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T’S Festival month for Oundle this July, and we’ve brought you lots of information about the wonderful events that will be happening during this time. But you may also notice an unexpected transformation of the town’s market square. Over the last few months, women, men and children in the Oundle area have been busy knitting and crocheting to create a ‘yarn bombing’ event in the market square. Yarn bombing, or guerrilla knitting as it is sometimes known, is street art created using wool and crochet. You can expect some whimsical sights: road bollards wearing jaunty covers, trees adorned with rainbow colours, bicycles emerging with a woolly livery, bunting and all manner of handmade insects and animals. The colourful spectacle is the result of hours of hard work, some completed during sociable meetings in coffee shops and cafes around town, some of which has been done in volunteers’ homes. New friendships have been forged and links made. The initiative was created by town centre manager Paula Prince. There is even a Facebook group and I’ve had great fun following the volunteers’ progress for this truly inclusive community event. There are so many people in this area working to make it a better place to live. Read about plans for another big creative community happening, a harvest lunch, in Peterborough city centre, on page 26. Enjoy your month.

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5 Editor’s selection Festival essentials

7 Agenda

Are you pension savvy?

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Win! A place at Cookery School

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The White Swan, Woodnewton, reviewed

13 Food News

Riverford’s recipe boxes tested

14 Go play outside Outdoor theatre to enjoy

16 An independent edge Sharp suits and summer wear for men

19 Pick of the crop Oundle Food Festival

24 My secret hideaway Escape to the garden

26 Community harvest An exciting arts project for Peterborough

29 The honey hunter Gourmet nectar

31 Health and beauty notes Local news and offers

33 The Mill’s Tale

Sacrewell’s restored watermill

37 The girl from Eye Meet poet Keely Mills

39 Local walk

A stroll in North Norfolk

42 Sculpture Garden at Burghley Park New exhibits this season

45 Diary dates

Our pick of the month’s events

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FROM NEWS AND REVIEWS PETERBOROUGH, OUNDLE AND THE VILLAGES

Calling all sewing addicts… S

ewing is still enjoying a surge of popularity, and for all fabric enthusiasts, Fabritastic which opened in Culley Court, Orton Southgate, around a year ago, is an essential destination. The shop offers a wide variety of fabrics and accessories for quilting, dressmaking, and patchworking. There are over 1400 bolts of fabric, plus wadding and the tools you need for this rewarding pastime. Owner Laura Drake, pictured here with new baby daughter Constance, started her shop online, and moved to the new space when her stock outgrew her dining room! • The business is open 10am -2pm. Tuesday to Friday and on the first Saturday of each month. You can visit the online shop at www.fabritastic.co.uk

The Royal Philharmonic comes to Peterborough! I

t’s not every day that a world class concert orchestra comes to town but Peterborough Sings! has exciting plans to bring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to the city on Sunday September 6. It’s part of the Big Names concert series at the Broadway Theatre which has put the much loved building back at the centre of the city’s cultural scene. The 60 piece Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will present a Classical Spectacular, as the finale of this year’s Arts Festival weekend. Hosted by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Jane Smith, conducted by Will Prideaux, it will feature performances by the city’s award winning Peterborough Male Voice Choir and special guest soloists. Popular classics such as O Fortuna, from Carmina Burana, The Blue Danube and the Hallelujah Chorus are just a few of the selection. A highlight of the evening will be the regional premiere of Hawks and Horses, a new work by nationally acclaimed composer Errollyn Wallen. The piece is an imaginative setting of William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 91, inspired by the city of Peterborough and the surrounding landscape. • Classical Spectacular is at the Broadway Theatre at 7.30pm on Sunday September 6. Tickets from £14 each at Peterborough Visitor Information Centre, Bridge St, Peterborough, tel: 0333 6663366. Or visit www.peterboroughmvchoir.org.uk Early booking is recommended.

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owarth Timber & Building Supplies is celebrating its 175th anniversary with a brand new kitchen showroom at the Corby branch. The company has a well deserved reputation for providing high quality kitchens and the showroom demonstrates exactly what is on offer. Branch manager Michael Brambini says: “this is a fantastic development for us here at the Corby branch. Howarth Timber & Building Supplies have a hard earned reputation as a reliable and comprehensive kitchen supplier. With a large number of inspiring kitchen displays available to view at leisure, Howarth Timber Corby is set to be a one stop shop for kitchens and kitchen appliances in the area.”

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itizens Advice Peterborough is delivering Pension Wise appointments across Cambridgeshire giving people access to free and impartial advice in their local area. Following pension reforms on April 6, people approaching retirement have greater freedom over how they can use their pension pots. They can take out a lump sum, take out an annuity or a mixture of both. Pension Wise is a new Government service designed to help people make the right choices for them. Citizens Advice Peterborough will be delivering free face to face Pension Wise sessions which are available to book now. The 45 minute appointments will be tailored to the individual taking into account the value of the pension and the person’s plans for retirement. A Pension Wise appointment may help you if: • you are approaching retirement or are aged 55 or over • have a defined contribution pension • are thinking of accessing your pension within the next six months. Guidance appointments are also available by phone, delivered by the Pensions Advisory Service. People can also get information and general guidance online at www.pensionwise.gov.uk. Keith Jones, chief executive of Citizens Advice Peterborough said: “Citizens Advice Peterborough will be delivering Pension Wise appointments from Peterborough and a number of sites across the region, providing easy access to the scheme. Pensions can be a confusing topic and Pension Wise appointments will help people to make sense of their pensions choices. Citizens Advice Peterborough already helps people with retirement issues and we’ll continue to offer this service.” • To book a telephone or a face to face appointment, call 0300 3301001. NENE LIVING JULY 2015

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NEWS, REVIEWS, EVENTS

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ust Dogs Live takes place at Peterborough Arena on Friday 10 July to Sunday 12 July. “We want to show visitors how to have fun with their dog and at the same time promote positive training methods,” says Kerry Buttriss, Just Dogs Live Events Manager. “You can discover how to communicate better with your dog, learn new skills, watch some amazing displays and see the latest new products.” The highlights might be the dog shows, but: “this is an event for all dog lovers,” says Kerry. “On all three days, not only can you parade your pedigree around the ring by entering the East of England Championship dog show, held under strict Kennel Club rules to qualify for Crufts, but the Scruffts Crossbreed Of The Year regional event also takes place here on Saturday 11 July.” This is the chance for one pet to go forward to the national events taking place under the same roof at the NEC in Birmingham next March. As well as the shows, there are many demonstrations taking place over the three days, with dog grooming, gun dog techniques, not to mention the East Anglian Staffordshire Bull Terrier Display team! Staff from Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester will be on hand to answer questions on anything from toilet training to aggressive behaviour, and they will be promoting responsible pet ownership with fun, educational activities, crafts and games at the School for Dogs. • Peterborough Arena, East of England Showground, Peterborough PE2 6XE Tel: 01733 363500 dogshow@peterborougharena.com Tickets in advance from www.justdogslive.co.uk, dogs, £2 (donated to dog charity), adults £7, Seniors, £6, accompanied children 5- 16 free. On the gate, adults £9, seniors, £8, accompanied children aged 5-16, £2.

Win!Win!Win! A place on a Bridge 67 back to basics Cookery Course! B

ridge 67 Cookery School is set on a farm in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside. It’s a place to learn, but also somewhere to relax in a friendly, helpful environment. The tutors are professional chefs who have a wide knowledge of everything from cookery classics to haute cuisine. Jill Vickers, owner of the cookery school, is launching a Back to Basics Cookery Course this autumn. “A lot of people tell us that their children can’t cook,” says Jill. “People are time poor, and schools don’t teach the full skills like they used to, so there’s a knowledge gap. “ The five basic cookery courses run from Wednesday October 14 – Sunday October 18. Each day will be different so you can book one day, or a few. “Our course teaches people to make useful, economical, delicious basics such as tomato sauce, soups, casseroles, pies, sponge cakes, risottos and even the family

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roast dinner.” Tuition takes place in the purpose built unit, which contains six range ovens and a dining room. There is a maximum of 12 students on each course, and two chefs. Each day course costs £130, including ingredients, and includes lunch and some food to take home. • Bridge 67 Cookery School, tel: 0116 2796155 www.bridge67cookeryschool.co.uk • NL readers can WIN a free day Basics Cooking Course. Just answer this question and send your entry to Fiona@bestlocalliving.co.uk by August 5. The winner will receive a voucher, valid for one year, which they can redeem against a Bridge 67 Cookery School Back to Basics course. What is the traditional accompaniment to a roast beef dinner: a) Yorkshire pudding b) Suet pudding c) Sage and onion stuffing

The Walled Garden Centre at Elton Hall V

isiting a garden centre should be an inspiring and enjoyable experience. The Walled Garden at Elton Hall, set in a beautiful Victorian walled garden in the village of Elton provides exactly that. Visitors can browse an excellent selection of plants and trees, garden tools and accessories, composts and fertilisers, summerhouses and sheds, as well as some great gifts. Afterwards, stop for a cream tea, a slice of home made cake, or a light lunch in the popular and recently refurbished tea room. July is a busy time in the garden to ensure that it remains looking at its best. Tasks include cutting back early perennials such as euphorbias and hardy geraniums to encourage fresh growth from the base of the plant. Buy some bedding plants to fill any gaps, and keep your garden and your pots well watered and fed with an outdoor feed, available at The Walled Garden. If you’re unsure, expert advice is on hand at The Walled Garden Centre, and a friendly welcome is guaranteed. • Elton Walled Garden Centre, Elton, Peterborough PE8 6SH Tel: 01832 280058 Opening seven days, tea room open from 10am -4.30pm. www.eltonwalledgarden.co.uk

Poetry on Peterborough’s buses

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ongratulations go to ten year old Melody The Bill, of Longthorpe Primary School, who wrote a poem about life in Peterborough which can now be seen on a poster in selected Stagecoach buses in the city. The Peterborough Literacy Campaign, a National Literacy Trust initiative to boost literacy levels in the area, ran the Love Peterborough poetry competition, which was judged by actor Warwick Davis, local poet Mark Grist and Kevin Tighe, chief executive of Vivacity. Entries were of a high standard, and were inspired by the Cathedral, the fascinating heritage and the serene Cambridgeshire landscape.

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Ghost signs: The writing’s on the wall! By Kem Mehmed of Peterborough Civic Society G

host signs are the typically faded remains of advertising that was once painted by hand onto the brickwork of buildings. They can be found in cities, towns and villages across the world advertising many different products and services. These signs were painted by skilled craftsmen. They were and are still produced by many different methods, smaller ones by freehand, sometimes using the mortar lines in the brick to measure the height of the letters. Another common method was using a spiked wheel to perforate the lines of a design into a sheet of paper. This was then placed on the wall and patted with charcoal or chalk dust to leave an outline to be filled in with paint. Depending on the skill of the sign writer, and the budget of the client, a sign could include three dimensional lettering effects and graphic illustrations, often images of the products which could be purchased in the shop below. In the UK, most towns and cities and even some villages will have surviving examples if you look hard enough. They are often situated high on the walls. Gable ends are where you may have some success. However all such signs are relatively scarce and ‘secretive’ in our patch. The impression is that Peterborough did not have a great wealth of such signs and ‘permanent’ adverts. Many of the buildings exhibiting painted signs in city have been demolished in the last 50 years or so. The lower end of Bridge Street had a number on frontages and gable walls: none survived the redevelopment and refurbishment on both sides of the road. The most likely places you might expect to find some survivors are in the Victorian side streets off Lincoln Road, Oundle Road and Eastfield Road. A keen eyed explorer has spotted some faded signs from a few short walks not far from the city centre. The most intact is in Russell Street and even this shows evidence of at least two adverts. Some very faded ones can be made out on the corner of Vergette Street and Bedford Street, one in Wheel Yard and another on Oundle Road on the gable wall of No. 23. Nearby is another gable sign for ‘G.North’ a motorcar agent. There are no doubt many we have missed. So, have a good look around, lift your gaze from the pavement and let us know what you find. Good luck!

his pub has recently reopened after a period of being sub-let and it is great to see owner Ian Simmons back at the helm doing what he does best. Lesley Cheyne, another friendly and familiar face, is running front of house, although on the occasion we visited she was working hard in the kitchen. We visited on a Saturday evening and the pub was buzzing. Tables were full outside, and the restaurant and bar area were filling up fast. Clearly, the locals are delighted to have their pub back in familiar hands, too. We sat at our table after ordering a local ‘blonde’ beer, which was just right for a warm summer evening. As we looked at our menus, my first impression was what good value the meals represent. Fresh bread from nearby King’s Cliffe was brought to our table while we decided on our starters. Tim went for the French Onion soup, which he has tried in many different establishments, and he said this was as good as any he’d tasted. Our two sons shared an Antipasti platter including salami, Parma ham, smoked duck breast and olives. As it was asparagus season, I opted for this, served with a poached egg, Parma ham and a balsamic drizzle. We chose our mains from a specials board. Two of us had the pulled pork burger, with mayonnaise, side salad and fluffy, chunky chips. The pulled pork was tender and tasty and melted in the mouth. Son Matt chose a Trendalls beef burger and I went for Provencal cod with sautéed potatoes and a mixed salad. This was delicious, and again, an excellent summer dish. The portions were plentiful, so we were too full for dessert, despite some tempting choices. Overall, we were impressed with our meal – high quality home cooked food offering excellent value for money. The specials board changes weekly and there is a separate lunch menu as well as a Sunday menu with two roasts on each week. It’s recommended that customers book at weekends. Bridget Steele • For more information, contact The White Swan, 22 Main St, Woodnewton, Oundle PE8 5EB Tel: 01780 470 944 NENE LIVING JULY 2015

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Food News The Ship Inn, Oundle T

HE Ship Inn is an Oundle institution. Standing proudly on West Street for more than 400 years, this former coaching inn is the place for locals to gather to catch up over a pint. But as a destination for good food? Well, I’d experienced their legendary cheesy chips after a glass too many, but their actual menu was unknown territory to me. And what a pleasant surprise it turned out to be. Seated in the light, bright Bistro Bar – the revamped ‘Baa Bar’ on the right as you walk in – the tables were laid up for lunch and dotted with red napkins, giving the place the air of a breezy Italian trattoria. Rachel, who took our order, insisted we try the Cheesy Garlic Bread to start. It was just the right combination of goo and crunch to risk spoiling our appetites for what was to come. Next up was some fine whitebait and a stunningly good dish of Breaded Brie with Red Onion Marmalade. This truly sinful concept of deep-fried cheese hadn’t passed my lips since the Nineties, but once the decision was

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made to indulge I did not regret it for one second. The breadcrumbs were clearly homemade and course-textured enough to provide a satisfyingly crunchy resistance to the oozing loveliness which lay within. And the tangy sweetness of the Red Onion Marmalade cut through the richness of the cheese. For mains we chose Chicken & Ham Pie and Beer Battered Haddock. The pastry for the pie was buttery and light, and the sauce for the filling simple, creamy and flavoured with tarragon. The golden batter for the haddock was light and well-seasoned. Our puddings were Treacle Sponge and Apple & Berry Crumble. The sponge was a bit sweet for my taste, but him opposite ooh-ed and ahhed his way through the golden mound with its custard moat. It was all washed down with a small glass of Tierra Antica Chardonnay for me at £3.20 and a pint of Hophead bitter for him

at £3.30. The new Bistro Bar is intended to provide an alternative dining space for visitors who may prefer a quieter table away from the main bar. But wherever you eat in The Ship you are promised that gem of an often over-looked culinary experience – honest, good value, homecooked pub food. Lucy Banwell • www.theshipinn-oundle.co.uk Tel: 01832 273918

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prepared curry paste here: just a very simple method of crushing garlic, ginger, cardamom, ground cumin and coriander to create a spicy and tasty sauce, served with the accompanying pot of plain yoghurt. We couldn’t remember the last time we’d had brown rice, and had forgotten how sweet and nutty it tastes. Prep and cook time was only 45 minutes and this dish was a hit. On the final evening, I served roasted vegetable salad with thyme and chick peas, with organic wholemeal pitta breads. My 17 year asked hopefully if it came with sausages, and this was his least favourite, but it was a great tasting dish, and the leftovers made a tasty lunch the next day. Although the recipe boxes officially serve two people, there was ample for two medium appetites and one small one. I loved the fact that there’s no wastage: everything is so precisely measured - and we ate every scrap. £39.95 is not cheap, but the ingredients were top notch, the recipes were superb, and I’d say it represents good value for money. I’d order this again for busy times, or as a treat when we want to reward ourselves with some healthy, great-tasting food. Fiona Cumberpatch • To order a recipe box, call 01803 762059. To find out more visit www.riverford.co.uk. Vegetarian recipe boxes also available.

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Go Play Outside All-weather theatre reviewer for The Stage newspaper Ronnie Haydon invests in a new cagoule

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HEATRE buffs may sniff and say open-air performances are always compromised by the rather festive attitude of hamper-wielding, Proseccopopping audiences, more entranced by their bucolic surroundings than the drama on stage, but I reckon the whole outside experience can be a delightful way to brush up your Shakespeare, or, indeed, Austen, Brontë, Aeschylus… My pick of plein-air performances this summer cover the Cambs/Northants area, plus a couple I think are worth the day-return fare to London.

Purpose Built Theatres LOCAL GEM Rutland Open Air Theatre Tolethorpe Hall, Salters Lane, Little Casterton, Stamford PE9 4BH (01780 480216/ stamfordshakespeare.co.uk Dates Mon-Sat until 22 Aug Performances 7.45pm (matinées 1.30pm) Tickets £13-£18 Stamford Shakespeare Company’s boast that no performance has ever been cancelled because of rain is both testament to the hightensile canopy that has protected 600-seater auditorium for the past 22 seasons, and to the calibre of the actors recruited. For the performers, rain spells soggy costumes – the stage is open to the elements. Administrator Lynette Ford agrees that the highly-regarded shows attract amateur players with an admirably professional attitude: “It’s the Doctor Theatre effect…good actors don’t notice the discomfort while they’re performing in cold and rain.” This summer, you can breathe the sweet Rutland air while crying England for Harry in Stamford Theatre Company’s renditions of Henry V, commemorating 600 years since the Battle of Agincourt, and Romeo and Juliet, which in this production is re-imagined in Victorian England. For a little picaresque in the picturesque, we’re promised a boisterous version Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones, adapted for stage by Joan McAlpine. THE ROSE GARDEN IN THE SMOKE Open Air Theatre, Regents Park Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NU 0844 8264242 Dates until 12 September

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Performances 7.45pm (matinées2.15pm). Tickets £25-60

A well-heeled, ‘Pimm’s O’clock’ atmosphere hangs around this 1,250 seater theatre in one of London’s most beautiful, and Chapterhouse Theatre Company royal, parks on a warm summer evening. It’s not all about the Champers Northamptonshire NN17 3EN and hampers, though, as the productions here 01536 203230www.english-heritage.org.uk/ are of a consistently high standard, frequently kirbyhall Dates (The Casebook of Sherlock receiving favourable reviews with nary a mention Holmes) 16 July, 6pm; (Jane Eyre) of cagoules/umbrellas/unseasonal weather. 4 September 6pm This season kicked off with Chekhov’s Seagull Ferry Meadows Country Park, Peterborough (until 11 July), moving into rollicking musical PE2 5UU (01733 234193) Dates (The Casebook mode with Seven Brides For Seven Brothers of Sherlock Holmes) 17 July 7pm until 29 August and finishing with Artistic Rutland Water Park - Sykes Lane, Empingham, Director Timothy Sheaders’ highly acclaimed Oakham - LE15 8QL 01780 686 800 Dates (The adaptation of Lord of the Flies, which runs 3-12 Secret Garden) 28 Aug, 4pm September. Grafham Water - Marlow Car Park, Grafham, If the weather is filthy, it may stop the show, Huntingdon - PE28 0BH 01480 812 154 Dates but to date 94% of the venerable Open Air (The Secret Garden) 19 July 4pm Theatre’s shows have gone on. Tickets (for all) £15.40 (adult) concessions for children, students, OAP ‘THIS WOODEN O’ Shakespeare’s Globe Heartbreak Productions 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT (heartbreakproductions.co.uk) (020 7902 1400/www.shakespearesglobe.com) Maddy Kerr and Peter Mimmack leave Dates until September 14 Performances 7.30pm no potentially dramatic alfresco venue (matinées 2pm) Tickets £5-£40 uninvestigated when seeking sympathetic The ‘Wooden O’, from the prologue to Henry settings for their inventive productions. V, refers to the original Globe Theatre. This This year the company is touring Jane reconstruction was founded in the 1990s by Austen’s Emma and a musical adaptation of American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. Both shows who couldn’t believe there was no monument can be seen in Wimpole Estate garden, courtesy to the most famous open-air theatre of them of the National Trust all, and spent the last few years of his life Wimpole Estate Arrington, Royston, creating one. Every summer it runs a packed Cambridgeshire SG8 0BW 0844 2491895/ Shakespeare programme (this year Richard II, nationaltrust.org/wimple Dates (Emma) As You Like It, Measure for Measure, Macbeth) July 31 at 7.30pm supplemented by work from contemporary (Love’s Labours Lost) Aug 29 7.30pm. playwrights. You can pay a fiver and be a Tickets: For ticket prices, email marketing@ groundling, as in Shakespeare’s day. That heartbreakproductions.co.uk means you stand up in the yard to see the show. No shooting sticks or folding stools are allowed, Illyria (illyria.co.uk) mind. Illyria’s Shakespeare shows (this year it’s The Taming of the Shrew) are especially well worth tracking down. They’re funny, colourful and brisk, a fantastic introduction to the bard for young’uns. This season they’re also Chapterhouse Theatre Company touring Iolanthe (Gilbert & Sullivan), The Three (chapterhouse.org) Musketeers and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (be Lincoln’s Chapterhouse Theatre company are warned, it’s wet!). Check the website for a date busy from June until September touring half a and venue near you, as well as for ticket prices. dozen shows, so it should be possible to catch Barnwell Country Park Oundle PE8 5PB up with one of them somewhere in the British (01832 274734) Date (Sorcerer’s Apprentice) 10 Isles this summer. July 6pm (gates open 5.30pm) Kirby Hall Kirby Ln, Deene, Corby,

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An independent edge Finding independent shops offering high fashion for men is easy in The Westgate Arcade, Peterborough, says fashion editor Sally Stillingfleet

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White Ralph Lauren shirt £85, worn underneath airforce blue three piece Hugo boss suit £580. Paul Smith shoes, £185, and socks, all from Maysons.

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Black Belstaff shirt £160, worn underneath Hugo Boss blazer £400, ‘Replay’ Hyperflex jeans £145 and Jeffrey West black short boots £260 Maysons.

Black Belstaff jacket £395, worn with Vivienne Westwood Man Tee Shirt, £115, Diesel ‘Jogg’ jeans, £190 and Lacoste white trainers, £57, all from Maysons.

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OU can find a good mix of contemporary fashion for a younger more urban guy at Clues, and a designer menswear shop with ambition a little further along at Maysons. Gary at Clues has worked hard to improve the look of his shop since taking over and has introduced some great brands including Luke, G Star, Sik Silk and Eleven Degrees to name just a few. Sean, of Maysons, is the owner of three shops in total and has created an interesting interior to complement a clever blend of Vivienne Westwood Man, Paul Smith and Hugo Boss suits alongside Lacoste and Ralph Lauren. There’s something for most ages in here and it is a well merchandised shop with lots of help on hand. Gerry Sondh and the team at The Oculist are skilled at finding the perfect frames, whether it’s glasses or sunglasses. You will be expertly guided to find the perfect frames for your face,: it’s an investment worth making.

Judas Sinned white Tee shirt £60 worn with G Star jeans and belt also G Star £120, available at Clues.

Above: Sik Silk printed summer Tee shirt £40 worn with chino shorts, £60, all from Clues. Left: Black and white Luke checked shirt, £65, worn with pale wash G Star jeans, £100, all from Clues. Glasses by The Oculist Opticians.

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Food & drink

Pick of the crop

Oundle Food Festival is back this July to celebrate the very best of the area’s food and produce. Lucy Banwell reports

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OW in its sixth year, Oundle Food Festival returns this summer with a well-deserved reputation as a mecca for food lovers. “Oundle Food Festival is firmly on the calendar now for foodies,’ says founder Alison Newcomb. ‘All the stallholders tell me that most of the visitors to the Festival have a real interest in food, they’re not just people attending an event. They also say it’s the best event in their year because it’s well marketed and attended.” Saturday 18th July will see Oundle’s Market Place packed with up to 70 food stalls in a celebration of the very best of English produce. “The idea is to focus on producers as local to Oundle as possible, but if they’re not local then

they have to be good,” says Alison. “All of them are passionate about their produce and we favour small, specialist producers.” Having founded the Food Festival in 2009 while working for Oundle International Festival, Alison has decided that it’s now time to retire and hand over the reins. The Food Festival will now come under the auspices of Oundle International Festival, a natural fit in many ways. “There are benefits to both organisations in terms of economies of scale,” says Alison. “Combining forces gives a much stronger picture to sell. I wish more organisations in Oundle would join together. I think ‘brand Oundle’ can be a more effective approach than different organisations competing against each other. “I’ve met some lovely people over the last six years and I’ll be sad to lose those connections. The stallholders have been incredibly supportive. Some of them have been with us since the beginning when I had to beg them to come because the Festival was a complete unknown quantity!” This year’s Food Festival aims to attract more visitors than ever before and will run from 9am NENE LIVING JULY 2015

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Food & drink until 4pm on Saturday 18th July, coinciding with the culmination of Oundle International Festival week which runs from 10th July. Many new stallholders will be making their debut at the Festival as well as old favourites such as The Pickled Village, Belleau Smokery and Squisito. AGA is sponsoring the Food Festival this year and in the run up to 18th July it will be hosting a number of related events at the showroom at Warmington Mill. ‘A Spanish Lunch on the Aga’ with Justin Capp from The Kings Arms at Polebrook runs from 12 to 2pm on Tuesday 14th July and costs £15 per ticket. ‘First Taste of AGA’ demonstrations will run on Wednesday 15th July from 11am til 12pm and from 2pm til 3pm, costing £10 per ticket. Call AGA to book on 01832 280855 or email: Peterborough@aga-web.co.uk Then on the Food Festival day itself the new baby City60 AGA will be on display in the Market Square. Local restaurants will also be offering special menus and promotions. Younger family members haven’t been forgotten, with Barnwell Country Park hosting a Teddy Bear’s Picnic on 15th July from 11.30am until 2.30pm. Youngsters will also be kept entertained at the Food Festival itself, with street performers and clowns in the Market Square on 18th July. • For more details visit www.oundlefoodfestival.co.uk

Spotlight on the stallholders NOBODY DOES IT BETTER! Adrian Turner from Yum Yum Tree Fudge set himself a simple mission when he and his wife Lily set up their company. “We wanted to make the UK’s best quality fudge,’ says Adrian, who is returning to Oundle Food Festival after a sell-out visit last year. “We are probably the most expensive fudge in the country but it’s all about quality for us. When people try our product they can taste the difference.” With more dairy and a significantly lower sugar content than most fudges, Adrian believes the flavour of Yum Yum Tree Fudge really shines through. “My personal favourite is the Mango one,” says Adrian. “And our salted caramel and salted butterscotch flavours are also selling really well at the moment.” All 12 flavours will be available to sample on the day, with 100g bags on sale for £3.50. • www.yumyumtreefudge.com PRESERVING TRADITION The idea for Chazwinkle’s came about when founder Charli Elphinstone was living in London and struggling to find tasty, seasonal produce. Drawing on the country tradition of preserving perishables, she decided to create a product which would capture the flavour of fruit and vegetables at the height of their taste and seasonality to be used in a convenient form at a later date. “A jar of Chazwinkle’s can sit on your cupboard shelf and when you’re short on time you can dollop some in with some chicken and create a really flavourful quick, mid-week supper,”

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explains Charli. “Our best-selling product is probably the Apple & Mint. It seems to surf the seasons. It’s great with barbecued meats, but it’s also brilliant in the winter on chops and roasts.” All 7 flavours of Chazwinkle’s preserves will be on sale at the Food Festival for £3.95 a jar. • www.chazwinkles.co.uk BAKES WITH A TWIST Following a 26-year career in IT, Donna Thomas from Thrapston took a leap of faith last September and set up her own baking business. “My family and friends all said I should bake for a living because they’ve always loved my cakes,” says Donna. “And so DonnaLulu Cooks was born! I make sweet and savoury cakes and bakes with a twist. I like to use seasonal produce wherever possible so I put vegetables in a lot of my cakes - things like carrot, sweet potato and parsnip.” As well as cakes with flavours such as Cider Toffee Apple made with local Saxby’s cider, Courgette and Lemon and Chocolate and Beetroot, Donna also makes savoury flapjacks which have proved very popular. Her Cheese and Leek Flapjacks contain a Northamptonshire cheese called Cobblers Nibble, oats from Huntingdon, eggs from a local farm and leeks from Donna’s own garden. “What I’m doing now is so completely different from my job in IT,’ says Donna. ‘I’m absolutely loving it!” DonnaLulu Cooks’ cakes, flapjacks and brownies cost between £1 and £1.50 per slice. • www.donnalulucooks.co.uk

SAVING OUR RIVERS When Mark Lees from Milton Keynes first heard about the prevalence of Signal Crayfish in his local river, he acquired a licence to catch them thinking it might make a fun hobby. But when his first ever attempt resulted in a haul of four kilos of the crustaceans he realised he was onto something. “Signal Crayfish were introduced in the Seventies to be farmed but then got abandoned and they spread,” says Mark. “There are now hundreds of them in our rivers and they have a massive environmental impact. I think the only way forward is to eat them and bring them into the UK diet.” With that in mind, Mark’s company, Crayfish Capers, was set up both to sell crayfish products and to build awareness of the impact of crayfish on British rivers. The company specialises in different flavoured crayfish fishcakes as well as attending food festivals and events to sell hot crayfish paella and crayfish finger sandwiches. “The paella pan is a metre across and it makes for a great spectacle at outdoor events,’ says Mark. ‘For anyone who hasn’t tasted crayfish before I’d say it tastes like a mixture between crab and lobster. Visit our stall and you’re in for a treat!” Crayfish Paella from Mark’s stall cost £5 for a large portion, £3.50 for a small. • www.crayfishcapers.co.uk

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HOME & GARDEN

My Secret Hideaway Three local residents show us around their garden retreats. Words: Lucy Banwell Photos: Lesley Anne Churchill

“Making model boats is terrific therapy” Chris Gill, 68, is a retired company director from Oundle

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HEN we moved to Oundle it was an absolute stipulation that the house needed to have an outbuilding which I could use as a workshop. This space above the garage was a bit dark and cobwebby when we moved in but I soon got it spruced up. I suppose I’ve always been a fairly practical sort of person. I went to Oundle School and in those days each boy spent a whole week in the workshops every term. We learnt all the basic woodwork skills - how to use tools and machines and how to work off a plan - so I think that’s what got me going. In the early years in this workshop I was kept busy making things for the house. All the window sills needed replacing so I made those. And I also made skirting boards, architraves and a dining table for the kitchen. It was a lot of fun. Everything had to be made in oak for this house which was a delight – I hadn’t worked with hardwood before. I also make model boats. The detail appeals to me and it’s also an expression of my creativity. Sometimes if there’s something going on in my life that I need to reflect on, I find making boats terrific therapy. I think it’s because you become fully absorbed in it. Every so often I have to say to my wife Alison: “Sorry, I feel another boat coming on.” She’s infinitely tolerant but storing them all is a major problem. The house is full of boats! I made the model lifeboat from plans I got from the RNLI. I could have built a real live lifeboat in the garden from those plans they were so accurate! My boats have engines in and remote control so sometimes I take them down to the river and sail them. I also love mending things. There’s a delight in making things workable again. Word got round and now the neighbours come in with broken things for me to mend - sewing boxes, things like that. I’ve just retired but I’m not planning on spending more time making boats. I think that would be a bit sad, and it could lead to discord regarding where they’re going to go! So no, it’s more travel and culture for me now that I’ll have a bit more time on my hands.”

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“My summerhouse holds precious memories” Sue Pocock, 70, a grandmother and art enthusiast from Oundle

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’D always dreamt of living in a cottage and when my husband Tim became ill with cancer we started looking for a smaller place. He wanted us to move house together before things got too bad. We found the perfect cottage in Oundle six years ago. Tim always said that it was my house, he never said “ours”. He wanted to make sure I was happy and settled here. Although the garden was small we decided to put in a summerhouse. We bought it from Scotts in Thrapston and it was an ex-demonstration model so the seats, cushions and canopy all came with it. As soon as I saw it I thought how pretty it looked. It’s quite difficult when someone you’ve known for 50 years suddenly becomes ill. Towards the end, I’d sometimes feel very tired so I’d come into the summerhouse and curl up on the seating. It was my own little space. Tim and I would also come in here together sometimes to have a meal if the weather was nice. So I do have some lovely memories of him in here with me, just sitting together. That summer we also had my eldest granddaughter Chloe’s second birthday so we had banners and decorations up for her in the summerhouse and everyone came over. It was nice that Tim got to see her turn two. It’ll be five years this Christmas since Tim died. But you have to move on. I don’t have meals in the summerhouse anymore. It feels different without him. But it’s become a little bolthole for me now. I love art, especially botanical water colours. So sometimes I’ll shut myself away and paint. My friends and I also play bridge out here which is great fun. I’ve got a little plaque on the wall in here which Tim and I bought from a little shop in Southwold. It says: “A garden is the best alternative therapy”. I love that. I think it’s spot on.”

“This place makes people happy” Lotte Hughes, 35, a nutritional therapist from Elton

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Y mum and I built The Arc in our garden three years ago. Originally it was intended as an artists’ space, but we also host yoga and meditation sessions in the cabin. It’s such a peaceful, relaxing spot. The River Nene runs past us and in the winter the water comes right up to the steps and you feel like you’re in a boat. I think there’s something quite magical about that. The wildlife we have here is incredible, too. We regularly see swans, woodpeckers, badgers, muntjacs and lots of wild rabbits. I wanted the interior of the cabin to feel bright; bringing the outside in. It’s like a feast for the eyes, but it doesn’t say Cath Kidston - there’s nothing twee about it. Everything in here is reclaimed or homemade. The bookshelf came from a French bakery. The chest of drawers on the mezzanine used to be in the village shop in Nassington. The ballustrade around the verandah was made from branches from the surrounding woodland. My mum, who’s an artist and interior designer, painted most of the pictures on the walls. My favourite item in the cabin is the antique bed. My dad bought it for my mum 25 years ago from a French market. My background is in nutrition as well as art and I’ve started doing pop-up dinner

parties here. My food is rustic and colourful. The menus are light, local and seasonal. I go out foraging for elderflowers to make the elderflower syrup to have with pudding. I love to come and sit on the verandah with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and chill out with a book. If I’m in here with friends we’ll either have a jigsaw puzzle on the go, or we’ll be knitting or crocheting while we yabber away. I live in the main house with my parents at the moment so it’s even more important for me to have this place as an escape. It’s my own special retreat. Friends who visit say that they feel like they’re on holiday the moment they step into the cabin. There’s no television, no internet, no distractions. You can connect with nature here or reconnect with the special people in your life. I don’t think it’s possible to feel stressed here. Couples who’ve stayed here have said the experience has rejuvenated their whole relationship. It makes me feel fantastic to think I’ve had that sort of impact on people’s lives. I just want to inspire happiness in everyone who comes here.’ • The Arc is available for holiday lets. For more information and to book visit: www.thearccabin.co.uk NENE LIVING JULY 2015

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The Arts

Bringing the community together Peterborough has been chosen for a ground breaking arts project which will bring communities together for a city wide Harvest celebration weekend in September, culminating in a sit down dinner for 500 people in Cathedral Square. Fiona Cumberpatch reports

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ARVEST festivals may be something we usually associate with rural communities from the past, but the idea is being revived in Peterborough on September 19 and 20 with international artists Lucy and Jorge Orta. The couple create outdoor feasts as art installations all over the world, and they were invited to the city by Metal, an arts organisation which has been working in Peterborough for the last two years. “Having worked across the world, Lucy and Jorge are very specific about what they do and where they do it, but they loved the fact that Peterborough has links with the land, as it is on the edge of the food growing fens, and that it is a fast growing city with a tradition of immigration. They also loved the chance to be part of a wider Harvest Festival” explains Sarah Haythornthwaite, Senior Project Manager at Metal. The project is a boost to the area: the aim is to bring communities together to work on the creation of a weekend of harvest themed celebrations. Around 1000 residents are expected to participate in some way, with 500 people invited to attend the harvest lunch on September 20. The Festival and the issues explored will be the inspiration for a public exhibition by Studio Orta to be shown in Peterborough City Gallery in 2016. Over the two harvest festival days, music, dance and art will blend and the aim is to get lots of the community involved. “We have ten UK artists on board who’ll be working with us through the duration of this project

to create performances and new films about Harvest, two of whom are local,” says Sarah. “Lee Clarke, from Clarke’s restaurant and Café Clarke’s is the lead chef for the weekend, so he’ll be overseeing the soup, bread and cheese supper that is planned in Cathedral Square. We are working with a number of other community partners over the next few months, including The Green Backyard, and local allotment owners who will help supply ingredients for our soups.” Local groups including the Woman’s Institute, Handmade in Peterborough and University of the 3rd Age will work alongside some of the ten affiliated artists to create performances and decorations for the weekend. Bread making workshops will take place across the city, with representatives from different nationalities encouraged to contribute their traditional loaf recipes to the meal. Residents at HMP Peterborough will also be making bread and cakes to be served at the Harvest meal and the Take Note Choir will work with folk musician Robin Grey and perform over the festival weekend. The Turbans, a Euro folk band are booked to play, and several Morris dancing groups including Pig Dyke Molly will perform from midday on Saturday 19th before a public ceilidh in the evening. A food and craft market will run on Saturday and Sunday. Although the project is a celebration, it’s also a means to raise some important issues such as skills that are being lost in communities, food waste and ecological and social sustainability.” “The Harvest theme seems really to have

captured people’s imaginations and we already have lots of people involved. However, we are still in need of many volunteers to help make this weekend a success, from assistant chefs, event marshals, waiting staff, assistant stage managers etc. Anyone interested should contact Sarah Haythornthwaite at chauffeurscottage@metalculture.com or call 01733 893077.” “This is an 18 month long programme, it’s not just about the harvest meal, or this one weekend,” says Sarah Haythornthwaite. “And although the project will be made in Peterborough, it will have an international presence too.” ABOUT STUDIO ORTA Since 1991, Lucy + Jorge Orta have had a collaborative artistic practice which is now based in a set of converted industrial buildings in Paris, France. They are concerned with the social and ecological factors of sustainability and use diverse media to create their thoughtprovoking work. So far, they have staged 38 outdoor dinners across the world, but Peterborough’s harvest meal will be the first they have created in the UK.

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The Honey Hunter Shamus Ogilvy travels the globe to source the best tasting honey for stores such as Fortnum and Mason – and now he’s just launched a new collection from British hives. Words: Fiona Cumberpatch

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HAMUS Ogilvy has lined up a tray full of honey pots on his desk at his office in the village of Bulwick, near Corby. “You have to try them to understand that all honey tastes different,” he enthuses. “The flavour is all to do with the flowers. Bees only fly in a five mile radius from the hive, so each honey is uniquely regional.” I sample an orchard honey from Kent, in which I’m sure I can detect the blossomy flavour of apples and pears. There is a beautiful tangy Scottish heather honey, which comes from the Ogilvy family estate in Angus, Scotland, and an English heather honey from Chatsworth. Later this year, Shamus will add wild woodland honey from Norfolk to his portfolio. “A lot of the honey you buy from the supermarket is blended, and therefore heat treated,” he says. “I don’t blend: I leave that to the bees. My honey is natural, we call it raw honey for that reason.” Shamus stresses that he is not a beekeeper, but he has been trading in honey since 2008. “I knew nothing about it so I spent a year researching the world market,” he says. He did have a background in food, having been the first man to go to Prue Leith’s cookery school in 1985, and was the first chalet man to work in ski resorts. He spent ten years in outside catering, specialising in carefully sourced British food, such as cheeses from Ireland and venison from Norfolk. “I ‘ve always championed local food before it became fashionable to do so,” says Shamus. However, time serving abroad in the Army had given him wanderlust and he wanted to combine his love of food with travel. “I worked for the big companies for a while, sourcing honey in bulk for well known names such as Rowse, but after a while, I spotted a gap in the market for regional honeys and decided to set up on my own,” he explains.

EXOTIC HONEYS The first honey he imported was Himalayan Highland from Kashmir, which remains his top seller. “One of the reasons I’ve been successful is often because I am the only person who can be bothered to go and see the producers,” says Shamus. “But I love travelling to out of the way places, sleeping in hammocks and living with the local people.” He flew to New Zealand, Australia, Africa (the Zambezi plains) and Brazil. He had seen active service in the Balkans and remembered seeing numerous bee hives, so he returned and received a friendly welcome. “Our Balkan Black Locust honey is imported from the north of Serbia,” he says. “And the Balkan Linden, or lime, another top seller, is from the South.” Though honey is produced all over the world, importation is governed by strict rules. “We can only import from 27 countries,” says Shamus. “Bee keepers in poorer countries will collect their honey in any containers, they use all kinds of things and it is hard to regulate. It could pose a risk to health, so we’re not allowed to bring in honey from those countries.” However, honey from the Zambezi plains is permitted, and it tastes herby, almost medicinal. “In Africa, honey is like gold,” says Shamus. “The beehives are up in the trees, to keep it away from wild animals.” It’s not an easy food to trade: supplies are limited, and subject to weather conditions (bees do not go and pollinate when it rains), and sadly, bees are currently under threat worldwide, including in the UK, from an overuse of certain pesticides called neonicotinoids and the deadly Varroa mite which has recently decimated their numbers. “There is no compensation for beekeepers,” says Shamus, “so it is a risky business.”

A TASTE OF HONEY Despite this, he is clearly passionate about what he does. “We don’t have sugar in our house, we only use honey,” he says. “My son, aged four, has it on his cereal every day. There is so much you can use it for. Ice cream, with yoghurt, in teas, for baking…having it spread on bread is the most boring way of eating it.” His mission, he says, is to show people how distinctive honey can be and teach them how to use it. “I’m a honey hunter,” he says. “It’s all about the flora in different countries, and different regions. Our own island is small, but there is a huge variety of plants, and each one has a unique taste that comes through in the honey.” • Ogilvy’s Honey is available locally from The Pickled Village, Main Street, Bulwick and from the website, www.ogilvys.com. Ogilvy’s will also have a stand at Burghley Horse Trials in September. Shamus is offering NL readers the chance to try a free jar of delicious raw honey, worth £6.50. Just visit the website, www.ogilvys.com, add the code NVL25 and the first 25 people to respond will receive a jar to savour.

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HERE are a variety of fat reducing treatments available nowadays, some of which are more invasive than others. Many offer lasting results and are suitable for people wishing to tone up stubborn areas or those who have localised body fat. I visited Amanda Allport at the Sawtry Beauty Clinic. She explained that Ultra-Ice fat freezing (also known as Cryotherapy) is her signature treatment and showed me some very impressive ‘after’ photographs of people who had undergone treatments. She does not see it as a quick fix and each client has different needs, which may require a series of treatments. Results generally are apparent at around two weeks after the treatment and a complimentary Radio Frequency treatment is offered to give further tone to the targeted area. My session started with a measure up and photographs of my lower abdomen where I wanted my treatment. A freezing cold compress is placed on the area followed by a vacuum suction cup with cooling plates. The fat cells are especially sensitive to cold exposure and when cooled this crystallizes them so they break down naturally. Amanda showed me the vacuum applicator as it worked sucking in the fat and working on destroying the cells. The targeted fat cells gradually die off then are reabsorbed and naturally eliminated from your body. The treatment is completely painless and actually quite relaxing (apart from the initial cold compress), there is no down time, needles or tubes to worry about and I can see that Amanda has thoroughly researched the treatment and her clients have been delighted with the results. My first impressions are that this is a great way to target stubborn areas and combined with a sensible diet and sound nutrition, it will bring effective results. Amanda has many years experience and is very approachable. She offers a no-obligation consultation before anyone embarks on a treatment and she will listen to any concerns and guide you through the treatment options. • For further information contact Amanda Allport, Sawtry Beauty Clinic, 39 Aversley Road, Sawtry, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE28 5XD Tel: 01487 831238

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Local history

The Mill’s Tale This month, visitors to Sacrewell can see the results of the skilled restoration of an historic 18th century working watermill – and have a go at the ancient art of breadmaking! Words: Fiona Cumberpatch

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ACREWELL’S Grade II* listed watermill, bakery and stable block have always been a popular part of the farm complex, but when surveys revealed that the building had a dangerously sagging roof, rotten timbers, rising damp and walls and floors coming adrift, it was clear that drastic action had to be taken if it was to survive for future generations to enjoy. A £1.4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and funding from the William Scott Abbott Trust, owners of Sacrewell, came in the nick of time. “If it had been six months later, it would have been too late,” says project officer Jane Harrison. The mill has been standing at Sacrewell since 1755 and it’s probably not the first to be sited here. There were three watermills listed in the area when the Domesday Book was compiled in 1086. Sacrewell was likely to have been one of them. “Artefacts have been found suggesting that there was a dwelling here as far back as Roman times,” says Jane. Milling on a small scale would have been common in British countryside until the Industrial Revolution. Most of the population worked on the land, and cereal crops were a staple part of their diet. As there was no national transport system, milling tended to be a local affair. The current building complex consists of the mill, a central adjoining mill house with the ground floor mill flanked by a bakery and a stable block. The mill house was originally divided into three cottages. Estate plans show that it was relatively unchanged between 1780 and 1838. However, during the mid 19th century, the bakery was built. “We don’t know the precise date, because it would have been an industrial project and therefore not considered interesting enough to document,” suggests Jane Harrison. “We do know that it was not built well, and it has been the cause of many of the problems that the buildings are experiencing today. There were

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Local history “Electrics have been installed in the mill house and watermill buildings, and in the downstairs kitchen, an old dresser will conceal the modern appliances. The plan is to use it as a pop up catering facility for cream tea afternoons or 1940s reconstructions.”

floating beams and floors, and crumbling walls which were just sitting on clay, rather than being embedded. On the wall at the rear, when we took away the earth bank, the walls actually moved! This is what we call a ‘lively’ wall – and there were two of those!”

A new lease of life The house was lived in and the mill worked until the 1990s, although commercial milling stopped in 1965. The site was popular with visitors, but its potential was not being realised. An ambitious plan to create an educational centre, with interactive displays, a working mill and bakery and on-site accommodation for students of heritage and conservation was devised and Jane assembled a team of experts to run the project. The cottage garden has been redesigned and replanted by local resident and nationally known garden designer Bunny Guinness. With the combined skills of architects Purcell, structural engineers from The Morton Partnership and specialist heritage builders from another local company, Messenger Construction (who were responsible for the stunning recent renovation of nearby Grade I listed Apethorpe Hall) work started in summer 2014. “As a conservator, my role is to ensure that as much as possible of the original fabric should be retained and saved,” emphasises Jane. “Conservation doesn’t always mean putting things back to the way they were. The aim is always ‘honest repair.’ So, for example, if a beam is rotten in parts, we’ll only take out those areas. Using a splice repair, we can then retain as much of the original material as possible.”

A labour of love Firstly, built up earth was moved from the walls in preparation for a damp course treatment. Floors were taken up and anti-damp membranes were put in. In the stable block, this entailed photographing the cobbles, then taking them up, applying the membranes, and replacing them in exactly the same pattern as before. Electrics have been installed in the mill house and watermill buildings, and in the downstairs kitchen, an old dresser will conceal the modern appliances. The plan is to use it as a pop up catering facility for cream tea afternoons or 1940s reconstructions.

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Landgirls near the mill house in the 1940s

The watermill originally had two iron mill wheels. Only one now remains, and this dates to the mid 19th century. The giant wheel was removed in sections and restored by a millwright in Lincolnshire. Trees were cut down and the millpond cleared of weeds, so that visitors will be able to view the water flowing into the mill and turning the wheel. As well as the damp proofing, another major part of the project was the mill roof. Made from Collyweston slate, the mortar that had been used to secure the slates was too heavy for the roof which had visibly sunk. Once the structural support beams were secured to ensure the stability of all the walls, and the roof timbers were assessed, straightened and repaired, the slates were stripped off. Only 80 per cent were re-usable. Reclaimed slates may not be used under English Heritage guidelines. The shortfall was made by Messenger Construction, who have devised a pioneering method of creating new slates using an artificial freezing process.

Past lives Alongside the structural work, the team have been piecing together the history of the watermill. Who lived here and what did they do? The last inhabitants were tenant farmers in the 1980s, but local appeals have revealed others who have been connected with the mill over the years. These include land army girls billeted at Sacrewell during the Second World War. Another former mill resident recalled that a spacious room on the second floor was known as ‘the jam room’: it was used to store home made preserves, made with fruit from the garden. The future role of the building will be to create living history: rooms have been dressed with original artefacts found on site and some 75 volunteers have been recruited to work as millers, demonstrators, tour guides, bread bakers and gardeners. A ‘miller’ and his ‘wife’ will participate in special history days. Grain will be ground, flour produced, and freshly made, piping hot loaves will once again be pulled from the black range. • The restored watermill reopens to the public on July 19 2015. Admission charges apply. Sacrewell, Peterborough PE8 6HJ Tel: 01780 782254 www.sacrewell.org.uk

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PETERBOROUGH PEOPLE

The girl from Eye Sue Dobson meets Keely Mills, a poet with a mission to promote Peterborough’s creative talent

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RGANISER, facilitator, event planner, problem-solver and innovator, poet Keely Mills is the go-to person in Peterborough’s burgeoning arts scene. Passionate about the city, the girl from Eye (as she calls her blog) pours her seemingly boundless energy into supporting and promoting its creative talent. Keely is a board member of Creative Peterborough, an independent group championing local artists of all creative disciplines, and sits on the consortium managing Peterborough Presents, the city’s Creative People and Places programme that aims to increase opportunities for Peterborough people to participate in cultural activities. During the recent Green Festival, her work as unofficial poet in residence for the bus routes of Peterborough was heard in sound installations around the city and in an

accompanying podcast. “It’s about getting people to see poetry in a new light,” she says. “I’m keen on that.” “I loved travelling on the buses and seeing parts of Peterborough I hadn’t really noticed before, but the best bit was meeting people and watching small acts of kindness taking place all the time. The bus drivers were really interested and supportive when I told them I was writing poetry about their route.”

Idyllic childhood

Keely grew up in Eye, within a family of traditional gangmasters in the agricultural fens. “I used to go out in the fields with the women who were picking beet and listen to their stories. They were very protective of me. At the time, I’d much rather have been going bowling with my friends, but looking back I realise what an idyllic childhood I had. It taught me a healthy respect for the provenance of food.”

Leaning on that experience, Keely will be participating in Harvest, a city-centre event being organised by the arts organisation Metal in September (see feature on page 26). “I’ll be capturing stories about the work of the old gangmasters, interviewing my dad and other local people to record their lives and family traditions. I’ve written poetry about the fenland, it’s important to me now.” She left home at 19, studied for a degree, taught children with profound learning difficulties and lived in Bolton, Blackpool, Brixton and Manchester before the pull of Peterborough and the fens proved too hard to resist. “I missed the landscape, it’s in my DNA, I had to come back, and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.” She has, she says, always loved words and started writing when she was in her early teens. At that time her ambition was to be an actor and she was a founding member of KYT (Key Youth Theatre). “Writing was a way of expressing myself; I could write stuff I couldn’t say, lock it away in a notebook and not hurt anyone.” While studying creative writing and drama at university, she found she was most excited by the poetry modules but it wasn’t until she came back to Peterborough that poetry became her career focus. “I walked into the Glass Onion in Burghley Road (a former community café, bar and arts studio) and it changed my life! I discovered performance poetry and saw how spoken word performances could pack out a venue.”

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In 2009, Keely was Poet Laureate of Peterborough (“that’s like being a union rep for an army of poets”) and has performed at venues that span the Houses of Parliament, outdoor festivals, WI lunches and the monthly A Pint of Poetry and a Dash of Drama open mic nights at Charters Bar. She has participated in We Love Words, Peterborough’s Festival of Literature and Poetry, had a writing residency at Clare Cottage, facilitated a variety of workshops, helped develop events and is a co-producer of the Handmade in Peterborough craft group. For the past five years she’s been Peterborough Project Manager for Eastern Angles Theatre Company, a role she loves. Keely is married to visual artist Luke Payn, whose solo show Intercision is on at the City Gallery from July 24 to August 16. Packed with art created by family and friends, the couple’s home vibrates with warmth and colour. Luke’s brother Stuart, famed for his street art, lives next door. “Stuart makes large installations and our gardens sort of flow into each other.” Described by one touring arts group as “encapsulating the fun and energy of Peterborough’s arts scene”, Keely never ceases to amaze with her enthusiasm and inventiveness. “I enjoy connecting people,” she says. “Working with all art forms, I see areas of collaboration all the time. I’m just happy to help.” • www.creativepeterborough.com NENE LIVING JULY 2015

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This walk gives you a flavour of all that is best about North Norfolk – some history, lots of beach and oodles of nature POINTS OF INTEREST Old Hunstanton Lighthouse: The present lighthouse was built in 1840 although there has been a lighthouse on the site since 1665. This first lighthouse was built of wood with an iron basket of burning coals as a light. Hunstanton lighthouse had the world’s first parabolic reflector which was built in 1776. The present lighthouse ceased operations in 1922, since when it has been a private residence. Holme Dunes Nature Reserve. Incredibly, over 320 bird species have been recorded here, superbly located as it is to attract migrating birds. What to look for: Spring/summer - avocet, little tern, black-tailed godwit and ring ouzel. Natterjack toad. Autumn/winter - wigeon, pink footed goose, brent goose, snow bunting, long tailed duck, Slavonian grebe, twite, spotted redshank, redstart and pied flycatcher. Year round - curlew, bar-tailed godwit, knot, ringed plover, redshank and lapwing. Find out more at www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk In 1998, a well-preserved Bronze Age timber circle, which became known as ‘Seahenge’, was uncovered here by strong tides, having been hidden for some 4,000 years (no longer at Holme, the structure was removed for preservation purposes and can be seen in King’s Lynn Museum).

Distance: 8.2 kms (5.1 miles) Typical time: 2 hrs Height gain: none Map: OS Landranger 132 NW Norfolk Start: Coasthopper bus stop adj. Lighthouse Close Finish: Coasthopper bus stop adj. The Orange Tree Parking: Cliff car park, Old Hunstanton Terrain: very straightforward; sturdy footwear needed Norfolk Coast Path: this route follows the Norfolk Coast Path for its entire length. The path is well signed and the route is marked with an acorn motif.

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Walk up Lighthouse Close past the lighthouse, then along the path on the coast side of the car park, taking a track down to the beach at the far side Follow the path along the beach for 2.5kms, then follow the coast path as it heads up a slope onto the dunes; when you reach a multi-way footpath sign, turn left to continue along the coast path, marked by an acorn Follow the well-defined path and, as you enter the wood, keep well to the left of the Reserve building Once through the wood, the path bears to the right, up some wooden steps and proceeds along a dyke; stay on this dyke, with a kink left and then right, until you reach the small road called Staithe Lane Take a left after about 100 metres on the road (just before you see the derelict base of a windmill) and follow the path until you see a track leading up to the road into Thornham Take this road (still part of the Coast Path), heading past Thornham Church and you will see the Coasthopper Bus Stop just adjacent to The Orange Tree restaurant.

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Funny Ha Ha @ Burghley House Sculpture Garden In 2015 things will take a comical turn in the Sculpture Garden with Funny Ha Ha: a sculptural exploration of the funny, surreal, strange and magical

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