country; Terry Dunleavy, who as a teenager had his own band and toured Germany at the same time as The Beatles were wowing Hamburg, plays electric guitar; Lesley Dunleavy, Terry’s wife, on the accordion; local butcher Pete Milborne playing drums, bohran and cahon; Neil Patrick, who plays the harmonica, guitar and ukulele and sings, and Linda, his wife, a former dancer who plays the ukulele and is currently learning to play the electric guitar.
Not for profit Even their practice sessions attract audiences. Shades of Green meet at The Golden Pheasant in Etton on the last Monday of each month and what started out as a few people bringing their drinks over to hear what they were doing has grown into a regular diary date for an evergrowing band of followers who come in from Stamford, Peterborough and surrounding villages. “There’s such a convivial atmosphere, a real spirit of friendship and feeling of one-ness when we play there,” says John, who likens the experience to what the Spanish call ‘la duende’, “when music and the people involved become one”. Residential villages and care homes are popular venues for the band. “It’s an amazing feeling when you see how the music enlivens older people and especially dementia sufferers,” Neil smiles. “We seem to strike a chord with them. It’s magical to watch someone who seems so ill suddenly up on their feet, dancing and singing along. I think we enjoy the concerts as much as the audiences!” Bookings come from a variety of sources, John says. “We were invited to play at the opening of Bollywood Nights Indian restaurant at New Year. A young woman heard us there and immediately booked us to play at her wedding. We’ve done several weddings since and a 65th birthday bash. When we played at the Latvian café on Cowgate there were several people from the Latvian Embassy in London in the audience and they asked us to represent their country at Peterborough’s international festival. It didn’t seem to be a problem that we didn’t have a Latvian repertoire!” Shades of Green are not playing for profit. “The couple of hours performing maybe 30 or 40 songs is purely for the pleasure of the friendship and fun,” says Neil. “That audiences enjoy what we do makes it even more special.”
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Midlife: What crisis? Rutland based journalist Helen Walmsley-Johnson was working as a PA at the Guardian Newspaper when she found herself having a rant about the plight of the increasingly disgruntled generation of ‘invisible’ women aged fifty plus. Luckily a canny editor was listening and Helen was asked to write a column for the paper on the state of being a single woman navigating the highway of middle-aged style and body image in Britain today. The column was so immediately and eagerly consumed by readers that Helen is now a successful freelance journalist having just launched her first book ‘The Invisible Woman – Taking on the Vintage Years’. Amander Meade spoke to the author to find out more about the myths, magic and manipulation of life after fifty
OUR column clearly struck a chord with readers – how did you react when it became such a hit? Surprise. I wrote it anonymously for the first two years because I wasn’t sure it would be any good (that’s why my alter-ego is the Invisible Woman). When the column topped sixty thousand readers I realised we were on to something and everything was going to be all right.
In the same way as Bridget Jones became a voice for the singleton female twenty years ago, do you now feel a responsibility to speak out for your generation and is that scary or something you relish? I do, and it’s something I enjoy hugely. So many women have read the book and got in touch to say we’re living parallel lives and they thought they were the only one who was experiencing x, y or z. Shouting about what it’s like to be this age helps remove both the stigma (we are SO ageist in the UK) and the fear of ageing for subsequent generations. I have three daughters and three granddaughters so I don’t want them to face the nonsense we have to put up with. How has the book been received and how has your success changed your life now that you are no longer invisible? To my immense relief the book has been very well received, which means at long last I have a degree of security. I felt quite protective of it when it was published – it felt a bit like chucking my child overboard to see if it could swim. As for being visible, I have now completely lost my stage fright, which is the most gloriously liberating thing. Although, for someone who has spent almost all her life supporting other people, it’s an odd thing to be suddenly leading from the front instead of pushing from behind. What is your single best piece of advice for women of any age but particularly those approaching retirement age? Say ‘yes’ – if you don’t do it you’ll never know. There’s a quote that’s been picked up from my book, “carpe the **** out of the diem”. That. What has the reaction been like here in Rutland? Do you think of the county as home and what do you love about the region? In all the years I spent in London I never stopped thinking about Rutland although I wasn’t sure I’d ever make it back. When I tell people I’ve moved back up here the next question is usually “where’s that?” I brought up my daughters in a house two miles away from where I live now – I feel I belong here. As for reaction to the book, I honestly don’t know – I moved in and had to put myself under house arrest straight away to finish writing it, or miss the deadline. It was a close run thing. What comes next for you? Another book! It’s a novel I began incubating about four years ago, encouraged by a dear friend who has since died. It feels like exactly the right time to pick it up again now but writing fiction is a very different discipline to what I’ve just done. Still, if you don’t do it… • You can find Helen’s book, The Invisible Woman – Taking on the Vintage Years, in bookshops £10.99 or order through www.bookshop.theguardian.com
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Peter Morrell – Local Author of ‘The Rector of Pepynbridge’ Not the Rector of Pepynbridge, nor even a Rector, Peter is however an ordained priest ministering in Watersmete, a group of 5 parishes around Nassington and Wansford. He has lived in this area for more than 40 years while pursuing a successful legal career. Sue Lee visited him to find out more LAWYER Peter’s bookshelves advertise the fact that he is an intellectual with broad interests. His education was at Westminster School and Oxford but his father, a London jeweller, did not take kindly to the lifestyle that Peter chose. He was intended for city life but Peter wanted to live in the country! He came to the Peterborough area to train as a solicitor, arranged by his father through family connections, but soon decided this was not for him either. In 1974 he followed his own path and read for the Bar. As a barrister he was able to live in the country although he was a member of a London set of Chambers. After a number of years in a mixed legal practice he was appointed a Recorder – a part-time judge usually in the Crown or County Courts – then in the early 1990s a Circuit Judge. In this capacity, and after 1996 as a Deputy High Court Judge, he sat at Peterborough, Leicester, Northampton and London. In 2009 Peter retired as a Judge but continued to be a member of mental health tribunals, work he found very worthwhile.
AUTHOR Peter’s writing career had its beginnings in the 1980s when he broke his leg. A peg-legged barrister isn’t very employable so he had weeks at home and got bored. He wrote two thrillers and they were very nearly published but his agent became pregnant and retired, his leg healed, he went back to work …. c’est la vie! His next crack at it came in 1998 when he had bought a villa in Spain and had time to write – this is when ‘The Rector’ had its birth although it was not completed until several years later in Peter’s retirement.
PRIEST An Anglo-Catholic by inclination, Peter is now a broad churchman in practice. In his youth he was ‘High Church’ and later worshipped in a Catholic church The Rector before returning to the C of E. THE RECTOR OF of Pepynbridge is With a good ‘voice’ he was PEPYNBRIDGE available from Walkers, undoubtedly welcome as a Draw a line to link Stamford, Waterstones and Oundle member of the congregation Uppingham, Oundle Bookshop. The Islamist of at Apethorpe and soon and Peterborough and Pepynbridge, published in he was asked to lead somewhere within the shape November, is also available services. Next ordination created is Pepynbridge, the and the final novel in was suggested and Peter location of Peter Morrell’s the series will be following this call was first published novel. Local published in eventually recommended for a author, local setting and well 2016. course of training for Ministry. He worth reading.The Rector of the served his Curacy at Uppingham and title is Herbert Onions, a musical, high now takes services most Sundays not only in church, bachelor somewhat uncertain about England but for the Anglican community near his sexuality. He is installed in Pepynbridge his Spanish home. despite the opposition of the ‘Puritan Tendency’
and his task is to rescue the Abbey Church which needs a new roof. Many a rural parish will be green with envy at the speed with which Herbert reforms the choir, finds a boy soprano and initiates a recording contract! Peter accepts that this requires some suspension of belief but argues that fiction is entitled to do so in the interests of the whole. To explore his themes the novel needed to be set over a short time scale and in the present. Peter uses his knowledge of the law, mental health, sexual and emotional abuse and the court system to good effect – if nothing else it’s worth reading as an antidote to the tabloid’s presentation of these issues. The early chapters detailing the setting and local politics are perhaps a little stolid but the story that unfolds is far from it. It is cleverly constructed giving the impression of a case study but actually having much greater depth. The themes are Christian ones of frailty, forgiveness and compassion. Herbert has his own inner demons but a moment of revelation enables him to cope when the world subsequently attacks him. There is a very real cliff-hanger and while the typecasting of characters gives lightness and humour, the author’s greatest achievement is letting the reader empathise with all the characters - except perhaps one? In particular the understanding of a 14 year old girl’s feelings and behaviour is brilliant.
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Good Molly! The ancient art of Molly dancing is alive and well in our region. Jonathan Craymer catches up with the group’s founder and organiser, Tony Forster
TRAY too close to a well-known Peterborough city centre club on a Monday night and you may see or hear the whoops and shrieks of energetic dance routines being practised. However peer in and you’ll realise this is no Strictly – it’s the ancient art of Molly dancing, and this is the Pig Dyke Molly group which you may have seen performing at celebrations in the region. When did Molly dancing begin and why did it have a bad reputation in the 19th century? In 1851 a Huntingdon paper said: “All responsible workmen now hold themselves aloof from this idle practice and it is confined chiefly to the lazy and the dissolute, against whom the police might swiftly put in force their authority for the quiet of the town.” Molly dancing mainly took place in mid winter – early January, when there was little land work around – and was mainly about creating an excuse to go and beg at the bigger houses and the pubs, dressing in bizarre costumes. How did Pig Dyke Molly begin? We started as a Morris dancing group in 1987 but in January 1988 we joined another local group dancing Molly at the Whittlesea (sic) Straw Bear festival. We did it in mock-Victorian costume and just danced simple country dances in the early years, but from 1991 started to develop our own style, eventually giving up Morris entirely. How often do you meet and what skills do you need? We meet at the Burghley Club in Peterborough, on a Monday. Enthusiasm is the main requirement! A reasonable level of fitness and co-ordination helps. There’s basically only one step, but we expect people to learn the patterns and some are complex. But we welcome everyone to come and have a go. How often do you perform and where? We dance for a small charge where we’re asked, such as fetes and festivals. We also replace weekly practice with dancing at local venues, such as pubs, in the summer. Sometimes we get booked for big national
festivals – usually folk festivals – and we have international links. For instance we danced at Peterborough’s twin town in France, Bourges, in October. We’ve also performed in Greece and New York! When we’re not paid we ask for donations – keeping the old begging tradition alive – and the money raised covers our costs: the membership fee is £1 a year, or half price for unwaged. We also raise money for charity during the winter. Last year we visited every venue that would have us in Whittlesey on New Year’s Eve and gave MacMillan Cancer Relief £1200. Why do you enjoy it and what do members get out of it? Would you like more members? I love bossing people around, in the nicest possible way…I used to be a teacher and enjoy teaching the dances. It’s a great and close group of people…we get to dress up in silly clothes, have lots and lots of photos taken of us, and dance at interesting places. We always welcome new members, and though there are certain times when it’s ideal to start – September and January – we welcome people at all times, including musicians. Anyone interested should look at our website or YouTube, and get in touch. Where will the group go from here? Thriving we hope: we have healthy number and lots of enthusiasm. We’re performing at the Whittlesea Straw Bear again in January 2016, which is a great local weekend, and we have enquiries from Sark, Sheringham and for lots of local events. We wait for the invitations to arrive! Is there a Molly dancing “scene” across the UK or is it just local? How is it different from things like Morris dancing? The wonderful thing about Molly is that so little is written down that whatever you do can be justified if it works for your audience, so there are Molly groups in various places across the UK, and even one in Princeton New Jersey, which is a good friend of ours. They have all interpreted it in different ways. We’re the only ones who use black and white – colour has yet to reach the Fens – and obviously we think we’re the best! • www.pigdyke.co.uk NENE LIVING JANUARY 2016
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Hallaton and the Upper Welland Valley This is a lovely walk which makes you feel on top of the world (albeit only 163ms), with long views over the Welland Valley and a start and finish in the delightful village of Hallaton
WALK DATA Distance: 5.5 miles Typical time: 2.5 hours OS map: Explorer (1:25 000) 233 or Landranger (1: 50 000) 141 (always walk with an OS map) Start & finish: Hallaton, Leics Terrain: A fair amount of ups and downs, generally good paths Stiles: About 6, and lots of gates Getting there: Hallaton is 3miles S of the A47 at East Norton, which is 5 miles W of Uppingham Refreshments: Bewicke Arms, Hallaton (Tel: 01858 555734 www.thebewicke.com) is under new ownership and the food is very impressive
POINTS OF INTEREST Hallaton A beautiful village dating from the 14th century. The museum is open on Sat/Sun & Bank Holidays from 2.30pm-5.00pm, but only from May to end of September. Also open Easter Monday. The famous Hallaton Bottle Kicking Bottle Kicking and Hare Pie Scrambling takes place on a hill to the south of the village on Easter Monday each year. It is one of the few survivors of the ancient football games of England, the ancestors of soccer and rugby. Thousands of people come to watch or to take part. The game is the last stage in a complex ritual that includes a church service, processions down the High Street, the ceremony of dressing the bottles, distribution of small loaves and scrambling for the hare pie.
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Castle Hill Motte & Bailey
Park in the main street close to the Bewicke Arms and walk down towards the church, then take the lane to the right of it which bends round past the charming village primary school. The path takes off along the left of a minifootball ground, through a gate, where the path divides; at this point you can see the remains of an old motte and bailey dating back to the 12th century; take the left hand path, down towards the brook and up the other side, and then bearing SW across four fields. The path descends steeply to a spinney and a tiny stream, then on through the farmyard of Othorpe House; follow the farmyard round, and continue in a SW direction through a gate on the far side. After about 0.75 miles the path reaches the tiny hamlet of Cranoe, where there is a stile where the Leicestershire Round (on which you have been) meets the Midshires way heading north (which you want to take); only cross the stile if you want to visit attractive Victorian church. Otherwise, take the Midshires Way nearly due north for about 2.5 miles, signposted to Tugby. About 200 yards after you have crossed the Goadby Rd (not made up, but passable for cars), a path takes off to the right (SE) heading straight back to Hallaton. The path crosses several fields. On crossing a stile and reaching a small vehicle track the path goes diagonally across a large field; when we did this, there were no markings, but aim for a tree at the end of a hedge which juts out into the field; or if you are not feeling confident, take the vehicle track which re-joins the road into the village. On reaching the road, follow it up a hill for about 200m yards; where the road turns sharp left, go through a gate and head back into the village at the same point where the walk begun.
Hallaton by local artist, Michael Edwards, www.michaeledwardsartist.co.uk
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